The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is an artist-focused institution rooted in Philadelphia that  supports the study, production, and exhibition of contemporary  photographic practices for a broadly diverse audience.

CALL FOR ENTRIES

PPAC's Photography Competition + Exhibition is an annual call for entries that is open to artists of all ages, backgrounds, and education and training. We welcome any work involving photography, digital imaging, film and video, and/or lens-based installation work. 

The Jurors: 

Kris Graves, artist and publisher based in New York and California. 

Alex Klein, the Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE'60)  Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Two artists will win a $5,000 honorarium each and concurrent solo exhibitions February 10 – March 26, 2022.


Submission Dates: August 1 – October 24, 2021
Entry Fee:  $30
Applicants should submit: 

  • Up to 10 images: (maximum file size - 300ppi, 1500 pixels on long side)
  • CV
  • Artist Statement


Contact lori@philaphotoarts.org with questions. 

Learn more: https://philaphotoarts.org/annual-competition/

About Kris Graves: Kris Graves is an artist and publisher based in New York and California. Graves is the founder of Kris Graves Projects and Monolith Editions. He received his BFA in Visual Arts from S.U.N.Y. Purchase College and has been published and exhibited globally, including Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Portrait Gallery in London, England and Aperture Gallery, New York; among others. Permanent collections include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Schomburg Center, Whitney Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Brooklyn Museum; and The Wedge Collection, Toronto; amongst others. 

Graves also sits on the board of Blue Sky Gallery: Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, Portland; and The Architectural League of New York as Vice President of Photography.


About Alex Klein:  Alex Klein joined the Institute of Contemporary Art in 2011 from Los Angeles. Recent projects at ICA include a partnership with the Kunsthalle Wien (Austria) to present the first retrospective of Nathalie Du Pasquier, BIG OBJECTS NOT ALWAYS SILENT (2017) organized with Luca Lo Pinto; Broad Casting: EAI at ICA (2018), co-curated with Rebecca Cleman; Suki Seokyeong Kang (2018), co-curated with Kate Kraczon; and the multifaceted international research initiative I is for Institute. Other recent exhibitions include Myths of the Marble (2017) co-curated with Milena Hoegsberg and co-organized with the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in Norway; the multifaceted international research initiative I is for Institute; and Recent exhibitions include Barbara Kasten: Stages (2015), the first major survey of the artist’s work, which subsequently traveled to the Graham Foundation, Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. She was also the curator of Excursus, an ambitious two-year, four-part exhibition, website, and programming series at ICA with Reference Library, East of Borneo, Ooga Booga, and Primary Information (2011–13) and co-curator of the exhibition First Among Equals (2012, with Kate Kraczon), which considered models of artistic dialogue, collaboration, and antagonism. Other projects at ICA have included AVANT-GARDEner: Ian Hamilton Finlay (2014, co-curated with Lynne Farrington); Vishal Jugdeo: An Education in the Logic of Leaves (2014); and the ICA Salon series (2011–14).

From 2013 to 2015 she served as an agent in the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Hillman Photography Initiative where she co-curated the exhibition Antoine Catala: Distant Feel (2015, with Tina Kukielski) and co-edited the publication Shannon Ebner: Auto Body Collision (CMOA, 2015). Her writing has been published in numerous collections, including Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good (MIT Press, 2016), The Human Snapshot (Sternberg Press/CCS Bard, 2013), How Soon Is Now? (LUMA, 2012), and the critical volume on photography Words Without Pictures(LACMA/Aperture, 2010), which she also edited. Klein received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles, her MA in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and her BA in Art History from Columbia University, New York. As an artist, she has exhibited work in galleries such as Clifton Benevento (New York), Leo Koenig Projeckte (New York), Cherry and Martin (Los Angeles), Grice Bench (Los Angeles), and Galerie Crone (Berlin). She is also the co-founder, with designer Mark Owens, of the editorial project and publishing imprint Oslo Editions. Previously she held positions in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Roski School of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

 
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Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is an artist-focused institution rooted in Philadelphia that supports the study, production, and exhibition of contemporary photographic practices for a broadly diverse audience.

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