Juror: Dan Leers, Dan Leers is Curator of Photography at the Carnegie Museum of Art
Two artists will win a $5,000 honorarium each and concurrent solo exhibitions from December 12, 2019 – February 29, 2020.
Submission Dates: March 1 – June 1, 2019
Entry Fee: $30 for a maximum of 10 images
Applicants should submit:
- Up to 10 images: (maximum file size - 300ppi, 1500 pixels on long side)
- Artist Statement
PPAC believes contemporary photography takes many forms, so all styles of photography, digital imaging, film/video, and lens-based installation work is welcomed.
Learn more at PPAC's website: https://www.philaphotoarts.org/artist-opportunities/annual-competition/
About Dan Leers: Dan Leers is Curator of Photography at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated with a BA in Art History from Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin and an MA in Modern Art/Curatorial Studies from Columbia University, New York. From 2007 to 2011, he was the Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Curatorial Fellow in the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. At MoMA, he organized the exhibition New Photography 2011: Moyra Davey, George Georgiou, Deana Lawson, Doug Rickard, Viviane Sassen, Zhang Dali.
As an independent curator, Leers worked on multiple exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. He acted as a Curatorial Advisor on contemporary African art to the 2013 Venice Biennale. He also curated Beyond the Surface: Image as Object and 3 Themes: Contemporary Connections with Paul Strand at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center in 2014-15. He has contributed to many photography publications including Seydou Keïta (Paris: Editions de la Réunion des musées nationaux, 2016) and Guy Tillim: Of People and Their Places (Germany: Steidl, 2015).
Leers began at the Carnegie in 2015, and has curated the exhibition Strength in Numbers: Photography in Groups (2015) and consulted with the Hillman Photography Initiative, an incubator for thinking about issues in contemporary photography. His exhibition and book William Henry Fox Talbot and the Promise of Photography came out in November 2017, and his most recent show, Forum: Deana Lawson appeared at the museum in the spring of 2018.
About PPAC The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2009. PPAC exhibits work at the leading edge of contemporary practice and engages a diverse audience in creating and considering digital photography.