Thursday, January 27, 2011

Call for Work: Deadline Monday, 11 April 2011

Dinner in Ecuador © Harvey Stein 2009
National Competition for Photographs and Photo-Based Artwork At Umbrella Arts, New York City. Conceived and juried by Harvey Stein, Director of Photography at Umbrella Arts; photographer, educator, author.

ENTRY DEADLINE: April 11, 2011

SHOW DATES: May 19-June 18, 2011
LOCATION: Umbrella Arts, 317 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10003 212.505.7196

THE CALL: From casual meals to gourmet banquets, DINNER is part of our daily lives. Whether we celebrate it or just tolerate it, we can’t do without it. We plan greatly for it, or grin and bear it. It’s a ritual, whether eating on the run or at the dinner table, alone or with friends and family. We romance and socialize around it, worry about it, prepare for it, dread it, or try to ignore it. We study recipes, look through fancy restaurant windows in envy, are hungry for the next DINNER, wonder if we can afford it.

We want to see your photos of your DINNER (and/or others) and what you do when you are there. Whether your photographs are of a person eating a piece of pizza on the subway, a Thanksgiving or Passover feast, or a lonely individual at a diner, we are interested. From shopping for it, preparing it, indulging in it, or cleaning up afterward, make your photos as personal, interesting, sensual, fun, beautiful, startling as you can. No DINNER is out of bounds.


ELIGIBILITY: The exhibition is open to all photographers, any format, any camera, black & white or color, any style acceptable. All types of photography-based work may be entered, including digital, alternative processes, photo collage and montage. Maximum finished print size is 16”x20”. Maximum frame size is 20”x24”.

JUROR: HARVEY STEIN is a professional photographer, educator, lecturer, curator and author of four photography books: Movimento: Glimpses of Italian Street Life (2007), Coney Island (1998), Artists Observed (1986), and Parallels: A Look at Twins (1978). His next book, Coney Island 40 Years is being published this spring. He is the Director of Photography at Umbrella Arts and has curated 16 exhibits since 2007. Stein’s photographs have been published in dozens of magazines such as The New Yorker, Time, Life, Esquire, and Smithsonian as well as all the major photo magazines. He has had 72 one-person exhibits in the U.S. and Europe, and his photographs are in more than 50 public and private collections around the world. The Bruce Silverstein Gallery, Throckmorton Fine Art and June Bateman Fine Art represent his work. He is a faculty member of the International Center of Photography and the School of Visual Arts, Master of Professional Studies in Digital Photography Program, New York City. Some of his photography can be seen at

PROCEDURE: Entries will be juried only from CDs with the following requirements:
  • Place images in a folder titled by YOUR last_first name e.g. Stein_Harvey
  • High quality jpegs 72 resolution in RGB or grayscale
  • Size: 1000 pixels on the longest dimension
  • Initial, number, title each image e.g. for Harvey Stein: HS_01_Title.jpg
  • Eliminate watermarks if any. Bridge users; make sure your images have no ratings
  • Burn jpegs to CD
Please submit up to 5 images on a CD. Include finished print size on application form. Submission CDs will not be returned. Fill out and sign the entry form below. Mail your signed form, payment and CD submission to Umbrella Arts, DINNER, 317 East 9th St, NYC, 10003. Submissions must be post marked no later than Monday, April 11, 2011. DO NOT use certified or registered mail. Submissions may also be delivered by hand on Saturday, April 9, to Umbrella Arts from 1pm to 5:00 PM and before the submission deadline during regular gallery hours: Thurs-Saturday 1-6:00 PM.

FEE: Include a check or money order for $35 payable to Umbrella Arts with your entry signed form and CD with 5 images formatted according to specs. Additional images will be accepted if accompanied by $5 per image.

NOTIFICATION: Artists will be notified the week of April 18th, 2011. Approximately 35 images will be selected for exhibition. Notification will be sent by e-mail. Please set your e-mail to accept

ACCEPTED WORK: A framed, ready to hang, (plexi-glass only) exhibition quality print must be delivered to Umbrella Arts, 317 East 9th Street, New York, New York 10003. Maximum finished print size is 16”x20”. Maximum frame size is 20”x24”. No substitutes of accepted work will be allowed. Exhibited work must be for sale.

DELIVERY: Can be made in person or by mail. By Mail --no later than Saturday, May 14th, 2011. By Hand -- delivered work can be dropped off at Umbrella Arts on Thursday May 12, Friday May 13 and Saturday May 14, from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Please include a current statement or resume to be included in the gallery exhibition guide.

RETURN: Unsold work will be returned to the photographer.
By mail- a return air-bill and packing material must be provided to the gallery for the return of your work. Please make sure materials used to deliver work to the gallery are suitable for re-shipping unsold work. By hand - pick up of work will be on Sunday, June 19, and Tuesday June 21, 2011, at Umbrella Arts from 2:00 PM-6:00 PM. Photographers are expected to bring materials to transport work from the gallery.

UMBRELLA ARTS: Mary Ann Fahey and Margaret Bodell have joined forces to create the Umbrella Arts gallery and project space, located in the heart of the East Village. Mary Ann Fahey and Margaret Bodell have introduced many new artists to the New York art world, and worked to expand the traditional notion of an art exhibition by using it as a vehicle for creating community and promoting social change.

RECEPTION: A reception for photographers, friends and press, hosted by Umbrella Arts will be held on opening night, Thursday, May 19, 2011. Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

COMMISSION: Umbrella Arts will handle all sales for photographers. Photographers will retain 50% of sales price, and Umbrella Arts will retain 50% of total sale. The price indicated on the entry form will be considered the retail price of each image. Once the final exhibition print has been dropped off at the gallery, Umbrella Arts will be happy to consult with artists on pricing considerations.

LIABILITY: Liability of artwork is the responsibility of the participating artist/photographer. Umbrella Arts, their employees or any agents thereof cannot be held responsible for any liability of the artist.

QUESTIONS: Questions may be directed to us by emailing, or by calling Umbrella Arts at: 212.505.7196. Keep information above for reference and include signed entry form with your CD submission




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AGREEMENT. Submission to this exhibition, DINNER, shall constitute agreement to all terms of this Call for Entry.



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