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2nd Open Call Juried Photography Exhibit

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Call Type: Photography
Eligibility: International
State: Rhode Island
Entry Deadline: 9/24/15
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 6
Total Media - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 6
Entry Fee (2nd Open Call Juried Photography Exhibit): $30.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum):$10.00
Peter Miller Fine Art (PMFA) photography gallery seeks a broad range of exhibition-ready work from established and emerging photographers for its 2nd Open Call exhibit, juried by Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director and Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography.

We want to hear (and see) your story, what drives, motivates, and inspires your creative process. All photo-based printed images are welcome. There is no limitation to subject matter or technique. All entries will be reviewed and judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit.

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PMFA invites photographers from around the world working in all mediums, styles, and schools of thought to participate. Experimental and mixed techniques are welcome. Artwork must be photography-based and 40 inches or less in height and width (including the frame). Photographers must be age 18 or older.

$1000 in Prizes
  • Best of show $500
  • 2nd place $200
  • 3rd place $100
  • People’s choice prize $200 determined by online poll conducted during the exhibit. Prize awarded at the end of the exhibit. (email address required for online vote)
Prizes are awarded as gift cards from Hunts Photo & Video.

Artist Dates
Entry deadline: Sept. 24, 2015, 11:59 pm MDT
Notice of acceptance: Oct. 1, 2015
Artwork received Oct. 10 & 11 from 1 to 4pm
Shipped artwork received up to Oct. 12 at 4pm
Awards reception: Oct. 15, 5 to 7pm 
Show closes: Nov. 14, 12 noon
Artwork pickup: Nov. 14 & 15 from 1 to 4pm
Any pieces not picked up after Nov. 21 may be donated to charity.

$30 for three pieces and $10 for each additional entry. Limit of 6 entries per person. Online submission and fees are handled through CAFÉ (, a free and easy-to-use online application system. Entry fees are non-refundable.

How to Enter
  1. Select 3 (and up to 6) images. Save each file as JPG, highest quality, sRGB color space, 1920 pixels on the longest side, without borders, and file size less than 5 megabytes. 
  2. Go to CAFÈ ( and complete your entry before 11:59pm (Mountain time) on September 24, 2015.
Review Criteria in Order of Importance:
  1. Does the image communicate the artist’s unique vision? Tell a story? Express emotion? Interact with the viewer?
  2. Does the subject matter (content, composition, and quality of light) stand out?
  3. Did the artist exhibit technical control in image capture and post-processing?
  4. Was the quality of the artist’s work consistent across all submissions?
  5. Is the printing and framing of the photograph high quality?
  6. Was the work created within the last 3 years?
  7. Did the artist follow the submission guidelines?

Notification of Acceptance
All applicants will be notified by email on October 1, 2015. A list of accepted artists will be posted on the PMFA website.

Accepted Photographs for Exhibition
Artwork can be hand delivered to the gallery Oct. 10 & 11 from 1 to 4pm. Shipped artwork should arrive between Friday Oct. 9 and Monday Oct. 12.

All work submitted for exhibition must be printed and framed professionally with either glass or plexi, and be wired with D-rings and ready to hang. PMFA recognizes that some work is non-traditional and incorporates the framing as an integral part of the presentation. Prints on aluminum, wood, or other alternative material are acceptable. The maximum height and/or width including the frame must not exceed 40 inches.

Photographs not suitably prepared will be excluded. Once unpacked at the gallery framed photographs may be evaluated once again. Printing excellence, mounting, and framing qualities of each piece will be taken into account. Do not use screwed hooks, sawtooth hangers, exposed glass edges, or cleats. Work not properly framed or damaged in shipment may not be exhibited.

Print Service
Distant photographers whose work is accepted for the exhibit can use our print service to avoid shipping costs and mailing problems.

We print images at a good size to maximize impact at exhibition. The process is easy:
  1. Save your file at 300dpi at one of the standard image sizes below (next page). Save as JPG maximum quality, file size less than 20MB.
  2. Email the file to PMFA. Write “print service and [your name]” in the subject line of your email.
  3. PMFA will email you a PayPal invoice for $40 per print.
  4. Promptly send payment for the invoice so we can print, frame, and hang your image in time for the show.
After the exhibit all print-service prints remain available for viewing at the gallery. At your request we can ship the print to you after the show has concluded (contiguous 48 states USA only).

Print service image sizes at 300dpi:
  • 12 x 16 inches (3:4 aspect)
  • 14 x 14 inches (Square)
  • 11 x 16.5 inches (2:3 aspect)
All prints have additional white border all around and will be displayed in professional 3/4 inch black frames behind acrylic.

Artists who choose to ship accepted works will be responsible for supplying a pre-paid return shipping label. Shipped artwork must be received by Oct. 12 at 4pm.

Address to:
Peter Miller Fine Art Photography Gallery
118 North Main Street, 2nd Floor
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 225-6792

Sales, Commission, and No Sales Tax
All work accepted for gallery exhibition must be for sale. PMFA will retain a 30% commission on the sale of any work. Sale proceeds will be paid to the artist within 30 days of the close of the show. All photographs must be signed by the artist. The sale of signed, original, limited edition artwork in the state of Rhode Island is sales tax free.

Gallery Night Providence
PMFA is a member gallery of Gallery Night Providence. The “Open Call” awards reception will coincide with the October 15, 2015 Gallery Night.

Every third Thursday of the month, from March to November, 22 galleries and museums across Providence, Rhode Island open their doors. Gallery Night Providence is a free event, and celebrates art ranging from contemporary multi-media installations to one-of-a-kind functional artworks.

Starting with nine determined galleries in 1996, Gallery Night Providence has grown into a regional visual arts extravaganza. Art buses travel the neighborhoods of Providence letting people on and off at galleries, museums and historic sites. Over 10,000 people each year enjoy exhibitions, demonstrations, lectures, live music and performances.

Please email:, or call Peter
at (401) 225-6792.
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