Call Detail
The Griffin Museum of Photography John Chervinsky Emerging Photographer Scholarship
Entry Deadline: 11/1/21
Application Closed
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 10, Maximum:Max. 10
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 10, Maximum:Max. 10
Call Type: Photography
Eligibility: Unspecified
State: Massachusetts

The John Chervinsky Emerging Photographer Scholarship seeks to recognize, encourage and reward photographers with the potential to create a body of work and sustain solo exhibitions. Awarded annually, the Scholarship provides recipients with a monetary award of $3,000, exhibition of their work at the Griffin Museum of Photography, and a volume from John’s personal library of photography books. The Scholarship seeks to provide a watershed moment in the professional lives of emerging photographers, providing them with the support and encouragement necessary to develop, articulate and grow their own vision for photography.

Eligibility Criteria

The scholarship is open to photographers who have produced individual works of photography and/or are in the process of producing bodies of work.

We are looking for candidates who are serious about photography, whose potential is emerging and whose photography will benefit from this scholarship. 

Candidates can be currently enrolled in a photography degree program if in their graduating year. There is no age limit. There are no residency requirements. There is no application fee.

Photographers without gallery representation who have not exhibited solo in a commercial gallery, academic gallery (except for thesis shows), galleries in organizations like the Griffin Museum, Houston Center for Photography, Center for Fine Art Photography etc. or a museum setting or have not received significant (over $3000) grant funding are eligible (coffee shop, community gallery, library, academic thesis exhibitions, etc. are eligible exhibition settings). Past awardees of the Chervinsky Scholarship, paid employees of the Griffin Museum or their immediate families, Griffin Museum board members and jurors’ immediate families and those immediate families of Griffin board members or jurors’ paid employees are not eligible.

This scholarship is not for well-established photographers. Well-established photographers are individuals in mid-photography-careers and are seen by the public and peers as distinguished in the field of photography and have many accomplishments as a photographer.  Of note, receiving a Fulbright Scholarship would disqualify a candidate from receiving this scholarship. Producing a published (by a publisher) photo book would disqualify a candidate from receiving this scholarship. Self publishing does not disqualify a candidate.


Submissions may be made directly to Café. You will be asked for a brief biography and artistic cv (a single PDF that includes both bio and cv. In the PDF title include Chervinsky and last name and first name.); a statement of artistic purpose/intent; a statement on the work supplied, and flattened rgb jpgs (1200 pixels on the longest side) of your photographs (10 photographs). Please submit your images in the order you wish them to appear. numbering from 1-10 will be helpful to the jurors so they can see your intention with the works. 

Do not supply links. Café will give the jurors the ability to go there to view. No other means of submission will be accepted. All missing criteria will disqualify the submission. Emails will not be accepted as a method of submissions. It is recommended that great thought and effort be put into the artistic purpose/intent statement (see sample supplied). Artistic Purpose is how you will use the scholarship and your plan. The statement is about your body of work's intent.

It is recommended that you prepare all the elements of the application in advance. Do not start the application if you do not have time to finish it. Wait until you have time to complete the application in one session.

Scholarship Dates and Deadlines
September 1, 2021: Application period opens. Jurors will be Tricia Capello (first recipient of the Chervinsky Award), Bruce Myren (photographer) and Connie and Jerry Rosenthal of Rfotofolio

November 1, 2021: Application period closes at 11:59 PM Pacific Time. We will announce the awardee by January 15, 2021. We do not have the capacity to send nonacceptance notifications by mail or email. This is not meant to be disrespectful. We all do this scholarship facilitation, jurying and preparation in our own personal time.

Application Requirements

See Submission Guidelines

Eligibility Criteria

See Submission Guidelines