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Posted in Photography on January 10, 2013 by Thomas Allen


I am curating an exhibition at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts (Michigan City, IN). The show will feature photographers who ‘make’ pictures before ‘taking’ them. While this falls under the category of still-life photography, I am only seeking work by artists who create photographic tableaux—images that display some sort of handwork (cutting, breaking, folding, painting, mowing…).  While there is nothing wrong with pictures of flowers in a vases, people making funny faces, or tilt/shift landscapes that create the illusion of miniature dioramas, they don’t ‘push the envelope’ far enough and will not be considered for the following categories—tabletop, staged portraiture and altered landscape/interiors.


  • Work should have been completed within the past 5 years.
  • All work must be created in-camera. No post-camera work (e.g. Photoshop manipulations) will be accepted.
  • Photoshop and other image editing tools can be used for correcting color, cropping, sharpening, etc.
  • There is no ridiculous entry fee. I’m on the exhibitions committee at LCA and am volunteering my time for this.
  • All work will be insured.
  • Lubeznik Center for the Art is a non-profit organization so, unfortunately, there is no budget to cover shipping costs.
  • All work must be framed (with plexiglass) and ready to hang.
  • No colored mats.
  • If you have an alternative presentation method, please send me a description with jpegs.
  • No decorative frames unless they’re an integral part of the work.
  • The space I’m filling is on the main floor and can accomodate large scale work.

Submission Process—PART I (via Dropbox):

  • Send an email to thomasallenonline[@]gmail[dot]com expressing your interest in submitting work for review.
  • Make sure to include your first and last name.
  • I will create a Dropbox folder for you and send you a shared invite.
  • ‘Drop’ up to 20 of your best low resolution jpegs into the folder.
  • EMAIL DEADLINE : MARCH 15, 2013. (If I receive requests on March 16, I won’t be crass and shut you out!)

Submission Process—PART II

  • I will review work as I receive it and reply with my decision  no later than March 17, 2013
  • If selected, I will edit your Dropbox folder and leave only the images selected for exhibition
  • In turn, you will replace the jpegs with hi-resolution tiffs for print/publicity purposes.
  • Include a resume, artist statement (if you have one) and a short, entertaining bio!

Submission Process – PART III

  • Ship your work to LCA (specifics and proper paperwork will be sent via email)
  • I’m quite the shipping crate builder so if you need advice, I’ll offer it freely.

I’m sure I’ve missed something and may have misquoted some things. Bear with me. This is my first time putting together a show of this magnitude so please forgive me if I make sudden, unexpected changes!

While I would love to include everyone who submits, I know that it would be physically impossible. If your work is not selected for CONSTRUCTION SITES, please do not take it personally. I’ve received more than my fair share of rejection over the years so I know how it feels. Since I cannot estimate the number of  people who will be submitting work, I don’t want to shoot myself in the foot by promising to provide constructive feedback to all who are not invited to participate.

Finally, if you have any questions about anything, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m looking forward to seeing your work.

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