Check out the Latest Articles:
Call for Work – The Portrait: Up Close and Personal – due 4/15/12

The Portrait: Up Close and Personal at the Minneapolis Photo Center

Portraits tell a story, depict a character”, reveal emotion, demonstrate sensitivity and illustrate an intimate connection with your subject.

The greatest challenge and most important element in a successful portrait is an intimate connection with the subject. The ways in which you explore this connection, going beneath the surface and finding what is the essence of the portrait determines its success as a representation of your subject.

Explore different styles and methods of making revealing portraits that reflect not just the subject but you the photographer as well. Demonstrate the sensitivity necessary to move beyond literal renderings to more intimate portraits. Create images that go below the surface and penetrate deeply into a subject’s character.

Prize Awards: First Place – $400, Second Place – $300, Third Place – $200 and Three Honorable Mentions. Prizes and Awards include a free “The Portrait” Exhibition Book.

Accepted Images: All images selected by juror will be exhibited throughout the Mpls Photo Center Galleries and published in an Exhibit Book for purchase.

Submission Deadline: April 15th, 2012

On Exhibit: June 22nd through August 19th, 2012

Opening Reception: June 22nd, 2012 Mpls Photo Center Second Floor Gallery

Exhibit Juror: Andrea Mellard
Andrea Mellard is Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs at AMOA-Arthouse in Austin, Texas. The newly merged museum provides rich environments for a wide range of audiences to investigate and experience excellence in modern and contemporary art. The museum accomplishes this through innovative exhibitions, education, interpretative programs and direct access to the creative process. Andrea Mellard draws on an interdisciplinary background to connect visual art to contemporary culture. She has been on staff for seven years and curating for since 2009. Recently, she curated exhibitions of photography including Clifford Ross: Outside Realism and New Art in Austin: 15 to Watch. Previously, she was a curatorial and research assistant at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History for a three-year long cultural history project on Memphis, Tennessee. She holds an M.A. degree in American Studies from The University of Texas at Austin and an Interdisciplinary Humanities degree for California State University at Monterey.

Results Announced: April 24th, 2012

Click here for information on how to submit your entry.

Photograph by Michael Crouser


  1. It‘s quiet in here! Why not leave a response?