Friday, March 14, 2014

My esteemed colleague, Brian Clamp is co-Juror with artist Mary Ellen Mark for the 5th Annual Contemporary Photography Competition at Philadelphia Photographic Arts. Christopher Gianunzio, Exhibitions & Programming Director at PPAC will curate the exhibition. Here is the link to enter.

PPAC is dedicated to the study, practice and appreciation of photography in the Philadelphia region offering classes and workshops, exhibitions, lectures, and affordable access to high-end equipment and services. Entry fees help offset the cost of programs including “Teen Photo”. This inspiring program is an important artistic and educational contribution to the city offering its youth opportunities which otherwise would not be presented. It runs from October to June after school. Students attend field trips to photography exhibitions around the city, create a book of their own pictures and have the chance to exhibit and sell their work in PPAC’s gallery. PPAC provides a digital camera to borrow and free supplies so this program is not out of reach for those of less financial means.

Director Sarah Stolfa, a practicing photographer, founded the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) in 2009 after graduating from the Yale University School of Art with her MFA in Photography. Sarah created the organization along with founding board members Tom Callan, Martin McNamara, Mary Brown and Stuart Rome.

PPAC was modeled after successful organizations in New York City, Houston, Syracuse and Seattle to provide essential resources for the construction of a vibrant and influential contemporary photography community that would keep artists living and working in Philadelphia.

The existing resources in Philadelphia were analyzed to identify the needs of local community members. One of the primary needs that emerged was affordable access to digital photography equipment in a community setting, since many contemporary artists regularly use digital technology in their practice.

PPAC exists to ensure that contemporary artists and enthusiasts can continue to learn and grow as the medium of photography shifts now and in the future.

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