Art Of Photography Show

THE TEAM

Steven Churchill    Producer
Sarah Strong Associate Producer / Director of Events
Lisa Smith Associate Producer / Director of Exhibitions
Greg Flores    Business Development Advisor
Mark Barry Webmaster / Programmer / Database Mgr.
Anne Telford Copy Editor / Installation
James Halfacre Production / Event Supervisor
Jenny Armer Installation
Emiko Scudder Production
Andrea Medina Research / Installation
Lorena Maldonado Production / Installation
Carla Reyes Installation
Crystal Pinson Research
Emily Hara Promotion
Kim Garcia Promotion
Keri Friedman Promotion
Michael Mitarnowski Promotion


Steven Churchill In 2004 Steven Churchill organized, curated and judged the first Art of Photography Show, which was exhibited at the La Jolla Art Association Gallery in November of that year. 525 images were received to be considered, submitted by local photographers - though the gallery space could only accommodate 55 framed prints. There were over 400 people at the opening reception and 25% of the work was sold during the two-week exhibition of the show. The participants were all pleased with the outcome.

Following the 2004 show, Steven and his team decided to produce a second show. The Art of Photography Show 2006 was an international exhibition of photographic art which took place April 20 - June 4, 2006 at the Lyceum Theatre Gallery in the historic Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego. Arthur Ollman, the Director of the Museum of Photographic Arts, was the Judge for this exhibition. Out of 9,517 entries from 35 countries, Mr. Ollman selected 104 stunning images. Steven and the team initiated an intensive marketing and publicity campaign, to bring maximum attention to the artists and their work. There were about 1000 people at the opening reception gala on April 22nd, which was fully catered, hosted bar, live music, and all had a wonderful time. The response to the show from the media was very positive, with many articles, blurbs and pictures being published in local magazines, such as San Diego Magazine, Riviera Magazine, Ranch & Coast Magazine, City Beat, San Diego Union Tribune, OnAir Magazine, Where Magazine, Art & Gallery Guide, and also television and radio interviews about the show.  The response from the staff at the Lyceum Theatre Gallery has been great as well, with comments, "It's the best art show that's ever been here", "There's been more foot traffic than any previous art show here", and "You've sold more art here than any other exhibit in our 20 year history".

In the fall of 2006 the team produced The Art of Digital Show, an international exhibition of digital art which took place October 6 - November 19, 2006 at the Lyceum Theatre Gallery. The Show was judged by Hugh Davies, the Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Following the "Call For Entries", thousands of entries were submitted by artists from 32 countries. 100 spectacular pieces were selected by Dr. Davies to be exhibited in the gallery. The Show featured all forms of digital art -- digital painting, computer based illustration, digitally manipulated photography, digital video art, computer animation, and an interactive video installation. Very unique about The Art of Digital Show was the combining of fine art images in the gallery along with video art. 16 flat-screen displays in the gallery were continuously exhibiting the video art pieces which were selected by Dr. Davies. The opening reception occurred on October 7, 2006, and the Show was a huge success.

In April 2007 the team launched the third Art of Photography Show. Entries were submitted by artists from 37 countries around the globe for this juried competition. The judge for this exhibit was Tim Wride, Head of the Department of Photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He is also the Executive Director of the No Strings Foundation, a non-profit organization which provides significant grants to photographic artists. Mr. Wride selected 103 world class images. There were over 1,000 people at the Opening Reception Gala on April 14, 2007, which can be viewed here. The exhibition ran April 14 through May 28, 2007.

During the fall of 2007 the team produced the second Art of Digital Show. Neal Benezra, the Director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, was the Judge for this exhibit. Out of entries from 40 countries, he selected 83 framed fine art pieces, 18 video art pieces, a 3D modelled sculpture, a digitally designed textile piece, and one interactive piece -- amazing work! The exhibition ran October 6 through November 11, 2007.

Six years ago the team produced The Art of Photography Show 2008 at the Lyceum Theatre Gallery. Entries were submitted for this world class show by artists from 46 countries. The judge for this exhibit was Carol McCusker, the Curator of Photography at the Museum of Photographic Arts. There were over 1,000 people at the Opening Reception Gala on April 25, 2008, which can be viewed here. The exhibition ran April 25 through May 23, 2008.

In 2009 the team produced The Art of Photography Show 2009 at the Lyceum Theatre Gallery. Entries were submitted by artists from 57 countries. The judge for this exhibit was Charlotte Cotton, the Curator and Head of the Department of Photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. There were well over 1,200 people at the Opening Reception Gala on August 29th. The exhibition ran through November 1, 2009.

In 2010 the team produced The Art of Photography Show 2010 at the Lyceum Theatre Gallery. Entries were submitted by artists from 67 countries. The judge for this exhibit was Natasha Egan, the Associate Director and Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. Ms. Egan selected 111 images -- the best of the best! There were over 1,500 people at the Opening Reception Gala on August 28th. The exhibition ran through November 7, 2010.

Three years ago the team produced The Art of Photography Show 2011 at the Lyceum Theatre Gallery. Entries were submitted by artists from 72 countries. The judge for this exhibit was Anne Lyden, Associate Curator of Photography at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Ms. Lyden selected 109 compelling works for exhibition. There were over 1,500 people at the Opening Reception Gala on August 13th. The exhibition ran through October 23, 2011.

In 2012 the team exhibited The Art of Photography Show at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park. This presentation of photography was truly exquisite. Entries were submitted by artists from 77 countries. The judge for this exhibit was Julian Cox, Founding Curator of Photography and Chief Curator at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Mr. Cox selected 200 compelling works for exhibition. There were over 1,500 people at the Opening Reception Gala on September 29th. The exhibition ran through November 11, 2012.

In 2013 the team produced The Art of Photography Show at the San Diego Art Institute. Entries were submitted by artists from 85 countries. The judge for this exhibit was Julia Dolan, the Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum. Dr. Dolan selected 200 works -- outstanding contemporary photography from 29 countries. The Opening Reception Gala was on October 12th, with artists and attendees from around the world. The exhibition ran through November 17, 2013. 

With the Art of Photography Show, our goal is to showcase the very best photography from around the world, to bring much exposure and sales to the exhibiting artists, and to provide numerous tangible benefits. The experience and knowledge gained by our entire crew through these many years is applied with intense passion and tenacity.

This year the team is launching a major new project, the next big thing. To be revealed soon!

 

 

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