INFOCUS, the photography support organization of Phoenix Art Museum, is calling for entries for the first INFOCUS Sidney Zuber Photography Award. The award will be granted biennially to an emerging or early career photographer who demonstrates artistic promise. The competition is open to photographers who are residents of the United States, working in all photographic media and styles.
The artist selected for the INFOCUS Sidney Zuber Photography Award will receive an unrestricted cash award of $5,000. Artworks by the winning photographer as well as those by artists receiving Honorable Mention will be displayed for up to two months at Phoenix Art Museum. The award winner will also be honored at a reception at the Museum on May 20, 2015, and will be reimbursed up to $1500 for travel expenses to attend. Selected artist(s) will be featured in INFOCUS event announcements and social media promotion by both Rebecca Senf and the INFOCUS organization, and will have their websites (if available) linked from the INFOCUS Sidney Zuber Photography Award web page.
Applicants are required to submit a brief artist's statement and a URL for the applicant's website, or another source where work can be viewed online, such as a social media page.
Artists may submit up to five images. The jurors will consider submitted images and the artist's statement in choosing the winning artist, and may also consult the applicant's website, if applicable. Entries must be submitted digitally via the website callforentry.org (CaFÉ). Although the entry must be a digital representation of a work, the work itself may exist in another medium, such as a print on paper or one or more physical objects. INFOCUS will mat and frame up to five works by the winning artist; if artists recognized for Honorable Mention want to have their pictures exhibited, they will be responsible for matting and framing their own work for display. Applicants may only enter the competition once, with a limit of five images.
The CaFÉ website is the exclusive method of entry, and payment of the $25 entry fee must be processed through CaFÉ. Please do not send application fees or artwork to INFOCUS or Phoenix Art Museum.
When entering, applicants will first need to register for the CaFÉ site and create a user profile. For information about using CaFÉ, and how to apply and prepare your entries, click here.
The competition will be judged by Rebecca Senf, the Norton Family Curator at Phoenix Art Museum; Joshua Chuang, Chief Curator at the Center for Creative Photography; and April Watson, Curator of Photography at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Jurors will select one photographer as the INFOCUS Sidney Zuber Photography Award winner, and may identify one or more additional artists for Honorable Mention.
Rebecca Senf is the Norton Family Curator of Photography, a joint appointment at the Center for Creative Photography and Phoenix Art Museum. Since the photography collection at Phoenix Art Museum is drawn, on a loan basis, from the Center for Creative Photography, Ms. Senf serves as the liaison, bringing the Center's collection to the public in Phoenix. Ms. Senf earned a Ph.D. in Art History at Boston University. In Boston she worked on the Museum of Fine Arts major exhibition of Ansel Adams works from The Lane Collection, for which she also co-authored the exhibition catalogue. In October of 2012, her book Reconstructing the View: The Grand Canyon Photographs of Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe was released by University of California Press. Her most recent exhibition, All That Glitters is Not Gold: Platinum Photography from the Center for Creative Photography, is currently on display at Phoenix Art Museum.
Joshua Chuang is the Chief Curator at the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona. The Center is recognized as one of the world's finest academic art museums and study centers for the history of photography. It holds the archive collections of Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, and Frederick Sommer – as well as many of the most recognizable names in 20th century North American photography, including W. Eugene Smith, Lola Alvarez Bravo, Edward Weston, and Garry Winogrand. Mr. Chuang received his undergraduate degree in studio art from Dartmouth College, and an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management. While pursuing his own photography, he held positions at Howard Greenberg Gallery and Pace/MacGill Gallery, where he worked with William Christenberry, Robert Frank, Emmet Gowin, and Judith Joy Ross, among others. He began working at the Yale University Art Gallery in 2004 and was named Assistant Curator of Photographs in 2007. He was promoted to Associate Curator of Photography and Digital Media at the Gallery in 2012.
April M. Watson is Curator of Photography at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, where she has worked for seven years. She holds a BFA in graphic design from Alfred University, an MA in art history from The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and a PhD in art history from The University of Kansas. Watson has organized and co-curated several photography exhibitions at NAMA, including American Soldier (2015); Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet, an exhibition of paintings and photographs co-organized with the Saint Louis Art Museum (2013); About Face: Contemporary Portraiture (2013); Heartland: The Photographs of Terry Evans, a career retrospective of the artist (2012); Thinking Photography: Five Decades at the Kansas City Art Institute (2010); Hide & Seek: Picturing Childhood (2009); Human/Nature: Recent European Landscape Photography (2008); and Time in the West: Photographs by Mark Klett & Byron Wolfe and Mark Ruwedel (2007).
Prior to joining the Nelson-Atkins, Watson was a curatorial research assistant at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and an NEA curatorial intern at the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson. Watson has contributed writing and scholarship to publications for the University of New Mexico Art Museum, the Center for Creative Photography, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. She also wrote essays for artist monographs by Joni Sternbach (2014) and Bjorn Sterri (2014) and contributed research and writing to the monograph The Art of Frederick Sommer: Photography, Drawing, Collage (2005).
The Dr. Sidney Zuber Memorial Fund honors the memory of one of our INFOCUS founders, who was a great friend to photography. The fund is set aside specifically to support emerging photographers. INFOCUS co-founder Judy Zuber recalls that her husband loved to seek out photography galleries wherever they traveled, and he dreamed of finding a way to help struggling artists show their work.
Now, for the first time in 2015, INFOCUS and Mrs. Zuber will be carrying on Dr. Zuber's wishes with the INFOCUS Sidney Zuber Photography Award, which will be granted bienially from this fund.
If you share Dr. and Mrs. Zuber's vision and would like to join us in supporting the leading edge of work being done in photography today, we hope you'll consider contributing to this fund. We welcome your tax-deductible donation in any amount.