The PRC, in collaboration with the Griffin Museum of Photography, hosts the New England Portfolio Reviews at Lesley University’s Lunder Arts Center, November 3 & 4, 2018.

New England Portfolio Reviews are a great opportunities for emerging and established photographers to meet with curators, gallerists, educators, and other image professionals in the busy New England photography world and beyond.

The portfolio reviews will serve individuals who are just embarking on their careers and those who have several years of experience and are hoping to reach new audiences. In the traditional format, each review will be 20 minutes long with one reviewer.

Reviewers are being confirmed, but the group will include: Barbara Ayotte, Edie Bresler, Erin Carey, Steven Duede, Joshua Farr, Jim Fitts, Katherine French, Stella Johnson, Bruce Myren, Susan Nalband, Suzanne Révy, Jessica Roscio, Glenn Ruga, Dana Salvo, J. Sybylla Smith, Elin Spring, Paula Tognarelli and Anabel Vazquez-Rodriguez.

Regarding reviewer selection: We will send out a survey for people to rank their top 10 reviewers and we will then match everyone as best we can. Our aim is to send out that survey around October 15th, when the reviewers are finalized, so sign up soon!

The cost is $40 per review. We are offering special price bundles: 4 reviews for $140, 8 reviews for $260.

Location:

Lunder Arts Center, Lower Level, Lesley University
1801 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140

The Lunder Arts Center is steps away from the Red Line Porter Square T-Stop, as well as stops for the 77, 96, 83, and 87 bus routes. In addition to metered street parking on Mass Ave, affordable parking is available in the lot behind Lesley University’s University Hall, 1815 Mass Ave. The lot entrance is on Roseland Street.

Schedule:

Saturday, November 3:
10:30-11:00 am – Gather for Introductions and Instructions
11:00 am-1:05 pm – Portfolio Reviews
1:05-2:00 – Break
2:00-5:00 pm – Portfolio Reviews

Sunday, November 4:
9:30-10:00 am – Gather for Introductions and Instructions
10:00 am-1:00 pm – Portfolio Reviews

Registration information can be found on the Griffin Museum’s website here.

The PRC hosts a “Live Portfolio Review” with Jim Fitts & Cary Wolinsky for the New England Chapter of American Society of Media Photographers on Tuesday, September 25th, 6-9 pm, at Lesley University.

Schedule:
Social Hour, 6-7 pm
Program, 7:15-8:30 pm
Q&A, 8:30-9 pm

Location: University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge; 2nd floor auditorium, Room 2-150. See additional information below, including admission fees.

Admission is open to all to witness this unique critique by two Boston-based practitioners that have a combined 70 years experience in the photo industry. Fitts and Wolinsky will review the portfolios of projected and printed images of six ASMP members. Review commentary will include useful insight and concrete advice for all photographers, whether or not an ASMP member.  This will also be a great chance to learn more about ASMP and network!

About: ASMP-NE describes this exciting event as such: “Ad firm veteran and fine art collector Jim Fitts brings the business approach and advice, and National Geographic photographer Cary Wolinsky critiques technique. Together they are the embodiment of the two skills each successful photographer must have: business savvy and photographic skill. The review will be live with images projected on the screen and print pieces on display nearby. Attendees will be able to watch and learn, whether they’re a review newbie or a veteran. You will learn about the mindset on the other side of the table, the dos and don’ts of portfolio reviews.”

Admission:
In advance (online) / At the door:
ASMP & PRC Members $8 / $15
Lesley Students (with school ID) FREE / FREE

Partners (AIGA, Griffin, ASPP, NPPA, PPA, BPA) $10 / $20
Students $10 / $20 ~ Non-Members $20 / $35

Directions and Parking
Lesley’s University Hall, 2nd floor auditorium, Room 2-150, 1815 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.  Please note: After 7pm, you must use the elevator at the guard’s desk.

University Hall is a few minutes walk from the Red Line Porter Square T station, as well as stops for the 77, 96, 83, and 87 bus routes.

Affordable parking is available in the lot behind University Hall off of Roseland Street, plus metered street parking on Mass Ave (free after 8 p.m.).

Learn more about the reviewers, ASMP-NE, this event, and register
here

Image: Left © Jim Fitts and right © Cary Wolinsky and logos from ASMP-NE’s website

Lisa Crossman, Curator at Fitchburg Art Museum, offered valued thoughts and advice to members in the PRC Portfolio Review session held June 18, 2018.

(Read about the PRC Portfolio Review program here.)

“It was a pleasure to speak with each photographer! I appreciated that the artists came into the review ready to present one or two bodies of work and with questions,” she said.

“There was a nice range of projects at various stages of development. I really enjoyed learning more about each photographer’s goals, the background or framework of the series presented, and uncertainties (if any) about specific aspects of the work.

“A number of the photographers were thinking about their subjects in a fresh, engaging way and it was fun to work through with them how that translated (or did not effectively translate) formally.”

Lisa reviewed the work of five members that afternoon, giving each the time needed to explore the issues. Even at that, though, “the review felt very relaxed and I appreciated the time between sessions [to recharge].”

The PRC appreciates the time and effort that guest reviewers contribute to the program. The opportunity to hear advice and observations from highly experienced and discerning professionals is a valued benefit of PRC membership.

 

“Untitled #2” from the series “She” © Claudia Ruiz-Gustafson

Claudia Ruiz-Gustafson: “I am so thankful PRC gave me the opportunity to connect with Lisa Crossman for a portfolio review. She gave me important advice going forward with a new series of work as well as helped me figure out a sequencing problem I was not able to see for myself. Her advice was invaluable and I look forward to more opportunities like this to help me in my artistic journey.”

 

“Pursuits” 2018. © Elizabeth Albert

Elizabeth Albert: “I appreciated how Lisa challenged me to hone in closer on what I wanted to communicate with my pictures and to think more expansively about how I could present them. I came away from the critique with many new ideas and directions that I am excited to pursue.”

 

“Entropy #1” from the series WEATHER & TIME. © Stephen Wicks

Stephen Wicks: “My portfolio review meeting with Lisa Crossman was both enjoyable and informative. She offered lots of detailed responses to individual images in my WEATHER & TIME portfolio and a good sense of how my images held together as a theme. Lisa was thoughtful, curious, open to questions and forthright as she offered her observations. Our review session was well paced, not rushed because she graciously offered an extended amount of time for a full sharing and exchange of ideas.”

PRC Portfolio Reviews

A special opportunity to get visibility and helpful feedback on your work.

 

PRC Portfolio Review sessions offer five current members the opportunity to individually discuss their work with a guest reviewer drawn from the community of curators, gallerists, critics, photographers, and more.

Reviewers bring a wide variety of experience, aesthetic sense, focus, and expertise. To get the most benefit from your portfolio review, check the particular reviewer’s background and request to meet with those who best fit the art and objectives of your work.

How It Works

Each review period includes five 30-minute slots, most often from 1 to 5 p.m., on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.

Two weeks before the review date, we open the scheduled email registration period, and then randomly select the five members who will get a time slot. We will notify selected reviewees one week before the scheduled review.

Everyone whose membership is valid during the month of the review, and who hasn’t already had a review during that membership year, may register for a chance to win a spot. You can join the PRC or renew here.

To register, send an email to reviews@prcboston.org during the scheduled registration period. Include your name, phone number and membership status (e.g., expiration date). If you’re uncertain of your membership status,  email membership@prcboston.org and we’ll check it for you.

Note that each review session requires its own registration, so if you don’t win a slot, you’ll need to register again for a subsequent review that may interest you.

We notify the winners of their scheduled time slot via email. Notifications go out quickly, so please check your spam folder in case you’ve won a slot but hadn’t seen a notice.

Preparing for/Attending the Review

To make the best use of your 30-minute review, select a number of images from one or two series. Think about what you want out of the session, and let the reviewer know so you can get the most value from the experience.

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled review. Review locations may vary, and will be noted in the particular review announcement.

Prints are always preferable to digital images. (No plastic sleeves, please! Prints with generous margins help avoid fingerprints and smudges.) If you prefer showing digital images, please bring your own viewing device to make sure that you and the reviewer will be able to see them.

PRC REVIEWS, JULY THROUGH OCTOBER:

We’re thrilled to announce a full slate of Portfolio Reviews from which you can choose and plan ahead!

July 30:  Erin Becker, Director, Cambridge Art Association – More about Becker and the sign up procedure for this offering: prcboston.org/reviews-becker
August 13:  Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director & Curator, Griffin Museum of Photography
September 17:  Arlette Kayafas, Director, Gallery Kayafas
October 15:  Shana Dumont Garr, Curator, Fruitlands  Museum/The Trustees

Members are allotted one review per year; sign up is two weeks before review date.

Dana Salvo, artist, owner, and Director of the Clark Gallery in Lincoln, MA, will review the portfolios of five PRC members on Monday, November 19th, from 1-5 p.m, at Lesley University’s Lunder Arts Center. Sign-up for members via email begins Monday, November 5th.

A benefit of PRC membership, the PRC Portfolio Review Program offers a variety of experience, aesthetic sense, focus, and expertise. Learn more about the program and how to sign up here.

DATE: Monday, November 19th, 1-5pm
REVIEWER: Dana Salvo, owner of Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA
SIGN UP: Enter the review lottery via email starting Monday, November 5th (more on how to sign up here). If you get a slot, it will be confirmed via email.
LOCATION: Conference Room 119 is on the 1st floor and Bruce Myren will greet you there. Lunder Arts Center, 1801 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

ABOUT THE REVIEWER

Dana Salvo is both a gallerist and artist. He is the co-owner of Clark Gallery, one of New England’s leading contemporary art galleries. He advises new and established collectors, museums, and public and private corporations in acquiring works of art.

Salvo is also a nationally recognized photographer and scholar.  He has been the recipient of two awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and Fulbright Scholar Award, along with other grants and fellowships. His work is represented in numerous collections including: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA, and The Boston Museum of Fine Arts.  He is the author of Home Altars of Mexico (University of New Mexico and Thames and Hudson).

Established in 1976, Clark Gallery is a member of the Boston Art Dealers Association and located just outside Boston in Lincoln, MA, an area known for its rich cultural offerings. The gallery exhibits work in all media by emerging, mid-career and established artists from the Northeast and nationally. Clark Galley also offers space rental for corporate and charity events.

You can follow Dana Salvo on Instagram.

Images: Logo, gallery shot by Ken McGagh, Metro West Daily News, and installation images from the Clark Gallery website as well as the cover of Home Altars of Mexico.

Shana Dumont Garr, Curator at the Fruitlands Museum/The Trustees, will review the portfolios of five PRC members on Monday, October 15th, from 1-5 p.m, at Lesley University’s Lunder Arts Center.

A benefit of PRC membership, the PRC Portfolio Review Program offers a variety of experience, aesthetic sense, focus, and expertise. Learn more about the program and how to sign up here.

DATE: Monday, October 15th, 1-5pm
REVIEWER: Shana Dumont Garr, Curator, Fruitlands Museum/The Trustees
SIGN UP: Enter the review lottery via email (more on how to sign up here). If you get a slot, it will be confirmed via email.
LOCATION: Conference Room 119 is on the 1st floor and Bruce Myren will greet you there. Lunder Arts Center, 1801 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

ABOUT THE REVIEWER:

Shana Dumont Garr is the Curator at Fruitlands Museum, now part of The Trustees of Reservations. At the museum, she has organized a variety of exhibitions that range from historical work to contemporary artists, including Literary Soil: Greg Lookerse and Inhabiting Folk Portraits with Candice Smith Corby.

Garr previously worked as the Director of Programs and Exhibitions at Artspace in Raleigh as well as held positions at the Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Montserrat College of Art Gallery; Hurst Gallery; and Kingston Gallery. She has organized hundreds of exhibitions and contributed to many online arts publications, including Big Red & Shiny.

Garr was a fellow at The Clark Institute this past August, as part of the working group on Visionary New England, in collaboration with curators from deCordova Sculpture Park + Museum and Fitchburg Art Museum. Her contribution to the collaboration is the exhibition Recruiting for Utopia. Opening in the Spring of 2020, it will examine early 1800s printed media from Fruitlands Museum’s collection, including Millerite posters that proclaimed the predicted end of times. She holds a BA in Art and English from Colby College and an MA in Art History from Boston University.

Fruitlands Museum/The Trustees in Harvard, MA, is a 210-acre historic, natural, and cultural organization dedicated to New England history and art. Founded in 1914 by author and preservationist Clara Endicott Sears, the Museum takes its name from an experimental utopian community, led by Transcendentalists Bronson Alcott and Charles Lane, that existed on this site in 1843. The Museum’s property includes a variety of historical buildings and its collections include Shaker and Native American documents and artifacts as well as Hudson River School landscape paintings and 19th century vernacular portraits.

UPCOMING REVIEW:

November, date TBA: Dana Salvo, Owner and Director, Clark Gallery

Members are allotted one review per year; sign up starts two weeks before review date. To get the most benefit from your portfolio review, check the particular reviewer’s background and request to meet with those who best fit the art and objectives of your work. 

Learn more about this program, including how to sign up and prepare for a review here.

THE NEW ENGLAND PORTFOLIO REVIEWS

The PRC, in collaboration with the Griffin Museum of Photography, hosts the New England Portfolio Reviews at Lesley University’s Lunder Arts Center, November 3 & 4, 2018.

New England Portfolio Reviews are a great opportunities for emerging and established photographers to meet with curators, gallerists, educators, and other image professionals in the busy New England photography world and beyond.

The portfolio reviews will serve individuals who are just embarking on their careers and those who have several years of experience and are hoping to reach new audiences. In the traditional format, each review will be 20 minutes long with one reviewer.

Reviewers are being confirmed, but the group will include: Barbara Ayotte, Edie Bresler, Erin Carey, Steven Duede, Joshua Farr, Jim Fitts, Katherine French, Stella Johnson, Bruce Myren, Susan Nalband, Suzanne Révy, Jessica Roscio, Glenn Ruga, Dana Salvo, J. Sybylla Smith, Elin Spring, Paula Tognarelli and Anabel Vazquez-Rodriguez.

The cost is $40 per review, and we are offering special price bundles as follows: 4 reviews for $140, 8 reviews for $260.

Schedule:

Saturday, November 3:
10:30-11:00 am – Gather for Introductions and Instructions
11:00 am-1:05 pm – NEPR Portfolio Reviews
1:05-2:00 – Break
2:00-5:00 pm – NEPR Portfolio Reviews

Sunday, November 4:
9:30-10:00 am – Gather for Introductions and Instructions
10:00 am-1:00 pm – NEPR Portfolio Reviews

Registration information can be found on the Griffin Museum’s website here.

Photo Credits: Portrait, courtesy of Dumont-Garr; screenshot of Fruitlands Museum website.

Arlette Kayafas, Director, Gallery Kayafas, will review the portfolios of five PRC members on Monday, September 17th, from 1-5 p.m., at Lesley University’s Lunder Arts Center.

The PRC Portfolio Reviews bring a variety of voices to the table and aim to provide helpful feedback and added exposure. Portfolio reviews are a benefit of PRC membership. Read more about the program and how to apply for a review here.

DATE: Monday, September 17th, 1-5pm
REVIEWER: Arlette Kayafas, Director, Gallery Kayafas
SIGN UP: Now closed for this session. (Read here for future reference on the sign-up process.)
LOCATION: Lesley University Lunder Arts Center, conference Room 119 on the 1st floor–Bruce Myren will greet you there.

Lunder Arts Center is at 1801 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140, steps away from the Porter Square Red Line T-stop, and the 77, 96, 83, and 87 bus stops by Porter.

ABOUT THE REVIEWER:

Arlette Kayafas, Director, opened Gallery Kayafas in 2002. The gallery represents and presents emerging artists together with established and well-known photographers. This fall, Gallery Kayafas celebrates its 16th year in Boston’s South End gallery district, SoWa.  

Kayafas and her husband Gus have been collecting photography for over 45 years.  She is an overseer at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA and also at the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, MA.

Read her full bio and an interview here.

UPCOMING REVIEW:

Monday, October 15th:  Shana Dumont Garr, Curator, Fruitlands Museum/The Trustees

Members are allotted one review per year. Sign up starts two weeks before review date. Learn more about this program, including how to sign up and prepare for a review here.

THE NEW ENGLAND PORTFOLIO REVIEWS: In collaboration with the Griffin Museum of Photography, the PRC will host the New England Portfolio Reviews, November 3 & 4, 2018. Stay tuned for more information.

Photo Credits: Portrait of Artlette Kayafas by Elin Spring; gallery photo and logo from Gallery Kayafas Facebook page, Jesse Burke’s “Wild and Precious”

 

Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director & Curator, Griffin Museum of Photography, will review the portfolios of five PRC members on Monday, August 13th, from 1-5 p.m., at Lesley University’s Lunder Arts Center.

A benefit of PRC membership, the PRC Portfolio Review Program offers a variety of experience, aesthetic sense, focus, and expertise. Learn more about the program and how to sign up here.

DATE: Monday, August 13th, 1-5pm
REVIEWER: Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director & Curator, Griffin Museum of Photography
SIGN UP: All review slots for this session are now filled.  Learn more on how to sign up for future reviews here.
LOCATION: Conference Room 119 is on the 1st floor – Bruce Myren will greet you there. Lunder Arts Center, 1801 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

About the Reviewer

Paula Tognarelli is the Executive Director & Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA, where she has worked for 15 years.

Paula Tognarelli (photo: John Lawler)

In addition to her Griffin work, Paula has juried and curated copious exhibitions worldwide as well as served as an invited juror for national and international exhibitions, festivals, prizes, fellowships, and grants. A regular participant in national and local portfolio reviews, she is also a nominator for the Prix Pictet in Switzerland; the Heinz Prize, Harvard’s Robert Gardner Fellowship; St. Botolph Club Foundation; MOPA Triennial; Kyoto Prize; and the Rappaport Prize in Massachusetts.

Paula is currently on the advisory boards of the New England School of Photography and Mount Ida College. She holds an MS in Arts Administration from Boston University, a BA from Regis College, is a graduate of the New England School of Photography, and a candidate for a Masters in Education at Lesley University. Read her full bio here and Elin Spring’s Curator’s Viewpoint interview with Paula here.

Founded in 1992, the Griffin Museum houses three galleries; maintains three satellite gallery spaces; hosts several virtual on-line galleries; and produces a variety of educational and outreach programs. The Griffin produces the Annual Focus Awards and will again be working with the PRC to organize the New England Portfolio Reviews.

PRC REVIEWS THROUGH OCTOBER:

In the coming months, PRC members have wide-ranging opportunities to apply for a portfolio review by highly experienced and well respected experts. Coming up:

September 17:  Arlette Kayafas, Director, Gallery Kayafas
October 15:  Shana Dumont Garr, Curator, Fruitlands  Museum/The Trustees

Members are allotted one review per year; sign up starts two weeks before review date. To get the most benefit from your portfolio review, check the particular reviewer’s background and request to meet with those who best fit the art and objectives of your work. 

Learn more about this program, including how to sign up and prepare for a review here.

We’re excited to announce our next PRC Portfolio Review! 

Erin Becker, Director of the Cambridge Art Association, will review the portfolios of five PRC members on Monday, July 30th, from 1-5 p.m., at Lesley University’s Lunder Arts Center.

PRC Portfolio Reviews bring a variety of voices to the table and aim to provide helpful feedback and added exposure. Portfolio reviews are a benefit of PRC membership. Read more about the program and how to apply for a review here.

DATE: Monday, July 30th, 1-5pm
REVIEWER: Erin Becker, Norma Jean Calderwood Director, Cambridge Art Association
SIGN UP: Enter the review lottery via email starting on Monday, July 16th (more on how to sign up here).
LOCATION: Conference Room 119 is on the 1st floor – Bruce Myren will greet you there. Lunder Arts Center, 1801 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

About the Reviewer

Erin Becker is the Norma Jean Calderwood Director of the Cambridge Art Association in Cambridge, MA and has worked at CAA for 14 years.  Founded in 1944 by a group of artists, CAA the currently maintains two gallery spaces for exhibitions, Kathryn Schultz Gallery and University Place Gallery, and the as well as five satellite spaces.  Until August 2015, CAA was a juried members association and it is now open to all.  In addition to a variety of curated and juried exhibitions, CAA offers professional development programs, including portfolio reviews and networking events, as well as a youth outreach program and collaborative relationships with local organizations.

In addition to her work at CAA, Becker serves on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Square Business Association and Advisory Board for Cambridge Open Studios; she is also a co-founder of the Art Centers Alliance, a group of roughly 25 community arts leaders. Becker holds a BA in Art History from Boston University and a Certificate from BU’s Institute for Nonprofit Management Leadership Core Program at Questrom Business School.

Photo Credits: CAA building from www.cambridgeusa.org/listing/cambridge-art-association and CAA logo, from www.cambridgeart.org

PRC REVIEWS, JULY THROUGH OCTOBER:

We’re thrilled to announce a full slate of PRC Portfolio Reviews from which you can choose and plan ahead!

August 13:  Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director & Curator, Griffin Museum of Photography
September 17:  Arlette Kayafas, Director, Gallery Kayafas
October 15:  Shana Dumont Garr, Curator, Fruitlands  Museum/The Trustees
Members are allotted one review per year; sign up is two weeks before review date.

LEARN MORE about this program, including HOW TO SIGN UP & prepare for a review here.

Lisa Crossman, Curator at the Fitchburg Art Museum, will review the portfolios of five PRC members on Monday, June 18, from 1-5 p.m., at Lesley University’s Lunder Arts Center.

As a reminder, the PRC Portfolio Review program brings a variety of voices to the table and aim to provide helpful feedback and added exposure. Portfolio reviews are a benefit of PRC membership.

Read more about the program and how to apply for a review here.

DATE: Monday, June 18th, 1-5pm
REVIEWER: Lisa Crossman
SIGN UP: Email entry for the review lottery (five slots) is now open for PRC members (more on how to sign up here).
LOCATION: Conference Room 119 is on the 1st floor – Bruce Myren will greet you there. Lunder Arts Center, 1801 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

About the Reviewer

Lisa Crossman, Ph.D., is an art historian and Curator at the Fitchburg Art Museum. As Curator, she oversees changing exhibitions of work by contemporary New England artists and those featured in the permanent collection. In addition to managing all operations of the Curatorial Department, she collaborates with Fitchburg State University’s faculty and students and curators of other regional museums.

Prior to FAM, she worked with the Cultural Agents Initiative at Harvard University, edited and wrote for Big Red & Shiny, taught at Middlebury College and St. Michael’s College, and served as a Research Associate at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Her doctoral work and later professional experiences have solidified her interest in supporting contemporary artists and creating links among art museums, universities, and community partners.

 

Photo Credits: Paul Kapteyn, Worcester Telegram, installation image of Naturetech exhibition, featuring Nathalie Miebach’s work in the renovated George R. Wallace III Gallery at the Fitchburg Art Museum and FAM entrance from website.

PRC Acting Executive Director Bruce Myren will review the portfolios of five PRC members on Friday, April 20, from 1-5 p.m., at Lesley University’s Lunder Arts Center.

The PRC Monthly Portfolio Reviews, a benefit of membership, bring a variety of voices to the table and aim to provide helpful feedback and added exposure.

Read more about the program and how to apply for a review here.

DATE: Friday, April 20th, 1-5pm
REVIEWER: Bruce Myren, Acting Executive Director of the Photographic Resource Center, photographer, educator, digital imaging specialist
SIGN UP: Enter the review lottery via email starting on Friday, April 13th (more info here).

 

Boston-based artist, curator and writer Erin Carey conducted the PRC’s Monthly Portfolio Review on Monday, March 26 for five PRC members at Lesley University’s Lunder Arts Center.

Watch for the next Monthly Portfolio Review and read more about the program, including how to apply, here.

About the Reviewer

Erin Carey is Academic Director at New England School of Photography (NESOP), and Director of Photographic Exhibitions at the Garner Center at NESOP, both in Waltham, MA.

Boston-based artist educator and curator Erin Carey received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College, concentrating in art history and photography, and earned her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston & Tufts University. Currently, Carey is the Academic Director at the New England School of Photography where she has taught for the last eight years. Her work there also includes chairing a Fine Art Major in the full-time program as well as serving as Gallery Director & Curator of the school’s gallery, The Garner Center.

On August 13, Paula Tognarelli reviewed the work of five members as part of the PRC Portfolio Review program. Paula is Executive Director & Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography. She is a highly respected presence in the national and international photography community.

(The PRC Portfolio Review program is a valuable member benefit. Read more about it here.)

Paula: “I want to thank the PRC for inviting me to review portfolios recently. Hopefully the experience was enlightening and enjoyable for all of us at the review table. I know it was for me.

Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director & Curator, Griffin Museum of Photography

“Five photographers shared a mix of  work I knew and photographs I have never seen before. It is such a rush when the portfolio box opens and the work inside takes its shape. There’s this moment of silent acknowledgement between the reviewer and the artist. My goal is to make this moment of assessment be as comfortable as possible for both of us.

“It isn’t really what the photographer can do for me in a review that counts but what I can do to help the photographer achieve what she/he wants to accomplish. And twenty minutes isn’t really a lot of time to build the relationship needed to make change happen. What I am good at, though, is getting to the bottom quickly of why someone wants a review, have them know I can be trusted, see the potential in a photograph or series, and suggest a strategy.

“My methods involve past experience, a very broad aesthetic, exposure to a large resource pool, and not being afraid to be different. To achieve a goal one needs to know what the goal is, invoke a dash of self confidence, a jigger of risk, a boatful of diligence and the wisdom to know when it’s time to regroup and move a project aside to come back to it with a fresh perspective.

“I saw potential opportunities in all five photographers, who were at varying stages in their art-making process. I encouraged all of them to keep me updated on where their journeys take them, and I could envision working with each of them in some capacity over time.”

Paula reviewed the work of PRC Members Sage Brousseau, Jessica Burko, Fran Forman, Steve Genatossio, and Jen Morris.

“Blur and Handout,” photo-based installation works in progress, encaustic and photo image transfers on found wooden drawers, dimensions variable, 2018 by Jessica Burko

Jessica Burko: ” “I’m just beginning a new chapter in my work so the timing was perfect for a PRC review. Paula was positive, made great suggestions, and encouraged me to push the boundaries of the current photographic lexicon.”

 

“Machine Robot” from the series Treasure Hunt by Steve Genatossio

Steve Genatossio: “My portfolio review with Paula Tognarelli was very helpful. I didn’t have many questions about the work I showed but needed some insight into where to take it and how to make connections. She gave me the names of photographers who have done similar work to look at and also recommended a few gallery people who might be interested in seeing it.

“All in all I enjoyed the experience. Thanks Paula and thanks PRC.”

 

“Woman Writing a Letter with Pencil” from the series Portraiture Redressed by Fran Forman

Fran Forman: “I was delighted to have the opportunity to sit down with Curator and Griffin Museum Director extraordinaire Paula Tognarelli. The timing of our meeting was perfect. I had been working for several months on a new series, and I was at the point of considering whether or not I should take this work to the next level.

“Paula gave me the encouragement to continue in this direction. But most importantly, she looked carefully at each of the new images, commented on tiny details that only a visually astute observer such as she would notice, and she asked penetrating and relevant questions. Not only is she an astute observer of all things visual, but she’s also extremely educated in art history and, of course, photographic methodology. Thank you for arranging this review!”

 

Image from the series Within by Sage Brousseau

Sage Brousseau: “It was such a wonderful opportunity to be able to have Paula Tognarelli review my portfolio. Her thoughtful commentary on my work gave me great insight and direction on these works in progress. I appreciate the PRC providing this opportunity to an emerging photographer like myself. It was a great step forward for me and I plan to take advantage of the advice I received from Ms. Tognarelli and other resources the PRC provides.”

Erin Becker, Norma Jean Calderwood Director of the Cambridge Art Association, reviewed PRC members’ portfolios in the July session of the PRC Portfolio Review.

(Read about the PRC Portfolio Review program here.)

Commenting on the session, Erin said, “I enjoyed meeting with photographers at the PRC who were both familiar and new to me. The Boston area has a wonderful photo community, and it was a pleasure to see that on display at the PRC. I also appreciated the effort each photographer put into presenting their work, and the openness they showed in asking for feedback.

“Like many who work in the arts, my day-to-day never involves as much looking at art as I would like. So, when I’m asked to participate in any sort of portfolio review, I jump at the chance! It’s an opportunity for me to stayed attuned to artists’ needs, as well as how artists are responding to current trends, world events, and the like.

“I also view these one-on-one conversations as an educational opportunity for both reviewer and presenter—as the viewer, I am able to further hone my skills, while also sharing my professional experience with the presenter. Presenters benefit from the opportunity to present  and discuss their art—something that all artists should practice regularly!”

PRC Members Marc Goldring and Sally Chapman reflected on their reviews:

Wards Pond Reflection by Marc Goldring

Marc Goldring: “Erin’s  comments about my work were cogent and to the point, partly about better curating my own work but, more deeply, about looking hard at what I shot and why. For those insights, I am grateful.

“The conversation went in directions I didn’t expect and that, too, was useful to me, pointing out that knowing something is very different from actually doing it. As a result of this session, I’m more clear on what I need to do to move in the direction I want to go.”

Ted’s Shrine by Sally Chapman

Sally Chapman: “It was lovely to meet with Erin Becker and show her where my work is progressing since I last showed at the CAA. Her comments were helpful as to where she saw the strengths of the series and her ideas of looking at others that are working in similar subject matters.

“Also her suggestions for using social media to find possible other subjects for the series. The main benefit has been that the ideas have sparked many of my own ideas in the days since the review. It has been a boost where I had been feeling a bit constrained.”

Upcoming reviews include Arlette Kayafas on September 17th, and Shana Dumont Garr on October 15th. Read more on how and when to apply for a review slot.

In the coming months, PRC members have wide-ranging opportunities to apply for a portfolio review by highly experienced and well respected experts. Coming up:

Monday, August 13, Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director, Griffin Museum of Photography
Monday, September 17, Arlette Kayafas, Owner, Gallery Kayafas
Monday, October 15, Shana Dumont Garr, Curator, Fruitlands Museum

Sign-up opens about two weeks prior to the scheduled date (PRC members only).

A benefit of PRC membership, the PRC Portfolio Review Program brings a variety of experience, aesthetic sense, focus, and expertise. To get the most benefit from your portfolio review, check the particular reviewer’s background and request to meet with those who best fit the art and objectives of your work. Learn more about the program here.

Paula Tognarelli

Paula Tognarelli is the Executive Director and Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography. She is responsible for producing over 54 exhibitions a year at the Griffin and its satellite and online gallery spaces. She holds an M.S. in Arts Administration from Boston University, BA from Regis College, is a graduate of the New England School of Photography and is a candidate for her Masters in Education at Lesley University. Paula has juried and curated numerous exhibitions both nationally and internationally.

Arlette Kayafas opened Gallery Kayafas in 2002 in Boston’s historic South End. Her interest in art and artists has always been a focus of her curiosity and effort. She believes that as the owner of a gallery she has a responsibility to the artist, the client, the neighborhood, and her colleagues to exhibit only the best works. The gallery has a focus on the emerging artists and pairs such artists with established and well known photographers.

Shana Dumont Garr

Shana Dumont Garr is the Curator of Fruitlands Museum, one of The Trustees of Reservations most recently added properties. A curator and writer, she trained as an art historian, and focuses on visual art. Her previous roles include the Director of Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA, and Director of Programs and Exhibitions at Artspace in Raleigh, NC. Shana organizes exhibitions and programs that highlight process and that make concepts accessible and interesting to everyone from professionals to the as-of-yet uninitiated. She has a master’s degree in art history and more than a decade of experience in a range of fine arts administration.

The PRC Portfolio

The PRC is pleased to offer an unprecedented portfolio of photographs by world-renowned artists. Each artist represented in the PRC Portfolio is considered a contemporary master.

The portfolio was produced in a trade edition of thirty-five signed and numbered prints enclosed in a custom clamshell case measuring 20 x 24 inches. The price of the portfolio is $25,000 with a special discount for non-profit institutions.

Interest in the PRC Portfolio has been substantial and more than half of the trade edition has been sold. Copies are already held in the collections of the Addison Gallery of American Art, Center for Creative Photography, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, and the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, as well as a number of prestigious private collections. In addition, it has recently entered the collections of the Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum and the RISD Museum.

If you have any questions about the portfolio or would like to place your order, please email us at info@prcboston.org or call 617.975.0600.

Click here for a PDF with detailed information about The PRC Portfolio.

Additional information about the PRC Portfolio

(The following is adapted in part from the colophon, acknowledgements, and biographical pages of The PRC Portfolio)

The PRC Portfolio was published in 2008 and distributed by the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, located at 832 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA.

The PRC Portfolio Committee selected the artists and assisted with the communication and logistics. Dr. Kim Sichel, Associate Professor, History of Photography and Modern Art at Boston University , wrote the essay and Leslie K. Brown, former PRC Curator, wrote the biographies.

The individual prints were created under the artists’ direct supervision, as is customary contemporary practice, in the medium listed on the following pages. The mat backboards are Rising Conserva Mats and the overmats are Rising Museum Rag. All mats are 4-ply, except the ParkeHarrison print, which is 8-ply. The portfolio is cased in a handmade, clothbound, archival box produced by Portfoliobox, Inc.; the frontispiece, colophon, essay, and biographical pages were designed by Jim Fitts, former PRC Executive Director.

Each photographer received an artist proof edition of the portfolio in return for his or her contribution. Artist proof editions were given to Color Services, LLC and Palm Press, Inc., who were the printers of the editions. Three artist proof editions will remain with the PRC.

In addition to the PRC Board of Directors, the PRC wishes to thank the PRC Portfolio Committee; Color Services, LLC; Palm Press, Inc.; Kim Sichel; and all of the artists and their galleries. In addition, the PRC Portfolio Committee would like to express their gratitude to Marc Elliott and Gus Kayafas for their counsel and support.

Click here to read the review of the Portfolio exhibition by Mark Feeney in the Boston Globe.

Over this past year, the PRC Board of Directors embarked on a periodic reassessment of the organization’s mission and strategic plans. The review is part of the PRC’s evolution from its long-term association with Boston University to being a resident partner with Lesley University’s Lesley Art + Design college.

The initiative included surveying the membership and other engaged people in the photographic community, and working with Empower Success Corps consultants to map the PRC’s future direction.

During this transition period, Bruce Myren was engaged in a consulting role as our Director, responsible for reestablishing a regular slate of programming, as well as managing the PRC’s flagship exhibitions.

As his paid consulting work concludes, the Board thanks Bruce for his efforts as we now turn to putting our plans into effect.

Further, the Board especially thanks Bruce for the significant and impactful volunteer efforts he has devoted to the organization over the years.

In particular, four years ago, the PRC faced a daunting challenge to its existence. Bruce was a principal member of the small group of people who together not only kept the PRC going, but also rebuilt the strength of the organization to its current solid foundation.

During the past four years, Bruce kept the PRC Nights program going, restarted the PRC Portfolio Review program, found and managed exhibits to mount, created the Your Work Here 2.0 exhibit that energized the membership, created and sent out dozens of eblasts, maintained the old website, and oversaw and created social media postings.

Further, Bruce ran the annual EXPOSURE juried competitions, finding notable jurors, managing the process, contacting winners, arranging for the show to be installed, taking it down, packing it up, and shipping artwork back to the photographers.

He did most of that work in a volunteer capacity, and voluntarily continued the social media work in addition to his program management as a paid Director for much of 2018.

His work has been a key reason that the PRC continues not only to exist, but also to thrive as we enter 2019. Thank you, Bruce.

Thank You, Bruce.

Over this past year, the PRC Board of Directors embarked on a periodic reassessment of the organization’s mission and strategic plans. The review is part of the PRC’s evolution from its long-term association with Boston University to being a resident partner with Lesley University College of Art and Design.

The initiative included surveying the membership and other engaged people in the photographic community, and working with Empower Success Corps (ESC) consultants to map the PRC’s future direction.

Image by Susan Lapides 2013

During this transition period, Bruce Myren was engaged in a consulting role as our Director, responsible for reestablishing a regular slate of programming, as well as managing the PRC’s flagship exhibitions.

As his paid consulting work draws to a close, the Board thanks Bruce for his efforts as we now turn to putting our plans into effect.

Further, the Board especially thanks Bruce for the significant and impactful volunteer efforts he has devoted to the organization over the years.

In particular, four years ago, the PRC faced a daunting challenge to its existence. Bruce was a principal member of the small group of people who together not only kept the PRC going, but also rebuilt the strength of the organization to its current solid foundation.

During the past four years, Bruce kept the PRC Nights program going, restarted the PRC Portfolio Review program, found and managed exhibits to mount, created the Your Work Here 2.0 exhibit that energized the membership, created and sent out dozens of eblasts, maintained the old website, and oversaw and created social media postings.

Further, Bruce ran the annual EXPOSURE juried competitions, finding notable jurors, managing the process, contacting winners, arranging for the show to be installed, taking it down, packing it up, and shipping artwork back to the photographers.

He did most of that work in a volunteer capacity, and voluntarily continued the social media work in addition to his program management as a paid Director for much of 2018.

His work has been a key reason that the PRC continues not only to exist, but also to thrive as we enter 2019. Thank you, Bruce.

On September 17, Arlette Kayafas reviewed the work of five PRC members as part of the PRC Portfolio Review Program.

Arlette is the Director of Gallery Kayafas, which she opened in 2002. The gallery represents and presents emerging artists together with established and well-known photographers.

(The PRC Portfolio Review program is a valuable member benefit. Read more about it here.)

Arlette: “A special thank you to the PRC for giving me the opportunity to review the work of five photographers. And a special thanks to the five very different artists, each with a strong commitment to their art.

“Before any review, I always visit the artist’s website. By doing this, I’ve saved some of the allotted time as I have already answered many of my questions beforehand and the two of us can concentrate on the images. As the review begins, I ask about their expectations … and excitedly wait to see what’s in the box!

“I’ve been collecting photography (with my husband, Gus) for 51 years, and have looked at thousands of images. However, each review shows me something different, something new. It’s a learning experience for me. When I review work, I’m looking at the portfolio as an exhibition—strength, narrative, relationship from photo to photo, and depth. Thinking of the work in this way guides the review.

“The artists that I met (a couple for the second time!) were in varying stages of their projects; each, with a strong grasp as to what they wanted to say and each deep into their process. Some projects were years into the journey, others just opening and beginning the exploration. I found the reviews rewarding and energizing. I enjoyed the conversations that ensued and the collaborative process.

“I hope the artists found the experience beneficial!”

Arlette reviewed the work of PRC Members Diane Bennett, Tamar Granovsky, Tira Khan, Jeffery Lewis, and Tricia Neumyer.

“Boardwalk Attendant, Seaside Heights, 2016” by Diane Bennett

Diane Bennett: A portfolio review is great for discovering blind-spots; thanks to the PRC for providing this valuable benefit. I especially appreciated the knowledge, experience and care that Arlette brings as a reviewer. She helped me reflect on my current portrait project in a historical context and think through ways to more deeply engage people on the street.

“House. Arandai, Chapada Diamentina, Bahia, Brasil. 2017.” From the series “The Miracle” by Tamar Granovsky

Tamar Granovsky: The review with Arlette was an enjoyable, one-on-one, opportunity that I could not have easily had without the PRC. Arlette asked me questions that made me look harder at the photographs I had included for her review; because of this I realized that I had an understanding of one image, in particular, that I had never had before. For the first time, something that has intuitively made sense now makes intellectual sense. She has given me food for thought that I will take with me as I alter the editing and sequencing of this project’s pictures. I am thankful to Arlette for this.

Image from the series “Pattern Repeats” by Tira Khan

Tira Khan: I really enjoyed my portfolio review with Arlette Kayafas. I found her easy to talk to, articulate in her analysis, and incredibly insightful. She listened to what I had to say about my project and then offered an in-depth critique the images. Right now I am working on a project that is complicated in concept and form. She helped me analyze my photographs and offered ideas on potential approaches. Her guidance will help me with my work.

“Kermit the Frog, c.1976, T.M.N., age 44” from the series “Well Loved” by Tricia Neumyer

Tricia Neumyer: It is so important to be able get an honest reaction to your artwork, especially when it is coming from someone as knowledgeable and experienced as Arlette. I took this opportunity to launch a project that I’ve been thinking about for a long time but never really got going. While we did speak briefly about older work that is in its final stages, Arlette really pushed me to explore my new ideas. Our conversation helped me to clarify my goals and see the strengths and potential weakness of the images I’ll be making in the future. Thank you Arlette for your insights and the PRC for organizing the Portfolio Review Program.

 

 

Astrid’s work explores storytelling from a personal perspective. Her projects include intimate views of private spaces and reflections on her own history and values. Using keepsakes from family life, old photographs and storytelling elements, she builds a visual world of memory and identity, place and home.

Her photographs have been exhibited in numerous featured and juried exhibitions throughout the US, including shows at Danforth Art Museum, the Griffin Museum of Photography, Sohn Fine Art Gallery in Lenox MA, Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield MA, 555 Gallery, the PRC, and Soho Photo Gallery, New York.

She received a Silver Medal Award in the 2014 San Francisco International Photography Exhibition and was selected as one of the 2015 Top 100 for Review Santa Fe Photo Festival. She is a Photolucida 2015 Critical Mass Top 50 photographer, and winner both of the Soho Photo Gallery’s 2016 International Portfolio Competition and the 2017 Portfolio ShowCase 10 at The Center for Fine Arts Photography, Fort Collins CO. She also was a Finalist for the LensCulture Exposure Awards 2017.

Stories from the Kitchen Table: Prickly

Her photographs have been published online in What Will You Remember, 3200K, Lenscratch, LensCulture, the Cambridge Art Association blog and Echoes of Pop in the New Millennia blogspot. The series Stories from the Kitchen Table is featured on Syracuse University’s Family.Life. Project webpage. The Boston Globe and other print media have also published her work.

Obviously, Astrid is well along the way of establishing herself as a photographer of note. What steps did she take to develop her art and get it noticed?

The answer is a combination of formal and informal training, learning and willingness to put her art to the test in face-to-face critiques and in competitions.

“While working on a project, it is key for me to get critique from peers. I very much value their advice and expertise,” she says.

“Another wonderful way to develop is to attend classes that focus on portfolio development and critique. Among the many possibilities around, I took classes at the Griffin Museum of Photography and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Along the way, I started to submit my work to competitions and went to some local and national portfolio reviews.

“I also found the Cambridge Art Association to be very helpful for me to establish an exhibition routine. They offered many opportunities for emerging artists and I was able to show my work in competitions and featured group shows.”

But it was the PRC EXPOSURE and a few other competitions that marked a turning point:

“I was very honored that my project Stories from the Kitchen Table was part of PRC’s EXPOSURE 2016, in the Critical Mass Top 50, and selected as a finalist for the LensCulture Exposure Awards in 2017. I think that these competitions helped to open doors.”

Stories from the Kitchen Table: Expectations

When did your artistic career begin and how would you describe yourself as a photographer?

I began my study of photography at the International Center of Photography in New York soon after moving to the United States from Germany. After relocating to the Boston area I continued my studies at the New England School of Photography, DeCordova Museum School, Photography Atelier at Lesley University, and Griffin Museum of Photography.

I hold a degree in chemistry from the Technical University in Braunschweig, Germany. Natural science and photography have similarities, not only based on technical aspects, but also based on the fact that projects in both disciplines often start with a question that needs further exploration. (Astrid also holds a certificate in Arts Administration from New York University.)

The Gift of Regret: Regret #4

What is the primary focus of your photographic work?

I usually start a new photo project with a question in mind that I try to solve through capturing images. I feel that I have achieved my goal when I’ve gained knowledge and personal insight through the creation of a series of photographs.

Right now, my projects have an autobiographical component; they are based on my personal history.

Whose work inspires you?

In photography I admire artists who are able to tell stories with simple structural elements in their images. I very much enjoy exploring stories that reveal ideas through imagery. I’m specifically drawn to the works of conceptual artists like Moyra Davey and Sophie Calle, who exhibited her work Last Seen at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 2014.

Do you have a mentor or a muse?

I consider my past and my family in Germany as muses, especially for my last project Stories from the Kitchen Table and a new series that I’m working on: night photographs from the German village where I grew up.

What was the Aha moment that sparked your interest in photography?

While growing up, I did not have access to a higher-end camera, only an Agfamatik (pocket) camera. This camera was fun and easy to use and I loved experimenting with it. I still remember taking an image of a landscape in winter through a foggy window when I was 10 years old and the effect it created that went beyond what was there.

What advice would you give a budding photographer?

The best advice that I have been given is: Be patient and concentrate on your art, everything else will fall into place!

What was your motivation for joining the PRC?

I think that it is key for any kind of trade to have a supportive network of peers as well as institutions that function as meeting points where ideas can be exchanged.

I’ve enjoyed viewing many wonderful and inspiring exhibitions over the years at the PRC and took advantage of the member’s critique; that was always a highlight.

The Bedroom Project: Counted Cross Stitch, MA

Donate Now!

We’ve had a big year with big expenses: a new partnership, a new office, a new website, new back-end operations, and new challenges, opportunities and energy.

  • Our new resident partnership with Lesley University College of Art and Design includes an office for us in the beautiful Lunder Arts Center in Porter Square, Cambridge.
  • We launched this new website last month, with its new features and modernized look.
  • Behind the scenes, we’ve migrated to new database software, enabling our all-volunteer staff to serve you faster and more efficiently.
  • And we still delivered an exciting array of exhibitions, lectures, portfolio reviews and more, including our Exposure exhibition, which was praised by critics and viewers alike.

These investments set the stage for future success and growth. But they also hit our budget hard.

Now we need your financial help to keep us stable and able to deliver the quality PRC programming that you know and love.

We’ve set a goal of raising $15,000 through this end-of-year appeal to put us in a solid position for continued stability and growth, and enable us to continue delivering programs like:

  • Nights at the PRC
  • Portfolio Reviews
  • A new series of lectures
  • Our popular Student Exhibition, and
  • Exposure 2018, our annual juried members’ show.

Please support the PRC as generously as you can. Your donation makes a very real, tangible difference in what we can do.

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Photographic Resource Center
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Somerville, MA 02144

(b. 1945, Hartford, CT; lives Watertown, MA)Island, 2001

A graduate of Wellesley College, with a major in biology and minor in art history, Karin Rosenthal studied photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Collected extensively regionally and nationally, she is the recipient of many awards and accolades and teaches workshops through New England. A retrospective of her work was shown and published by the Danforth Museum of Art, Karin Rosenthal: Twenty Years of Photographs, in2000.

Rosenthal has given portfolio reviews and workshops for the PRC and was featured in a PRC organized exhibition at MIT’s Center for Theoretical Physics in 2011-12. More recently, Rosenthal has shifted from images of the body and its reflection, often in water, to only reflections in nature and she is also delving into her own family history. This image is an example of one Rosenthal’s signature nudes.

Website: www.krosenthal.com

Alex Uncapher, a student at CDIA, was featured on all marketing materials for the 2009 PRC Student Exhibition.

Institutional Membership

Institutional Membership is specially designed for schools and institutions that would like to fuel the creative process by taking advantage of the PRC’s wide range of unique offerings. Since 1975, the Photographic Resource Center has served as a vital forum for the exploration and interpretation of new work, ideas, and methods in photography and related media. The PRC has given students the opportunity to enjoy the world’s most celebrated artsits, scholars, critics, and curators through lectures, exhibitions, workshops, and publications.

Institutional Membership Benefits:

  • Participation in the annual PRC Student Exhibition
  • Free admission for students to PRC lectures
  • Eligibility to submit work to EXPOSURE, the PRC members’ annual juried exhibition (must pay entrance fee)
  • Eligibility to show work at PRC Nights (students, faculty and staff)
  • One free portfolio review per year for students who have developed a body of work
  • Discounted membership fee for recent alumni (within 6 months of graduation)
  • Reciprocal benefits through Connections Network for 25 photo organizations in the US
  • Free Individual Membership for faculty and staff

Institutional Membership
$600 for institutions within 40 miles of Boston
$400 for institutions more than 40 miles from Boston

With this membership, students, have free, unlimited access to the Photographic Resource Center’s gallery and events. Your students will be eligible to participate in the juried PRC Member’s Exhibition as well as the annual PRC Student Exhibition, a highly anticipated showcase of photography from students at member institutions. Note: Faculty and staff of Institutional Members receive Individual Member benefits for free, except admission to events.

You can establish or renew an Institutional Membership online here.

Or if you prefer, download the Institutional Membership form here.

Please mail your completed membership form and payment (check payable to the Photographic Resource Center) to:

Photographic Resource Center
411A Highland Ave. #317
Somerville, MA 02144

For further information, please contact us at 617-975-0600 or membership@prcboston.org.

2019 Institutional Members include:
Emerson College
Emmanuel College 
Fitchburg State University
Lesley University College of Art and Design
Massachusetts College of Art + Design
New England School of Photography
School of the Museum of Fine Arts

 

Connections Network

Members of the Photographic Resource Center also have benefits at a selection of institutions across the United States and Europe. With a valid membership card, each of the organizations below will give you either free admission or discounts on merchandise and services.

Amon Carter Museum
3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76107-2695
Benefit: discounts
www.cartermuseum.org

Blue Sky Gallery/Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts
122 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, Oregon, 97209
Benefit: Free Admission, Annual Yearbook and Print Program
www.blueskygallery.org

CENTER
PO Box 2483
Santa Fe, NM 87504
Benefit: $10 off of portfolio review events and $10 off one award entry fee
visitcenter.org

Center for Creative Photography
University of Arizona
1030 North Olive Road
Tuscon, AZ 85721
Benefit: 10% discount on purchases in lobby store
ccp.arizona.edu

Center for Photography at Woodstock
59 Tinker Street
Woodstock, NY 12498
Benefit: discounts
www.cpw.org

En Foco
1738 Hone Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461
Benefit: 25% discount on full price subscriptions to Nueva Luz photographic journal and selected workshops
enfoco.org

George Eastman Museum
900 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
Benefit: free admission
www.eastman.org

Griffin Museum of Photography
67 Shore Road
Winchester MA 01890
Benefit: Free Admission
www.griffinmuseum.org

Houston Center for Photography
1441 W. Alabama
Houston, TX 77006
Benefit: discount on purchases & discounted subscription to spot
www.hcponline.org

International Center of Photography
250 Bowery
New York, NY 10012
Benefit: free admission
www.icp.org

Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography & Film
1817 Central Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28205
Benefit: member pricing on events
lightfactory.org

Light Work
316 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244
Benefit: 10% discount on full price of 1 year Contact Sheet subscription; 10% discount on any digital imaging and printing services
www.lightwork.org

Lucie Foundation
550 N. Larchmont Blvd, Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Benefit: 10% off Lucie Foundation membership, 10% off International Photography Awards competition, 10% off Lucie Awards tickets at Lincoln Center
www.luciefoundation.org

Museum of Contemporary Photography
Columbia College
600 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
Benefit: 10% off publications at the museum store
www.mocp.org

Museum of Photographic Arts
1649 El Prado Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
Benefit: free admission
mopa.org

O. Winston Link Museum
101 Shenandoah Ave.
Roanoke, VA 24016
Benefit: 10% discount on all gift shop purchases
roanokehistory.org

Peabody Essex Museum
East India Square
161 Essesx Street
Salem, MA 01970
Benefit: $5 off general admission
www.pem.org

Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
1400 N. American Street, Suite 103
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Benefit: 10% discount on all digital services and lab rentals
www.philaphotoarts.org

Photographic Center Northwest
900 Twelfth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Benefit: discounts
pcnw.org

Photographic Resource Center
1801 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
Benefit: free admission and member price to special events
prcboston.org

San Francisco Camerawork
1011 Market Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Benefit: Free admission and 50% off of our publications
www.sfcamerawork.org

Silver Eye Center for Photography
4808 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15244
Benefit: free admission to receptions
www.silvereye.org

Southeast Museum of Photography
1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach College
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Benefit: 20% discounts on all purchases at the Museum Store
www.smponline.org

UCR/California Museum of Photography
3824 Main Street
Riverside, CA 92501
Benefit: free admission
artsblock.ucr.edu

The Photographic Resource Center (PRC) is a vital forum for the exploration, interpretation, and celebration of new work, ideas, and methods in photography.

We inspire our members and the broader community with thought-provoking exhibits, educational programs, wide-ranging resources, and unique special events that support the advancement of the photographic arts.

Founded in 1976, the PRC is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that the Boston Globe has cited as “one-stop shopping for the photo buff.”

Exhibitions

Emphasizing new ideas and trends in contemporary photography, the PRC hosts several exhibitions each year. Ranging from provocative theme-based exhibitions to the highly anticipated juried and student exhibitions, the PRC’s exhibition programs will keep you coming back for more.

Education

Led by regional and national photography luminaries, regular PRC education programs include lectures and portfolio reviews, as well as tours of the exhibitions for school and community groups. Featured program leaders have included Tina Barney, Bruce Davidson, Andres Serrano, Larry Fink, Duane Michals, and William Wegman.

PRC Nights

This free, informally structured program fosters a sense of community with photographers, PRC members, and students by offering an opportunity to share images and insights about particular topics in contemporary photographic practice and to receive feedback about their work.

Led by guest hosts showing theme-based work, “Nights” runs during our exhibition season. PRC members may participate, showing their own work that reflects that night’s theme. Audience members without work are also encouraged to participate.

Find out more here.

PRC Portfolio Reviews

PRC members in good standing are eligible to apply for a complimentary annual portfolio review. Due to the popularity of the benefit, and the limited time that our guest reviewers have, appointments are made by lottery, with members drawn from those who have applied.

Find out more here.

Annual Portfolio Review Event

In collaboration with the Griffin Museum of Photography, we also offer the annual New England Portfolio Review and Workshops. The 2016 inaugural event introduced a new, experimental format, and included more than 30 national and regional jurors who were educators, curators, artists and writers.

The Faculty of New England School of Photography were invited to nominate any student of the Professional Photography Program who exhibits excellence in both personal vision and craftsmanship. All nominees were reviewed by the Academic Director and after careful consideration, six students were selected to represent our institution.

The breadth of work from this year’s participants range from street photography, the American landscape and portraiture to slightly edgier commercial interpretations of contemporary culture. Students collaborated with the Academic Director to select thematic works from their final portfolios.

—Erin Carey, Academic Director & Gallery Director, Professional Photography Program

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John Bunzick

President
Fine Art Photographer, Somerville, MA
John has been a photographer since the age of 7. Retired from a career writing construction specifications for architecture firms, he is able to spend much more time on his own photography. In the last few years John has started to build a photography collection, focusing on photographers active in the 1960s through 1980s. He may also be found in his local café reading the New Yorker.


Jen Barrows

Jen is an interdisciplinary artist interested in the construction of the American identity both in how it is represented and how it is lived in. She examines contemporary America through the lens of popular culture, history, religion and tourism using rites, rituals, and experiences where meaning is emphasized and considered by way of sound, celebration, prayer and record. Jen has an MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Tufts University.

Jen teaches photography at Lesley University College of Art and Design and video at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She divides her time between Boston and her home state of Maine.


Suzanne Révy

Suzanne is a fine art photographer with a BFA from the Pratt Institute. She worked as a photography editor at U.S.News & World Report and acting picture editor at Yankee magazine in the 1990s. With the arrival of two sons she left publishing, and turned her photographic attention to her growing children, their cousins and friends and built a three-part personal portfolio exploring their growth from toddlerhood to their teens. Révy recently completed her MFA in photography at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and is currently on the faculty at the New England School of Photography.


Eric Nichols

Eric is an artist, cinematographer and photographer based out of Worcester Massachusetts. He holds his MFA in studio arts from Maine College of Art and is the photo lab manager and faculty member at Worcester State University. He is currently pursuing a career as a fine art photographer and has shown nationally including the Fitchburg Art Museum, the Griffin Museum of Photography, The Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Portland Maine.


John Heymann

John’s photography career spans 30 years of weddings, events, commercial work, fine art, and photojournalism. His photographs have been published by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Downbeat Magazine, Boston Phoenix, and MIT’s Technology Review.

His “Self Portrait, age 6” was selected by The Cambridge Arts Council and Arts On The Line for inclusion in a permanent mural at Ashmont Station in Dorchester. Other special achievements include grants from the Somerville Arts Council and Polaroid Foundation to work with homeless teenagers; a grant from Community Supported Art for The Mass Ave Cambridge Project; a Mass Cultural Council artist-in-residence, and profiles of his work by Channel 5 and Channel 68, The Boston Globe, and the Cambridge Chronicle.

John has had one-person shows at Milwaukee’s Charles Allis Museum, the Somerville Museum, Depot Square Gallery in Lexington, The Gallery at 125 High Street, Boston, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, and Club Passim.

Passing on his knowledge, John has taught at Boston Community Schools, the Cambridge Photo Co-op, and Cambridge Center for Adult Education. From 2012 to 2017, he chaired North Cambridge Arts (NoCA), an organization of 50 local artists.


Brian Unwin

Brian’s photography concerns how we live and the evidence of what we are doing. He explores this primarily through landscape, focusing on the ever-changing lines between rural, suburban and urban spaces. Recently, he began making pictures in Detroit, watching a city transform itself from rubble and ruin to vibrancy and life. He’s also begun turning his camera towards his own life and how he and his family fill the space in which they live.

Brian studied at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and at Lesley Art + Design. His work has been shown locally and nationally, and is in many private collections. Currently, he manages the photography labs and teaches at Lesley Art + Design, where the PRC is a resident partner.

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Privacy Policy

Welcome to the Photographic Resource Center (“PRC”) Web Site. PRC is committed to protecting the privacy of individuals who use its website and to keep secure personal information provided to us by our users. This web page describes our policy regarding the collection and use of personal information from our members as well as the information we collect from non-member visitors.

This privacy policy was last updated on March 9, 2010. PRC may further revise this privacy policy from time to time. New provisions will be effective as soon as they are posted. Any information that submitted after a change has been posted will be subject to any new provisions. Please check this page regularly to ensure that you are aware of any changes in the PRC’s policies.

Types of User Data We Collect

We collect two types of user data: (1) anonymous data that is automatically collected from all visitors to www.bu.edu/prc , (the “PRC Site”) www.prcboston.org, www.bostonphotographyfocus.org, www.portfolioreview2010.com; and (2) personally-identifiable data that is voluntarily submit to the PRCBoston.org (described below under “Personal Data”).

Anonymous Data

We automatically collect some information, including your internet service provider, the I.P. address assigned to your computer by your internet service provider at the time you access the PRC Site, the type of browser you are using (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox), the referring link (i.e. what website you were visiting which linked you to PRC) and what operating system you are using (e.g. Windows XP, Mac OS X), through our server and through cookies. (See the section on Cookies below for more information.) It may not be apparent to you that this information is being collected. We may compile and provide aggregate statistics about sales, site traffic and related information to third parties. These aggregate statistics will not contain Personal Data and will not be stored in connection with any of your personally identifiable information. We also track the number and frequency of hits per page on an aggregate basis. We do not use anonymous data to identify individual users and we do not link any anonymous data with the Personal Data you provide to us.

Personal Data

We will keep Personal Data that you voluntarily provide such as your name, address, phone number, and your e-mail address when you participate in certain activities on the PRC Site.

For example, we will keep Personal Data when you:· join or renew your membership to the PRC;

  • join or renew your membership to the PRC;
  •  make a contribution to support the PRC;
  • register for a class, lecture, seminar or workshop at the PRC;
  • sign up for PRC newsletters or join our mailing list
  • order items from the PRC;
  • participate in a PRC auction, or
  • participate in any activity that the PRC believes requires access to your Personal Data.

If you make a purchase on the PRC Site, you will be asked to provide your credit card information, including the card number, and expiration date. The PRC will delete your credit card information from the PRC Site server as soon as your purchase is completed, but the PRC may keep your credit card information on file in a separate database which is not connected to the PRC Site, and which is accessed only by authorized PRC personnel.

Cookies

We collect some data through the use of cookies. Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that are transferred either to your computer’s hard drive (“Long-term Cookies”) or temporarily to your computer’s Random Access Memory (“Session Cookies”).

We use Long-term Cookies to identify users of the PRC Site. These cookies are set automatically when you access the PRC Site and you may not realize they are in use. Long-term cookies can also be used to “remember” options on the PRC Site, which will allow the site to remember user preferences which you may set, and to automatically remember certain parts of your Personal Data. These “remember” options are offered only for your convenience and are completely voluntary. Note that your password will not be stored in connection with any Long-term Cookie.

We use Session Cookies whenever you visit the PRC Site to run the Site’s interactive applications, such as absentee auction bids or class registration forms. Session Cookies last only as long as your session on the PRC Site. They expire when the session ends and are not written onto your computer’s hard drive.

How We Use The Data We Collect

We use anonymous data to identify the referring links as the source of user traffic. We use data to identify which sections of the PRC site are most visited and for how long, so that we can evaluate the popularity of our different Web pages and continue to improve the PRC Site. We do not use anonymous data to identify individual users and we do not link any anonymous data with the Personal Data you provide to us.

We use your Personal Data for various purposes:

  • To fulfill the request for which you specifically provided the data;
  • To send you our e-mail newsletter or to announce new classes, seminars, lectures, exhibitions or store items which may be of interest, unless you have opted out of receiving that information;
  • To allow you to set and change preferences;
  • To allow you to join or renew your membership in the PRC or to donate to the PRC;
  • To offer you other ways to support the PRC, including, in some limited cases, solicitations for additional contributions;

To confirm your contribution to the PRC.

The PRC Site is hosted by servers in the United States. Accordingly, if you are located outside of the United States, the Personal Data you provide to us will be transferred to the United States. By submitting your Personal Data, you consent to its transfer and storage in the United States and its use in accordance with the purposes for which it was originally collected (see below regarding third-party sharing of Personal Data from non-U.S. residents).

We may also from time to time combine your Personal Data with some publicly available data collected from third parties, to improve our services to you and for our own internal marketing, communications, and fundraising purposes. You may opt-out of these additional services by checking the appropriate “opt-out” box or radio button on the page where you submit your Personal Data. See the Opt-Out section below for more information.

We may also make your Personal Data available to third parties for marketing and fundraising purposes. You may opt-out of these additional services by checking the appropriate “opt-out” box or radio button on the page where you submit your Personal Data. See the Opt-Out section below for more information.

Information Disclosure Policy – Third-Party Sharing

We may share your Personal Data with third-party service providers who fulfill your orders, contact you on our behalf, or facilitate some other aspect of the PRC Site activities, services or products, including any third-party service providers we might use to assist us in our own fundraising efforts. These service providers have access to your Personal Data solely for the purpose of helping us manage the PRC Site. Finally, we may disclose and use Personal Data regardless of where you reside in special circumstances when it is necessary to enforce this Privacy Policy, or when we, in good faith, believe that the law requires us to disclose your Personal Data to third parties.

Opt-out

When you provide us with Personal Data on the PRC Site, you can let us know that you do not wish to receive our online newsletter or any other e-mail from PRC by notifying us via email at info@prcboston.org us at or by calling (617) 975-0600.

Children

We do not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 13.

Security

The Personal Data we collect about you is stored on a secure, password protected server. We use industry-standard encryption technologies, including Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology, with respect to any commerce transactions you initiate, and the receipt and transfer of Personal Data you submit to us on the PRC Site. Only authorized personnel have access to your information. Nevertheless, despite our best efforts, no transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.

Updating Your Data

If you want to review, correct, or update your membership information, contact us at info@prcboston.org or call (617) 975-0600. We will use reasonable efforts to let you review your personal information in our files and, upon your instructions, to correct inaccuracies or delete incorrect information from our databases. Comments and Questions If you have any questions, comments or concerns about this Privacy Statement or our data collection practices or to request that we delete your Personal Data, you can contact us at info@prcboston.org or call (617) 975-0600.