Welcome to the MICA Photography Department
Established in 1967, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival honors contemporary living cultural traditions and celebrates those who practice and sustain them.
Volunteers are crucial to the success of the Festival. They assist stage managers, work with participants, support sustainability efforts, and much more. We are currently seeking volunteer photographers to help document the Festival.
Photographers get behind the scenes access to Festival participants and performances, and are responsible for photographing participants, visitors, performances, and other volunteers. This is an excellent opportunity for students who are trying to build a portfolio. Their work is archived at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and is used for media and promotional materials. Photo Volunteers must bring their own digital camera with them and should submit a portfolio of 8-15 images via a Dropbox link, a link to a personal website, or a photo sharing program such as Flickr (No Instagram or Tumblr sites please). They should also have some experience using an external flash. DSLR’s and mirrorless cameras are required. No point and shoots.
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, established in 1967, honors contemporary living cultural traditions and celebrates those who practice and sustain them. Produced annually by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Festival has featured participants from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.
This year’s Festival:
Armenia: Creating Home
Take a glimpse into Armenian Culture, greatly influenced by its surroundings, heritage, and ongoing exchange with its many diasporas around the world. Foodways presentations and artisan craft traditions tell the importance of economic and cultural sustainability in the face of change and how these practices create home – both in concept and form.
Catalonia: Tradition and Creativity from the Mediterranean
Human towers. Giant puppets. Fire-breathing dragons. Behind the spectacular cultural expressions of Catalonia, resilient networks of people work together to ensure the vitality of their local cultures and their livelihoods. Join Catalan artists and musicians as they share their public life and expressions of Catalan identity with us. As they say in Catalan, “Fem pinya!” Let’s come together!
10:30 AM – 6:30 PM (days)
6 PM – 9 PM (evenings)
GET INVOLVED: Volunteers are needed before, during, and after the Festival. They assist stage managers, work with participants, support sustainability efforts, and much more. To complete an application, please visit www.festival.si.edu/volunteer.
Photography expert Marie Martin will give a special gallery talk on the New Photography Juried Exhibition. She will speak about collecting photography and the new directions of photography as an art form. Marie Martin is a Fine Arts Appraiser specializing in 19th and 20th century, as well as contemporary, photography. Marie Martin has a long and very deep knowledge of the photography world and was on the scene with the dealers and curators who made the market in the late 70’s 80’s.
Refreshments will be served.
RSVP to Amanda Beck, Curatorial assistant: firstname.lastname@example.org
Image: Michael Joseph, A-Lister & Sherie, 2016
MICA Photo is pleased to announce that faculty member, Lynn Silverman, is currently exhibiting her work at Goya Contemporary Gallery. Her exhibition currently on display is entitled, “Still Light”, and features black & white prints . The show will run until July 8th, and we encourage everyone to stop in and see this show. Kudos to Lynn!
Photography is arguably the region’s most widely practiced artistic medium. From analogue to digital to experimental, the range of photographic techniques practiced throughout North Carolina is both broad and deep. Across County Lines: Contemporary Photography from the Piedmont presents more than 35 artists in a group exhibition exploring the striking cross-currents of photographic work happening in the Piedmont region of this state. The exhibition blends the photography of both emerging and established photographers, with images dating from the 1970s to the present day. Subject matter ranges from portraiture and landscape to the conceptual, abstract, and experimental. The artists, all of whom reside in North Carolina and either live or have lived in the immediate region, include Ben Alper, DL Anderson, Endia Beal, Diego Camposeco, Faith Couch, Phyllis Dooney, Tamika Galanis, Michael Galinsky, Alex Harris, Titus Brooks Heagins, Jim Lee, Elizabeth Matheson, Lisa McCarty, MJ Sharp, Chris Sims, Hồng-Ân Trương, Gesche Würfel, and many others. Their images provide as many views of the world through a variety of techniques, all capturing the immediacy and possibility of the photographic medium. Several photographs from the Nasher Museum’s permanent collection will also be included in the exhibition, including those by Susan Harbage Page and Burk Uzzle.
October 04, 2018 – February 10, 2019
October 6, 2018
Across County Lines is organized by the Nasher Museum’s curatorial department, including Molly Boarati, Assistant Curator; Reneé Cagnina Haynes, Exhibitions and Publications Manager; Melissa Gwynn, Curatorial Assistant; Marshall N. Price, Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art; and Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art.
The production intern will work with producers and office staff on preproduction, production and office duties and will have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of working in film / photography production.
A full time commitment is preferred Monday to Friday 9:30AM6:30PM so that the internship is of full value to you in terms of training. However, a minimum of a few days per week will also be considered.
The ideal candidate will be a recent graduate of a TV/Film/Video Production or Photography course who seeks to gain valuable, hands on experience in the industry.
Skills requirements: Excellent written and verbal skills. Strong attention to detail is vital, problem solving, independent attitude and strong work ethic.
Computer Literate: Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite: Excel, Word. Familiarity with Photoshop/Final Cut/Adobe/Foliobook is a MAJOR plus.
Some production experience but more importantly a keen desire to learn about production duties may include: • Maintaining office appearance and supply levels • Making office runs and deliveries • Directing incoming phone calls and greeting clients • Coordinating schedules for production • Coordinating bids and budgets • Recording project expenses• Managing shoot travel bookings • Editing documents. eg., directors treatments • Assisting other members of the team as directed and working as a PA on local productions.
To apply, please contact email@example.com
MICA Photo is pleased to announce that MICA Photo faculty member, Regina DeLuise is participating in a group photography exhibition, “Picture : Books”, this month in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her work is being shown with photographers Mary Ellen Bartley, and Curt Richer. Details about the exhibition are featured below. Kudos, Regina!
Daniel Shea (Class of 2007) has been featured in an article for “Lens Culture”. Please check out the article (excerpted below), and see his photographs featured in the article. Congratulations, Daniel!
“Entanglement vs. distance: it’s an old problem in photography. While the camera was initially seen as a cold machine—an objectifying lens that froze nature into perversely still frames—it eventually came to be recognized as a means of engaging with the world, a tool for expression. A passport, a passageway, a context for connection. A drive for intimacy which led to Robert Capa’s famous admonition to “get closer.”
This problem is not limited to photography—all artists are caught in the same bind. Does the artist maintain a remove from his or her subjects, cultivating independence from the systems that surround them so that they can critique and question freely? Or are they as implicated as the rest of us, drawn into the market like any other producer?
These questions run through the work of the New York-based artist Daniel Shea. His latest book, 43-35 10th Street, takes its title from an address in his neighborhood of Long Island City in Queens, New York. The area, which in the past 15 years has transformed from a moribund industrial zone into a gleaming thicket of residential towers, provides Shea with the jumping-off point to think about seismic ideological and socioeconomic changes: gentrification, deindustrialization, the intensifying effects of capitalism and more. Indeed, in all of Shea’s work, the micro and macro run together fluidly: a single image can represent the path he’s chosen through life; the contours of his artistic career reflect tectonic shifts in the landscape of Western economies the world over…”