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Call for Entry, Photos of Black Lives Matter Graffiti Art with Jurors Chris Johnson and Letitia Huckaby

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Event History

This is our first call for entry, but Tammy Cromer Photography had a Gallery. The gallery was established in 2006 in Longview, and moved to the Dallas Design District in 2016. During that time Tammy Cromer Gallery has shown work by Dan Burkholder, Susan Burnstine, Sonia Katchian, Kenny Braun, Robert Langham, O. Rufus Lovett, John Willis, Guy Reynolds, and The Texas Photographic Society, among others. Our gallery is now Virtual.

Copyright Policy

Tammy Cromer retains the right to display, project and reproduce work accepted for this exhibition for publicity and promotional purposes only. Individual photographers retain Copyrights to their individual works.

After George Floyd's death on May 25th, 2020, Black Lives Matter (BLM) graffiti art began appearing in Dallas, Texas. Just three short months later, on August 23rd, another incident of racial injustice came to light when police shot Jacob Blake as his children watched. Blake now faces possible paralysis from the waist down. 

BLM graffiti art has cropped up in cities across the country and around the world as more instances of racism and police brutality come to light. Protests have happened in Kenosha, WI where BLM Graffiti Art appeared on boarded-up windows. Portland, Oregon continues to protest, and more graffiti has been painted.  The same occurred when Breonna Taylor’s verdict was announced, and no officers were charged. 

Statement from Organizer and Photographer, Tammy Cromer: “The BLM Graffiti Art grabbed my attention as I rode my bicycle through Deep Ellum and Downtown Dallas.  The art was so full of power and emotion. It seemed to capture this time in history as Americans protested across America. I wanted to do something to immortalize this art and showcase the Black Lives Matter movement and I believe a photographic record complied in a substantial book would be a powerful statement.”

Photographs that are chosen for the book will be featured in a virtual exhibition as well an exhibition at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts in Longview, Texas. 


JURORS

Juror Chris Johnson

Johnson studied photography with Imogen Cunningham, Ansel Adams, and Wynn Bullock and has been the recipient of grants from the Rockefeller Foundation (w/Hank Willis Thomas); AICA Mellon Foundation Grant for Photography and Polaroid Foundation Artist Grants. Johnson is the creator of the Question Bridge project and co-Director w/ Hank Willis Thomas of Question Bridge: Black Males, Winner of the 2015 ICP Infinity Award. As co-producer of performance works with Suzanne Lacy, grants from The Rockefeller Foundation Walter and Elise Haas; LEF Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation, Tamarack Foundation, McKesson Foundation; work in the collection of Smithsonian Institution, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Oakland Museum, Center For Creative Photography. 

Juror Leticia Huckaby

Letitia Huckaby has a degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, a BFA from the Art Institute of Boston in photography and her Master’s degree from the University of North Texas in Denton. Huckaby has exhibited as an emerging artist at Phillips New York, the Tyler Museum of Art, The Studio School of Harlem, the Camden Palace Hotel in Cork City, Ireland, and the Texas Biennial at Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum. Her work is included in several prestigious collections; the Library of Congress, the McNay Art Museum, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, and the Samella Lewis Contemporary Art Collection at Scripps College in Claremont, California. Huckaby was a featured artist in MAP2020: The Further We Roll, The More We Gain at the Amon Carter Museum and State of the Art 2020 at The Momentary and Crystal Bridges Museum, both opened in the spring of 2020. She is currently a Fall 2020 Artist in Residence at ArtPace.

 

About TAMMY CROMER PHOTOGRAPHY | GALLERY

Tammy Cromer had a contemporary gallery committed to exhibiting work by emerging and established photographers in a wide range of styles. The gallerys artistic program proudly supported photographers who were interested in issues of ecology and society. Additionally, the gallery held regular exhibits dedicated to Lomography, and had sponsorship by Holga cameras since 2009. Cromer has worked with various public institutions, private collectors, and curators, maintaining an active voice in supporting local and internationally recognized photographers. 

The gallery was established in 2006 in Longview, and moved to the Dallas Design District in 2016. During that time Tammy Cromer Gallery exhibited work by Dan Burkholder, Susan Burnstine, Sonia Katchian, Kenny Braun, Robert Langham, O. Rufus Lovett, John Willis, Guy Reynolds, and The Texas Photographic Society, among others. The gallery is now Virtual.

In 2006 University of North Texas Press published her first book, Fruit of the Orchard/Environmental Justice in East TexasFruit of the Orchard addresses the sociological consequences of economic change, and examines the long-term effects of modern technology on the human condition. “My involvement with the Winona Community has already heightened my sense of my own responsibility as a photographer to go beyond mere documentation and presentation, in order to embrace the more fundamental ethic of using my talents and skills to convey messages that need to be heard”. This project documented an African American community being polluted, so the company could make a profit. With Phyllis Glazer’s activism and money, and my photographs, we shut down the facility in two short years.

Deadline

Deadline for Photographs of the Black Lives Matter Graffiti Art International call for entry is December 5th 2020, Midnight CST!

Entry Fees

The entry fee of $35 for up to 5 images. Entries may enter up to 10 images only at $5 each additional.

When emailing digital files

1. Files should be 1280 pixels in the longest dimension saved in the JPEG format on high quality setting (not maximum). Images should be sampled at 72ppi and saved in the sRGB color space. Email entries to director@blmgraffitart.com

2. Label each file with consecutive numbers followed by your Last name, and first name initial .ie CromerT_01 - no spaces and only alpha-numeric characters.

3. Be sure and copyright your images in the file info” in the meta data.

Sales

All accepted photographs are for sale. The commission charged will be 50% of the sales price. Print your name, Graffiti Artist name (if known) address, telephone numbers (work and home), and sales amount for each print accepted.


Reproduction

Tammy Cromer retains the right to display, project and reproduce work accepted for this

exhibition for publicity and promotional purposes only. Individual photographers retain Copyrights to their individual works.

 

Eligibility

The exhibition is open to all USA based and international photographers and artists. 

 

FOR OVERSEAS CHOSEN ARTISTS

If your work is chosen, we will give you the option of sending us the matted and/or framed piece or you can send us the high res file and we will print, mat and frame it for a fee of $55.
 

Winners

1st Place $500 

2nd Place $250

3rd Place $150 

 

Important Dates

Deadline: December 5, 2020

Announce Winners: January 4, 2021

Exhibition opens: February 6, 2021

Book Available: February 6, 2021

 

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