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The Poetry of the Ordinary

Deadline for submissions: Sep 11, 2023
Juror: Sarah Sudhoff
Prints due: Oct 19, 2023
Exhibition: November 3 - November 24, 2023

Prints of most of these images are available for purchase. Please inquire.
All photographs are the copyright of the individual artists and may not be reproduced without their permission.

Juror's Statement

I was honored to review all the images submitted for The Poetry of the Ordinary, and it was a pleasure to sit with them over the last week. I kept coming back to certain everyday moments captured in the photographs — the simple gesture of the hand, the perfect time of day to capture rolling clouds over the landscape or the shadowed silhouettes of children playing. And the unique details brought forth as light reflected across mangled metal.

In each of the works selected, the photographer was able to hold my attention through their dynamic compositions, thoughtful use of light, and unique points of view, drawing me further into the image and implied narrative of the work.

I congratulate those whose work I selected. And I encourage anyone whose work was not chosen this time around to keep refining their practice and challenging themselves in creative ways. 

         Sarah Sudhoff

Call for Entries

The world is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.
– W.B. Yeats

As photographers, we have developed skill in seeing beneath the surface of our subjects, and often find in them the beauty, poignancy, and poetry that exist in ordinary moments. For this exhibition, we seek the simple poetic elegance of the ordinary. All captures and processes are welcome.

We are very pleased that Sarah Sudhoff will be jurying and curating this exhibition. She will select approximately 35 images for the Exhibition Gallery, and 40 more for our Online Gallery. All 75 selected images will be promoted on social media, reproduced in the exhibition print catalog, and remain permanently on our website, with links to photographer’s URL. 

Information about our printing service and free matting and framing here.

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Joseph Holmes
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Wendy Stone
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Georg Krausch

About the Juror

Sarah Sudhoff is a Cuban-American visual artist and educator. Her work interweaves themes of gender, science, and personal experience through photographs — staged and found — as well as through performance, installation, and small-scale sculpture. She completed an MFA in Photography from Parsons School of Design, New York, and a BA in Journalism and Photography from the University of Texas at Austin.

Her work has been exhibited at Blaffer Art Museum, McNay Art Museum, Donggang Photo Museum, Austin Museum of Art, Pioneer Works, Luckman Gallery, Magenta Foundation, Filter Photo, Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, Galveston Arts Center, and the Colorado Photographic Arts Center. 

Articles including her work have appeared in The New York TimesWiredTimeCabinet, and Southwest Contemporary. Sudhoff’s research and residencies have been supported by Artpace, Tiffany Foundation, Penland School of Craft, McColl Art Center, Houston Arts Alliance, Kinsey Institute, the DoSeum and Domus in Italy.

Sarah Sudhoff’s website

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