HCP's mission is to increase society's understanding and appreciation of photography and its evolving role in contemporary culture. HCP strives to encourage artists, build audiences, stimulate dialogue, and promote inquiry about photography and related media through education, exhibitions, publications, fellowship programs, and community collaboration.

Since its founding, HCP has earned an international reputation for exhibitions of current and relevant work that have helped to define the state of photography. HCP's exhibitions have included works by some of the most important photographers of the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as the work of many emerging photographers who are now established professionals.

Learning Curve is an annual exhibition of selected work made by Houston Center for Photography students from the past year. It features a range of photo-based work—including digital, analog, and alternative processes—and highlights the various educational programs HCP offers through its Learning Center. There is no fee for entry.

Selected artists will have their work featured in HCP's Education Gallery from March 24th to May 19th, 2023. The opening reception is scheduled for the evening of Friday, March 24th, public health circumstances permitting. Some artists will also have their work featured on HCP's Facebook and Instagram accounts, each with a following that exceeds 10,000 followers.

This year's Learning Curve will be juried by Gary Burnley.

About the Juror
Gary Burnley (b. Saint Louis, Missouri) creates physical collages that reconfigure historical models of beauty, identity and social status. Constructed from divergent visual fragments whose previous structure, meaning and historical importance, though no longer fully in tack, still live among a catalog of memories and consequences in the mind of the viewer. His amalgamations shift the reading of familiar narratives and generally accepted interpretations, nudging an emphasis towards the discovery of what could not otherwise have been anticipated. An oculus that reveals affiliations between seemingly unrelated images, the collages amend expectations by transposing representations and altering vernaculars, merging one meaning and another, one moment and another together. Burnley received a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA from Yale University.

A 2022 recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship and The Aftermath Project Finalist Grant, his work is part of museum and private collections including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, Light Work Collection, Syracuse, NY, Candela Collection, Richmond, VA, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN., Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC.  Selected solo and group exhibitions include Aperture Gallery, NYC, Amarillo Art Museum, Amarillo, TX, Ogden Museum, New Orleans, LA, Elizabeth Houston Gallery, NYC, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR, Queens Museum, Queens, NY, Alice Austen House Museum, Staten Island, NY, Hansen-Fuller Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX, Tbilisi University, Tbilisi, Georgia, Leo Castelli Gallery, NYC, Candela Gallery, Richmond, VA, Holly Solomon Gallery, NYC, SALON, Florence, Italy, and Artists Space, NYC.


November 1st, 2022 – Entries start being accepted via Submittable.

December 18th, 2022 – Deadline for entries (11:59 PM).

Late January, 2023 – Jurying notification sent to submitters via email.

February 28th, 2023 – Accepted works must arrive at the HCP by this date.

March 24th, 2023 – Opening reception, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

On View: March 24th to May 19th, 2023

For the Learning Curve 15 call, If you have taken a class through the HCP’s education department anytime in the past, you’re welcome to apply.

Carefully edit a group of no more than 5 jpg. images or videos that describe your current photographic work.

Each of your images should be resized using the following specifications:

- JPEG (.jpg) filetype

- 300 DPI

- 2000 pixels (px) on the LONGEST side

- Adobe RGB (1998)

You will also need to have the following information available:

a. an artist bio

b. an artist statement (if applicable)

c. specific information for each piece:

• Title (for identification purposes)

• Year

• Size (height X width)

• Medium of finished work (archival inkjet print, Polaroid, chromogenic print, sumi ink on inkjet print, etc.)

We deeply appreciate your consideration and contribution to HCP and Houston’s photographic community!

By donating work to our annual auction, our work will be presented in an online silent auction and in-person exhibition leading up to a live auction on March 2nd. We immensely value the importance of your contribution and therefore you have the option to donate the entire value of your piece or receive either 15% or 30% of the final sale price at the end of the auction. 

Contributing artists will receive a free HCP membership as well as one complimentary ticket to the Print Auction. If you’re interested in participating, please complete the attached donation form. If you have any additional questions, please contact Harold Urteaga, Development Coordinator, at 713.529.4755, ext. 16, or at harold@hcponline.org.

Upload images in JPG format, sRGB color profile, at 300 dpi, and 1000 pixels on the longest side. Image files will be reproduced in both the printed auction catalog and the online auction catalog.

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