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CALL FOR ENTRIES OPENS: November 1, 2020
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: January 9, 2021 at 11:59pm CST
The Center Annual is Houston Center for Photography’s yearly group exhibition that seeks to highlight and provide insight into current themes, technologies, and practices in photography. The show features a diverse array of works from members of our global photography community and is selected by a leading curator, editor, or artist. This annual exhibition opens our galleries to photographers from anywhere in the world, whether emerging, mid-career, or established, and as such, aims to provide viewers with critical insight into our current moment—both within the field of photography and within society at large. Of those selected, three artists are chosen to receive the Beth Block Juried Membership Honoraria of $1,000, generously supported by The Beth Block Foundation, and will also be featured in spot magazine.
Entrants will be required to be current members of HCP. The call is free to enter.

About the Juror: Kristen Gaylord
Kristen Gaylord is Associate Curator of Photographs at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, where her work furthers scholarship, preservation, and presentation of the Museum’s extensive photographic holdings. Gaylord spearheaded the acquisition of the museum’s first photographs by Black and Latina women and has organized exhibitions including the upcoming Stephanie Syjuco: Double Vision (2022) as well as Thomas Moran’s Mount Superior (2021), Looking In: Photography from the Outside (2019), and Set in Motion: Camille Utterback and Art that Moves (2019). She also served as the curator for the Carter’s presentation of the nationally touring exhibition An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain (2021). Before joining the Carter in 2018, Gaylord served as the Beaumont & Nancy Newhall Curatorial Fellow in the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, for three years, having previously worked there as a research assistant and a curatorial intern. Concurrently, she was also the inaugural curator of the Duke House Exhibition Series at New York University (NYU). In addition to positions at the Museum of the City of New York and the Willem de Kooning Foundation, Gaylord has taught at Ramapo College of New Jersey, Kingsborough Community College, and NYU. She has written and lectured widely, and holds PhD, MPhil, and MA degrees in art history and archeology from the Institute of Fine Arts (IFA), NYU and a BA from Westmont College. 

Three juror commendations will receive a Beth Block Juried Membership Honoraria of $1,000, supported by The Beth Block Foundation.
MEMBERSHIP FEE: Starting at $40
Call For Entry Guidelines

STEP 1. Verify your HCP Membership
If you are a member but do not know your membership number please contact us at (713) 529-4755 x10 or info@hcponline.org
You must be an HCP member to complete your submission.
Not a member? Join us today!
Become a Member! https://hcponline.org/join
HCP Memberships are non-refundable.
STEP 2. Prepare your images and all related texts
Carefully edit a group of no more than 10 jpg. images (no size restrictions) or videos that describe your current photographic work.
You will also need to have the following information available:
a. an artist statement
b. a resume, c/v, or bio
c. specific information for each piece:

  •  Title (for identification purposes)
  •  Year of exposure
  • Size (height X width)
  • Medium of finished work (inkjet print, chromogenic print, etc.)

STEP 3. Begin your application process
You will need to click submit to begin the submission process. Then you can start to copy/paste your artist statement and resume or bio into the form and complete the questions. At the end you will be able to upload your images to submit.
STEP 4. Become a Member!
Confirm that you are a member of HCP. If you are unsure of your membership, please email info@hcponline.org. If you are not currently a member of HCP, please sign up for a membership below before completing your submission. We will contact all non-members at the close of the call and notify them that their submissions will be ineligible for selection and will not be included in the submissions reviewed by the Juror. HCP Membership are non-refundable.
*You may list your membership order number in lieu of your membership ID
Become a Member! https://hcponline.org/join/

NOTIFICATION OF RETURN: Applicants will be notified by May 29, 2020. HCP retains the right to reject any selected work that differs from the work submitted.

LIABILITY & AGREEMENT: Works will be insured while on the premises of HCP. However, HCP cannot be responsible for damage or loss during transit. HCP retains the right to display and reproduce work accepted for this exhibition for publicity and promotional purposes.
- Exhibiting artists pay for round-trip shipping of their work. Please do not ship work with packaging ‘peanuts.’
- Upon your acceptance, the work to be exhibited must be delivered ready-to-hang, and any pedestals or hardware needed for installation of the work. We require Black or White wood frames and bright white matting if applicable.
- Artists exhibiting slide or video projection, installation or sculptural works beyond a two dimensional format must provide the hardware and equipment necessary to exhibit the work as it is intended to be shown. HCP does not provide slide or video projectors.
- Your entry constitutes understanding and agreement with the conditions outlined in this prospectus.
- HCP Memberships are non refundable
- HCP Entry Fees are non-refundable after the jury process begins
MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS TO HCP INCLUDE: Subscription to spot magazine, discounts on workshops, and educational programs, access to members-only portfolio reviews, invitations to receptions, lectures, tours and special events. Membership also includes discounts at Connections program institutions and on Aperture magazine. Members have the opportunity to enter our other calls for entry, including HCP’s annual Fellowship competition (entry fee not included).
Applicant Submission Deadline: JANUARY 9, 2022
Applicant Notifications Sent: MAY 14, 2022 VIA EMAIL
Exhibition Dates: JULY 22 - AUGUST 28, 2022
Opening Reception: FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2022, 5:30 - 8 P.M.
Samuel Rhodes, Exhibitions Assistant
713-529-4755 x11 or samuel@hcponline.org

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