CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 2015-2016

The SRO Photo Gallery hosts an annual national competition for six to eight photographic art solo exhibitions. Portfolios are reviewed by a committee consisting of the Photography area of the School of Art and the Director of Landmark Arts. We look for portfolios that utilize photography in all styles, techniques, and aesthetic approaches. Consistency in the work as well as creative vision is important in the selection process.

We are only able to display artwork without framing (either matted or mounted on thin backing). The maximum dimensions an individual print can be for display are 30 x 72 x 1 inches. We are unable to display video works.

A brochure listing the selected artists along with a reproduction of their work and exhibition dates is published annually and distributed locally and nationally. To view this year’s selected artists, visit landmarkarts.org. Entries must be submitted to SlideRoom at ttuart.slideroom.com by March 27, 2015. While there is no submission fee to apply to SRO Photo Gallery for consideration, there is a $10 SlideRoom submission fee. Selected artists will be announced in late April 2015.

All entries are accepted through SlideRoom at ttuart.slideroom.com Include the following items.

  • 20 Images
  •  1500 pixels in the longer dimension at 72 dpi
  • Image files (uploaded as .jpg)
  • Artwork Checklist: Title, year, media, dimensions (uploaded as .pdf)                                                         (ex. Title, 2013, gelatin silver print, 20 x 20 inches)
  • Artist’s Statement (uploaded as .pdf)
  • CV (uploaded as .pdf)

All materials will be digitally archived through the 2015 – 2016 academic year if selected for exhibition or discarded if not selected. Submit all materials to ttuart.slideroom.com on or before 11:59 PM (Central Time) March 27, 2015.

Kristen Swartz

Exhibitions Coordinator, SRO Photo Gallery

srophotogallery.art@ttu.edu

 

Deborah Bay

.357 Hollow Point (2012 archival ink on archival metallic photo paper 18 x 24 inches

.357 Hollow Point (2012)
archival ink on archival metallic photo paper
18 x 24 inches

Landmark Arts at the Texas Tech University School of Art presents the photographs of Deborah Bay as the sixth and final show in the 2013 – 2014 SRO Photo Gallery exhibition series from March 31 – May 4.

9mm Glock Ball (2011) archival ink on archival metallic photo paper 18 x 24 inches

9mm Glock Ball (2011)
archival ink on archival metallic photo paper
18 x 24 inches

 

Deborah Bay’s series, The Big Bang, brings the issue of gun control to the simplest, yet most powerful, level: the bullet. After Houston law enforcement professionals fire shots into plexiglas, Bay photographs the aftermath in the studio. The resulting images resemble vivid exploding galaxies. The vibrant colors and unearthly imagery of the photographs intrigue the viewer with “the psychological tension created between the jewel-like beauty and inherent destructiveness of the fragmented projectiles in the plexiglas.” While Bay herself does not make any direct stance on gun control, the conflict – between these images of awe-inspiring splendor and the deadly force behind their creation – cannot be ignored.

.44 Magnum (2011) archival ink on archival metallic photo paper 18 x 24 inches

.44 Magnum (2011)
archival ink on archival metallic photo paper
18 x 24 inches

Deborah Bay holds a PhD in Education from the University of Texas in Austin. Living in Houston, she is an Advisory Council member for the Houston Center for Photography. She exhibits nationally.  www.deborahbay.com

.38 Special (2012) archival ink on archival metallic photo paper 18 x 24 inches

.38 Special (2012)
archival ink on archival metallic photo paper
18 x 24 inches

Paul Plunket

Landmark Arts at the Texas Tech University School of Art presents the photographs of Paul Plunket as the fifth show in the 2013 – 2014 SRO Photo Gallery exhibition series from February 17 – March 30.

No Parking (2007) archival inkjet print 9.25 x 14.25 inches

No Parking (2007)
archival inkjet print
9.25 x 14.25 inches

Paul Plunket’s series, The Grassy Knoll – Dealey Plaza, documents visitors trying to understand what exactly happened when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Since 2007, Plunket has photographed these tourists, with the Texas School Book Depository, the Triple Overpass, the Red Courthouse and of course, the Grassy Knoll, as a background. Using his Leica M9 and street photography sensibilities, Plunket captures visitors “walk to the middle of Elm Street to stand on the ‘X’ that marks where the bullet hit the President, point to the window on the sixth floor of the School Book Depository to calculate the difficulty of rifle shots, and stand behind the picket fence atop the Grassy Knoll to measure the likelihood that a second gunman could escape undetected.” In seeing The Grassy Knoll – Dealey Plaza, the viewer is challenged not to look at every possible conspiracy theory about what took place on November 22, 1963, but to examine the reactions of people in the photographs, and their own, to that significant day in history.

He Did It (2012) archival inkjet print 9.25 x 14.25 inches

He Did It (2012)
archival inkjet print
9.25 x 14.25 inches

Paul Plunket holds a law degree from the University of Houston. He is a professional freelance photographer, and has taught photography for continuing education in Houston.

S. Gayle Stevens & Judy Sherrod

Landmark Arts at the Texas Tech University School of Art presents the wet-plate collodions of S. Gayle Stevens and Judy Sherrod as the fourth show in the 2013 – 2014 SRO Photo Gallery exhibition series from January 13 – February 16.

Nocturnes 7 (2012) wet-plate collodion 20 x 20 inches

Nocturnes 7 (2012)
wet-plate collodion
20 x 20 inches

Wet-plate collodion artist S. Gayle Stevens, collaborates with pinhole camera-maker Judy Sherrod, to create the series Our Nocturnes. Meeting in Pass Christian, Mississippi (a middle-ground between the artists’ residences in Chicago and Texas, respectively), Stevens and Sherrod make mammoth wet-plate tintypes measuring an unbelievable twenty by twenty inches. Resembling the work and process of early survey photographers, such as Timothy O’Sullivan, and inspired by Claude Debussy’s orchestral nocturnes, Our Nocturnes reveals the beauty of the Gulf Coast with its ethereal seascapes and “a little night music.”

Nocturnes 1 (2012) wet-plate collodion 20 x 20 inches

Nocturnes 1 (2012)
wet-plate collodion
20 x 20 inches

S. Gayle Stevens, who lives in Downers Grove, IL, holds an MFA from The School of Art Institute of Chicago, and frequently collaborates with Judy Sherrod, a camera maker from Wichita Falls. They exhibit nationally and internationally.

Nocturnes 32 (2012) wet-plate collodion 20 x 20 inches

Nocturnes 32 (2012)
wet-plate collodion
20 x 20 inches

For more information, please visit www.sgaylestevens.com and twooldwomen.wordpress.com.