Visiting UK Photographer Seeks Assistant in DC August 16-19

Lisa Barnard, a friend of a friend, and noted UK visual artist, is coming to DC in August, a bold move when most natives are eschewing the confines of the Beltway for cooler climes.   However, she has good reason: the annual AUVSI conference, which coincidentally, I once covered in a PR capacity, and let me just say, Bravo, it was a surreal, eye-opening event.  In her own words Lisa seeks:

 a student of photography who might want some work experience and who has knowledge of lighting and digital media. The dates will be from the 16th – 19th August, although I shall be there from the 12th.  It wont be for all the hours within that day as I will be attending some conferencestoo. I have $80 a day to pay in my budget and that has to include expenses,  I am not requiring any assistant to take any responsibility, just chat and general physical support.  Ideally, someone who is interested in politics, war and capitalism within their practise.

Interested parties should contact her directly via her website.  And really who needs the beach when you could happy snap unmanned vehicles?  ; )  But I jest, I am sure Lisa will offer an interesting opportunity on many levels.  If you are interested in learning more about Lisa’s own practiCe, she attaches her statement of her intentions with the unmanned vehicle conference:

Working Title: Whiplash Transition.

Part 1: AUVSI Washington DC

This photography and video project will be investigating the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems

(UAV’s) in the USA.

Revolutions in Military Affairs (RMA’s), is the term used to denote the paradigm shift in the essence

of what war is and what it will become. Although unmanned machines are already in operation in the

ever-changing battlefield, the ramifications of the development, building and use of UAV’s including

the political, ethical and legal aspects, is unknown and not widely discussed.

Peter.W.Singer states that, a UAV can shoot an apple at 800 metres but it cant tell if it is an apple or

a tomato. It is the concept or added information that helps the operator determine what the subject

is. I shall be attending the Aerial Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) conference

in Washington, where the latest developments in UAV’s are being promoted to the military, by

companies such as, Boeing and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. I will be capturing, using

a Canon EOS 5D, some of the UAVs in the conference environment. The UAV cannot discern sex, age

and cultural identity. Within the conference environment I am hoping to record – using a Canon Eos

5D – myself negotiating this location where war, capitalism and technological innovation collide. This

video will further question photojournalism’s truth claims, and embrace the dialectics or contradictions

that I feel is inherent and of paramount importance to my photographic practise.

Lisa Barnard

Is Minnesota the new Scandinavia?

Heavens know America needs to get it’s Scandinavia on and support more artistic productions. Um, works project administration anyone????? At anyrate, if you live in MN, and want to make a film check out the Jerome Foundation’s opportunity here.

Summer Residency and Juried East of the River show at Honfleur Gallery: Apply Today!

I’m jurying a show with the fabulous Renee Stout and Stephen Bennett Phillips over at Honfleur Gallery.  Also they have a summer residency with an application that is due on Mar. 1 – so plan ahead!  Here’s the details from their press release: Honfleur Gallery and The Gallery at Vivid Solutions are pleased to announce the call for submissions for the 5th Annual East of the River Exhibition, highlighting the creative minds of Washington DC’s Wards 7 and 8.  Artists living, working or with roots in the communities east of the Anacostia River may submit up to 20 images for review by the panel of esteemed judges:

Stephen Bennett Phillips

Director of the Fine Arts Program at the Federal Reserve Board

Renee Stout

acclaimed Washington, DC based artist

Susana Raab

Photographer, The Smithsonian Anacostia Museum
This year’s exhibition will focus on the presentation of bodies of work from up to six selected artists, to be exhibited at the Honfleur Gallery and The Gallery at Vivid Solutions. Proposals for works in progress will be accepted.  A $300 award per artist will be presented to each artist selected for exhibition, and in addition, an individual work selected as Best in Show will be announced during opening night reception.   The galleries are offering an optional Portfolio Workshop for interested parties, see the application for details.

Deadline for Submission: March 21st, 2011
Opening Night: Friday, August 5th 2011

To Apply:
Please submit the following in hard copy- email submissions will not be accepted:
$10 Application fee with check or money order
One Page Art Resume or CV
Artists Statement
Application Page with Image Info
CD with up to 20 jpeg images of work proposed for the exhibition.

Submit to:
Honfleur Gallery
c/o EOR Exhibit 2011
1227 Good Hope Rd. SE
Washington D.C. 20020

This exhibition is partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities


Full details are available under the News & Events section at: &

Job Opportunities: Education Week & NOVA Comm. College

Photo Editor—Print & Online

Education Week


Education Week, the respected, “go to” source for news and information on K-12 education, is seeking a creative and versatile Photo Editor to join a talented team of visually oriented journalists and media professionals dedicated to providing first-rate print and digital content for education policymakers, frontline educators, and wider audiences.


Published by the independent, nonprofit organization Editorial Projects in Education, Education Week spans multiple platforms, including a weekly print edition, a well-established online presence at and numerous specialty publications published throughout the year.


Duties include: Working with the Director of Photography, this individual will plan assignment coverage with reporters and editors; hire, coordinate, and negotiate freelance assignments with photographers; obtain photographs from wire and newspaper outlets; edit still images for a range of print and online products; plan print layouts with the design department and shoot and edit news video packages for Web usage. While this is primarily a photo editing position, the ideal candidate will also possess skills as a still and video journalist who can travel for assignments on occasion.


Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree and photojournalism/photo editing experience in a news organization is required. The job demands an articulate communicator, collaborator, and team player who is a creative and effective visual journalist possessing a proven ability to work effectively with reporters and other colleagues in a fast-paced but congenial work environment. An understanding of copyrights and proper photo usage, as well as an advanced knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Final Cut, is required.


Salary is commensurate with experience. The office is located in Bethesda, Md., just outside Washington, D.C.


To apply: Send letter, resume, and appropriate work samples to or to Education Week, Dept. CB, 6935 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814. No phone solicitations please. Closing date for applications is Monday, March 14.


and at NOVA more info here:

Toby Jurovics of SAAM in conversation with John Gossage Tonight!

When Thursday, October 14, 2010, 7 – 8pm
Categories After Five, Lectures & Discussions
Location American Art Museum
Event Location McEvoy Auditorium, Lower Level
Cost Free
Related Exhibition John Gossage: The Pond
Note Photographer John Gossage finds moments of grace and elegance in even the most mundane places. Join the artist and curator of photography Toby Jurovics for a conversation about The Pond and its role in the history of American landscape photography.

National Gallery of Art seeks photographer for temporary appt

I pity the person who gets this job and needs to photograph the 10′ Burtynsky’s. ; )  At any rate, it’s a good opportunity for somebody:

The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC has an immediate opening for a digital photographer of two-dimensional works of art on paper (prints, drawings and photographs).  This special one-year project may be extended up to two additional years.

Experience in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom in the service of digital image capture for a cultural heritage institution is required; experience in the application of color management is highly desired. The photographer produces high-quality reproduction images using an established, high throughput archival workflow.

The incumbent will be an independent contractor performing under a work-for-hire agreement with excellent compensation. Applicants will need to pass a security background check. To apply, email an expression of interest, available start date and CV showing relevant experience and three references before October 22 to:

What this tells me more than anything

Is how media art is the proprietary art form of the 21st century.  Are you all over it? This appears to be an excellent opportunity:

Smithsonian Institution

Job Title: Media Arts Specialist

Agency: Smithsonian Institution

Sub Agency: Smithsonian

Job Announcement Number: 10A-MR-296474-DEU-SAAM


$74,872.00 – $97,333.00 /year


Wednesday, September 29, 2010 to Tuesday, October 05, 2010




Full-Time, Permanent Federal




1 vacancy – Washington DC Metro Area, DC


This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.


This position is located in the Exhibitions Office, Smithsonian American Art Museum.  The employee provides a wide range of technical advice and services related  to the exhibition, acquisition, and preservation of media arts and archives.

The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce.  Join us in “Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery.”


  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • May need to complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.


Additional Duty Location Info:

1 vacancy – Washington DC Metro Area, DC

  • Works with Curatorial, Exhibition and Registrar staff to plan the application and installation of media art exhibitions and installations.  Coordinates research, documentation, planning, development, production, and gallery installation.
  • Works with staff to elucidate, document and manage the physical care of the Museum’s various media arts archives as well as the collection of technical components related to media arts at the Museum.
  • Provides research on proposed acquisitions including equipment needs, technical specifications for display, and long-term maintenance and storage.
  • Assists in the production of exhibition-related films, videos and video treatments, as well as computer inter-actives that are part of permanent gallery installations and temporary exhibitions.
  • Develops concepts into coherent proposals or treatments, prepares budgets, determines appropriate formats, collaborates on storyboards, and sets the production schedule for a variety of media projects.

Qualifications and Evaluations


One year of full-time experience at the GS-11 level that is close or similar to the work of this job.  The experience includes activities such as researching, identifying and documenting film, video, audio, computer, inter-active and electronic based artworks; evaluating condition and viability; converting to stable, long-term storage media; planning and implementing installation in exhibitions; preparing user guides and instructing others on installation, exhibition and preservation of media artworks.

Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience.  Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.


Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above.  The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:

  1. Knowledge of media arts technology and media artists.
  2. Skill in project management, including coordination of deadlines, budgets and staff or contractors.
  3. Skill in written communication for preparation of technical instruction and documentation.
  4. Knowledge of collection management practices of media arts.
  5. Ability to create, produce and edit media components for exhibitions.

Important Note:
Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire or other assessment tool for consistency. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience.

Your resume should provide detailed information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.To preview questions please click here.

Benefits and Other Info


The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that
includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, health/life
insurance, accident insurance, and excellent retirement program

Please see Benefits at for a complete


How To Apply


Click on the “Apply Online” button on the upper right side of the page.

Please Note:

  • You must apply for this position online through the ‘Apply Online’ button.
  • Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine.  Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date.  Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.
  • Clicking the “DONE” tab does not submit your application.  The “DONE” tab allows you to exit the system and save your information for completion at a later time.  To submit your application, click the “FINISH” tab.
  • The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
  • If you are unable to apply online, paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the Contact Person listed below.


Your application package should include the following documents:

  • Detailed resume online through USAJOBS
  • Proof of Veteran’s Preference – DD214 (Member 4 Copy), if you are a veteran
  • Proof of prior federal service such as the latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, if applicable
  • Unofficial school transcripts, if the position has an education requirement.
  • Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable.


Madalyn Robinson
Phone: 202-633-6339
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 202-633-6409
Agency Information:
Office of Human Resources
POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517
Washington, DC 20013-7012
Fax: 571-258-4052


You will receive an e-mail to acknowledge that your application has been received.  Please be aware that the confirmation e-mail could reside in your “junk” or “bulk” mail folder depending on your filters.

The Smithsonian receives many applications for each job.  Each application is reviewed carefully which may take a few weeks.  We will send you an e-mail to update you as we go through phases of the application review process.  You may also check your application status by logging into and selecting the tab “My USAJOBS;” e-mailing; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed.

Additional Information:

  • Tips on applying for Smithsonian jobs are available at

  • The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses.

  • The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (

Interested in Becoming a Ragin’ Cajun?

I have always wanted to embed myself in a local paper in small-town America. Bill Owens did it with success a few years back.  Here’s an opportunity for some genu-ine Bayou culture in Southern Louisiana.  Except for the mortgage, the beloved, and other mitigating factors, I would be tempted to apply for it myself.  I think you could make your opportunities here:

Join The Courier’s team as a multimedia photojournalist in south Louisiana’s unique bayou country in Houma and Terrebonne Parish. Photographer will cover a wide range of assignments shooting both still photos and video. We’re a community-based newspaper, circulation just under 20,000, owned by the New York Times Co., with competitive salary and great benefits. You’ll be shooting some of the biggest assignments we cover, including hurricanes, Mardi Gras and New Orleans Saints football. Your work will appear in print and on our website,

Requirements include a four-year college degree and knowledge of common still and video photography equipment and software, including Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premier Elements or similar video-editing tools. We’re looking for someone with a great eye with a strong desire to put the camera lens where the action is. Previous experience at a daily newspaper preferred but not required.

We are a small, close staff, and ours has been named Louisiana Newspaper of the Year 10 of the past 12 years. Come join us in covering a unique community in Cajun country, an hour southwest of New Orleans.

Send resume and digital photo and video samples to: Karen Dauzat, Human Resource Director, P. O. Box 2717 Houma, La. 70361 or e-mail to . You may also apply on line at or scroll down and click on Work For Us.

Nominations being Accepted for Smithsonian Artist Research Fellows

Would you be interested in working with Smithsonian scholars and collections to inform your artistic practice?  Nominations are now being taken for the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellows.  This program is entering its fifth year and offers visual artists the opportunity to spend one to three months working with Smithsonian collections and scholars. The SARF program is unique among artist residency programs, offering, instead of a studio, a dynamic research environment in which to investigate the objects, discoveries, and historical events that inspire creative work. The program brings artists together with Smithsonian experts in a variety of disciplines at museums and research centers in the United States and abroad, to explore cross-disciplinary connections between history, art, culture, and science.  There is no comparable fellowship program in the United States, and it is right in line with our new Smithsonian Strategic Plan.

SARF fellows are chosen by a panel of SI art experts with input from representatives from the SI history, culture, and science research communities. Fellowship terms are one to three months and for FY 2011 must begin between June 1, 2011 and March 1, 2011.

Nominated applicants will then receive an application which must be filed by December 1, 2010, and will be notified of decisions by March 15, 2011. APPLICANTS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO OBTAIN AN SI SPONSOR/ADVISOR BEFORE FILING APPLICATIONS WHO WILL BE WILLING TO ADVISE THEM DURING THEIR PROJECT.

For further information on the program, SARF 2010 guidelines and application form are available on the Office of Fellowships’ site at

If you are interested in applying send me an email, and we’ll talk!

Sol LeWitt and the Gift Economy

I love this idea of trading prints. A bit of good advice I got on a visit to New Orleans by A Gallery for Fine Photography’s Josh Mann Pailet  (a most charming man and incredible resource, I send everyone I know going to New Orleans Josh’s way) was to trade prints with your fellow artists.  Thus I love this call for entries by Mass MoCA in the spirit of Sol LeWitt who traded prints with everybody and anyone regardless if they were as well known as he was.  It’s good karma, and there is no reason for all that stuff to sit in your flat files, especially of those of you who have open editions and editions of 200.

| MASS MoCA / Cabinet | An Exchange with Sol Lewitt | SEP 15  Deadline: September 15th- October 15th

A two-part exhibition curated by Regine Basha

The story of Sol LeWitt’s exchanges with other artists is by now widely known. Though most artists engage in this process at one point or another, LeWitt seemed fully committed to it as an artistic code of conduct, a way of life. Eva Hesse, Robert Mangold, Hanna Darboven, and Robert Ryman are just a few of LeWitt’s celebrated contemporaries with whom the artist exchanged works. Such exchanges were not limited to well-known artists, however: LeWitt consistently traded works with admirers whom he did not know but who had nevertheless sent their work to him, as well as amateur artists with whom he interacted in his daily life. LeWitt’s exchanges—he responded to every work he received by sending back one of his own—fostered an ongoing form of artistic communion and, in some cases, a source of support and patronage.

The Sol LeWitt Private Collection retains all of the works he received, as well as a record of what he offered in return. For LeWitt, the act of exchange seemed to be not only a personal gesture, but also an integral part of his conceptual practice. In addition to encouraging the circulation of artworks through a gift economy that challenged the art world’s dominant economic model, LeWitt’s exchanges with strangers have the same qualities of generosity, and risk, that characterized his work in general. This kind of exchange was designed to stage an encounter between two minds, outside the familiar confines of friendship. If we consider the process of exchange as another of Sol LeWitt’s instructional pieces, then the rational (or irrational) thing to do is to continue to exchange work and ideas, if only symbolically, with him.

—This is a call to those who share an affinity with Sol LeWitt’s legacy as a conceptual artist, to those who knew him and those who did not—to anyone who has ever wondered, “What would Sol LeWitt like?” —Guidelines Your gift to Sol LeWitt can take the form of an image, an object, a piece of music, or a film. Books, ephemera, and other non-perishable items (e.g. wine) are also welcome. Other ideas may be discussed with the curator. 2D contributions should be no larger than 8.5 x 11 inches; 3D contributions should be no larger than 12 x 12 x 12 inches. All contributions will be exhibited at either Cabinet or MASS MoCA. The curator will notify you of the location of your contribution by 1 December 2010. Contributions can be dropped off, mailed, emailed, or faxed between September 15th and October 15th: An Exchange with Sol LeWitt c/o Cabinet 300 Nevins Street Brooklyn NY 11217, USA Fax: + 1 718 222-3700


A publication documenting the contributions will accompany the shows and will be presented at the conclusion of the project to all participants. Please note that we cannot return your contribution. You can, however, pick it up at the end of the exhibition if prior arrangements have been made.

For further information, please contact Regine Basha at MASS MoCA 22 January – 31 March 2011 87 Marshall Street North Adams, MA 01247 Cabinet 20 January – 19 February 2011 300 Nevins Street Brooklyn, NY 11217