Dreams: Illusion and Fantasy

Theme: Dreams and Imagination

Black Box Gallery will host a juried group photography exhibition on dreams and imagination in the photographic arts. Dreams: Illusion and Fantasy will look at the role of fiction and fantasy, narrative and artistic voice, mystery and illusions, conscious and unconscious, ethereal and symbolic, and abstracted reality in contemporary photographic practices.

Juror: Jessica Johnston

Jessica Johnston is an Assistant Curator in the Department of Photography at George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film, in Rochester, NY, the oldest and largest museum of its kind, established in 1946 with a mission to collect, preserve and interpret photographs and related objects to tell the story of photography and its related media. She is responsible for developing exhibitions, recommending acquisitions, caring for the collection and teaching in the museum’s Master of Art's program in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management. Ms. Johnston has worked at George Eastman House since 2006.

Deadline: May 7

Exhibition Dates: June 1-20, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday June 6, 5-8:00 pm

Each exhibition will have 24 photographs included by the juror for exhibiton at the gallery.

An additional 30 photographs will be selected for inclusion in our On-Line Gallery Annex.

All photographs from the show will be included in a catalog available for purchase on Blurb Books.

Rules/Guidelines: Black Box offers free framing, matting and printing for our exhibitions. The photographers who are selected into the exhibition by the juror will provide a high resolution Tiff or JPEG file for our gallery to print. If the photograper prefers, they can send in framed work or prints that we can frame for the exhibition.

We have 18” x 24” black frames. Our white mats are pre cut for 12” x 18”, 12” x 12” and 12” x 16” prints (we also have a few other odd sized matts). We print on an Epson Stylus Pro archival ink jet printer, on Epson Premium Luster Photo paper, in a color-calibrated environment. This is a very accurate custom print, just like a custom lab would print, we have over 20 years of custom printing experience.

All exhibition prints will be kept in a flat file after the show for future sale and promotion for the photographer, unless the photographer makes other arrangements. This will allow the gallery to further promote our photographers and exhibitions to collectors, curators, critics and to the general public. Black Box will return ship the exhibiton print to artist if preferred. Black Box will shread all gallery prints after 5 years of exhibition in the flat files.

File agreement for accepted photographers who will be using our free printing services. Black Box will only print one exhibition print. If there is a sale inquiry, the photographer will be notified before a sale is confirmed, edition information will be discussed with photographer, the photographer will be sent a authentication document to be signed and go with the print to the collector. No sale or printing of file will happen without prior consent and agreement of photographer. All rights remain to the file and print with the photographer, to be used only with their prior consent. Exhibition print will not be sold, but used in our flatfile at Black Box Gallery only to promote the photographers work.

Black Box Gallery takes a 50% commission on all sales, 50% goes to the photographer. If artist prefers the print does not have to be for sale. Print will be for exhibition and promotion only.

Notification: All photographers will be notified 7-10 days after the deadline about juror selections.

Entry Fee: $35 per entry (an entry includes up to 5 photos). Use Pay Pal or send check to:

If sending a check: please indicate sending a check in the email submission.

Black Box Gallery, 811 East Burnside St. # 212, Portland Oregon 97214.

How to apply: Send in the entry fee and then send an email to: info.blackboxgallery@gmail.com

Title the email: Dreams: Illusion and Fantasy

In the body of the email please include the following info:

Your Name
Exhibition Name
Titles of Included Photos with corresponding file name
Attach up to 5 photos, as instructed below

File Set Up: Jpeg files, 1024 pixels on the longest side at 72 DPI, 2MB or less each (saved).

Name Files: firstname_lastname1.jpg, firstname_lastname2.jpg, firstname_lastname3.jpg, etc…

Eligibility: The exhibition is open to all photographers world wide, both amateur and professional.

Copyright: All rights to the photographs remain with the photographer.