Peggy Farren interviews Naples Art Association curator Jack O’Brien. Jack shares opportunites available through the NAA for both artists and photographers.
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– Curator at the Naples Art Association since 2001
– University of South Florida, Florida South Western State College – Painting and Business: Undergraduate Degree
– University of New Orleans – Arts Administration: Graduate Degree
– Experience with several galleries
– loves working behind the scenes, oversees exhibitions and collections, conservation, storage, lighting
– organizes volunteers and advisors, helps with themes and artists being featured
How Did Photography Become an Acceptable Form of Art?
– started with Clyde Butcher: B&W and traditional photography, got people to appreciate the Everglades
– photography has changed with the digital age
– everyone has a camera, no expense for film
– social media boom: people exchange pictures every day
– more photographers creates more competition, which forces more creativity
About the Naples Art Association
– busy all year, no longer seasonal
– children’s programs
– exhibits are usually 15-30% photography
– Art in the Park (Outdoor Shows)
– 3 competitions for local artists (Call for Artists)
1. National Art Encounter
2. 52nd Founders Juried Awards Exhibition
3. Camera U.S.A.
– 8th year! – $28 entry fee – $5,000 top prize – national competition
– 80 images chosen by judges/jurors for display – limit 1 image per photographer
– no larger than 40” x 40”- deadline March 12, 2018
– judges change every year, view images online, range across the country (don’t have to be present in Naples)
“Don’t get discouraged, keep jumping in.”
– Be prepared to get 3 or 4 “no’s” before you get a “yes” for juried entries.
Naples Art Association – NaplesArt.org
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