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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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Understand Photography General Notes


Upcoming Trips:
Everglades 4 Day Photo Adventure:  Everglades, FL January 25-28, 2018

Florida’s Forgotton Coast – Apalachicola area April 16-20, 2018. 

Women’s Photography Weekend Naples May 4-6, 2018

About Jack 
– 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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