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Calling All Shutterbugs: Arts Fest to Hold Photo Contest

by on March 27, 2014 7:05 AM

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts has issued the Call for Entries for Seeing America: Centre County in Photographs, a juried photography exhibition.

The exhibition will be a part of this summer’s 48th Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.

Seeing America: Centre County in Photographs will hang from June 30 through July 13 at the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, 818 Pike Street, Lemont.

The exhibition is open to artists 16 years of age or older residing in the United States. Digital images shot in Centre County, Pennsylvania on or after January 1, 2013 may be submitted. Work will be accepted in the following categories: people, places, things, created images and panoramas. Submitted images must be lens-based, still images. Film and video entries are not permitted. Individuals may enter no more than twice.

Barbara Houghton, Professor of Art, Northern Kentucky University, will serve as juror for the exhibition.

Houghton is a working and teaching photographer who is known for her narrative fine art images and installation pieces. Her work often uses self-portraits to explore universal notions of who we are and how we got to be the people we have become, in addition to observations of popular culture. Her love of travel has led her to photograph in a variety of places such as India, Ireland, Italy, England, Scotland, Singapore, Istanbul, the American West, and Mexico.

In addition to selecting pieces for the show, Houghton will award $2,500 in prize money to exhibitors.

The Best in Show Award is $1,000. There will be five awards of merit worth $300 each.

A $30 non-refundable entry fee for up to three images must accompany each online application. 

Entry fees are used to offset the cost of the exhibition.  Only applications completed before midnight, April 18, 2014 will be considered. The application can be found at the Festival’s web site,

Seeing America: Centre County in Photographs is part of a group of activities at this summer’s festival sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. The other activities include a performance by Ensemble Galilei of its multi-media work, First Person: Seeing America and the exhibition Seeing America: Photographs from the Permanent Collection at Penn State’s Palmer Museum of Art.

“We’re thrilled that the National Endowment of the Arts has enabled us to bring together a performance of First Person: Seeing America with an exhibition at the Palmer Museum of Art. We're also delighted to partner with the Art Alliance, particularly because that show is a great opportunity for photographers to show work created here in Centre County,” notes Joyce Robinson, the Festival’s Board President.

This year’s Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts will run from July 9 through 13. Children and Youth Day will be July 9, and the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition will open on July 10 and continue through July 13. In addition to the Sidewalk Sale, the festival features a banner competition, and music, dance and theatrical performances on outdoor and indoor stages.

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional funding is provided through a grant made by possible by the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors’ Bureau and the Centre County Commissioners.

For more information about Seeing America: Centre County in Photographs please contact the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts at (814) 237-3682 or by e-mail at office

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