New England Portfolio Review 2014

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The NEPR and Workshops Summary

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NEPR Workshop Presenter, Mary Virginia Swanson reviews a photographer’s work Photo by Silke Hase

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NEPR Panelist, Maja Orsic reviews a photographer’s work/Photo by Silke Hase

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Photographers mingle in between review sessions at the NEPR/ Photo by Silke Hase

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NEPR Portfolio Reviews/Photo by: Silke Hase

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Caitie Moore brought her Pop-Up Bookstore and Zine Collection to the NEPR Photo by: Silke Hase

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NEPR Presenter, Jennifer Schwartz reviews a photographer’s work/Photo by Silke Hase

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NEPR Workshops, “Meet the Industry Professionals” A panel discussion moderated by Mary Virginia Swanson Photo by: Silke Hase

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NEPR Workshops Photo by Silke Hase

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The 2014 NEPR and Workshops were held over two days, June 7 and 8, 2014 at the Griffin Museum of Photography and sponsored by Digital Silver Imaging. The event brought together over 50 participants and 22 industry professionals. Each day included morning educational sessions with portfolio reviews in the afternoon.

On Saturday, June 7, creative consultant, Mary Virginia Swanson, gave a two-part seminar on the diverse possibilities for photographers today. The first presentation was titled “Making the Most of Your Portfolio Review Experience”. In it, Ms. Swanson gave an overview of opportunities for artists today and the value in sharing their work with top arts professionals.

The second presentation included a panel discussion with seven Boston area arts professionals. The panelists were: Kate Anderson, Senior Art Consultant, Boston Art, Inc.; Ronn Campisi, Publication Designer; Diana Gaston, Lead Curator, Fidelity Investments; Karen Haas, The Lane Collection Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts; Jessica Manning, Art Producer, Mullen; Alison Nordström PhD, Independent Curator/Consulting Curator, Griffin Museum; and Maja Orsic, Director, Robert Klein Gallery.

Each panelist gave a five-minute slide presentation with insights into how they work with photographers within their gallery, collection, agency or art program.

On Sunday, June 8, Jennifer Schwartz, creator and director of Crusade for Art, gave a presentation on how to launch a body of work through both traditional and non-traditional avenues and encouraged photographers on how to engage people with their images in meaningful and memorable ways.

Portfolio reviews were held in the afternoon on both days. The Portfolio Reviewers were: Kate Anderson, Senior Art Consultant, Boston Art, Inc.; Ronn Campisi, Publication Designer; Jim Fitts, Photography Collector, Professor, Founder of photoweenie.com; Diana Gaston, Lead Curator, Fidelity Investments; Ali Goodwin Director and Curator, Drift Gallery, Portsmouth, NH; Karen Haas, The Lane Collection Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts; Hank Hauptmann, Gallery Assistant, Robert Klein Gallery; Keith Johnson, Photographer and Educator; Arlette Kayafas, Founder and Director, Gallery Kayafas; Michelle Lamuniere, Photography Specialist, Skinner Auctioneers; Jessica Manning, Art Producer, Mullen; Tanya Mathis, Director of Art Buying, Fidelity; Susan Nalband, Director, 555 Gallery; Alison Nordström PhD, Independent Curator/Consulting Curator, Griffin Museum; Maja Orsic, Director, Robert Klein Gallery; Dana Salvo, Owner, Clark Gallery; Jennifer Schwartz, Creator/Director, Crusade for Art; Lexi Lee Sullivan, Assistant Curator, DeCordova Museum; Mary Virginia Swanson, Creative Consultant; Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director, Griffin Museum of Photography.

Caitie Moore, who brought her pop-up bookstore of independently produced photo books and “Zines”, created a beautiful book display in the Griffin Museum Gift Shop. Participants could peruse the bookstore while in between review sessions.

With two beautiful, sunny days, participants picnicked together outside with lunch provided from Fresh City.

The weekend was educational, lively, intimate and fun. Our presenters, reviewers, volunteers, and staff worked hard to make the event a success and we plan to continue the program in the future.

We will be updating this page with success stories from the NEPR. If you have a success story from the NEPR, please email Sarah Houston  and she will post your story on the NEPR webpage.