Photography by members of the Dubuque Camera Club will be on display this fall during the club’s 7th annual exhibit at the Dubuque Museum of Art in downtown Dubuque. The exhibit is scheduled to be on display from September 21 to November 10, 2019. [See the end of this post for a timeline.]
General Bob and Pamela are helping to organize the exhibit this year. At the April 1 meeting, the club decided to order prints on aluminum, like last year. It works better to send in one large order for prints, as opposed to ordering individually.
Remember, exhibit details may change as we move forward. For that reason, it’s important to attend meetings and read your club emails. For the latest exhibit guidelines, see below:
- 1. Does it fit the Reflections theme?
- 2. Will it meet minimum specs for printing?
- 3. Are you willing to pay for a print?
- 4. After the show ends, what will you do with your print?
Reflections theme. Use your creativity when responding to the theme. For instance, it’s OK to submit a portrait of somebody pondering a deep thought, because that is a “reflection.” Also think of mirrors, bodies of water, refraction, shadows, and windows at night. Think about what sort of image you would like to have hanging on your wall, because you will get the print back after the show ends.
Image dimensions & printing specs. We will again be ordering 12-inch by 18-inch metal prints. Crop to 2:3 or 3:2 and export the highest quality possible. Don’t over-sharpen. Here’s the ideal size in pixels: 3000×4500. If your end result is not that big, do NOT upsize. Orientation can be either landscape or portrait. Submit JPGs only (use RGB). Try to use 200 dpi or greater but you probably should not resample. No watermarks on final images. Remember, unlike N4C submissions, there are no strict upper limits on file size. If these guidelines sound confusing, just do your best! If there are any issues with your image, there will be time for you to submit a new version.
Filename. Use your member number in the filename, along with the title of the image. Do not put your name in the filename. We are doing it this way, with blind submissions, because the art museum needs to curate/choose the images anonymously. [Of course WE know who you are!!]
- Your image must fit the Reflections theme. You must be a club member to participate in the exhibit. Dimensions: 2:3 or 3:2 (portrait or landscape). To be printed on aluminum at 12-inches x 18-inches. Send in JPG only (RGB). Try to have the longest side be a minimum of 3600px, but do NOT upsize. (Good: 3600×2400 Better: 4500×3000). It’s OK to submit up to five preliminary images. No watermarks on final image.
Deadline: Reflections submissions are due before our potluck picnic on June 3rd. Submissions will be posted in the club’s Smugmug gallery. You can email them to Ron or Ken and make it clear in your email that it is for Reflections. Use“Reflections submission” in the message subject. You can also submit by using the submission form. (Club members, check your email for the link).
Inclusion. Participating in club exhibits is one of the perks of Dubuque Camera Club membership. The exhibit is limited to club members in good standing ONLY. There will not be a call for artists and it is not open to the public. To participate, your club dues need to be paid for the current season AND, ideally, you need to pay your dues punctually in September when the new N4C season starts.
Cost. We hope to have (at least) one print chosen by each member who wishes to participate. The cost of each print will be in the range of $50-80. Each participating photographer will need to decide how many prints they are willing to pay for, and whether they would be open to having multiple prints in the show. (Last year the club had a total of 20 prints in the show.) Tentatively, the club will give each participating club member a financial subsidy toward the cost of one print. Because we’re ordering as a group, payment will be requested in advance, with exact details to be sent out by email.
Timeline. We will preview submissions during our June 3rd picnic (Submissions are due by June 3). Image selection will be made by museum staff this summer. (ONLY SEND IN PICTURES THAT YOU LIKE!) After selections are made, we will ask for final images. Payment will be due from participating club members, and then prints will be ordered as a group.
Paperwork. We will ask for biographical information (or a brief artist’s statement) for a brochure. Probably around 50 words per photographer. The museum will also need you to fill out an Incoming Loan Agreement.
These details may change as we move forward. For that reason, if you would like to participate in this year’s DuMA exhibit, it’s important for you to attend meetings and read your club emails.
✔ Jan/Feb: Discussion of exhibit theme ideas.
✔ Feb 18: Club members vote in a poll. Reflections chosen as a theme.
✔ March 4: Exhibit committee chosen: Robert Felderman, Pamela Brandt
✔ April 1: Club decides to order 12×18-inch metal prints like last year.
• May 20: Reflections images may be (but don’t have to be) submitted for Critique Night.
• June 3: Reflections submissions are due. Images will be posted in an online gallery.
•June/July ___? Art museum staff will make selections. Club members with image(s) in the show must send in final images and payment before prints are ordered. Any subsidy will be per photographer (NOT per print).
• Aug. ___? Prints will be ordered as a group.
• Sept. 17: Prints to be delivered to art museum.
• Sept. 21, 2019: Exhibit opens.
• Oct. 4? First Fridays reception / Fall Into Art gallery tour (tentative)
• Nov 10, 2019: Exhibit closes. Club picks up prints from museum.
• Dec. 2, 2019. Remaining prints may be picked up during the club’s holiday party.