Wisconsin Photography 2024

August 28 – November 26, 2024

Entry Deadline: Tuesday, June 11 at 4:00 pm

A juried exhibition for Wisconsin-based photographers and video artists at RAM’s Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, sponsored by the Racine Art Museum. RAM is offering multiple Purchase Awards to acquire photographs for the museum’s collection.

Entry and jurying for this exhibition takes place entirely online—there will not be in-person jurying of physical works.

Any questions? Please contact Katelyn Mitchell, RAM Curatorial Assistant, via email at [email protected] or call 262.619.3541.

Bruce Saille
Climate Change Strike #1, 2019
Digital inkjet print
16 x 20 inches
Racine Art Museum, Arlene Whitt Memorial Purchase Award from Wisconsin Photography 2022

Wisconsin Photography 2024

August 28 – November 26, 2024

Entry Deadline: Tuesday, June 11 at 4:00 pm

Bruce Saille
Climate Change Strike #1, 2019
Digital inkjet print
16 x 20 inches
Racine Art Museum, Arlene Whitt Memorial Purchase Award from Wisconsin Photography 2022

A juried exhibition for Wisconsin-based photographers and video artists at RAM’s Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, sponsored by the Racine Art Museum. RAM is offering multiple Purchase Awards to acquire photographs for the museum’s collection.

Entry and jurying for this exhibition takes place entirely online—there will not be in-person jurying of physical works.

Any questions? Please contact Katelyn Mitchell, RAM Curatorial Assistant, via email at [email protected] or call 262.619.3541.

Headshot Jennifer Wcisel

Juror

Jennifer Wcisel is Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM), Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she has served on the curatorial team since 2015. She leads the Museum’s diverse program of rotating exhibitions, including traveling and independently organized exhibitions. Wcisel is responsible for the stewardship of GRAM’s permanent collection of 7,000 objects, which she activates through original exhibitions, installations, research, community programs, and publications. She has facilitated several important acquisitions for the collection during her tenure, including works by Kelly Church, Guy Carleton Wiggins, Jenny Holzer, Hwa-Jeen Na, Christopher Myers, and Mario Moore. Her recent curatorial projects include Rethinking Monuments: American Sculpture in its Time, 1850–2000, Carole Harris: Bright Moments, and a forthcoming solo-exhibition with Brooklyn-based artist Christopher Myers.

Prior to her time at GRAM, Wcisel helped develop audience-centered gallery activities and experiences at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. She holds a master’s degree in Arts Administration from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Aquinas College, Grand Rapids.

Juror

Headshot Jennifer Wcisel

Jennifer Wcisel is Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM), Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she has served on the curatorial team since 2015. She leads the Museum’s diverse program of rotating exhibitions, including traveling and independently organized exhibitions. Wcisel is responsible for the stewardship of GRAM’s permanent collection of 7,000 objects, which she activates through original exhibitions, installations, research, community programs, and publications. She has facilitated several important acquisitions for the collection during her tenure, including works by Kelly Church, Guy Carleton Wiggins, Jenny Holzer, Hwa-Jeen Na, Christopher Myers, and Mario Moore. Her recent curatorial projects include Rethinking Monuments: American Sculpture in its Time, 1850–2000, Carole Harris: Bright Moments, and a forthcoming solo-exhibition with Brooklyn-based artist Christopher Myers.

Prior to her time at GRAM, Wcisel helped develop audience-centered gallery activities and experiences at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. She holds a master’s degree in Arts Administration from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Aquinas College, Grand Rapids.

Eligibility

Any artist 18 years or older residing in or maintaining a residence in Wisconsin.

Entry Fee

$25 jurying fee per entrant (payable below), free for RAM members.

Valuation of Submitted Work

Prices may not be changed after entry, and should represent the retail price of the framed work. Please note that RAM collects a 40% commission on works that are for sale. If your entry is not for sale (NFS), please include an insurance value in the entry form.

Purchase Awards

RAM is offering multiple Purchase Awards to acquire photographs for the museum’s collection. Most of these awards are $200. Regardless of retail price, the artist would receive the Purchase Award amount. Please check the appropriate box in the entry form if you want to be considered for a Purchase Award. RAM also reserves the right to purchase works at 60% of the retail price, which may be more or less than the standard Purchase Award amount. Purchase Awards will be decided after drop-off of accepted entries based on physical prints.

Requirements and Specifications

  • Original fine art photographs, short videos (15 minutes or less), or digitally altered or enhanced prints.

  • Accepted photographs must be printed on photographic paper (not textured, metallic, or lustre), metal, or may be a reverse Plexiglas® print. Canvas is not allowed. Please specify which surface or type of paper you will be using in the entry form.

  • Photographs selected by the juror must be wired for hanging—sawtooth hangers are not acceptable. All works on paper must be framed and glazed with either glass or Plexiglas®. Metal and reverse Plexiglas® prints do not need to be framed or glazed. RAM reserves the right to refuse any accepted works that do not meet the museum’s standards for quality, presentation, and framing.

  • Work must have been created after January 1, 2022. Negatives and digital files created before 2022 that have not yet been printed or exhibited professionally are also eligible.

  • Work must not have been previously exhibited at RAM’s Wustum Museum.

  • Work must not have been created under the direct supervision of an instructor.

  • Photographers: Submit a portfolio of two to 10 digital images saved as .jpg, .png, or .tif files at 300 dpi resolution, at least 1800 pixels on the longest side, and with a file size no larger than 5MB.

  • Video Artists: Submit one or two videos saved as .mp4 or .mov files, at least 1920 pixels on the longest side, and with a file size no larger than 500 MB.

Entry Submission

  • Please read all entry requirements and specifications above before submitting entries.

  • When ready to submit, add one entry ticket—located to the right on desktop, and below on mobile—to your shopping cart and click “Get Tickets.”

  • If you are NOT a RAM member, proceed with the $25 jurying fee. After payment is processed, you will receive a payment confirmation email containing a link to submit images or videos.

  • If you ARE a RAM member, log in to your member account using the login form—located to the right on desktop, and below on mobile—to receive immediate access to the entry form link. If you are already logged in to your account, you will see the entry form link without having to log in again.

Submitting artwork to this exhibition constitutes an agreement on your part with the conditions set forth by RAM, and grants the museum permission to reproduce your work for publicity and catalogue purposes.

Important Dates

Deadline to Upload Digital Entries

4:00 pm on Tuesday, June 11

Artist Notification

Artists will be notified by email about jurying results on Monday, July 1.

Drop-off of Accepted Entries

Designated drop-off times at RAM’s Wustum Museum, 2519 Northwestern Avenue in Racine, are Friday, July 26, and Saturday, July 27, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Work must be framed and ready for hanging.

Details about shipping accepted work to Racine Art Museum, if needed, will be provided in the Artist Notification email.

Opening Reception at RAM’s Wustum Museum

Tuesday, August 27, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Exhibition Dates

August 28 – November 26, 2024

Pickup of Accepted Work

Entries MUST be picked up at RAM’s Wustum Museum either Monday, November 25, or Tuesday, November 26, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Failure to pick up work before January 4, 2025 will be taken as an intention on the part of the artist to abandon the work. Abandonment legally dispossesses the artist of title to the work. This will allow RAM, as possessor of the work, to claim good title to it, and dispose of it at the museum’s own discretion.

Frequently Asked Questions

Paul Brnak
Violet No. 1, 2021
Silver gelatin print
16 x 20 inches
Racine Art Museum, Barbara Proeber Memorial Purchase Award from Wisconsin Photography 2022

Do I have to submit 10 photographs?
No, but you do have to submit more than one. The goal of this exhibition, and what makes it different than many other juried photography shows, is that it offers a deeper dive into a photographer’s process, practice, or subject exploration.

Does my work have to be photographs of (or taken in) Wisconsin?
No, photographs can be of any subject matter or taken at any location. However, artists must reside in or maintain a residence in Wisconsin.

Do I have to frame my work a certain way? Do I have to use a mat?
All works must meet the museum’s standards for quality and presentation. All selected works must be wired for hanging regardless of the surface they are printed on. Works on paper must be framed and glazed with either glass or Plexiglas®. Metal and reverse Plexiglas® prints do not need to be framed or glazed. Works are not required to have a mat, though many artists prefer one.

I don’t want my work to be for sale. What do I put for insurance value? Can you help me?
If you do not want your work to be for sale, RAM asks that you provide an insurance value so your work can be properly insured while it is in the museum’s care. While RAM is not able to help you decide this value, artists typically take into account what they would price their artwork as if it were for sale and how much they have sold similar works for in the past.

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