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Contrive: A National Exhibition of Photo Manipulation and Surreal Photography


Description: Contrive is a national juried exhibition that features surreal photography and photo manipulation. This exhibition is open to all photography that involves transforming or altering a photograph using either digital or physical methods, such as long or double exposures, compositing, or digital software AS WELL AS photography that is surreal in content. Throughout history, photographers have created their own worlds using darkroom tricks and optical illusions. Today we can create our own peculiar worlds using real-life objects/settings, editing programs, or both. This exhibition is open to all artists living in the United States and will be juried by Amanda Bradley, and curated by d’Art Center Staff. The d’Art Center is Norfolk’s thirty-year-old art center and includes working professional artist studios and provides a wide variety of exhibitions and programming open to the public. The d’Art Center is located in the NEON district of Norfolk.

Exhibition dates:   Saturday, September 14th 2019 - Tuesday, October 8th 
Reception:            Thursday, September 19th 2019, 5:30-7:30pm
Call Open:             Monday, July 8th 2019 - Sunday, August 11th 2019
Notifications (by email):             By 5pm, Friday August 23rd, 2019 
Accepted works arrive by:          Friday, September 6th, 2019
Submission fee:                         $35.00 for up to 3 works  


1st Place:            $500.00
2nd Place:            $300.00
3rd Place:            $150.00

Juror Biography: Amanda is a Norfolk native, and her background consists of management, art, freelancing, communications, and working with non-profits.  Amanda is a photographer and graphic artist. She earned her BFA in Photography and Print Media in 2013 at Old Dominion University. Her photography focuses mostly on photo manipulation work, and has appeared in the PFAC Genesis show, Compelling Images, the Amalgamation art exhibit, and several student art shows at ODU.  After obtaining her BFA, Amanda started her own freelance graphic design and photography business, Bradley Depictions. Her design work has appeared in many local advertisements, non-profits, events, business logos, and commercials.  Amanda's true passion lies in poster design and typography,  and her poster was chosen for Norfolk's 43rd Annual Harborfest Poster in 2019. Since July 2017,  Amanda has been working in Norfolk's NEON District at the d'Art Center as its Communications, Marketing, and Gallery Manager. She produces all of the graphic art and marketing material for the center, manages its social media presence, curates exhibitions, and manages the gallery. Amanda has curated over 15 national or local/statewide exhibitions, as well as several installations. Amanda designed the poster for this exhibition.