Yes, it’s that time again — plans are underway for the annual Sonoran Shindig photography contest sponsored by the Cabeza Prieta Natural History Association. This year’s show will take place March 21, in the Plaza in Ajo, AZ.
Organizers are looking for entries in 6 categories:
People in the Desert
All photos must have been taken in the Sonoran Desert and previous entries are not eligible. Photos can be in color, or black and white. They must be unframed and mounted on mat board. Printed frames are not acceptable.
We want to showcase the desert, not computer programs. That being said, even Ansel Adams used a few tricks in the dark room. So computer enhanced photos will be accepted. Photos may not have text, dates or other data on them.
You can see previous winners here and a copy of the entry form here. So grab your camera, head out to the desert and see what you can find. 🙂
Registration is now open for the first Community Arts Gathering being held in Ajo, AZ March 14 to 18, 2015.
The Community Arts Gathering is a coming together of artists diverse in culture, discipline, and practice, held at the intersection of three nations — the U.S., the Tohono O’odham Nation, and Mexico.
Artists will occupy this unique place in the Sonoran Desert as a framework for a larger national and international dialogue on socially engaged practice and community based arts. This is an opportunity for renewal, connection, sharing, and inspiration between artists working within community.
The Community Arts Gathering will offer five days of exciting performances, presentations, workshops and exhibitions of work by community artists from around the country and Mexico.
Redrawing Borders — Art Activist, Humanitarian and Ecological Solutions opens at the Ajo Plaza Gallery on Tuesday March 18 in Ajo, Arizona. The reception is from 5:30 to 7:30. A discussion panel on the exhibit’s theme will take place at 6 pm.
An exciting aspect of this exhibit is the Virtual Gallery Exchange — The Border Project. This traveling art exhibit, originally created in Ajo, will be installed in Sonoyta, Sonora, México for simultaneous exhibition with Redrawing Borders at the Ajo Plaza Gallery.
This exhibition is part of the Tri-National Symposium — Celebrating the Sonoran Desert. The exhibit Redrawing Borders seeks to promote a dialogue and collaboration between governmental agencies, NGOs, Native American and human rights organizations at the national and international level to help create greater understanding and support for humanitarian and ecological solutions to the U.S./Mexico borderlands crisis.
The exhibition Redrawing Borders is open to all media and artwork should explore the following themes:
Human and environmental impacts of the current border situation, including immigration, labor policies, human rights violations, and enforcement procedures.
Humanitarian and environmental responses to the border crisis.
Collaborative, cross-border, multi-national, cross-agency efforts to address human and environmental impacts.
International humanitarian crisis and other border issues.
Send three images of your artwork, bio, statement, works list via email by February 17, 2014 at 11:49 pm. Notification of artists selected and mailing instructions will be sent via email by February 21, 2014.
Opening Reception is Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Time 5:30-7:30 pm. Exhibition will close April 18, 2014.
Any photo entered must have been taken in the Sonoran Desert. Previously entered photos are ineligible.
Photos can be in color, or black and white. They must be unframed, mounted on mat board. Printed frames are not acceptable. We want to showcase the desert, not computer programs. That being said, even Ansel Adams used a few tricks in the dark room. So computer enhanced photos will be accepted. Photos may not have text, dates or other data on them.
Acceptable photo format sizes are as follows — 8×10, 16×20 and 10×20 panorama. Entry forms, complete rules and entry deadline will be announced soon. Consider this your first alert for another fantastic photo show celebrating our Sonoran Desert.