FOTOFEST 2014 Biennial
International Meeting Place, Portfolio Reviews for Artists
The Early Registration period is June 3 - July 15, 2013
FotoFest's Meeting Place was created in 1986 as an international portfolio review for artists working with photography and photo-related art. The brainchild of FotoFest co-founders Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss, the FotoFest portfolio review is a hallmark of the FotoFest Biennial and it continues to be the model for portfolio review programs throughout the world. With over two weeks of portfolio reviews for artists, FotoFest's program is still the largest and most international portfolio review program in the world.
The purpose of the Meeting Place is to open opportunities for artists to meet and show work to influential curators, publishers, editors and collectors. FotoFest invites 180 of the most important people in the field of photography to meet with artists on a one-to-one basis and review their work.
The FotoFest Meeting Place offers sixteen days of portfolio reviews. The portfolio reviews are open to all photographers. Most participating photographers are mid-career artists having had one or more exhibitions. Recent portfolio reviews have been attended by over 500 U.S. and international photographers from 34 countries and 37 states.
The Meeting Place is organized into four 4-day sessions of portfolio reviews. A different group of reviewers is invited for each session. In 2014, the four sessions are:
SESSION 1: March 15 - 18
SESSION 2: March 20 - 23
SESSION 3: March 25 - 28
SESSION 4: March 30 - April 2
Artists are guaranteed a minimum of four appointments per day; a minimum of 16 over the course of each 4-day session. Each one-on-one meeting is 20 minutes in length. Artists are able to register for one or two sessions. Between each session, there are break days where workshops, curatorial forums, exhibition tours, lectures, and symposia take place.
Registration in the Meeting Place includes a reserved spot in the Evenings with the Artists - Open Portfolio Nights; free inclusion, with an image, in the Meeting Place Artist Directory Booklets given to all Meeting Place Reviewers; free access to Biennial exhibitions, curator-artist dialogues, seminars and conferences; opportunities for informal reviews with roving reviewers; discounted Workshop registration; free access to Artist Book Signings (juried); networking with fellow artists.