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Entry Deadline Nov. 18 for WIU Triennial Photographic Competition

October 8, 2010

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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University Art Gallery invites all serious amateur and professional photographers to enter prints for the 19th triennial photograph competition, "The Photograph as an Art Object." The entry deadline is 4 pm. Thursday, Nov. 18.

Photographers may enter up to two photographic prints with a nonreturnable $25 entry fee payable to the College of Fine Arts Public Service Account. All forms of traditional and digital variations of photography are acceptable. Prints must be mounted or matted with white mats only; frames and glass will not be accepted. All entries must be clearly identified with the name, address, phone number, title and insurance value (if not for sale) or sale value on the back. Shrink-wrapping is advised but not required. The WIU Art Gallery will not be responsible for lost or damaged entries. Care will be exercised in handling all entries. Accepted entries will be shrink-wrapped for display and installed by Gallery staff.

The exhibit is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 18 through Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 at Western's Art Gallery. A public reception and awards presentation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25 in the Gallery, where merchandise and purchase awards will be presented.

Juror for this year's competition is award-winning photographer Bruce Morton from Bowen (IL). Morton, a first-time participant and prize-winner in the 18th triennial "The Photograph as an Art Object" competition, earned his bachelor's degree with an emphasis in photography from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and his Master of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in photography from Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ). He has taught photography in Arizona, Michigan and England; and he has exhibited extensively in regional and national competitions and exhibitions. Two of his photographs were recently selected for inclusion in the prestigious "The Family of Man 2 Project," an international photography project, which was produced by the Leica Users Group, edited by Alastair Firkin and published in 2008 in the spirit of photographer Edward Steichen's highly influential "Family of Man" exhibition at MOMA, The Museum of Modern Art, in New York (1955).

Sponsors for the competition include the Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Art City and Western Illinois' Tri-States Public Radio. Photographers may deliver or mail their entries by Nov. 18 to the WIU Art Gallery, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61445-1390. The Gallery is open free to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays during exhibitions. For more information, contact Art Gallery Curator John Graham at (309) 298-1587, e-mail or visit

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