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Cotuit Center for the Arts
Tripping the Light Fantastic

Call for Entries

Tripping the Light Fantastic:

Excellence in Photography


The first international juried photography exhibition presented by Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cape Cod, MA.

Juror: Rowland Scherman
Deadline for entries:  June 1, 2016
Gallery exhibition:  July 23 – August 28, 2016
Opening reception:  July 23 5-7pm
$5500 in cash prizes ($2500 grand prize and $1000 prize in each category to be announced at opening reception).
3 Categories: People. Places. Things.

Professional and Amateur submissions accepted.
$35 for 3 entries, $10 each additional entry.
30 works to be hung in gallery.
All work will be shown in digital gallery.

About the Juror:
Rowland Scherman was the first photographer for the Peace Corps in 1961, documenting the work of volunteers all over the world. His photos helped define the image of the agency we know today. He became a freelance photographer in 1963. His photographs appeared in Life, Look, National Geographic, Time, Paris Match, and Playboy among many others. He photographed many of the iconic musical, cultural and political events of the 60’s including the 1963 Newport Folk Festival, the March on Washington, DC, the Beatles first US concert and Woodstock.

He traveled with Bobby Kennedy on his campaign for the presidency, went on tour with Judy Collins, was in the studio with Crosby, Stills and Nash recorded their first album. In 1968 he won a Grammy Award for the cover photo of Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits.

Mr. Scherman has continued to shoot portraits, fashion photography and photo essays including “Elvis is Everywhere,” “Love Letters” (a freestanding human typeface), and “US 11” documenting life along the Alabama highway. He currently lives on Cape Cod, still actively engaged in photography.

About Cotuit Center for the Arts:
Cotuit Center for the Arts is one of the most dynamic year-round cultural institutions on Cape Cod.  With more than 35,000 visitors per year, the Center presents 7-8 fully staged theatrical productions in the 180 seat theater, dozens of concerts and events, 25 art exhibits, over 125 arts education classes and 12 provocative theater productions in the intimate Black Box theater.  

Exhibitors in the Center’s galleries enjoy the traffic created by thousands of patrons who attend performing and educational arts events.  We illuminate and expose outstanding visual artists and their work to the broader community each and every day.

Submitting Your Images:
There is a non-refundable submission fee of $35 for up to 3 digital images, and $10 for each additional image. There is no limit to the number of images you may enter.

For best results, make sure your image is 1920 pixels @72 dpi on the longest side.  Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space.  Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:  If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please email or call 949-287-8645.

By submitting images, you agree that:
•    The images are your own work.
•    You own all rights to the images.
•    You take full responsibility for the content of all images, including the likeness of recognizable individuals.
Artists will be notified of accepted work on June 16, 2016.  All selected photographs are posted on our website immediately upon receiving decisions from the juror. We send an email to each accepted photographer, but please also check the website at selection time.

If your work is accepted for the physical gallery:
•    All work in the gallery exhibition will be shown in 16 x 20 black metal frames. Frames will be provided by Cotuit Center for the Arts.
•    You may send us a 16 x 20 print (your actual image may be reproduced in any size or shape as long as the actual print you submit is 16 x 20), or
•    You may send us a print in your own 16 x 20 mat, and we will frame it for free.
•    Matted or not, your choice, the outside edge of the accepted work should measure 16” X 20”.

Online Gallery:
We appreciate the work of all photographers entering this important exhibition.  During the course of the exhibit all entries will be featured in an online gallery on our website, and the images will be rotated in a digital exhibit that will be mounted in the physical gallery.

International Submissions:
We encourage submissions from around the globe. One of the reasons we will be framing the work ourselves is to encourage more participation from the far-reaching corners of the world.  Your work will be seen.  We look forward to seeing it.

Selling Your Work:
Artists exhibiting at the Gallery may offer their work for sale at a price of their choosing. Cotuit Center for the Arts takes a 40% commission for all work sold. Please price accordingly.

Copyright and usage:
Copyright of all photographs submitted remain with the photographers who submitted them. All entrants agree that their name and images can be displayed and used in promotion for future competitions at Cotuit Center for the Arts. Full credit will be given to photographers if image is used.

Shipping Your Work:
Please make sure your prints or matted prints are packaged with sufficient protection.  We recommend UPS or FedEx.  Please include the name of the work, selling price and any additional information that might be important.

Ship the work to:
Cotuit Center for the Arts
Attn: L. Michelle Law
4404 Falmouth Road
Cotuit, MA 02635

Return Shipping:
We hope your work sells, but if it does not and you would like it returned, please include a prepaid FedEx or UPS return label.  We will send the print back in the same packaging it was sent.  If return shipping is not provided, or the work is not retrieved at the close of the exhibition, we will consider the print a donation to Cotuit Center for the Arts. You may also ask that the print be destroyed at the conclusion of the exhibit if it is not sold.

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