International and U.S.-based photographers are invited to submit photographs to be considered for exhibition at the 27th Juried Photography Exhibit sponsored by the New Jersey Photography Forum. It will be held virtually November 1, 2021 through January 15, 2022, with a possible physical exhibit at the Watchung Arts Center 18 Stirling Road in Watchung, NJ for the month of November. The title for the exhibit is Unframed encouraging artists from around the world to enter their best images and if chosen, to send them unframed for exhibition.
Since its founding in 1990, the NJ Photography Forum has developed this exhibition to be one of the most important juried photography displays presented annually in the New York area. The prospectus information is available at www.njphotoforum.com. The digital submission deadline for the exhibit is July 14, 2021 at mid-night (Eastern Standard Time). The cost is $15 USD for every two photographs entered with no limit to the number of entries. There will be cash awards for Excellence and Merit.
Because of the pandemic restrictions, the primary focus for the exhibit will be to produce two virtual online exhibits of the best 75 images submitted and featured on both the Watchung Arts Center and NJ Photography Forum websites. If conditions allow, there will be an in-person exhibit at the Watchung Arts Center in Watchung, NJ from November 2, 2021 through November 30, 2021 with a wine reception on November 7, 2021 from 1-4pm (EST).
The public is invited to attend an online conference moderated by the curator to review the exhibit and to interview several of the artists on November 13, 2021 at 1 pm eastern time. If the in-person exhibit happens, there will be an opening wine reception on Sunday, November 7, 2021 from 1-4 pm at the Watchung Arts Center. The photographs will be for sale with 30% commission going to support the Watchung Arts Center.
The jurors for the exhibit are: Michael McLaughlin is a commercial & freelance photographer, educator, juror and exhibitor in Ireland. Michael is an Associate member of the Irish Professional Photographers & Videographers Association and a Member of The Press Photographers Association of Ireland. In 2019 he was voted IPPVA Press Photographer of the Year. Nancy Ori: exhibitor, curator, author, freelance photographer, and educator is the director of NJ Photography Forum and Digital Arts Group and the owner of NJ Media Center in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. And Marco Zecchin is a commercial architectural and interior design photographer, and fine art exhibitor in the San Francisco area of California. He has published several books and teaches privately.
Two years ago, The New Jersey Photography Forum celebrated its 25th anniversary. The group is dedicated to furthering the interests of professional and serious photographers living, studying, or working in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Since its founding, under the direction of Nancy Ori, the NJPF has become the largest and most recognized group of fine art exhibiting photographers in the area. The monthly meetings are currently held virtually using Zoom but will return to in-person meetings at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit, NJ when possible. Meeting attendees are encouraged to share expertise and advance their skills. Exhibition possibilities within the fine art community are constantly explored, and the group historically has produced as many as a dozen group exhibits each year at various venues. These opportunities have become an invaluable resource for photographers interested in becoming fine art exhibitors.
When open, the Watchung Arts Center offers new art exhibitions each month, performances of music, comedy, improv and classes for children and adults in art, photography, dance, yoga, and more. Visit their website at www.watchungarts.org. Currently, they are operating virtually for several of their programs.
You can learn more about the New Jersey Photography Forum or this exhibition by visiting their web site at www.njphotoforum.com or by contacting Nancy Ori at 908-790-8820, [email protected]