Despite the in-person art scene grinding to a halt due to the pandemic, some artists and arts supporters are optimistically planning ahead. What choice do they have, really?

Photographers looking to have their work seen by some of Long Beach’s influential arts supporters and artists, including the Museum of Latin American Art’s chief curator, Gabriela Urtiaga, can submit a group of photos to be shown in PHOTOVARIOUS, an upcoming photographic exhibition organized by local art collective Long Beach Creative Group, alongside guest curator and photographer Mick Victor in partnership with MOLAA.

“With PHOTOVARIOUS, I want to show some of the really innovative thinking being done in photography by artists who see the role of the camera differently,” stated Victor. “I want to feature work that represents a newer photographic process and thinking that too often gets quieted by the insistence on traditional skills.”

Courtesy Facebook/PHOTOVARIOUS by Mick Victor.

Photographers who approach their work in non-conventional ways, and can deliver 4 to 6 images that show a “cohesive strength in style, content and/or method that extends the medium both technically and creatively,” are encouraged to submit their work for consideration by 6 p.m. on Monday, June 15.

LBCG Co-Director Marka Burns is confident Victor “will bring together a group of artists who consistently push the photographic process into new areas.”

Scheduled to take place Aug. 8 at LBCG’s gallery near Bixby Park and featuring 7 artists, Victor acknowledged the precariousness of planning an end-of-summer opening during the pandemic. If all goes to plan, masks are being printed and will be handed out, he said. And while the gallery itself is roomy, they will regulate the number of people inside depending on attendance.

The submission review committee will include Victor, MOLAA’s Urtiaga, as well as members of LBCG. To submit work for consideration, artists can email 4 to 6 images to [email protected] (each file should be 3 MB or less), a current biography, Curriculum Vitae, as well as their contact information.

PHOTOVARIOUS will be on display Saturday, Aug. 8 through Saturday, Sep. 5 at the LBCG/Rod Briggs Gallery at 2221 E. Broadway. More details can be found on the PHOTOVARIOUS Facebook page here.


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Asia Morris is a Long Beach native covering arts and culture for the Long Beach Post. You can reach her @hugelandmass on Twitter and Instagram and at [email protected].