Pittsburgh Portrait Photographers: FREE + OPEN Call For Submissions

posted February 1, 2016 in Announcements, Pittsburgh, Popups

Andre (detail) from the series Queen Ave. Dead End (2014) by Ricky Rhodes (Flash Forward 2016 US Winner)

Above: Andre from the series Queen Ave. Dead End by Ricky Rhodes (Flash Forward 2016 US Winner)

Hello Magenta Foundation friends,

Here’s hoping February is off to a great start for all of you. We’re already busy as can be starting the month with an announcement regarding Magenta POP: Pittsburgh. It’s a Call for Entries for Pittsburgh Portrait Photographers. And did we mention it is a FREE and OPEN call for submissions? Please do take a moment to encourage eligible artists to submit.

Here is the our criteria (re-iterated on our page: magentafoundation.org/popups/pop-2016-call)

1. This is a Call for Submissions for all photography students, emerging photographers and professional photographers from the Pittsburgh region. Photographers from the following counties are eligible to apply: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland.
2. We will accept the following types of portraits: Street, Environmental, Conceptual, Groups and Couples, Selfies, Self-Portraits, Constructed Images, and Alternative Processes
3. This is a PORTRAIT photography show, so please submit images related to this topic. Anything else will be disqualified.

Head over here for instructions on how to submit.

On that note, we are so happy to welcome the enormous talent of Philip Prodger, Head of Photographs of the National Portrait Gallery in the United Kingdom, who will curate Magenta POP: Pittsburgh’s Spring 2016 Group Exhibition. The exhibition will open April 22, 2016, at 937 Liberty Avenue, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Gallery Crawl, and end May 21, 2016.

A big thanks of course goes out to our partners Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership  and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Happy February!

Humanae/ I AM AUGUST And Flash Forward 2015 News

posted September 11, 2015 in Announcements, Pittsburgh, Popups

From the series Humanae by Angelica Dass

Above: From the series Humanae by Angélica Dass

HEY EVERYONE! It’s September! This month in Pittsburgh we present Humanae/ I AM AUGUST on September 25th in conjunction with Kelly Strayhorn Theater. Humanae/ I AM AUGUST is a portrait-based installation featuring the faces of Pittsburghers and the rest world, in two parts:

Part 1: The Liberty Avenue side of the August Wilson Center will feature more than 200 portraits of Humanae/I AM AUGUST participants. The unveiling will take place as part of the Cultural Trust Gallery Crawl. This installation will continue until August 2016.

Part 2: An additional 88 portraits will be shown in the gallery at 937 Liberty Street. This up-close look at the work will allow everyone to be part of the celebration. This exhibition runs through October 2015.

We hope you come out! Give us a heads-up on our Facebook event page, and see a few sneak peeks in this space too:  https://www.facebook.com/events/906418152765745/


Flash Forward 2015

Above: Flash Forward 2015

So now it’s September, that means October is around the corner (though it’s hard to believe) and that means we’re launching the Flash Forward 2015 book on October 8th and the exhibition (October 1 – 13) both at Division Gallery in Toronto. Full details here and Facebook evite here.

There was an exceptional amount of talent this year, and we are proud to support these future art stars. Thanks as always to our presenting sponsor, TD Bank Group, for helping to make the inimitable Flash Forward happen. Here are a few previews of this gorgeous book.


Flash Forward 2015

Flash Forward 2015

Flash Forward 2015

Flash Forward 2015


Like what you see? Want to pre-order a copy? Head on over here: magentafoundation.org/publications/flash-forward-2015/

Hope to see you out at these great Magenta events!

July News: Magenta POP Pittsburgh And Flash Forward Incubator Toronto

posted July 1, 2015 in Announcements, Incubator, Pittsburgh, Popups

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Above: Christian and Mallory by Jake Reinhart at Magenta POP: Pittsburgh

It’s JULY! Summer has arrived and with it brings two important Magenta events, POP: Pittsburgh and our Incubator Exhibition and Silent Auction. We hope to see you out and about at these events, and please do share these events with any art-lovers you think would enjoy! You can find the Facebook invitation for Magenta POP: Pittsburgh here. RSVPs aren’t necessary, but it helps organizers keep track of how many are coming, and it also a handy way to get reminders via Facebook. For this iteration of POP: Pittsburgh, we’re hosting a special two-part event.

Location #1: 937 Liberty Avenue opening July 10th (6pm to 10pm)

Why People Photograph

The Magenta Foundation invited Carnegie Mellon University and Pittsburgh Filmmakers photography faculty to assemble an exhibition representative of the work coming out of both institutions.

This group show represents students who are passionate about the medium and work in a non-traditional manner. Personal narratives, social documents, constructed still-lifes, abstractions, landscape, fashion and portraiture are all explored here, along with photographic books and gelatin/silver images.

We hope this work engages your curiosity and encourages you to seek out more from these talented new artists.


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Above: Self Portraiture Magenta POP installation at Triangle Park

Location #2: Triangle Park

Self Portraiture
POP ART Presented by the Students of Pittsburgh CAPA

The Magenta Foundation is pleased to bring its third public outdoor art exhibition to Triangle Park. Here, the burgeoning talent of the latest art stars from Pittsburgh CAPA present their unique one-off pop art self-portraits.

The goal of this installation is to celebrate high school students and give them a platform for their creativity in a larger public venue, while inspiring all of us to celebrate artists at all stages of life.



Above: Nature Vs. Nurture by Piper of Etobicoke School of Arts at Flash Forward Incubator

The other event we’re so excited about is the silent auction following the exhibition for Flash Forward Incubator at TWIST Gallery. Talented high school students at three Toronto schools, including Etobicoke School of Arts, Rosedale Heights Secondary School and Newtonbrook Secondary School are presenting their compelling art in conjuction with Magenta Foundation’s Incubator program, and with the support of our program sponsor TD Canada.

While presenting a new, and innovative model for arts funding in Canada, and as a true extension of high school arts programming, the Flash Forward Incubator Program prepares students for a successful transition out of high school, into post-secondary institutions and a for a career in the arts.

The program is distinct in that it bridges work completed within the high school setting with the professional world. It encourages students in the development of their artistic practice through a series of carefully crafted activities based on the experiences emerging artists would have as participants in the Flash Forward Photography Competition and the Ontario Secondary School Arts Curriculum. Students leave with the necessary documents required for a career in the arts, a signature piece for their portfolio, a professional gallery show and a publication to add to their resume.

This year, students worked with the theme of inside/outside within the framework of architectural photography. This more complex theme allowed students to begin their conceptual thinking with the constraints of the project, and then expand their ideas and research towards their own personal connections, curiosities and responses to the theme. Throughout the program students engaged in both directed and personal research and used a wide range of materials, techniques and resources. Through our newly developed online community, students were also able to share resources and engage in feedback with students from all schools involved.

It’s happening at TWIST Gallery, from July 6 until July 30 — when the Opening Party and Silent Auction will take place. and you can preview the work at Twist Gallery as of July 6th. Please do join us! All proceeds of the silent auction go back to funding this groundbreaking program for high school students. You can RSVP on our Facebook event page too.

Happy summer, and hope to see you at our fantastic Magenta events!

Self and Others: Aline’s Book Cover

posted May 29, 2015 in Announcements, Boston 2015, Pittsburgh, Popups


The trade edition cover of Aline Smithson’s Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography. It’s exquisite, we suspect you’ll agree.

We’ve been enjoying a whirlwind of activity here at The Magenta Foundation. We held the hugely successful Flash Forward Festival Boston presented by TD Canada earlier in May, the Magenta: POP Pittsburgh exhibition, and if that weren’t enough, we’ve launched a Facebook page for Magenta Magazine which you should definitely follow. Our fearless MagMag editors including Bill Clarke are posting sneak peeks, insights, and news. We’re already at nearly 200 Likes and growing quickly.

With so much exciting stuff going on, we wanted to be sure to stop and show you this highly anticipated book cover above for Aline Smithson‘s Self & Others, which will be published by Magenta this fall. Her portfolios are online on her site, so you can preview them to get a glimpse of the gorgeous and inspiring portraits her book will hold, which you can pre-purchase for $60 right here.  If you’ve watched this space or our social media, you might recall how Aline’s Kickstarter campaign was an immediate success. We had a good deal of eager anticipation (you could even call it nerves) before the campaign, but we shouldn’t have! Aline, of Lenscratch fame, has a huge contingent of supporters and the contributions rolled in quickly.

One thing we saw over and over again on Twitter and Facebook was people eager to announce they had contributed and urging others to support Aline’s book because she has supported, taught, mentored and helped so many in the photography and visual arts community for so long. And so, we are terribly proud to show you this cover and humbled by the enormous positive response thus far. Enjoy, and thank you for your continued support!

The Artists of Magenta POP: Pittsburgh

posted March 25, 2015 in Announcements, Pittsburgh, Popups

From the series #Crowdsourced #Landscapes by Lori Hepner

We’re less than a month away from Magenta POP: Pittsburgh and we could not be more pumped! We’ll be at 937 Liberty Ave beginning on April 23, and our opening reception is the next day on April 24 starting at 5:30. The POP website is completely updated, so come have a look!

Temporary States explores a common thread of formation and manipulation through two bodies of work: one exploring climate change, and the other, a common household substance. Together, these bold dances of light and stark black-and-white cosmological formations complement one another by their formations, manipulations, and contrast of analog and digital.

The Artists…
Lori Hepner is an interdisciplinary artist who has been working through ideas of translation of code through performance, video, and photography since earning a B.F.A. in Fine Art Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2003 and an M.F.A in Digital Media at Rhode Island School of Design in 2005.
Lori holds the position of Associate Professor of Integrative Arts at Penn State Greater Allegheny and has her studio in Pittsburgh, PA.


From the series Salt by Christine Lorenz

From the series Salt by Christine Lorenz

Christine Lorenz grew up in rural Ohio. She earned a BA at Ohio State University with a double major in English and Photography. While pursuing an MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, she continued to integrate visual language in diverse formats, from book works to installations. Since 2002, she has been teaching classes in photography, art history, and visual culture at Duquesne University, Point Park University, Carlow University, and Ohio State University (Marion). Her current projects use photography to trace divergent ways of meaning in everyday objects. In 2014, she was awarded a Duquesne University Mission Micro-Grant. She lives with her family in Pittsburgh.

And lastly, a special thanks to our partners at Fairmont Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, The Hillman Foundation and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for helping to produce the dynamic Magenta POP: Pittsburgh exhibition.

See you there, Pittsburgh!