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2017 InVision Festival
November 3-5, 2017

The Inimage1Vision Image Festival is a premier photo-based art festival that is designed to foster excitement and dialogue between a diverse group of participants around learning about and making art. The 3-day festival and complementary year-long programming provides professional development, networking and hands-on workshops for photographers, image-based artists, creative entrepreneurs, makers and DIYers. InVision leverages the unique attractions, history and landscape of the surrounding region and celebrates its diverse artistic and cultural community.

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR ARTISTS

Interested in being an InVision Photo Month Partner? Click here to submit your listing.

For more information and to get involved contact Stacie Brennan, Senior Director Visual Arts.

Call for Art: 2017 InVision Photo-Based Art Juried Exhibition

October 28, 2017 – January 8, 2018

Deadline: September 30

ArtsQuest is hosting its 7th annual InVision Festival on Nov. 3-5, 2017. The InVision Festival is a premier photo-based art festival that is designed to foster excitement and dialogue between a diverse group of participants around learning about and making art. The 3-day festival and complementary year-long programming provides professional development, networking and hands-on workshops for photographers, image-based artists, creative entrepreneurs, makers and DIYers. InVision leverages the unique attractions, history and landscape of the surrounding region and celebrates its diverse artistic and cultural community.

This year, InVision will be hosting its seventh open juried exhibition, which has expanded from a Pennsylvania based Photography exhibition to a regional* photo-based juried competition. This exhibition looks to highlight work from all types of artists at different stages in their careers as well as many various types of photo-based art.

The juror for the 7th Annual InVision Photo-Based Art Exhibition will be announced in the coming months
* regional area includes PA,NJ,NY,DE,MD,OH, and DC

Awards: (cash prizes to the first three winners)

1st place = $750; 2nd place = $500; 3rd place = $250
Best in Show Photography= $750

Additionally, representatives from Lehigh University Art Galleries, Michener Museums, and other local institutions may acquisition work for $500 (see letter F in agreement, artists may opt out of participating in this) ArtsQuest does not take any commission on this purchase and payment/shipment must be handled directly by artist and the museum/gallery.

Award winners will be announced during the InVision First Friday on November 3 from 6PM-9PM.

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Call for Art: InVision College Photography Contest

October 21, 2017 – December 10, 2017

Deadline: September 30

The Olympus InVision Festival is a premier photo-based art festival that is designed to foster excitement and dialogue between a diverse group of participants around learning about and making art. The 3-day festival and complementary year-long programming provides professional development, networking and hands-on workshops for photographers, image-based artists, creative entrepreneurs, makers and DIYers. InVision leverages the unique attractions, history and landscape of the surrounding region and celebrates its diverse artistic and cultural community.

An integral part of the festival again this year is the annual College Photography Competition Exhibition. This exhibition in our Hallway to the Arts is a special juried exhibition highlighting the artistic talents of students currently enrolled in college. This exhibition is an excellent opportunity for students to exhibit their works in a professional setting with thousands of visitors seeing the works during the duration of the show.

The juror for the 7th Annual Olympus InVision College Photography Contest will be announced in the coming months. The juror will also select 3 photographs that will receive prizes and will also indicate any special honorable mentions. The final decision regarding the suitability of all artwork included in the exhibition will be made by the curator at the time of the installation.

Awards: (Cash prizes awarded to the winners)

1st place = $250; 2nd place = $150; 3rd place = $75

Award winners will be announced during the InVision First Friday on November 3, from 6PM-9PM at the Banana Factory Arts Center.

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Winners of Olympus InVision Photo Festival 2016 Competitions Announced

Cash & Prizes Awarded to Winners of College Photography Contest, PA Photographers Juried Exhibition & #InVision2016 Instagram Photo Contest

With dynamic works that celebrate both traditional and contemporary photography, Judy Gelles of Philadelphia and Yixuan Lui of Lehigh University were selected as the first-place winners of the 5th Annual Olympus InVision PA Photographers Juried Exhibition and InVision College Photography Contest, respectively, during the 7th annual Olympus InVision Photo Festival Nov. 4-6.

Chuck Velas of Bethlehem was also named the grand prize winner of the inaugural #InVision2016 Instagram Photo Contest. InVision photo competition winners were unveiled during the InVision Photo Party Nov. 5 at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks.

Gelles captured the grand prize in the PA Photographers Exhibit competition for her image from her series “Fourth Grade,” featuring a portrait of an English school student in uniform. Over the past eight years Gelles has interviewed and photographed more than 300 students from a wide range of economic and cultural backgrounds in China, India, South Korea, England, St. Lucia, Italy, South Africa, Nicaragua and the United States. As the winner of the PA Photographers Exhibition, Gelles was awarded a $1,500 cash prize.

Juried this year by Professor William Earl Williams of Haverford College, the PA Photographers Exhibition is in its fifth year at InVision. This year’s exhibit, on display through Jan. 9 in the Banana Factory’s Crayola Gallery, features 72 works by 57 Pennsylvania photographers.

Lui, the winner of the College Photography Contest, created an intriguing image of children playing underneath a luminous art installation by Jesús Rafael Soto in the Pénétrable de Chicago exhibition at The Art Institute of Chicago. As the first-place winner, Lui took home $500 and a new Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II camera.

The InVision College Photography Contest was juried by George Kalinsky, one of this year’s featured InVision presenters and the official photographer for Madison Square Garden for the past 50 years. Twenty-four students’ works are featured in the exhibit, which is on display in the Banana Factory’s Hallway to the Arts through Dec. 18.

New to the festival this year was the #InVision2016 Instagram Photo Contest. Out of 479 entries, Chuck Velas of Bethlehem was selected as the winner for his black & white photo that captured children playing against the glass storefront of Tapas on Main. Velas was awarded a new Olympus PEN E-PL7 Camera as the winner of the competition.

The complete list of winners is:

PA Photographers Juried Exhibition

First Place: Judy Gelles, Philadelphia ($1,500)
Second Place: Fred Bergstresser, Nazareth ($1,000)
Third Place: Joan Zachary, Bath ($500)

College Photography Contest

First Place: Yixuan Lui, Lehigh University ($500 and Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II)
Second Place: Anna Egger, Lehigh University ($250)
Third Place: Jeremiah Reardon, Northampton Community College ($150)

#InVision2016 Instagram Photo Contest

Grand Prize: Chuck Velas, Bethlehem (Olympus PEN E-PL7))

Morning Call Scholastic Photography
High School

First Place: Dominic Assia, 15, of Liberty High School (10th grade) Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Kit (with 14-42mm lens)
Second Place: Mackenzie McGovern, 15, of Liberty High School (10th grade) $200 Gift Card to Banana Factory Arts Center)
Third Place: Priya Gupta, 14, Homeschooled (9th grade) $100 Gift Card for printing and educational services at Dan’s Camera City
People’s Choice: Brandon Graser, 16, of Liberty High School (11th grade) $50 Gift Card for printing and educational services at Dan’s Camera City

Middle School

First Place: Skye Porter, 13, of Palisades Middle School (8th grade) $200 Gift Card for Banana Factory Arts Center
Second Place: Jessica Hunt, 13, of Northampton Area Middle School (8th grade) $100 Gift Card for printing and educational services at Dan’s Camera City
Third Place Alexandra Bloom, 13, of Weatherly Middle School (8th grade) $75 Gift Card for printing and educational services at Dan’s Camera City
People’s Choice: Aidan Silvestri, 13, of Southern Lehigh Middle School (8th grade) $50 Gift Card for printing and educational services at Dan’s Camera City

Community Photo Pin-Up

First Place: Jeffrey Heller, $100 Gift Card to Dan’s Camera City
Second Place: Frank Walsh, $75 Gift Card to Dan’s Camera City
Third Place: Leah Andreczski, $50 Gift Card to Dan’s Camera City

Special thanks to Olympus America and Dan’s Camera City for providing prizes for the InVision competitions.

Past Presenters include
  • Rick Smolan (A Day in the Life)
  • Larry C. Price (Two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner)
  • Joe McNally (LIFE, ‘Faces of Ground Zero’)
  • Larry Fink (Vanity Fair, GQ, The New Yorker)
  • Sam Abell (National Geographic)
  • Kathy Ryan (New York Times Magazine Photo Editor)
  • Nick Nichols (National Geographic)
  • Olivia Bee (Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, New York Times)
  • Chase Jarvis (CreativeLive)
  • Eugene Richards (National Geographic)

Interested in being an InVision Photo Month Partner? Click here to submit your listing.

For more information and to get involved contact Stacie Brennan, Senior Director Visual Arts at sbrennan@artsquest.org.