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2019 FotoFocus Regional Juried Exhibition at The Carnegie



*The open call for the FotoFocus exhibition AutoUpdate has officially ended as of 11:59PM on June 17, 2019. Late submissions will be accepted through Sunday, June 23, with no guarantee of consideration.


Exhibition Dates: September 13 – November 16, 2019

Reception and Performance: October 4th, 2019, 5–8pm 

FotoFocus is pleased to present its first regional juried group exhibition, AutoUpdate, in partnership with The Carnegie, Northern Kentucky’s largest multidisciplinary arts venue, with artists from the tri-state area, including Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. 

The exhibition will address digital technology’s impact on photography and video, and its disruption of art making and news cycles in a media obsessed world. Inspired by the 1994 Aperture special edition, Metamorphoses: Photography in the Electronic Age, which both envisioned fantastical uses and dire consequences of programs like Adobe Photoshop, AutoUpdate presents a much needed update on how digital technologies have continued to affect our understanding of photography and video as an artistic medium and in our current age of “post-truth” and artificial intelligence.

The exhibition will feature artists from Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana who work at the intersection of photography and new media, both technically and conceptually. These artists will be selected from a regional open call for submissions by a group of guest jurors across tri-state institutions: Carissa Barnard, FotoFocus, Cincinnati, OH; Matt Distel, The Carnegie, Covington, KY; Alice Gray Stites, 21c Museum Hotels, OH, KY; Jo-ey Tang, Beeler Gallery at Columbus College of Art and Design, OH; Michael Vetter, Newfields, Indianapolis, IN.

The accompanying day-long symposium, AutoUpdate: Photography in the Electronic Age, will examine photography and video in today’s current artistic and political climate. This series of lectures and panel discussions invites international artists and speakers to review photography’s part in the current global crisis of information exchange; the fate of documentary filmmaking in a “post-truth” age; a historical and philosophical assessment of digital imaging, past and future. Full schedule and panelists to be announced this summer. 

AutoUpdate will be on view September 13 – November 16, 2019 with a reception and performance on Friday, October 4, 2019. The all-day symposium, AutoUpdate: Photography in the Electronic Age, will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2019. Both events will be held at The Carnegie and are free and open to the public.

2019 IMPORTANT DATES Calendar & Deadlines

  • April 16 Open Call
  • June 17, 2019   Submission Deadline
  • Late July Notifications 
  • Aug 14 – Aug 31 Delivery of Work 
  • Sept 13  Exhibition Soft Open Date
  • Oct 4   Exhibition Reception & Performance
  • Nov 16, 2019  Exhibition Closing Date
  • Nov 18 – Dec 18 Artwork return


Carissa Barnard

Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Programming 


Cincinnati, Ohio

Matt Distel

Exhibitions Director 

The Carnegie

Covington, Kentucky

Alice Gray Stites

Chief Curator and Museum Director 

21c Museum Hotels

Kentucky, Ohio

Jo-ey Tang

Director of Exhibitions 

The Beeler Gallery at Columbus College of Art & Design

Columbus, Ohio

Michael Vetter

Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art


Indianapolis, IN 

For more information about the jurors, http://www.fotofocus.org/symposium/open-call/


Eligibility: Artists must be 18 year of age and residents of the United States from Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana. 

Artists must complete the entry form and upload their materials via Submittable. 

Please provide the following information: 

  • Full Name
  • Address
  • Date of Birth
  • Resume / CV, with exhibition history
  • Website and/or Social Media accounts
  • Bio Information/Artist Statement/About the Work - up to 500 words
  • Submit up to five (5) lens-based works (photography, film/video, mixed media, installation or performance) that respond to the theme of the exhibition. These works must be finished new work or work made within the last two years.  Object details are required for each work submitted: Title, Date, Medium, Dimensions/Duration, Frame dimensions (if applicable), Credit information, Sale price (if applicable). 
    • Installation instructions for each work. Work must be ready to hang with mounting hardware and instructions. 
    • Any additional information regarding the work.
  • All applications submitted will be considered final and treated as such. Applicants will not be permitted to add to or edit an application once it has been submitted. All incomplete or duplicate applications will be immediately disqualified. 


Artists must cover the cost to transport the artwork to and from the gallery. All work selected for the exhibition must arrive ready to install. Works not gallery-ready, or not exhibiting good craftsmanship, may be omitted from the exhibit. Accepted work that differs significantly from the submitted images, or suffers from poor presentation, will be disqualified. Works must be hand delivered or shipped. Shipped works must be sent in reusable packaging. Works will be returned in the same manner as received or via FEDEX/UPS/USPS. Exhibited work will remain on display for the duration of the exhibition. Works not claimed within 30 days of the end of the exhibit will become the property of FotoFocus.

Works must arrive no later than: August 31, 2019 by 5pm. 

Artwork must be shipped to: 

The Carnegie

c/o FotoFocus AutoUpdate 

1028 Scott Blvd

Covington, KY 41011

In-Person Delivery

Artists may hand deliver work to The Carnegie Thursdays – Saturdays (Noon – 5pm) between August 15 – 31, 2019. Please contact us if you have special delivery needs outside of designated delivery times.


Works will be insured while on gallery premises. Insurance covers theft, vandalism, damage caused by gallery patrons or staff (in accordance with and within limitations of gallery’s insurance policy). PLEASE NOTE: Insurance does NOT cover damage caused during shipping due to any reason, including mishandling by carrier or failure of packaging to protect works in transit. Also not covered is damage caused by failure of the work itself, its mounting systems, or disintegration/degradation due to the nature/quality of materials or craftsmanship, or incidental damage to works when artist-directed presentation method put them at risk. The artist must be capable of providing proof of value in the event of any necessary insurance claim. 

*Please note: The Carnegie does not have climate control in the galleries. For more information about the conditions, please contact us directly. 


Objects can be offered for sale through The Carnegie. The Carnegie requests a 35% commission on any work sold during the course of the exhibition. Works may also be listed as ‘Not for Sale’ at the artist’s discretion.


Founded in 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio, FotoFocus is a nonprofit organization created to celebrate and champion photography as the medium of our time through programming that ignites a dialogue between contemporary lens-based art and the history of photography. This programming includes the FotoFocus Biennial, FotoFocus Symposium, and FotoFocus Lecture and Visiting Artist Series. FotoFocus supports programs throughout the region and has awarded over 200 grants to regional artists and institutions since 2010 for the production and presentation of photography and lens-based art.


The Carnegie inspires creativity for all and is the largest and only multidisciplinary arts venue in Northern Kentucky including The Carnegie Galleries, the Eva G. Farris Education Center and the Otto M. Budig Theatre. The Carnegie’s Open Source project, a new exhibition model, invites guest curators to engage with artists from the region to present objects and installations in a continuously evolving gallery environment. 

For more information visit: About FotoFocus or the About the Symposium.