Call for Work: Family Photographs

Open to all U.S. residents at least 18 years of age working in photography.

$35 for entry of up to 3 images. Entry fees are non-refundable regardless of acceptance into the exhibition. See below for submission instructions.

Best of Show receives $500.

Sara Macel (b.1981, Houston TX) is an artist and freelance photographer. Sara currently teaches photography at SUNY Rockland and CUNY Kingsborough. She was an artist-in-residence at The Wassaic Project in upstate New York and Light Work in Syracuse, New York.


Entry Deadline (postmark & email): September 23, 2018
Email Notification: Week of October 1, 2018
Delivery of Accepted Work: October 22-26, 2018
Exhibition Dates: November 9-December 16, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, November 9, 2018 from 6pm–9pm

Flower City Arts Center is seeking original photographic

work exploring the idea of a family photograph.

From the daguerreotype of the 1850’s to Kodak’s snapshot craze a hundred years later to the countless photos currently stored in your iCloud, the history of family photographs is almost as long and varied as the history of photography itself. Unlike any other medium before it, photography allows us to capture the exact likeness of our loved ones. And the act of taking photographs is both an affirmation and denial of death’s inevitability. The tradition of artists who use photography to explore their family histories, relationships, and identities is as complex and varied as how one defines a family. For this exhibition, I’m interested in seeing photo-based work by artists that explores the ideas of family, memory, intimacy, or domesticity through the use of contemporary and/or archival photography.


- Submissions must be “ready to hang” - example: wire already installed on frames.
- All work must be available for sale.
- Installations are not accepted.
- Work will not be accepted if delivered by freight. (UPS, Fed Ex, or USPS only)


-Submissions are accepted online via Submittable.
-Download PDF of prospectus for your reference. PDF >>
-Your payment will serve as your acceptance of the terms and conditions stated in this prospectus. submit


Participants are responsible for all shipping and insurance expenses to and from the gallery. Work must be sent in a substantial, reusable packing crate or box. Hand delivered work will also be accepted. Any artwork without pre-paid return that is not picked up after 14 days of the close of the show becomes the property of Flower City Arts Center.


Megan Charland, Director of Photography & Digital Arts