Two Recent Pieces about Gregor Turk’s Project(s) for ACP Public Art


Great to see two recent pieces about Gregor Turk’s public art project on the Beltline, one by Ed Hall in Burnaway, the other by Howard Pousner in the AJC.

Ed’s piece mentioned that the pieces have suffered some recent vandalism. We went by recently to check out if there was lasting damage. There’s a bit of paint on one of the pieces, but the rest of the installation is still looking great!


(Above photo from Gregor Turk, this photo, from ACP.)

Confirmed Reviewers for ACP Portfolio Review


Calling all photographers who want to advance their skills, careers, opportunities…. There’s one week left to register for the acclaimed ACP Portfolio Review, and it’s FREE to apply!

In the next few days we’ll update this list with four more confirmed reviewers.

This year’s distinguished panel of reviewers includes:
Brie Castell – Owner, Castell Photography Gallery, Asheville, NC
Arnika Dawkins – Owner, Arnika Dawkins Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Parker Eshelman – Photo Editor, The Wall Street Journal, NY
Greg Harris – Assistant Curator, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL
W.M. Hunt – Photography Collector, Curator and Consultant, NY
Michael Kochman – Artistic Director, Image, Turner Broadcasting, Atlanta, GA
Paul Kopeikan – Owner, Kopeikan Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Brenda Massie – Director, Hagedorn Foundation Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Jeff Rich – Photographer, Curator of Oxford American Magazine’s Eyes on the South, Asst. Professor University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Storm Janse van Rensburg – Independent contemporary art curator, Berlin, Germany
Jennifer Schwartz – Founder, Crusade for Art, Atlanta, GA
Anna Skillman – Owner, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
Rick Wester – Owner, Rick Wester Fine Art, NYC, NY

Roving VIP’s (on site the day of the reviews, and additional opportunity to get exposure for your work):
Matthew Rond – Photo Editor, Image Management, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and contributing editor for CNN Photos blog
Mary Stanley – Owner, Mary Stanley Studio, founder Young Collectors Club
Dan Winters – Photographer

The event is Saturday, October 11th, at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center. There will be lots of great events surrounding the Portfolio Review day (a panel discussion by Getty Images, a lecture by Dan Winters, a workshop and more) so don’t delay – sign up today!


Sheila Pree Bright wins MOCA GA Working Artist Project Grant

Congratulations to ACP Board Member Sheila Pree Bright (and Jonathan Bouknight, and Sarah Emerson!) who received a Working Artist Project Grant from MOCA GA. All the good news is over on ARTS ATL. Congrats, Sheila!

We Can’t Wait for THE FENCE

Jan Fields was in Brooklyn last weekend, previewing THE FENCE. We can’t wait until it arrives in Atlanta in August!

Fence Brooklyn_22

Vern Yip, Honorary Chairperson of ACP 2014 Photography Auction Gala!

ACP Media Release

Atlanta Celebrates Photography announces famed Interior Designer Vern Yip as honorary chairperson of annual photography auction and gala. Denise Bethel, VP of Sotheby’s NY and Head of Photographs Department will be the distinguished Auctioneer for the event. [download pdf of press release]

Atlanta’s own interior Design guru and avid photography collector, Vern Yip is honorary chairperson of the 2014 Atlanta Celebrates Photography Auction and Gala. Vern Yip has knocked down walls and made over countless homes and restaurants during his four seasons on TLC’s Trading Spaces, on NBC’s Home Intervention, and during his now eight years as one of HGTV’s most recognizable designers.

Vern spearheads the Vern Yip Home line of home décor goods with Home Shopping Network (HSN) and runs his own design company in Atlanta, Vern Yip Designs ( He is frequently seen on NBC’s Today, CNN and Live! with Kelly and Michael and is a monthly columnist for The Washington Post.

See Vern on HGTV on Saturday, July 12th for the premier of Live in Vern’s House.

The distinguished auctioneer for the 2014 Atlanta Celebrates Photography Auction and Gala will be Denise Bethel. Ms. Bethel joined the Sotheby’s Photographs department in 1990 and for almost 20 years, has been its Director and primary Auctioneer. She has played a key role in the development of the market for fine art photographs in New York, the epicenter of the photographs collecting world. Her long experience in appraising and selling significant photographs has made her the senior expert and senior auctioneer in the world of photography auctions in the United States.

Atlanta Celebrates Photography aims to make Atlanta a leading center for the world’s fastest growing art form. By producing the largest annual community-oriented photo festival in the United States, ACP provides experiences that engage and educate diverse audiences through lens-based media.

The annual Photography Auction and Gala is the premier art event of the season, and is ACP’s only fundraising event of the year. Proceeds support ACP’s diverse programming (

When: Auction Date is Friday, October 17th, 2014
Where: Event held at Mason Murer Fine Art, 199 Armour Dr. Atlanta, GA 30324
How: For more info and tickets visit, call 404-634-8664 or email

The Wieland’s wareHOUSE, revealed on ARTSATL

Great to see one of the most amazing collections of art in Atlanta finally publicly revealed on ARTSATL yesterday. Thank you, John and Sue Wieland!

“Wieland, 77, takes joy in guiding visitors through the museum, perhaps especially artists represented in the collection. They often reveal things about the works neither he nor Cochran knew. For instance, when Thomas Struth visited while in Atlanta for a talk at the High Museum, he commented that Ruff’s Haus # 11 was the first ever digitally manipulated photograph made in Europe.”

Vivian Maier & Chris Lowell Open at Jackson Fine Art, Thurs., July 10th

Vivian Maier & Chris Lowell Open at Jackson Fine Art, Thurs., July 10th

Chris Lowell & Vivian Maier at Jackson Fine Art, opening Thurs., July 10th!

Wynn Bullock’s High Museum Exhibition Reviewed in ARTSATL by Anderson Scott

© Wynn Bullock – “Stark Tree” (1956) Bullock Family Photography, LLC

Perhaps one of the reasons that Bullock slipped from prominence is that his work is damn hard to categorize. He went back and forth between abstract darkroom experiments to lush landscapes. Furthermore, he did not evolve over time from one genre to the other. He apparently would make beautiful black and white pictures of nudes in redwood forests one day, and make color abstractions using a home-built contraption with lights and filters the next. Bullock has no easy-to-explain progression, and no simple, snappy hook on which to hang a critical assessment. I suspect that this, as much as anything, caused curators and critics to shy away from him. The High is to be commended for tackling his work in all its complexity.

ACP 2014 Portfolio Review – Registration Now Open!


The ACP 2014 Portfolio Review and Walk offers artists the opportunity to meet with highly respected curators, dealers, editors, and agency representatives from across the United States and beyond. The Portfolio Walk (following the review sessions) gives participating photographers the opportunity to present their work to the general public at an evening reception, open to all.

Sponsored in part by Turner Broadcasting and their “Turner Voices” initiative, 17 reviewers and 51 artists will meet on Saturday, October 11th, 2014. Each photographer will meet privately with at least five reviewers for twenty minutes each.

Every year we have many more applicants than available slots, so each application will be evaluated by ACP and a third-party judge to determine if the applicant may participate in the Reviews (it is FREE to apply).

Register for the ACP 2014 Portfolio Review today! Registration closes July 27th.

Yes, there are other portfolio review events around. Why should you consider ACP’s event as a must-do?

- Our event is only one day. It is a long, intense day, but you do not have to take a week out of your life or empty your checking account to have a career-changing moment.
- Once accepted, the cost of the review is only $300 (it is free to apply)
- There will be special events leading up to the reviews
- The day of the reviews, there will be free coffee, food and beverages available to photographers all day long! Really.
- The ACP Portfolio Review really works. Check out the feedback from past participants!

“Really the best organized most comfortable, artist-friendly reviews.”
BL – 2013 Portfolio Review Participant

“I thought it was great overall. I really liked the intimacy, the staging tables, and the snacks. My meetings were great and I already had one followup from a reviewer. I’ll look forward to cultivating relationships with all of the folks I met, reviewers and photographers alike.”
NL – 2013 Portfolio Review Participant

“I gained gallery representation in Atlanta for my work and have had an image published in Diffusion Magazine both within a few weeks of returning from [the ACP] Portfolio Review.”
BD – 2012 portfolio review participant

“As a direct result of participating in the portfolio review, I have since had my first solo show in Atlanta! I was also able to make professional connections with galleries and other artists that continue to open doors for my work.”
JC – 2011 ACP Portfolio Review participant

“I sold six prints at the ACP Portfolio Walk…and became a better presenter of my work”
JR – 2011 ACP Portfolio Review participant

“I was in the ACP Portfolio Review and thanks to that I am now in a ‘Landscape’ group exhibition in Inner Mongolia, China.”
WS – 2010 ACP Portfolio Review participant

Through a juried review of all the applicants, 51 photographers will be selected to participate, and there will be a distinguished panel of 17 reviewers, which we’ll be announcing soon.

Register for the ACP 2014 Portfolio Review today!


ACP Festival Guide Deadline This Weekend!

We’re thrilled by the listings we’ve already received for this year’s ACP Festival Guide, and are excited to combine them with the events and lectures we’re planning to create the country’s largest annual community-oriented festival of photography! (Say that three times fast.)

If you’ve ever wanted to see your photography on a bigger stage, all you have to do is a find a venue (could be a gallery, your neighborhood coffee shop, or favorite store) plan an exhibition for October (September’s good, too) and submit your exhibition, or book-signing, workshop, lecture or event information to the ACP Festival Guide before Sunday night, July 6th.

Stop wondering what it would be like to share your photographs with the world! Or your world! Or Atlanta!

We’re here for you, for photography, and for Atlanta, and we can’t wait to join with you to create an incredible month where our city is transformed by the power of pictures.

Participate in ACP 2014 today!


© John E. Rampsott 2011 – Matre Gallery opening for “Art of iPhoneography” book release

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