vistas:  landscape, glimpse, seascape, view, overlook, horizon, scenery …..


“Mark Twain’s mind was awash with vistas.  Yet, he abhorred the word.  He would have rather talked of colons and hemorrhoids.  Twain was a very independent soul and he thought others should be too.  He lived in Europe for a time in the late 1890’s.  During his stay there the Spanish American War started in Cuba.  It was a war of imperialism on both sides.  The people of the Philippines had earlier revolted against the Spanish.  Upon returning to the states he became Vice President of the Anti-imperialist League.  He wanted Cuba for Cubans and the Philippines for Filipinos.  He saw the word vista as a flagrant Spanish word; an imperialist construct to denote “a view” – it was an uppity way to say something simple — an oppressor’s linguistic foot on the average man’s throat.  Of course it wasn’t.  It was and is simply a Spanish word.

The Mark Twain Society of Del Rey, Texas recently had a street party with period costumes, Twain readings and an Americana Band with a banjo, gospel influences and a mouth organ.  “The Duke” played the banjo.  “The King” played the mouth organ.  The mural and t-shirt commemorating the event depicted a grand West Texas landscape with steamboats, picket fences, Comanche Indians, longhorn cattle, prairie dogs, a famous beer, a very attractive Aunt Polly and many more references to the obvious connections between Twain and Texas.  It was titled “The Many Vistas of Mark Twain.”  He would have hated it…”  From “Samuel Clemens Foresaw the Margarita” by Franklin Cincinnatus


JUROR |  Dan Burkholder will be the juror for “vistas”.  Dan was one of the first photographic artists to embrace digital technology in the early 1990’s. True to his love of the traditional photograph, Dan uses digital technology to build images that still look and feel like real photographs, not like something from a graphic designer’s portfolio. Melding his unique vision with mastery of both the wet and digital darkrooms, his platinum prints are now included in many museum and private collections.
Originating the digital-negative process in 1992, Burkholder has helped open doors for all black and white photographers interested in moving into the new electronic technologies. His award-winning book,  Making Digital Negatives for Contact Printing, is regarded as the most authoritative work in the field.
Dan has taught classes and workshops at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the lnternational Center of Photography in New York, the University of Texas at San Antonio, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego and others. Active with the Texas Photographic Society for many years, he is currently serving on the Advisory Board for this organization.

Dan Burkholder was born in Hagerstown, Maryland, an agri-industrial community in the Appalachian Mountains. He attended Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, where he received his BA and Masters Degrees in Photography.  Dan lives in Palenville, New York, with his wife, Jill Skupin Burkholder, and their six cats.


SUBMISSION | GUIDELINES:  Digital images should 1000 pixels on the longest side saved in JPEG format at 72 ppi. Each image should be labeled with consecutive numbers followed by your name, i.e. 1FirstName_LastName.jpg. The number should correspond with the number on the application form.  Please do not watermark your images.  

SUBMISSION | ONLINE:  Fill out our online application to apply, send images, and make payment with Paypal. You will receive an email confirmation upon receiving the submission and payment. You can also fill and submit the online application, print out your confirmation email, and mail it with a check for your fees to the address below. 

SUBMISSION | EMAIL:  Email image files and submission form to amanda@asmithgallery.com. The gallery will send an email confirmation upon receiving the submission and payment.

SUBMISSION | MAIL:  CD’s and submission form should be mailed to:

A Smith Gallery
P O Box 175
103 N Nugent #175
Johnson City, TX 78636

The gallery will send an email confirmation upon receiving the submission and payment.

SUBMISSION | SUBMISSION FEE:  $35 for the first 5 images, $6 per each additional image. Submissions of 11 or more images are eligible for a review of the submitted images by the gallery directors.  Submission fees are not refundable.

ELIGIBILITY |  Submissions are open to all photographers both professional and amateur working in all photographic mediums and styles. International entries are welcomed. Work that has been previously exhibited at A Smith Gallery is not eligible.

PRINTING/MATTING/FRAMING | INFORMATION:  The gallery offers printing, matting and framing services. If sending framed work, please use mats and frames that compliment your work and are appropriate in a gallery setting. Colored mats are discouraged. All images should be ready to hang with wires. Gallery wraps are acceptable. If you have any questions regarding appropriate presentation please contact amanda@asmithgallery.com.

AWARDS|  The awards are as follows:

Jurors Award – $325.00
Directors Award – $250.00
Three Juror Honorable Mentions – an exhibition catalogue
Director Honorable Mentions chosen at the discretion of the Gallery Directors – an exhbition catalogue
Visitors Award – $100.00

SALES |  The gallery will retain 40% of the sales price.

USE RIGHTS |  Photographers retain full rights to their own images. The gallery will use the photographer’s images for publicity purposes as well as in the Blurb exhibition catalogue.

FOR MORE INFORMATION |  amanda@asmithgallery.com