Encaustic in its most basic interpretation means hot melted wax applied to an absorbent surface. Encaustic is typically bees wax mixed with damar resin and pigments. It has been used as a painting medium since Greek and Roman times.  It was used to decorate warships, marble statues and eventually as a fine art medium for painting portraits on wooden panels. Painting with encaustic has continued through the ages and has relatively recently been discovered by photographers. The application of encaustic to digital pigment prints transcends the photographic process adding depth, luminescence and providing the opportunity for greater artistic expression.  We are seeking works of art that start with a photographic foundation and are then transformed by the application of encaustic.  We encourage creativity.  Scratch, burn, color, dream.


JUROR | Jill Skupin Burkholder will be the juror for “encaustic”.  Jill is a photographer/artist whose work includes handcrafted techniques such as bromoil printing, an alternative photography process using brushes and lithography ink to create an image, and encaustic techniques using beeswax and resin.

She began working with photography in 1985 and studied both traditional and digital photography experimenting with various alternative photography techniques. Burkholder’s prints have been exhibited at SohoPhoto in New York, FOTO&PHOTO photography festival in Milan, Italy, Garrison Art Center in Garrison, New York, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Gallery at R&F in Kingston, New York, the Texas Photographic Society’s traveling Alternative Processes Exhibition and in various publications. Her work is in the permanent collections at The Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas, and The Harry Ransom Humanities Center in Austin, Texas.

Jill taught bromoil and encaustic workshops for Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Silvermine Arts Center in Connecticut, Texas Photographic Society, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Photographers’ Formulary, il Chiostro in Italy, and others. She is married to fine art photographer and digital pioneer Dan Burkholder and lives at the base of the Catskills in Palenville, New York.

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.  If you require more than one view of the submitted work, please label the files 1-1FirstName_LastName.jpg, 1-2FirstName_LastName.jpg, etc.  

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 entry 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 | Mail: Please prepare a submission form with your name, address, email address and phone number along with a list of the titles and printing process of each entry.  The number of each title should correspond to the image number on the cd.  CD’s and submission form should be mailed to:

A Smith Gallery
P O Box 175
Johnson City, TX 78636

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

SUBMISSION | Entry Fee: $35 for the first 5 images, $6 per each additional image.  Entry fees are not refundable.

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

AWARDS| The awards are as follows:

Jurors Selection – $325.00
Three Directors Selections
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