I come from a family of twins. Duality is one of the laws of thermodynamics, isn’t it? No, well it should be.  Have you ever noticed how when folks in a room are asked to raise their hands if they are Geminis – they raise both hands? Maybe it’s just me.

The contemporary art of the diptych is fascinating to me. The arranging of seemingly disparate images into a compelling, “rational?” whole is an endeavor that basically eludes attempts at explanation or pedagogy.  The medieval diptychs were literal like the opposing pages of a book.  Much of the contemporary art of the diptych is about the play of shape, color, tone and content. Contemporary diptychs can tell a story or they can compel the viewer to look around about them, not so much different than looking at sculpture.  They can challenge and they can evoke strong emotion.  Or, they can simply be beautiful.

“You asked me how to get out of the finite dimensions when I feel like it. I certainly don’t use logic when I do it. Logic’s the first thing you have to get rid of.”
― J.D. Salinger


JUROR | Kevin Tully will be the juror for “diptych”.  Along with being the co-director of A Smith Gallery, he is a curator, photographer, writer and painter.


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.  If you need help sizing your images, please follow this link https://convert.town/image-dpi

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:  $38 for the first 5 images, $7 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. International entries are welcomed.   Work previously exhibited in the gallery or featured on the blog are not eligible.


AWARDS|  The awards are as follows:

Jurors Award – $325.00
Directors Award – $250.00
Two Juror Honorable Mentions – an exhibition catalogue
Director Honorable Mentions chosen at the discretion of the Gallery Directors – an exhibition 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.


FOR MORE INFORMATION | amanda@asmithgallery.com