“Being Set Free”

The unique project Being Set Free is one in which artists evolve their digital artworks to achieve self-healing and personal discovery.

Using intuitive or conceptual processes of creation, artists evolve their respective images around each of their own physical/emotional healing goals or subjects – setting oneself free from limitations, grief, disease, loneliness, encumbrances, disappointment, all common experiences of the human condition.   The images may also inspire growth, liberation and a sense of unboundedness.  Being Set Free images can also come out of love, adventure or many other positive events in one’s life.

A short contextual ‘story’ of no more than 150 words, written by the artist, should accompany each image.  The images will be juried on their own merits and must speak for themselves.  Karen Divine, Amanda Smith and Melanie Walker will jury the images, and Petra Perkins and Kevin Tully will jury the writing.  The story illuminates – via a poem, prose, or other literary device – how or from what the artist is being set free.  (#words)  Each image and accompanying story should reveal the synergy of image and words to represent or convey newfound freedoms.


“Suffering is a stranger to no one. Even if you haven’t experienced severe pain or the horrible loss of loved one, each of us has experienced suffering and its friend fear in some way. But, as Ghandi says “Fearlessness is the first prerequisite of a spiritual life” and a spiritual life is at the source of what is most valuable to me. So this process of working through pain has pummeled me through some incredibly difficult moments. Creating Shaman’s Apprentice is my way of stepping forward to an outcome I desire and thus calling in all the helpers I could imagine. I’ve filled this image with hope and tools that may come in to assist. In healing it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on the prize.”  …Karen Divine


JURORS | Karen Divine was first introduced to photography in the early 1970’s and went on to study painting, drawing, and alternative photographic processes. While she finds that creating a beautiful single image is crucial to being a fine-art photographer, it is the multi-image that speaks to her heart. Karen teaches at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Maine Media and Anderson Ranch as well as in India and Mexico. She has won numerous awards from many International Organizations, including the 2011 Discovery of the Year Nominee from International Photography Awards, the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers, the Prix de la Photographie Gold Award, and a first place WPGA Pollux Award. Her first book “A Small Amount of Courage” won the Independent Publishers Award in 2015.  www.karendivinephotography.com.

Amanda Smith is a self taught photographer working in both analog and digital utilizing various alternative photographic processes specializing in encaustic. Her work has been selected for numerous juried and group exhibits and is included in private collections including Concordia University in Austin, Texas and the Wittliff Collection at Texas State University.  In June, 2011 she opened A Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas.   A Smith Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting photographic works of amateur and professional photographers through juried and invitational exhibitions.

Melanie Walker has been a practicing artist for over 40 years. Her expertise is in the area of alternative photographic processes, analog, digital and mixed media as well as large-scale photographic installations and more recently, public art. She attended San Francisco State University for a Bachelor’s degree in Art (1972) and Florida State University for an MFA (1975). She has received a number of awards including an NEA Visual Arts Fellowship, Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship and an Aaron Siskind Award. She taught at a number of universities including San Francisco State University, SUNY Albany, Alfred University and the University of Kentucky, Lexington. She currently teaches in the Media Arts Area at the University of Colorado Boulder and has work in more than 80 collections including LACMA, Center for Creative Photography, Princeton Art Museum and San Francisco Museum of Art.

Petra Perkins is a Colorado author of poetry, nonfiction, fiction, essay and interview. She won the Faulkner-Wisdom Poetry Gold Medal (2015) and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize (2016). Her work is featured in news publications (The Huffington Post, World Space News, The Denver Post); literary/arts journals (ArtAscent, Progenitor, Bella Literary Review); magazines (such as Brain,Child and The Readers’ Digest); blogs (Manifest-Station, The Nervous Breakdown, WeSaidGoTravel). Petra – a Denver Woman’s Press Club member – is at work on two books of memoir, and enjoys creating bronze sculptures.

Kevin Tully was a designer of landscapes, furniture and structures for over thirty years.  He is also a fine artist and photographer.  He is the author of many short stories (getting them published is next on his list).  Kevin has been the other Gallery Director of A Smith Gallery for the past five years.

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 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 additional image.  Entry fees are not refundable.

ELIGIBILITY | Submissions are open to all photographers both professional and amateur. International entries are welcomed.  

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. 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
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