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““TO FORGET ONE MUST REMEMBER” was written in “Royal Liqueur” exterior house paint, in well executed bold letters, below the drive-thru teller windows of the Tomahawk, Texas National Bank.  President Jack “Dimples” Bond feigned great aggravation and disbelief that “Some idiot would do this crap.”  Returning to his office and slamming the door he called his older brother, James, “Jimmy where in the hell is Gary, where is he living now?”

“Where is Gary, Why?” asked Jimmy.

“That crazy jerk painted on my drive-thru!“ shouted Jack.

“How do you know it was Gary?” asked Jimmy.

“Because he wrote the same thing on the side of that damn pile of junk he drives around,” said Jack.

“To forget one must remember?” asked Jimmy.

“How do you know that? You saw his car,” said Jack.

“No, if you weren’t such a self-absorbed, pretentious sob you’d know that he published a book with that title.  Here, let me get it and read you a little,” Said Jimmy, putting down the phone and sliding his chair over to the bookcase.

“What, no, what difference does that make?  I don’t have time for this!” said Jack.

Jimmy began, “To forget one must remember.  Remember the oily, stained door jamb that Pop grabbed to steady himself as he left the little, dark shop under the stairs where he repaired clocks and bikes and kitchen appliances for the neighbors.  Remember the dried lilies that somehow remained beside Pop’s gravestone long after the funeral.  Remember the broken window of Danzinger’s Department Store that never got fixed after the riot.  Remember Hallie Danzinger sobbing when her folks decided to move to Colorado.  Remember the old wooden fishing boat, leaned up against the Ordway’s always peeling paint clapboard garage, that harbored spiders and wasps and neighborhood kids smoking stolen cigarettes.  Remember the wonder and magic of the big chunk of brick red volcanic rock that floated amongst the goldfish and turtles in Rich Lady Anderson’s pond.  Remember grass without shoes… From “To Forget One Must Remember” By Franklin Cincinnatus


JURORS | Jurors for “forgotten” will be Dawn Surratt and Sal Taylor Kydd.

Dawn Surratt earned a B.A. in Studio Arts from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia. Her years of work with dying patients in hospice settings is the backbone of her imagery combining photographs with photography based book structures, installations, and objects as visual meditations exploring concepts of grief, transition, healing and spirituality.

Her work has been widely published for book covers and publications and has exhibited in galleries across the United States. She was a 2016 and 2020 Critical Mass Finalist and a 2018 nominee for the Royal Photography Society’s 100 Heroines.


Maine-based photographic artist and writer Sal Taylor Kydd uses various photographic media in a personal narrative that explores themes around memory and belonging; combining her poetry with alternative processes of photography and object-making.

Sal’s fine art photographs have been exhibited throughout the country and internationally, including Barcelona, San Miguel De Allende, Portland, Boston and Los Angeles; and she has been featured in numerous publications, including Don’t Take Pictures Magazine, Lenscratch, Diffusion Annual and The Hand magazine.

Sal has self-published a number of books combining her poetry with her photographs. Her books are in private and museum collections throughout the country including The Getty Museum, Bowdoin College, The Peabody Essex Museum and  the Maine Women Writer’s Collection at the University of New England.  Sal’s latest book “Yesterday”,  produced by Datz Press, is a limited edition book of poems and photographs that explores our sense of loss around the pandemic of 2020.

Originally from the UK, Sal earned her BA in Modern Languages from Manchester University in the UK and has an MFA in Photography from Maine Media College in Rockport, where she now lives with her husband and two children.


SUBMISSION | Guidelines: Digital images should 1200 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 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.  Please note that gallery emails often end up in spam folders.  Please check your spam if you did not receive a confirmation email.

SUBMISSION | Entry Fee: $40 for the first 5 images, $5 per each additional image.  There is no limit to the number of images you may submit. Submission fees are not refundable.

SUBMISSION | Entry Reviews:  Photographers submitting 13 or more images are entitled to receive a complimentary review by the gallery directors. Photographers that enter less than 13 images, can receive a review for an additional $20. All reviews will be 30 minutes and typically scheduled a week after the exhibition results are announced.


ELIGIBILITY | The competition is 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 in an A Smith Gallery competition is not eligible.


ONLINE EXHIBITION AND CATALOGUE | Jurors will be selecting 55 images in total. All 55 images will be in an exhibition catalogue and also be included in the online exhibition gallery.  A complimentary copy of the exhibition catalogue will be mailed to each photographer included in the catalogue.  There is a postage fee of $15 for non US photographers eligible to received the catalogue.  The gallery will be featuring each of the 55 images on both Facebook and Instagram over the span of the exhibition.

“THE 27” HARDBOUND EXHIBITION BOOK | 27 images from the total 55 images will be selected for “The 27”, a hardbound fine art book of the exhibition.  “The 27” will be available for purchase.


NOTIFICATIONS | All photographers who have submitted an entry will receive an email notification of the juror’s selection. Please note that gallery emails often end up in spam folders.  Please check your spam if you did not receive a confirmation email.

AWARDS| The awards are as follows:

Jurors Award – a solo exhibition, “The 27” exhibition book and feature story on the gallery blog
Directors Award – “The 27” exhibition book and a feature story on the gallery blog
Visitors Award (most Instagram likes) – $100

The solo exhibition awarded as the Juror’s Award will be scheduled at a mutually agreed time for the duration of a month.  An artist reception will be scheduled the last Saturday of the month during the gallery’s ArtWalk and FaceBook Live GalleryWalk.


SALES | The gallery has an online store and will include all images from the exhibition. The gallery will retain 40% of the sales price.  When a print sells, there are two options.  First, the artist may ship a signed print directly to the buyer.  Or the gallery will print the image for the artist.  Please see Printing Services for details.


USE RIGHTS | Photographers retain full rights to their own images. The gallery will use the photographer’s images for publicity purposes as well as on line gallery, online store, exhibition catalogue and “The 27” exhibition book.


FOR MORE INFORMATION | amanda@asmithgallery.com