“open theme | unbound”

open theme | unbound : disengage, loose, unlock, unravel, disentangle, release, unstop, wide open ….


This is an open theme call for entry….  there is no theme.  Any image in any photo based medium of any subject is eligible.


“Let me tell you a story about a pasture that never did have a fence around it, not a one,” said French Bobi, an almost minister and postal carrier.

“Aw come on Mr. French, we heard that one, tell us that one about that lady…”

Mr. Bobi broke in. “Uh, well, I’d rather not, however I will tell the one about the time I was asked to be in movin’ pictures,” said Mr. Bobi.

“No, no French,” said Mr. Bobi’s wife, Dolores, “tell us the one about the time you met the guy that invented toothpaste.”

“Well, I was changing a flat tire over on Admiral Pidgeon road…”

“Aw come on Mr. Bobi, said Darrel Danne again, we done heard that one a hundred times, tell us the one about the lady.”

Clearing his throat, ignoring Darrel, Mr. Bobi proceeded to tell the story about how he met the guy that invented toothpaste. When he was finished everyone clapped, again, except for Darrel Danne, he harrumphed and headed for home.

Later that evening Darrel’s mother, as she was preparing dinner, reluctantly, she had wanted to be a welder, asked Darrel if he could tell Mr. Bobi’s story about the lady. He said he could.

Darrel’s father, the local High School Principal, seated in the living room, contemplating a cigarette, heard the story and the consequent giggling and snickering coming from the kitchen. So as not to be discovered laughing, he walked outside, laughed and lit a cigarette…” From “Unbound, Texas, 1953” By Franklin Cincinnatus


Creativity is encouraged.


JUROR | Crista Dix will be the juror for “open-theme | unbound”.   Ms. Dix is the Griffin Museum’s Associate Director. Before coming to the Griffin Museum she spent fifteen years creating and operating her own photography gallery, wall space creative, closing it in 2020. Having a career spanning many paths, Crista has landed at the Griffin to assist the Executive Director in the day to day operations of the museum. Her background in science, business and creative arts helps Crista provide a solid background for supporting the Griffin’s mission of showcasing creativity and the museum’s photo community.

Her gallery, wall space, supported emerging and mid career artists with exhibitions, talks and events and participated in art fairs around the country, as well as maintained an office space for client meetings. As an internationally known gallery, Crista worked with clients all over the world and represented national and international artists. In addition to wall space’s special event and exhibition schedule, it hosted a series of artist lectures, studio and community events. Ms. Dix, wall space and the artists who were part of its success believed in giving back, creating a charitable giving program called Life Support. In ten years Life Support worked with over 400 artists, donating over $80,000 to charitable foundations Doctors Without Borders, Direct Relief and Habitat for Humanity.

Ms. Dix has written essays about photography, introducing creative artists work to a broader community. She has been a member of numerous panels and discussions, juried creative competitions and has participated in major portfolio reviews across the country in cities like Houston, Portland, Los Angeles, Chicago, Santa Fe and New Orleans.


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 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.

The gallery will send an email confirmation upon receiving the submission 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 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 not 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 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 as well as in the Blurb exhibition catalogue.


FOR MORE INFORMATION |  amanda@asmithgallery.com