“common objects”

common objects – everyday item, familiar thing, everyday gadget, normal, commonplace …


“My Grandmother had a pincushion the color and shape of a strawberry. As a child I watched her sew. She would reflexively and deftly take and replace pins as she connected the thin paper pattern to the fabric. Interesting how common objects have become descriptors in literature, “He were shot up with arrows like a dang pincushion.”

As a child my Grandfather had a way of allowing me to see common objects as uncommon or special. He deciphered for  me his use and time patinaed hammer, a deep notch in the leathery looking handle, the things it had built, where it had been. The notch made in 1932, he was using it to lever up a fallen rafter when his helper fell, bringing some of what they had built crashing down. He also enjoyed showing me his scars. I have always been proud of scars.

I also think of teeth when I think of common objects. Sounds odd but it’s not really. Remember riding the school bus in the fourth or fifth grade? Remember showing your buddy one of your recently, eagerly teased out teeth – bothered and rocked by your tongue and finger so that it had no choice?  Remember someone pulling three from their pocket or lunch box?..”  From “Baby Teeth” By Franklin Cincinnatus


JUROR | Kevin Tully will be the juror for “common objects”.  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