Sunday, May 17, 2009

O. Rufus Lovett's Kilgore Rangerettes opened with a packed house on Thursday May 7, during Art Walk. The exhibit continues through June 26.  

The first annual Green Dot Awards was held on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22 filled to cap

acity at the Smog Shoppe, a LEED Platinum urban event space in Los Angeles. Over 200 people attended the event from local Los Angeles "green" trendsetters and entrepreneurs to the international Green Dot Award winners themselves from Africa, Italy, Turkey, London, Ireland, Brazil, and Texas !

We are including information about upcoming photographic opportunities for the first time in the ne

wsletter. Let us know what you think.


Kilgore Rangerettes photographs by O. Rufus Lovett

Kilgore Rangerettes, photographs by O. Rufus Lovett continues through June 26.  The Rangerettes were the world's first precision dance drill team. Founded 

in Kilgore, Texas, in 1939-1940 by the incomparable Gussie Nell Davis, the

 Rangerettes have performed for national and international audiences, appearing frequently at events such as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and major football bowl games across the nation, including the New Year's C

otton Bowl Classic in Dallas each year since 1951. 

We invite you to take a look at our online store/gallery go here : or stop by the gallery during business hours: Monday - Friday 11 - 6pm and by appointment, call 903.236.4686, or email 

Support the arts ! Buy photographs of the famous Kilgore Rangerettes from TCC PHOTO | GALLERY


© O. Rufus Lovett


The Green Dot Awards Gala at the Smog Shoppe !

Wow ! What an amazing Earth Day evening. The party was held at the echo friendly Smog Shoppe in Los Angeles. It gets its power from solar panels,  it captures it's rain water, and they use led lights. The exterior walls are covered with verticalgardens and the event was a very near zero waste event.

The ceremony was hosted by Boise Thomas of "Alter Eco" on Discovery Channel's Planet Green. 'It was an honor to be a part of this evening celebrating the achievements of the green business community. Acknowledging people who don't seek any credit nor want to be recognized. They just want to make a difference. The innovation, forward thinking and practical solutions of genius business people coupled with a commitment to leaving this planet better than the way we got it made hosting this event my pleasure. I wish all of the first year winners much 

success and other than planting a tree, picking up trash or working toward cleaner water for all... it was

 the perfect way to conclude Earth Day 2009."

Here are some of the winners. Be sure and visit Green Dot Awards and look at them all. 

They are truly amazing.

The Kent Railway Station, Dublin, Ireland, designed by Iarnrod Eireann won 1st Place under Transportation. The Kent

 Railway Station is the worlds first Net Carbon Zero Railway station.

Products: The Firewinder Company out of Malmesbury, United Kingdom won 1st place for their Firewinder, Original Windlight, designed by Tom Lawton. Firewinder is a 100% wind-powered, decorative outdoor light.

2nd Place for product goes to Solar Lillie, designed by ZM Architecture, Glasgow, United Kingdom. Solar Lilies project proposes to stimulate river activity and change by proposing that the surface is used to harness the power of solar energy on a large scale. The design is inspired by nature.

Transportation gave 1st place the Bond inspired Volitan. The Volitan is a new lightweight and futuristic concept boat for circumnavigating the rivers 

and seas, using solid sails and only wind power and solar energy.

Concept award went to the CAMS Group of the United States for Sweet Sorghum Ethanol and Power (SSEP). It's the largest biofuel project in all of Africa on 500,000 acres. The highlights are 1. Sweet Sorghum produces more energy and takes far less water than sugar cane or corn. 2. Sweet Sorghum is a sturdy crop that grows on marginal lands and requires little water or fertilizer. It lifts poor farmers out of poverty. 3. Sweet Sorghum is both food and fuel, hence circumvents the "food for fuel" debate. 

Entertainment and Culture: 1st place went to TCC for Fruit of the Orchard | Environmental Justice in East Texas :)

In 1982, a toxic waste facility opened in the Piney Woods in Winona,Texas. The residents were told that the company would plant fruit trees on the land left over from its ostensible salt-water injection well. Soon after the plant opened, however, residents started noticing huge reddish brown clouds rising from the facility and an increase in rates of cancer and birth defects in both humans and animals. The company dismissed their concerns, and confusion about what chemicals it accepted made investigations difficult. Buy a signed copy of the book click here.

2nd place went to H20- new scenarios for survival. H20 has its goal, the study, the promotion, the organization of exhibits, seminars, workshop, publications and whatever else gives value and stimulates the collective effort to look after water.

3rd Place Comedy Central ATM, Freestyle Collective designed and produced a series of spots for Comedy Centrals pro-social campaign. Their goal was to inform and motivate their audience to address specific local and global environmental issues.

The Green Dot Awards of Excellence were given to Stephan McGuire with the Visionary Award for his work producing the 11th Hour and his work as founder of Coalition for a Sustainable Africa. Founders of Opportunity Green, Karen Solomon and Mike Flynn, received the Award of Excellence for Community + Policy. The Green Magazine of the Year was awarded to National Geographic's Green Guide.

"Receiving a Green Dot Award (GDA) is very rewarding and uplifting for the work that I do. Environmental injustice is a tough issue to focus on. This year alone, between February and March, three of my subjects have died, from three different communities, and two had brain tumors. The GDA gives me the courage and optimism to continue documenting environmental injustice, while hopefully inspiring real change." 

- Tammy Cromer-Campbell.

upper image:

TCC, Kim and Paul Klein

© Catherine McIntosh

lower image:

Catherine McIntosh and TCC

all other images © GDA winners/artists


News from En Foco

En Foco is a non-profit organization that nurtures and supports contemporary fine art and documentary photographers of diverse cultures, primarily U.S. residents of Latino, African and Asian heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and the Pacific.

· Annual Portfolio Review Sessions (June 20)
· New Works Fellowship Award #13 (details below). 

I have also attached some information incase you can pass along to others. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.


New Works Photography Awards Fellowship #13

DEADLINE: July 31, 2009

En Foco's  New Works Photography Awards Fellowship is an annual program selecting three or more U.S. photographers of Latino, African and Asian heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and the Pacific.
Three photographers will be selected from an open and national call for entries, to receive a $1,000 honorarium, photo-related supplies, technical assistance, a photographer's page on, an article in Nueva Luz, an En Foco Membership and a culminating group exhibition in New York City in the Spring-Summer of 2010. 

JUROR: Anne Wilkes Tucker, Curator, Museum of Fine Arts / Houston


1738 Hone Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461

En Foco Artistic & Professional Development Workshops

NYC Portfolio Review Sessions - June 20, 2009

This En Foco program offers one-on-one reviews with several arts professionals on the same day, in a supportive, nurturing and affordable environment. Reviewers can advise about opportunities and/or provide guidance on career development. 

Each review session lasts for 20 minutes; photographers are guaranteed a minimum of three reviews and receive a 'gift bag.' Upon registration, participants will receive an article written by photo marketing expert Mary Virginia Swanson, on how to best prepare themselves for the Review.

Date: Saturday, June 20, 2009, 10am-5pm

Location: Calumet Photographic 
22 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION (valid through May 31):
$110 = members (current through July 09)
$160 = non-members (includes member benefits - all are welcome to join)

$140 = members (current through July 09)
$190 = non- members

Register NOW: online at
or at 718/931-9311
Confirmed Reviewers include:
*Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, Jersey City Museum
*Florian Bachleda, Latina Magazine
*Don Burmeister, Safe-T-Gallery
*Song Chong, Magnum Photos
*Elizabeth Ferrer, Rotunda Gallery (am session only)
*Hannah Frieser, Light Work
*Elvis Fuentes, El Museo del Barrio
*Rosie Gordon-Wallace, Diaspora Vibe Gallery
*Charles Guice, Charles Guice Contemporary
*Stephanie Heimann, Fovea Exhibitions
*Lisa Henry, Independent Curator, Writer (pm session only)
*Julia Herzberg, Art Historian and Curator
*Jessica Ingram, Adjunct Professor at Tisch, NYU
*Michael Itkoff, Daylight Magazine
*Stella Kramer, Photography Consultant
*Lesley Martin, Aperture
*Erin Riley-Lopez, Bronx Museum of the Arts
*Rita Rivera, Corbis
*Ariel Shanberg, Center for Photography at Woodstock

Call for 2010 SPE Conference Proposals

How can you contribute to the diversification of 
SPE's 2010 national conference in Philadelphia?
submit a proposal to present your work/research
recruit a photo friend to join SPE
forward this email to 3 of your peers
apply to present a "how to" demonstration 
encourage your students/classmates to submit a scholarship application this fall
nominate your mentor for the 2010 honored educator award
assemble a group of friends and apply to a panel presentation
The June 1 deadline for national conference proposals is fast approaching. Please share this call for proposals with your colleagues and students and help shape the 2010 conference in Philadelphia!

47th SPE National Conference 
March 4 - 7, 2010 
Philadelphia, PA 

Facing Diversity: Leveling the Playing Field in the Photographic Arts 

Submit your proposal materials online this year!

First, check out the 2010 conference description. Keep in mind, submissions outside the scope of the theme are also welcome.

Next, review the guidelines for what you'll need to submit:
2010 Call for Proposals

When you're ready to submit, visit:

Deadline: June 1, 2009

Presentation Formats

Lecture - presentation on historical topic, theory or another artist's work 

Imagemaker - presentation on your own artistic work
Panel - a group led by a moderator to discuss a chosen topic 

Demonstration - a "how-to" presentation 

Graduate Student - short presentation of your own artistic work and a brief introduction to your graduate program (must be enrolled in graduate program at time of submission) 

Academic Practicum Workshop - lectures (one presenter, one time slot) and panels (more than one presenter, two time slots) that address educational issues 

SPE National Office 
2530 Superior Avenue, #403
Cleveland, OH 44114

phone: 216/622-2733
fax: 216/622-2712

News from Texas Photographic Society

TPS upcoming Call for Entries        
TPS 18: The National Competion will be juried by Cig Harvey, MFA, a passionate working fine-art photographer and educator. She is a full time Associate Professor at The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and teaches summer workshops at The Maine Media Workshops and The Santa Fe Workshops. Complete details on how to enter the exhibition will be posted on the TPS website by April 30. Entries are due June 15. The show will open at the Kirchman Gallery in Johnson City, Texas in September.
Childhood: An International Photo Exhibition, 
juried by Jamie Lee Curtis

We are very pleased to announce Childhood: An International Photo Exhibition, juried by Jamie Lee Curtis, author, photographer, photography collector and movie star. Entry deadline will be October 2, with the show opening in January at the Dougherty Art Center in Austin. Complete entry details will be posted on the TPS website by August 1.
International Student Photography Exhibition - II
We are also pleased to annouce an International Student Photograhy Exhibtion that will open at Semmes Art Gallery at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio on January 21, 2010 and be exhibited through February 19, 2010. Entries are due October 28, 2009. Complete entry details will be posted on the TPS website by August 15.

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