We are the twenty-seven undergraduate photography students that represent Virginia Commonwealth University’s BFA Photography Class of 2013. We are currently making many preparations for our undergraduate exhibition, which is scheduled to open on May 3.
Having spent four years as students of photography, we are now responsible for finding a venue and hosting an exhibition of our senior thesis projects. We’ve certainly made ourselves known to many Richmond real estate agents in the past couple months, but it seems we have finally settled on a space.
We’re slowly learning that organizing an exhibition with twenty-seven artists is serious business, and have miraculously managed to come up with a reasonable budget. This is where we need your help. Many of the funds we’ve already raised have gone towards securing a location along Richmond’s Broad Street art walk, which insures that our exhibition opening will be alongside numerous openings on the evening of May 3rd. With your support we are hoping to raise enough funds to produce promotional materials such as buttons, postcards, posters, and a catalog of all our work.
Funds raised here will also go towards our portfolio review day to be held on April 18. We have invited numerous artists, curators, and academics to give us feedback on our work. While we can’t pay them directly, we at least desire to provide them with a hot breakfast, a catered lunch, and lots of coffee. In addition to the portfolio reviewers, we are currently seeking out a prestigious curator to help us organize the work to go into our exhibition in May.
Anything you can give to support our final project of our undergraduate education will be greatly appreciated, and put towards a great cause. To counter your generosity we have created incentives related to our show including many of the promotional materials, and even limited edition prints, which you can see on the right.
Thank you for your support, and we all hope to see you on May 3rd.
The title of our show, …From Looking, is derived from an influential book we were required to read encouraging photographic (or simply physical) exploration in an era shrouded by technological walls.
Risking the shattering of those walls is worth all the risks of going for a long, careful walk, for riding a bicycle down a different street, for seeing what no one photographs, for seeing what no one realizes.
Whoever owns the real estate and its constituents, the explorer owns the landscape.
And the explorer owns all the insights, all the magic that comes from looking.
- John R. Stilgoe, from Outside Lies Magic
Risks and challenges
Our main risks come in the form of price changes on promotional materials, unforeseen problems with the venue, and other fees. That said, we have done our best to plan for most of, if not all, the costs that we plan to incur. A number of the costs have been nailed down, (venue rental, booking of officials, etc.), while other costs have been estimated specifically with the size of our project in mind.
Keeping this in mind, we are a team of twenty-seven dedicated individuals that have no problem finding creative solutions to problems that may arise on the fly.