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Newspace needs to hire a professional curator to grow its Exhibition and Lecture Program and enrich this Portland-based organization.
Newspace needs to hire a professional curator to grow its Exhibition and Lecture Program and enrich this Portland-based organization.
201 backers pledged $25,549 to help bring this project to life.

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Newspace Center for Photography is is an educational and cultural nonprofit that is dedicated to promoting photographic education and appreciation to the public as well as providing a space and building a community where photo enthusiasts can learn, create, discuss and show their work.

Since its founding in 2002, Newspace has served the greater Portland community through three programs – exhibitions and corresponding lectures, educational courses, and photographic facilities, reaching more than 12,000 individuals through annual attendance and more than 36,000 in annual web traffic. In 2011 Newspace completed an expansion that more than doubled the size of its gallery. It has become clear that the next step in the organization’s evolution is to hire a professional curator to focus on the Exhibition and Lecture Program. Doing so would improve programming, as well as community outreach and access.

To complete this project, Newspace is asking for your support, which will go towards: carrying out a national search, employing a professional curator for two years beginning in November 2014, producing educational and outreach materials such as wall text, brochures, etc. and paying speaker fees for visiting lecturers.

What do you mean by "professional curator?"

Newspace is seeking a trained curator with a masters degree or PhD in art history or curatorial studies. These credentials indicate that this person has the training and expertise to provide an understanding of the full history of photography while having a finger on the pulse of contemporary photographic practice.

What exactly will the curator do?

The curator will :

  • Expand Newspace’s lecture and outreach program with more artist lectures, panel discussions, and speakers that engage with the broader Portland community.
  • Work in partnership with current Newspace faculty to enhance existing courses and design exciting new educational programs.
  • Collaborate with regional organizations outside the medium of photography to expand awareness of and access to the exhibitions and lectures.
  • Produce educational materials like wall text, brochures, and publications with historical and contemporary contextualization of the work on display.
  • Contribute to the national conversation about photography by collaborating with peer institutions on exhibitions, contributing original writings to photography-industry publications, and being present at annual photography conferences and portfolio reviews around the country.

What will my donation go towards and how will Newspace sustain this position long-term?

Your contribution will go towards hiring costs (job posting fees, candidate travel for interviews), wages and earnings taxes, educational and outreach materials (wall panels, brochures, other publications), and guest lecturers' fees, which are necessary to get the program off the ground. Of course, the campaign goal also includes the expenses associated with reward fulfillment and credit card processing fees. In addition to this Kickstarter Campaign, Newspace is actively fundraising from local and national funders to leverage support from multiple sources for this project. Your contribution will not only go directly towards hiring a curator, but will also help us to raise funds from other sources.

By increasing Newspace’s reach through an expanded exhibitions and lecture program, we can create a long-term, sustainable Curatorial Program by diversifying and expanding our funding capabilities. Adding a curator to the Newspace staff will raise the organization's profile, increase awareness of Newspace's dynamic programming in the region and beyond, and create exhibition and lecture opportunities that attract local and national funders into the future.

How has Newspace previously managed its Exhibition and Lecture program?

Up until now, we have executed our exhibition and lecture program through the collaborative efforts of our Gallery and Founding Director, Chris Bennett, and Executive Director Tricia Hoffman. This October, Chris will conclude his tenure in order to pursue his teaching and photographic career full-time. This transition is a key opportunity for Newspace to transform its exhibition and lecture programming by hiring a curator who is specifically trained in the history and development of the medium.

NOTE: Your contribution(s) may be tax-deductible. The tax deduction is limited to the excess of your contribution over the value of items or services you received. For your tax purposes, Newspace’s tax ID number is # 20-3204323.

Reward Print Options

$175 Level

Ezra
Ezra

Jody Ake
Ezra, 2005
Archival pigment print
8x10" image size

Oregon Coast
Oregon Coast

Doug Beasley
Oregon Coast, 2009
Archival pigment print
11x17" image on 13x19" paper

Near Red Hill, John Day Fossil Monument
Near Red Hill, John Day Fossil Monument

Bob Farr
Near Red Hill, John Day Fossil Monument
Gelatin silver contact print on Azo paper
5x7" image size

$250 Level

Untitled
Untitled

Bryan Schutmaat
Untitled, from the series Heartland
Archival pigment print
8.5x11"

Ghosts
Ghosts

Robbie McClaran
Ghosts, from the series From Here On
Archival pigment print
9x9" image on 11x11" paper

Untitled (India Airplane)
Untitled (India Airplane)

Melanie Flood
Untitled (India Airplane)
, 2012
from the series Suggested Experiences
Archival pigment print
12x12" image size

Mr. J. and Mr. J. Wenderoth, Linnton, 2009 No1
Mr. J. and Mr. J. Wenderoth, Linnton, 2009 No1

Jake Shivery
Mr. J. and Mr. J. Wenderoth, Linnton, 2009 No1
Archival gelatin silver contact print
8x10"

Sauvie Five Trees
Sauvie Five Trees

Ray Bidegain
Sauvie Five Trees
Platinum/palladium contact print
5x8" image size

Untitled
Untitled

Shawn Records
Untitled, 2014
from the series Hero
Archival pigment print
8x12" image size on 11x14" paper

$500 Level

Mary Kozlov
Mary Kozlov

Kirk Crippens
Mary Kozlov, 2013
from the series Portraitlandia
Archival pigment print
8.5x11"

Foam from upriver pollution, Pigeon River, Tennessee
Foam from upriver pollution, Pigeon River, Tennessee

Jeff Rich
Foam from upriver pollution, Pigeon River, Tennessee, 2007
from the series Watershed: A Survey of the French Broad River Basin
Archival pigment print
8.5x11"

Breakwater
Breakwater

Brian Kosoff
Breakwater
Gelatin silver print
5 3/4 x 13 1/2" print

Prescott Trees
Prescott Trees

Brian Kosoff
Prescott Trees, 2003
Gelatin silver print
5 5/8 x 13 1/2" print mounted/matter to 15x20" board

Mound Bayou, MS
Mound Bayou, MS

Brandon Thibodeaux
Mound Bayou, MS, 2010
from the series When Morning Comes
Archival pigment print
7x7" image on 8.5x11" paper

The Map
The Map

Jenny Riffle
The Map, 2011
from the series Scavenger: Adventures in Treasure Hunting
Archival pigment print
8.5x11"

David
David

Bobby Abrahamson
David, 2011
from the series North Portland Polaroids
Gelatin Silver Print
11x14"

Displaced
Displaced

Lauren Henkin
Displaced, published in 2010.
39 photographs printed by the artist on archival rag paper.
Handmade endsheets by Papeterie Saint-Armand.
Letterpress-printed text by Inge Bruggeman.
Case-bound with cloth over boards by John DeMerritt.
Limited to 60 copies.

Mali Monuments
Mali Monuments

Ian van Coller
Mali Monuments, published in 201370 pagesBound in the Drum Leaf form.
Cover and endsheets are hand made papers by Mary Hark.
Bookbinding and letterpress by Rory Sparks.
Limited edition of 15 copies.
View a flip-through here.

Risks and challenges

There are two primary risks/challenges to this project.

First, the total budget for this project is nearly $90,000. Newspace is seeking funding from a variety of private and public sources in order to reach this overall goal. There is risk involved with any fundraising effort that the total goal won't be met.

However, your support through this Kickstarter Campaign will help Newspace as it continues to fundraise for this project as a successful campaign demonstrates to other potential funders that we have our community's support.

The second risk is in hiring the curator. As with all hiring decisions, there is the potential that it won't be a good fit. However, Newspace has a committed team of board and community members who will participate in the interview process and vet the potential candidates. In addition, we have made the goals of this position very clear in order to attract the most qualified candidates.

With both of these risks, we are dedicated to our goal and will take extra time, if necessary, to ensure the success of the project.

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    We couldn't do it without you! You'll be included as a donor on our website and we'll send you a custom-designed button stating "Some curator owes me!"

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    Thank you! For the price of a movie ticket, you will receive a USB drive customized with the phrase "I Newspaced out!" and the above button.

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    A chance to exhibit at NEWSPACE!
    At this level you will receive everything above, plus one free entry to our 2015 Juried Exhibition. (Does not guarantee the guest juror will select your work, but does save you the cost of entry!)

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    Welcome to the NEWSPACE community!
    In addition to all the rewards above, at this level, you will become a NEWSPACE member at the Spy Camera Level. (http://newspacephoto.org/support/#spy)
    Benefits of this membership level includes one free entry into our annual members' exhibition, one free entry into our Annual Themed Exhibition, 10% off all hourly facilities usage, plus free admission for one to members-only events and workshops.

    If you're already a Spy Camera Level member, we'll extend it for a year! Thank you!

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    Come party with us!
    For your generous contribution you will receive two invitations to our private party to welcome the new curator and bid farewell to Founding Director, Chris Bennett, in January 2015. You will also receive one image from the options above, a Spy Camera Membership, Free Entry to our 2015 Juried Exhibition, a Scout Book, and custom button.

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    Aspiring Photo Historian! For your contribution, you will receive one image from the above options, all other rewards, and free admission to our History of Photography course, taught by Dr. Julia Dolan, the Minor White Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum in early 2015, or admission into another class of comparable tuition.

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    Wow, thank you!
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    Amazing! Thank you! For your generous donation, you will receive a copy of Ian van Coller's limited edition hand-made book, Mali Monuments. In addition, please select a reward from the $500 level and a print from the $250 level. You will also receive a Spy Camera Membership, one free entry to the 2015 Juried Exhibition, a Scout Book, USB drive, and button!

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