3rd Open Call
Photography Exhibition
Jurored by
Paula Tognarelli

Exhibit: February 16 - March 11, 2017

3rd Open Call
Photography Exhibition
Jurored by
Paula Tognarelli

Exhibit: February 16 - March 11, 2017

3rd Open Call
Photography Exhibition
Jurored by
Paula Tognarelli

Exhibit: February 16 - March 11, 2017

3rd Open Call
Photography Exhibition
Jurored by
Paula Tognarelli

Exhibit: February 16 - March 11, 2017

Call for Entries: 3rd Open Call Juried Photography Exhibition

February 16 – March 11, 2017

Providence Center for Photographic Arts (PCPA) photography gallery seeks a broad range of exhibition-ready work from established and emerging photographers for its 3rd Open Call exhibit, juried by Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director and Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography.

The “open call” is an opportunity to present your best work. There is no theme to adhere to. We want to hear (and see) your story, what drives, motivates, and inspires your creative process. All photo-based images are welcome. There is no limitation to subject matter or technique. All entries will be reviewed and judged on artistic merit, originality, technical excellence, composition, and overall impact. Apply now.


PCPA invites photographers from around the world working in all mediums, styles, and schools of thought to participate. Experimental and mixed techniques are welcome. Artwork must be photography-based and 40 inches or less in height and width (including the frame). Photographers must be age 18 or older.

$1000 in Prizes

All prizes are awarded at the awards reception
on March 9, 2017 at 7:30pm. 

  •  Best of show $500
  •  2nd place $250
  •  3rd place $150
  • People’s choice prize $100 determined by paper ballot in the gallery or via email

Prizes are awarded as gift cards from a major photo retailer who ships internationally.

Artist Dates

  • Entry deadline: Jan 22, 2017, 11:59 pm MDT
  • Notice of acceptance: Jan 27, 2017
  • If you choose print service, email files by Feb 3
  • Artwork hand delivered Feb 11 & 12 from 1 to 3pm
  • Shipped artwork received until Feb 13 at 4pm
  • Opening reception: Feb 16, 6:30 to 8:30pm 
  • Awards reception: Mar 9, 6:30 to 8:30pm 
  • Show closes: Mar 11, 1:00pm
  • Artwork pickup: Mar 11 & 12, 1:00 to 3:00pm
  • Unsold art shipped out beginning week of Mar 12
  • Any pieces not picked up after 30 days may be donated to charity.


PCPA members $24 for three pieces and $10 for each additional entry. Non-members $30 for three pieces and $10 for each additional entry. Limit of 8 entries per person. Online submission and fees are handled through CAFÉ (CallforEntry.org), a free and easy-to-use online application system. Entry fees are non-refundable.

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How to Enter

  1. Select 3 (and up to 8) images. Save each file as JPG, highest quality, sRGB color space, 1920 pixels on the longest side, without borders, and file size less than 5 megabytes. 
  2. Go to CAFÈ (http://www.callforentry.org) and complete your entry before 11:59pm (Mountain time) on January 22, 2017.

Juror’s Statement

Paula Tognarelli jurored our 2nd Open Call and is very kind to return for this exhibit. Here’s an excerpt from her juror’s statement:

“Jurying an exhibition of photographs is a cumulative process. It begins by the initial response to singular imagery. What follows is a culling to fit the photographs within a finite space. Some choose to stay the course and assemble singular images that hold their own. I tend towards finding relationships between artworks and making a collective statement rather than an individual one…..” Read the full statement here…. and…. see the 2nd Open Call exhibit here….

Notification of Acceptance

All applicants will be notified by Constant Contact email and the list of accepted artists will be posted on the PCPA website on January 27, 2017. Please refer to the PCPA website only. We will make every effort to contact artists with the information you provide in the entry application. It the artist’s responsibility to check the PCPA website for accepted entries.

Delivery of Accepted Photographs

Artwork can be hand delivered to the gallery Feb 11 & 12 from 1 to 3pm. Shipped artwork received until to Feb 13 at 4pm

Exhibit Guidelines 

All work submitted for exhibition must be printed and framed professionally with either glass or plexi, and be wired with D-rings and ready to hang. PCPA recognizes that some work is non-traditional and incorporates the framing as an integral part of the presentation. Prints on aluminum, wood, or other alternative material are acceptable. The maximum height and/or width including the frame must not exceed 40 inches.

Images not suitably prepared will be excluded. Once unpacked at the gallery framed images may be evaluated once again. Printing excellence, mounting, and framing qualities of each piece will be taken into account. Your piece must be wired and ready to hang. Do not use screwed hooks, sawtooth hangers, exposed glass edges, or cleats. Work not properly framed or damaged in shipment may not be exhibited.

Print Service

Distant photographers whose work is accepted for the exhibit can use our print service to avoid shipping costs and mailing problems.

We print images at a good size to maximize impact at exhibition. The process is easy:

  1. Save your file at 300dpi at one of the standard image sizes below. Your image needs to fill the dimensions of the file. Do not add any white or black border or extra canvas area. Save as JPG maximum quality, file size less than 20MB.
  2. Email the file to [email protected] by February 4. Write “print service and [your name]” in the subject line of your email.
  3. PCPA will email you a Paypal invoice for $40 per print.
  4. Promptly send payment for the invoice and we will print, frame, and hang your image in time for the show.

After the exhibit all print-service prints remain available for viewing at the gallery. At your request we can ship the print to you after the show has concluded (contiguous 48 states USA only). You pay for shipping.

Print service image sizes at 300dpi:

  • 12 x 16 inches (3:4 aspect)
  • 14 x 14 inches (Square)
  • 11 x 16.5 inches (2:3 aspect)

All prints will be displayed in professional .75 inch black frames behind glass.


Shipped prednisone artwork must be received by Monday February 14 at 4pm. Artists who choose to ship accepted works will be responsible for supplying a pre-paid return shipping label. We work hard to sell art and suggest waiting until the end of the exhibit to email a PDF of your return label. UPS shipping is preferred. Do not include return USPS postage in your package 

Address to:
Providence Center for Photographic Arts Photography Gallery
118 North Main Street, 2nd Floor
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 225-6792
email: [email protected]

About the Juror

Paula Tognarelli is the Executive Director and Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts, a nonprofit with a mission to promote an appreciation of photographic art and a broader understanding of its visual, emotional and social impact. Ms. Tognarelli is responsible for producing over 60 exhibitions a year at the Griffin and its surrounding satellite spaces.

Paula holds an M.S. in Arts Administration from Boston University, BA from Regis College, is a graduate of the New England School of Photography and is a current candidate for her Masters in Education at Lesley University. She has juried and curated exhibitions internationally including American Photo’s Image of the Year, Photoville’s Fence, Flash Forward Festival, Deland Arts Festival, Center for Fine Art Photography, PDN’s Photo Annual, PDN’s Curator Awards, the Kontinent Awards, the Filter Festival in Chicago, San Francisco International Photography Exhibition , Your Daily Photograph for Duncan Miller Gallery and the Lishui International Photography Festival in Lishui, China.

Paula is a regular participant in national and local portfolio reviews, has been a panelist and featured speaker at photography events and conferences including MacWorld. She has been a panelist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Photography Fellowships and is a nominator for the Prix Pictet in Geneva, Switzerland, a nominator for the Heinz Prize in Pennsylvania, the Robert Gardner Fellowship at Harvard University, and the Rappaport Prize in Massachusetts. She is a past member of the Xerox Technical Advisory Board. She is on the advisory board of the New England School of Photography and the Flash Forward Festival Boston.

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Sales Commission and No Sales Tax

All work accepted for gallery exhibition must be for sale. PCPA will retain a 40% commission on the sale of any work. Sale proceeds will be paid to the artist within 30 days of the close of the show. All photographs must be signed by the artist. The sale of signed, original, limited edition artwork in the state of Rhode Island is sales tax free.

Legal Agreement

  • Participant’s Waiver: Submission of work automatically waives any claim for damage or loss against PCPA, including the officers, members and employees. PCPA will exercise reasonable care in handling all entries, but will not assume any liability for loss or damage while in the PCPA’s possession or during shipping. Work may be independently insured by the artist.
  • Copyright: Each artist retains all copyrights to their own images. Artist’s recognition is provided with any use.
  • Usage Rights: By submitting images you are giving PCPA the right to use the images for the purpose of marketing the exhibition and for reproduction online. Artists grant the use of their image(s) as stated without further contact or compensation from the PCPA. Artist’s recognition is provided with any use. Submitting nizagara artists will be added to PCPA’s email subscriber list. They may opt out using a link on each email at any time.
  • PCPA reserves the right to adjust any deadline(s) as the result of causes beyond its immediate control.
  • Payment of the submission fee indicates acknowledgment of all terms and conditions.


Please email: [email protected], or call Peter at (401) 225-6792.

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