Aperture Summer Open - Entry Details

In July 2017, Aperture Foundation will host its fourth open-submission exhibition for which all image-makers are eligible. The 2017 Summer Open will be curated by Eric Gottesman, Hank Willis Thomas, and Wyatt Gallery of For Freedoms, an artist-run initiative that uses art as a tool for political engagement.

How to Enter:
  • Join Aperture! To become a Member, please visit: aperture.org/join.
  • After joining Aperture, you will receive an e-mail with your invitational passcode.
  • Use your invitational passcode to enter the call at picter.com and upload your submission.
Deadline and Timeframe:
  • February 13, 2017: Call for entries.
  • April 5, 2017, 12:00 noon EST: Submission deadline. Absolutely no exceptions will be made for late submissions. Please allow ample time to complete your entry, submitting well in advance of the deadline.
  • June 2017: Notification of selected artists.
  • July 1, 2017: Selected works are to arrive at Aperture Gallery in New York.*
  • July 13-August 17, 2017: Exhibition at Aperture Gallery

*As stated in our terms and conditions, you will be responsible for producing your work(s) as well as for the delivery and retrieval of your work to and from Aperture, at your own expense. If selected for the exhibition, additional information regarding the terms of loan of your work(s) will be provided.

Entry Requirements:

All Summer Open entrants must be current Aperture Members through April 6, 2017.

To become a new Aperture Member or to renew your membership and submit work to the Summer Open at no additional cost, please visit aperture.org/join. Upon purchase, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with a unique, invitational passcode allowing you to enter the 2017 Summer Open at picter.com.

Please note that a subscription to or purchase of Aperture magazine does NOT constitute a membership to Aperture.

If you are already an Aperture Member, you should have received an e-mail confirmation for your membership gift, containing the passcode that will allow you to enter. If you did not receive this code or are unsure of your current membership status, please contact membership@aperture.org.

What to Submit:
  • Invitational passcode
  • 1–2 projects (5–10 images each)
  • Title/caption information for each image*
  • Project description (2000 characters maximum, please address how the work relates to the idea of freedom)
  • Bio (1500 characters maximum)

*We want to know how you wish to display your work. If your work requires specific installation instructions or additional required equipment or materials, please be sure to note this in the description of the image. It is to be understood that prints provided unframed for the exhibition will be hung without frames, using pins or magnets. For more information visit our FAQs.

Terms and Conditions:

Aperture Foundation reserves the right to reject entries that are submitted without the required information, or that do not meet the criteria of eligibility, without any obligation to enter into any further discussion regarding curator’s decisions, and without obligation to refund the entrant’s membership fee.

The curator’s decisions shall be final. No correspondence shall be entered into by Aperture Foundation, nor its representatives, regarding the decisions of the curator(s).

Aperture Foundation reserves the right to reject submitted print(s) of photograph(s) or artworks for inclusion in the exhibition for any reason, including print quality.

While copyright of all work submitted for this exhibition remains with the respective entrants, the entrant grants to Aperture Foundation a worldwide, irrevocable, and perpetual license to reproduce representative examples of the submitted entries in any of their publications, websites, and/or in any promotional material, strictly in connection with the exhibition, and with reference to the photographer as relevant in each case.

Details of particular entries may be at the discretion of Aperture Foundation and may be released to the press to promote the exhibition, including before the announcement of the shortlist for the exhibition. Some entries may be featured on the Aperture Foundation blog.

Aperture Foundation accepts no responsibility for entries that are lost or damaged in transit.

Representatives of Aperture Foundation are not available to review unsolicited materials received except as entered via the Summer Open exhibition.

Applicants warrant that the entry submission is the original work of the artist and, as such, the artist is the sole and exclusive owner and rights holder of the submitted work, and that the party submitting has the right to submit the work for exhibition and grant all required licenses. Each entrant agrees not to submit any entry that (1) infringes any third party’s proprietary rights, intellectual property rights, industrial property rights, personal or moral rights, or any other rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, privacy, publicity, or confidentiality obligations; and (2) otherwise violates the applicable state, federal, provincial, or local law.

Aperture Foundation reserves complete creative control over the exhibition’s design, including selection, layout, and hanging. It is understood that prints provided unframed for the exhibition will be hung without frames, using pins or magnets.

If selected for the exhibition, additional information regarding the terms of loan of your work(s) will be provided. It should be understood that delivery of artwork(s) to Aperture, as well as retrieving artwork(s) from Aperture after the exhibition, is the responsibility of the artist.

No exceptions will be made for late submissions.

By submitting your work to the 2017 Aperture Summer Open, you are found to be in agreement of the terms and conditions listed above.

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