membership directory

NOPA eNewsletter

about nopa
contact us

PRESENTATION: Your Exhibition, The Venue and its Audience, presented by Mary Virginia Swanson
Saturday, November 15, 2-4pm
Cathedral Creative Studios 527 Julia Street
PRESENTATION: William ALbert Allard: Five Decades
Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Exhibition: Elizabeth Stone: Skins, Shells and Meats
Dec 4, 2014 – Jan 20, 2015
Opening: Dec 6, 6-9pm
Exhibition: CURRENTS 2014
Ogden Museum
Dec 4, 2014 - Jan 5, 2015
Opening: Dec 5, 5-7pm
SCREENING: Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photography and the Emergence of A People
Saturday, October 18, 5:00 p.m.
Contemporary Arts Center
PANEL: Digital Diaspora Family Reunion Roadshow
An Interactive Community Photo-Sharing Event
Sunday, October 19 | 1:30PM - 3:30PM
Contemporary Arts Center
WORKSHOP: A View Camera Workshop with Steve Simmons
Saturday, October 11, 2014
9 am to 3 pm
Ninth Ward, New Orleans
Event: 20 x 24 Polaroid Experience
when: December 5, 6, and 7th
where: Ogden Museum of Southern Art
EVENT: Juror's Reception - FOUR BY FIVE
Saturday, October 11, 6 - 9pm

New Orleans Photo Alliance
1111 St. Mary Street (map)
New Orleans, LA 70130

Saturday & Sunday
Noon - 4 or by appointment

p: 504-264-1855

The New Orleans Photo Alliance is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council. The grant is administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans.



PRESENTATION: Your Exhibition, The Venue and its Audience, presented by Mary Virginia Swanson
Saturday, November 15, 2-4pm
Cathedral Creative Studios 527 Julia Street

Considerations for Planning a Successful Exhibition
with Mary Virginia Swanson

Exhibiting your work is an exciting experience for all artists. But until you have the opportunity to present your work to the public, how can you understand the strategic and practical steps towards mounting a successful exhibition?

Whether your exhibition is being hosted at a public space or private venue, all artists should consider the audience that venue engages and work strategically to ensure a strong collaboration with its community.

In this illustrated seminar, Mary Virginia Swanson helps artists understand the issues of presentation, publicity, audience engagement through educational offerings, the value of producing an accompanying online/print publication and much more.

Artists attending this presentation will gain a broad awareness of the exhibition experience.


Mary Virginia Swanson is an innovator, educator, author, advisor and entrepreneur in the field of photography. During her career she has coordinated educational, exhibition and publication programs for a wide range of institutions and organizations. Her seminars, workshops and lectures on trends and opportunities in photography have aided countless photographers in moving their careers to the next level.

Ms. Swanson is widely respected for her innovative teachings on making and marketing art. She received the Lifetime Achievement FOCUS Award from the Griffin Museum in 2013, the Susan Carr Award for Education from ASMP in 2014 and has been named the 2015 Honored Educator by the Society for Photographic Education.

Ms. Swanson coauthored with Darius Himes Publish Your Photography Book, now in its second edition (Princeton Architectural Press). Her forthcoming title Finding Your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs will be released in spring of 2015. Today she is a sought-after speaker, advisor, juror and portfolio reviewer. Swanson is a valued member of the Board of Advisors of the New Orleans Photography Alliance, bringing mentoring and educational programming to its annual PhotoNOLA New Orleans Festival of Photography.

PLEASE NOTE, this presentation will take place at:
Cathedral Creative Studios
527 Julia St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130