April 8–June 1, 2012

What Have You Noticed?

A Call for Community Photographs

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts invites you to be a part of a community-wide project photo-documenting the Nashville community from your perspective. One thousand disposable cameras will be distributed to individuals who will take photographs and then return the cameras to the Frist Center. Frist Center curators will select over 400 images for the exhibition titled Cameras and Community in Action. The exhibition will be presented in the education corridor of the second floor of the Frist Center and on the Frist Center website.

Cameras and Community in Action is being organized in conjunction with the Ingram Gallery exhibition, Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video. Both exhibitions will be on view September 21, 2012—January 13, 2013. Carrie Mae Weems is a socially motivated artist whose work addresses such issues as racism, sexism, classism, and traditional power structures.

Be an artist and engage in a public conversation about the Nashville community. 
It’s easy and fun!

Step 1:  Pick up a disposable camera.

Step 2:  Take photographs of:
a. Things that inspire you,
b. Something that moves you,
c. Something you would like to see changed,
d. Something you hope will not change, or
e. Your creative choice.

Step 3:  Return the camera to a drop box in the Frist Center lobby by June 1, 2012.

Frist Center curators will select approximately 400 images to be exhibited at the Frist Center and on the Frist Center website in the exhibition Cameras and Community in Action, September 21, 2012—January 13, 2013.

All photographs will be exhibited anonymously, but you will know which ones are yours.  All participants will be invited to the opening reception. This is your opportunity to be creative, to raise questions, or to suggest solutions for our future.

Rules of Participation

In order for the Frist Center to consider your photographs for use in the Cameras and Community in Action project, you must sign the Photographer License. This license allows the Frist Center to print, reproduce, and publicly display your photographs in its galleries, on its website, on its social media sites, and in promotional and marketing materials, such as newspapers. The Frist Center will keep all photographs for its archive, but will not make use of the photographs after January 31, 2013, without your permission. In order to protect the rights of the Frist Center and everyone involved in this project, the Frist Center requires that all photographers agree that the photographs they submit will not invade on the privacy of any person or publicize any matter of any person’s life that would be considered offensive.

Thank you for participating! We look forward to seeing your photographs!

The Frist Center gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the HCA Foundation and the TriStar Family of Hospitals, Platinum Sponsor for the Ingram Gallery and Presenting Sponsor for Cameras and Community in Action. Additional funding is provided by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission, which receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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