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Entries sought for 36th Annual Light Work Grants in Photography

February 04, 2010

Jessica Heckman
(315) 443-1300

Light Work has announced the 36th Annual Light Work Grants in Photography competition. Three $2,000 grants will be awarded to photographers, critics or photo-historians who reside within an approximate 50-mile radius of Syracuse, N.Y. The recipients of these grants are invited to display their work in a special exhibition at the Light Work Gallery, and their work will also be reproduced in Light Work’s award-winning publication, Contact Sheet.

Light Work began offering grants to CNY artists in 1975 to encourage the production of new photographic work in the region. In its 36-year history, the grant program has supported more than 110 artists, some multiple times. With the help of the regional grant, many artists have been able to continue long-term projects, purchase equipment, frame photographs for exhibitions, promote their work, collaborate with others or otherwise continue their artist goals.

Laura Adams Guth, 2009 Light Work Grant recipient, used her grant award to purchase a new computer to continue her photographic work. Karen Brummund, who also received a grant in 2009, used her grant to purchase 10,000 sheets of copy paper to continue with her installation-based photographic project. Nancy Keefe Rhodes, 2008 grant recipient, utilized her award to fund the printing of an exhibition and catalogue.

Light Work is a nonprofit, artist-run photography organization and imaging center located in Syracuse. The organization is dedicated to helping artists who work in photography and related media, and supports artists from all over the world through its exhibitions, publications and Artist-in-Residence program.

All applications must be postmarked or delivered to Light Work by March 31. All applicants must reside in of one of the following Central New York counties: Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Schuyler, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Tioga or Tompkins.

Three judges, from outside the grant region, will review the applications. Their decisions are based solely on the strength of the candidate’s portfolio and completed application. Individuals who received this award prior to 2006 are eligible to reapply. Full-time students are not eligible for this competition. Grantees will be notified of the results by May 15.

Application forms are available at Light Work or online at

To request an application or to obtain further information, contact Light Work at (315) 443-1300, or write to: Light Work, 316 Waverly Ave., Syracuse, NY 13244.

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