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CALL TO ARTISTS: Region’s Venues Seek Artist Submissions

Posted on February 5, 2020

FotoFocus is happy to share the region's venues seeking artist submissions for their individual exhibitions. Each Venue listed has determined the specifics for their open call and is fully in charge of the selection process. FotoFocus will not influence or participate in the selection process for these exhibitions. 


Robin Imaging Services & The Mohawk GalleryOpen Call: closed February 10, 2020Lens-based artists are invited to submit work that responds to Light, Time, and The Ever-Changing Perspective, exhibiting how photographers... Continue

As 2019 draws to a close…

Posted on December 3, 2019

Dear Friends,

FotoFocus had a tremendously exciting and successful year in presenting and supporting the region’s finest in lens-based art. As 2019 draws to a close, we want to share highlights from this past year and kick-off the celebration of our 10-year anniversary in 2020. At FotoFocus, we collaborate to present and support photography and lens-based projects that are accessible, enriching, and engaging to a diverse public through our Biennials, Symposiums, Lecture Series, and countless other community building endeavors.

In continued pursuit of our mission, we started the year collaborating with the Contemporary Arts Center, the... Continue

FotoFocus Partners with Lightborne and the CAC for BLINK AR Experience: Multiverse

Posted on November 1, 2019

FotoFocus, Lightborne Communications, Inc., creators of cutting-edge video content, and the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) together announce Multiverse, the first Augmented Reality (AR) experience that brings a BLINK projection mapping creation to life in the palm of your hand.

Multiverse in Action at the Contemporary Arts Center

“BLINK is an internationally recognized light, art and projection mapping event that we are thrilled to be a part of, but time and time again we have heard that people were yearning for a way to experience the magic after the event ends,” said Scott Durban, Lightborne’s President.... Continue

21c Cincinnati Presents: Hybridity

Posted on April 10, 2014

June 27–December 2014

The evolution of species and spaces in twenty-first century art explores the diminishing boundaries between human and animal kingdoms, recent advances in scientific technology, and the shifting environmental and economic conditions actively altering the Earth and its inhabitants. Employing photography, painting, sculpture, and video, and often incorporating repurposed commercial materials, including tires, safety barrels, matches, broken furniture, and discarded shoes, and more, the artists featured here create new breeds, including a two-headed ram, an embroidered cow, and a panoply of interspecies—genetic recombinants that are equal parts fact and fiction. While hybrids have been a staple of the collective cultural imagination for... Continue

Cincinnati Museum Center Presents: Treasures in Black & White

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April 25–October 12, 2014

South Gallery, Cincinnati History Museum

Look through the photographer’s lens and revisit images that document Cincinnati’s neighborhoods, architecture and people from from the outbreak of the Civil war to the 1960s. Tracing a century in the life of the Queen City (1860-1960), Treasures in Black & White includes images of WWI, WWII and the flood of 1937.

The exhibit features 60 large-format prints of the best black and white historical photographs from Museum Center’s collections, and is based on the 2006 book, Historical Photos of Cincinnati by Cincinnati Museum Center and Turner Publishing Company.

In addition to fascinating snapshots, Treasures showcases historical artifacts, archival... Continue