Facing East: 48 Hours in the Life of East Austin (2010) Creative Opportunity

Summer 2010

Creative Opportunity

Who: New East Gallery
What: Call for Entries: Photo/Film capturing life in East Austin

Where: East Austin


Shooting Weekend:
Aug 6-8, 2010;
All submissions must be shot between 6 pm on August 6 and 6 pm on August 8, 2010

Submission Deadline:
Photography: Aug 13th 5:00 pm
Film/Video: Aug 20th by 5:00 pm

Participants Notified:
Photography: Tuesday, August 17
Film/Video: Monday, August 23
Finalists notified of inclusion by phone and/or email.
Those not selected, notified via post and/or email.

Exhibition Prints/Videos Due:
Thursday, August 26th 5:00 pm
Exhibition prints/videos delivered to:
New East Arts Gallery
1601 E. 5th Street Suite 106
Austin, TX 78702
Saturday, August 28th at 7:00 pm
Screening at 8:30 New East Arts Gallery


Any subject matter within the geographic zone of the East End Cultural Heritage District. Suggested subject areas include: gentrification, cultural preservation, familylife, music/arts/culture, poverty, neighborhoods, street-life, fun; documentary and fine art.

All work submitted must be shot in Austin's East End Cultural Heritage District and have at least one location-identifying image per photo series, film, or videotape. For the purposes of this exhibition, The District is bordered to the south by East 7th Street, to the north by 32nd Street, to the east by Airport/Webberville Rd. and to the west by IH 35.

Each photo series, film, or video must include at least one frame, image or time/date burn that documents the date shot. The date documentation may or may not be part of the final work selected for exhibition. There will be a time/date prop displayed at the New East Arts Gallery and Kenny Dorham's Backyard (1106 E. 11th St.) during shooting times. Call 477-9438 for further information.


Best of Show: Photography
Best of Show: Video
Cash award, discounts and/or supplies for winners

MEDIA Specifications

Digital stills or conventional black and white, and color

Jury Submission:
One Series of 10 images on CD (.JPEG format) or reference prints/ proofs at least 5"x7" for jurying; identify each image Identify series concept, theme and/or location Include artist statement/bio, contact information

Once accepted for exhibition:
Image sizes that fit into 16"x20" once matted and constructed Matted with clips, no frame, under glass or Plexiglas Include artist statement/bio, names, size, media  of pieces Sale price for prints/reprints (include 60%/40% split with DiverseArts)

Complete contact information.

Video:All/any formats


1 (one) reel/tape, 10 minutes max, standard 1/2” VHS or DVD Identify piece concept, theme and/or location
Include artist statement/bio, contact information

With artist statement/bio, name of video, run-time, production credits, production format, and complete contact information. Submissions must be on DVD.

For Archive:
An additional 8”/10” or 5”x7” print for promotion/publication, digital images will suffice for this (to become property of DiverseArts’ East End Digital Archive; DiverseArts’ additional use shares copyright with photographer for our use only; possibly for consideration in future exhibitions and/or publication, while future use for photographer is unrestricted). For video, permission to copy (or keep) submitted tape for East End Digital Archive.

Artist retains copyright.

In 1989, Harold McMillan founded the Austin Blues Family Tree Project as a vehicle for recording oral histories and performances of Austin musicians and their connection to the culture of pre-integration-era East Austin. Although the apparent focus of the Project is the music community, the underlying effort addresses the large-scale sparsity of collected, archival materials that document the personal lives, neighborhoods, and institutions found east of IH35. To date, the Blues Family Tree Archive contains over 100 hours of oral history and performance audio/video tapes and hundreds of still images on film.

The mission of Facing East  is to continue our work
documenting this culture-rich community with new images
reflecting diverse views of rapidly changing—or unchanged— aspects of Central East Austin, seen through the eyes of various artists, all captured on August 6-8, 2010.