The Art of Photography Show, an international exhibition, opened April 25, 2008 with the Opening Reception Gala and Awards Ceremony. This world-class photography exhibit runs April 25 to May 23, 2008 at the elegant Lyceum Theatre Gallery , located in San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter. Approximately 20,000 people are expected to view the Show during the four-week run. For this juried competition, more than 12,200 entries were submitted by artists representing 46 countries. This is a 24% increase over the 2007 exhibit. The judge for The Art of Photography Show is Carol McCusker, who selected 102 pieces to be exhibited -- the best of the best!
Dr. McCusker is the Curator of Photography at the Museum of Photographic Arts. The top 16 award winning images chosen by Dr. McCusker can be viewed here: http://www.artofphotographyshow.com/2008_awards.html.
At the Opening Reception Gala and Awards Ceremony on April 25th, an estimated 1,500 people from all over the world will be in attendance, including most of the exhibiting artists. The stunning 76-page show catalog will be available for free to those in attendance at the Opening Reception. A total of $5,200 in cash awards will be presented that night to the top 16 artists chosen by Dr. McCusker.
"Though we are very excited to receive a record-breaking number of entries this year, the thing which really thrills us is the overall caliber of the photography. The work is fantastic, including images from many significant and well known photographic artists." said Steven Churchill, curator and founder of the event. "Carol McCusker is a very highly respected luminary in the photographic art world. This is why so many world renowned photographers and top-notch photo journalists submitted their work."
"The photography within this exhibition stands out as contemporary art," said Lisa Smith, associate producer of the event. "The pieces selected by Carol McCusker were created by artists with something to say about our time. This aspect of ėvoiceķ is very valuable to serious contemporary art collectors today."
To view a four-minute QuickTime video which features about half of the images in The Art of Photography Show 2008, please click here: http://www.artofphotographyshow.com/2008_trailer.htm.
About The Art of Photography Show
The mission is to provide a truly "artist oriented" show and to create a world-class presentation of photographic art in San Diego. This is the fourth year of this annual photographic exhibition. The Lyceum Theatre Gallery is open and free to the public seven days a week. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on the weekends. Sponsors of The Art of Photography Show include Bloomingdale's, Canon, and the San Diego Museum of Art.
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