Winners will be announced in July 2019

General submission

We are thrilled to introduce the first Rust Belt Biennial, a celebration of photography with work realized throughout the Rust Belt Region in all its manifestations.

This land, its people, the prides and the struggles, the patina of the past and above all, the histories and memories ingrained in the soil across the region. It is time to make new memories and new histories, while revisiting and reevaluating old ones; It is time to start a new dialogue about the state of photography and it’s social, cultural and political effects in our society; it is time to give back to the photographic community but also the region; it is time for you to join us!

For our an inaugural Biennial we are grateful to have Andrew L. Moore as our juror.

The Rust Belt Biennial is seeking to promote and explore photographic work created within the Rust Belt Region (New York, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin).

Results will be announced and selected artists will be notified by the first week of July, 2019.

Work selected should be framed, ready to hang and delivered by August 1st NO EXCEPTIONS!

Hand delivery of artwork should be brought to Sordoni Art Gallery, 141 S. Main Street, Wilkes- Barre PA 18701. If loading zone is needed for unloading, please make an appointment to drop off the work. Hours of which we can receive work are from Monday through Friday, between 9am and 5pm.

Selected work needs to be sent to Wilkes University, 84 W. South Street, Wilkes Barre PA 18766 along with print ship label.

Storage - Sordoni Art Gallery can store work for up to one month after the exhibition closes. At this time, the gallery reserves the right to dispose of the work, if prior arrangements are not made.

Insurance - Sordoni Art Gallery offers wall to wall insurance. We need the name of the insuree, address, telephone number, email address, title of artwork, medium, date, and insurance value by no later than 2 weeks prior to delivery. At that time, we will forward it to our broker to create a Certificate of Insurance for the lender.

Installation - Installation of artworks is conducted by the Sordoni Art Gallery. All works should be wired and ready to hang. Clip frames are not advisable. If the artwork requires special installation such as suspension from the ceiling, discussion with the SAG director needs to occur prior to delivery. Pedestals and vitrines are limited. Display needs should be discussed prior to delivery.

File format: JPG

File naming: First and last name, image title.

Captioning: Title, Location/State, and year the work was created.

Color space: sRGB

Entry deadline

June 28, 2019

Entry fee

$35 for a series of up to 25 images.