FORT WORTH, Texas—The Amon Carter Museum of American Art houses one of the country’s major collections of American photographs. Now, members of the community are invited to submit their own great American photographs of family and friends enjoying the museum; the images will be posted on the Amon Carter’s Facebook page. The free contest will run for one month, from August 1-31, 2011. TCU Professor of Art Photography and Guest Judge Luther Smith will select the winning photographs, which will be used in various promotional and educational applications.
“Being a part of Fort Worth for fifty years means that the museum has the pleasure of hearing from adults who fondly remember visiting the Amon Carter as school children and are now spending time in the galleries with their own families,” says Andrew Walker, director. “We hope the photo contest will encourage our visitors and members, both young and old, to share photographs of their museum experiences.”
The photo contest is open to everyone and offers three age categories for photograph submission: ages 12 and under, ages 13–18, and ages 19 and over. A grand- prize winner as well as two runners-up will be selected in each age category to receive museum memberships; the first-place winners also receive $100 cash!
The Amon Carter is looking for photographs that depict the visitor’s museum experience. The images will be judged on creativity, photographic quality and how well the spirit of the museum is featured. Children and adults are invited to share their photographs of the museum, from inside the galleries (where permitted) or outdoors. People, art, architecture—whatever best represents the Amon Carter Museum of American Art to each participant—are encouraged as photographic subjects.
Those interested in participating should first read the rules at cartermuseum.org. Photographs should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the photographer’s name, age and telephone contact information before the August 31 deadline. Winners will be announced in September on the museum’s website and Facebook page.
The Amon Carter is celebrating its 50th Anniversary throughout 2011 with outstanding exhibitions and public programs and is open Tuesday–Saturday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursday until 8 p.m. and Sunday from 12–5 p.m. Admission is always free.