Umbrella Arts Call for Entries

FAMILY, Jodphur India ©Harvey Stein 2013

FAMILY, Jodphur India ©Harvey Stein 2013

Umbrella Arts

“We are seeking photographs of FAMILY. Photographs that are a bit unusual and out of the ordinary, not the conventionally nice or cute images that are often seen.  Your photographs can be amusing, interesting, frank and biting.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines FAMILY as a group of people who are related to each other. This is fine with us but we’d like to expand the definition beyond what we are born into. Let’s include those who we choose to “adopt” as a family, like a close group of friends; a group of people united by certain convictions and a common affiliation, and a group of things related by common characteristics, as the woodwind family of musical instruments, for instance. A group of circus performers, a band of brothers, a theater group, or even the Mafia.

The tone can convey an appreciation of the joys and difficulties experienced by FAMILY in the essentially absurd predicament of getting along and living.  FAMILIES pictured in environments from homes to city streets to the ends of the earth are all being sought.

The exhibition is open to all photographers working in color, black & white, film, digital, and beyond, etc.   Any format, any camera, any style is acceptable.”

ENTRY DEADLINE: December 5, 2016

SHOW DATES: February 2-March 4, 2017

LOCATION: Umbrella Arts, 317 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10003

ELIGIBILITY:   The exhibition is open to all photographers, any format, any camera, black & white or color, any style acceptable.  All types of photography-based work may be entered, including digital, iphone, alternative processes, photo collage and montage.  Maximum finished print size is 16”x20”. Maximum frame size is 20”x24”.

BOOK PUBLICATION :   A book based on the selected and exhibited images for FAMILY will be published by the gallery and will be for sale during the exhibition. All rights remain with the photographer.


is a professional photographer, educator, lecturer, curator and author of seven photography books: Briefly Seen New York Street Life (2015), Harlem Steet Portraits (2013), Coney Island 40 Years (2011), Movimento: Glimpses of Italian Street Life (2007), Coney Island (1998), Artists Observed (1986), andParallels: A Look at Twins (1978). Stein’s photographs have been published in dozens of magazines such as The New Yorker, Time, Life, Esquire, and Smithsonian as well as all the major photo magazines. He has had 81 one-person exhibits in the U.S. and Europe, and his photographs are in more than 57 public and private collections around the world. The Bruce Silverstein Gallery, Throckmorton Fine Art and June Bateman Fine Art represent his work. He is a faculty member of the International Center of Photography and conducts his own workshops in Asia, South America and Europe as well as the U.S. He was appointed Director of Photography at Umbrella Arts in 2009. Some of his photography can be seen at




       Visit

       Create a user name and password at our Entrythingy page to submit your work to FAMILY

       Follow the online upload directions


Recommended image requirements:

       High quality jpegs 72 resolution

       RGB or sRGB color profile  (for both B&W and Color)

       Sized 1000 pixels on the longest dimension

Eliminate watermarks–a MUST


FEE:     $40.00 submission fee for 5 images. $5.00 per each additional image up to 10 images will be accepted, payable to Umbrella Arts once online registration is completed. Payment can be made by PayPal, check or money order.


NOTIFICATION: Artists will be notified by December 14, 2016.  Approximately 40 images will be selected for exhibition.  Notification will be sent by e-mail.


ACCEPTED WORK:    A framed, ready to hang, exhibition quality print must be delivered to Umbrella Arts, 317 East 9th Street, New York, New York 10003.

Maximum finished print size is 16”x20”. Maximum frame size is 20”x24”.

No substitutes of accepted work will be allowed.  Exhibited work must be for sale.


DELIVERY:    Can be made in person or by mail. By Mail –no later than Saturday, January 28th, 2017. By Hand — delivered work can be dropped off at Umbrella Arts on Thursday, January 26, Friday January 27, and Saturday January 28th from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM


UMBRELLA ARTS: Mary Ann Fahey and Margaret Bodell joined forces to create the Umbrella Arts gallery and project space, located in the heart of the East Village.  Mary Ann Fahey and Margaret Bodell have introduced many new artists to the New York art world, and worked to expand the traditional notion of an art exhibition by using it as a vehicle for creating community and promoting social change.


RECEPTION:    A reception for photographers, friends and press, hosted by Umbrella Arts will be held on Thursday February 2nd. Time:  6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.


COMMISSION:   Umbrella Arts will handle all sales for photographers. Photographers will retain 50% of sales price, and Umbrella Arts will retain 50% of total sale.  The price indicated on the entry form will be considered the retail price of each image. Once the final exhibition print has been dropped off at the gallery, Umbrella Arts will be happy to consult with artists on pricing considerations.


LIABILITY:     Liability of artwork is the responsibility of the participating artist/photographer.  Umbrella Arts, their employees or any agents thereof cannot be held responsible for any liability of the artist.


QUESTIONS:    Questions may be directed to us by emailing, or by calling Umbrella Arts at:  212.505.7196 during gallery hours: Thurs – Sat, 1-6pm.