After an exciting but grueling process of sifting through applications, reading them again and again, and engaging in long debates over so many excellent prospects, we selected the ten most promising.
Each of the ten finalists then submitted a detailed application, including how their project would advance the overall fine art photography marketplace and increase the number of collectors.
The finalist applications were reviewed by an esteemed jury of photographic professionals, including Whitney Johnson (Director of Photography at The New Yorker), Karen Irvine (Curator and Associate Director at Museum of Contemporary Photography), and Rupert Jenkins (Executive Director at Colorado Photographic Arts Center). The jury chose the winning application, which was announced on September 15, 2014.
Lisa Armitage, Joseph Gamble, Jamie Jackson, Marian Tagliarino, Cyndi Vickers, Mark Vickers (Tampa, FL) – photography subscriptions (Photo A Go-Go) (read this group's interview here)
- This project creates a photography subscription program where members receive a selected print each month from one of twelve established or up-and-coming artists.
Boxman Press (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) – Zine Machine (read Boxman Press' interview)
- Boxman Press, a zine publishing collective, would use the grant to outfit a modified van to distribute zines and prints to people in multiple cities. Vending machines that dispense zines would create something similar to a food truck for art.
Cleveland Print Room (Cleveland, OH) – Cleveland Photography Events (read Cleveland Print Room's interview here)
- This project would expose people in Cleveland to photography through unique and engaging events such as photo slams, PechaKucha-type outdoor events, and a public art poster.
Matthew Conboy (Pittsburgh, PA) – Newborn Collectors (read Matthew's interview here)
- Matthew Conboy’s proposal for the Crusade Engagement Grant is to include a signed and numbered photographic print from an emerging Pittsburgh-based photographer in the hospital gift bags that go home with new mothers and babies.
Matt Eich (Norfolk, VA) – Photobook Collective (read Matt's interview here)
- Matt Eich proposes the creation of an imprint that releases limited edition artist books for a small roster of dedicated photographers.
Larissa Leclair (Washington, D.C.) – Collecting Photobooks
- Larissa Leclair would utilize the Indie Photobook Library to create an outreach program in DC to introduce targeted communities to photobooks with “evening at the library” events with participating photographers.
Lindsay Nicole (New Orleans, LA) – Photography Collections in Schools
- Lindsay Glatz is proposing to develop a pilot program to establish a community-based marketplace for fine art photography in local schools by developing a collector-based curriculum and working with local photographers to display and purchase their work within the school setting.
Jason Parker (Atlanta, GA) – Photography Billboards (read Jason's interview)
- This project seeks to introduce fine art photography to Atlanta commuters by bringing the work out of the galleries and inserting it into their daily lives by showing photography on digital billboards in high traffic areas.
Amy Parrish (Granville, OH) - Photography Collecting Reality TV Show (read Amy's interview here)
- Amy Parrish wants to create a series of webisodes to pitch to a major television network. Each filmed episode would connect a homeowner to a piece of artwork, and in each episode a different artist and homeowner would be paired.
Ken Winnick (Shoreline, WA) – Speed Dating Events for Collecting (read Ken's interview here)
- Speed Dating for Photos events will connect local photographers with potential collectors through events similar to traditional speed dating. Artists have short conversations with potential collectors about their work, artists and collectors both rank their interactions, everyone has a great evening out, and collectors leave with a personally meaningful photograph.