Break a Leg: Performance-based and Constructed Imagery will go live on Tuesday, January 15, 2019

PHOTO-EMPHASIS is pleased to announce Break a Leg: Performance-based and Constructed Imagery, our fourth juried exhibition.

We’re looking for fresh, current, and diverse work by emerging and established artists. 

From self-portraiture and staged portraiture of others, to the construction of spaces, places, and environments; from the fabrication of still-lives and photographs-as-object, to the performance of truth or fiction for the camera; show us your best work intentionally shaped, altered, or directed by your hand and vision. 

Break a Leg: Performance-based and Constructed Imagery, juried by Rebecca Drolen, will consist of an online exhibition hosted here on the PHOTO-EMPHASIS website, as well as a physical exhibition at sUgAR Gallery at the University of Arkansas. 

30 works by 30 artists will be chosen for the online exhibition on our website. 15 of those works will be chosen for the physical exhibition. 

exhibition information



  • December 9 - Submissions due by 11:59pm Eastern Time

  • December 21 - Notification of Acceptance

  • January 14 - Physical Exhibition Opens at sUgAR Gallery

  • January 15 - Online Exhibition Launches

  • January 17 - Opening Reception at sUgAR Gallery | 6–8pm

  • February 15 - Physical exhibition closes



sUgAR Gallery at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR; online 



All work chosen for the physical exhibition will be printed on-site for free. All prints will be made center-weighted on 16x20” paper. If your work is selected, you will be contacted for a high-res file sized appropriately.

Note: Prints will not be for sale. Individual arrangements will be made regarding the shipment or destruction of prints upon the exhibition's close. 



Any contemporary artist using photography or photographic materials, including video, alternative/historic processes, and non-lens-based work.



Rebecca Drolen, Artist, Assistant Professor of Art (Photography), University of Arkansas



Juror's Choice will receive a limited edition 8x10” archival pigment print by the juror!


Vulnerable Parts, 2018 © Rebecca Drolen



Please send all materials below in a single email to 

Subject line: BREAK A LEG ENTRY


submission materials

  1. 1-3 images (jpeg, 1500px long side, 72ppi, sRGB, sequenced: lastname-firstname-01.jpg, ...)

  2. Artist/project statement, if applicable

  3. Link to website

  4. Screenshot of entry fee payment (see below)

**PLEASE NOTE: Failure to follow these specifications will result in the disqualification of your work from consideration. Kindly ensure all materials adhere to our guidelines, particularly file name and size, before submission.


Entry fee

$5, paid via our website

Click here to view and download a PDF version of the prospectus to share with friends, students, and colleagues!


about the JUROR: Rebecca Drolen

Rebecca Drolen (b. 1983 in Northwest Indiana) is an artist and educator currently working in Arkansas. Her photographs are concerned with how individuals visually assemble their identity – and she is particularly preoccupied with hair. The work balances building spaces, assemblage, and performance, but the end result is persistently the photograph.  

Drolen’s work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions on a national and international level, within noteworthy venues such as the Huffington PostOxford American’s “Eyes on the South,” the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Texas Tech University, The Oklahoma State Musueum of Art, CICA Museum in Gimpo, Korea, and the Theory of Clouds Gallery in Kobe, Japan. Drolen has had work published in various art magazines and blogs and has photographs held in private collections as well as the permanent collection at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Drolen received her MFA in Photography in 2009 from Indiana University. She has been teaching at the University of Arkansas for three years as a Visiting Assistant Professor, and is currently serving as the Area Head of Photography while transitioning to a permanent position in the School of Art.