Looking at You: Intimate Portraiture will go live on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

PHOTO-EMPHASIS is pleased to announce Looking at You: Intimate Portraiture, our third juried exhibition.

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

Since the birth of photography, its practitioners have fixed their lenses on other people (and on themselves) in an attempt to capture the intricacies and complexities of the human condition. From the highly orchestrated, to the off-the-cuff; the poetry of the turned back, to the power of a subject’s unwavering gaze; we’re unexplainably and irrevocably drawn to photographs of our fellow human beings. Show us your best portraiture that reflects what it means to see and to be seen.

Looking at You: Intimate Portraiture, juried by Jess T. Dugan, will consist of an online exhibition hosted here on the PHOTO-EMPHASIS website, as well as a physical exhibition at Corridor Gallery in the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. Corridor is a brand new gallery at Lamar Dodd, and we're very proud to say Looking at You will be its inaugural exhibition! The opening reception will take place September 7 during the Lamar Dodd's Fall 2018 Art Party.

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



  • August 12 - Submissions due by 11:59pm Eastern Time
  • August 27 - Notification of acceptance
  • September 4 - Online exhibition launches
  • September 7 - Opening reception for physical exhibition (5-7pm during the Lamar Dodd's Fall 2018 Art Party)
  • December 12 - Physical exhibition closes



Corridor Gallery at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA; 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. 



Jess T. Dugan



Juror's Choice will receive a copy of Jess's brand new monograph, To Survive on This Shore.


To Survive on This Shore, 2018 



Please send all materials below in a single email to 



submission materials

  1. 1-3 images (jpeg, 1500px long side, 72ppi, sRGB, sequenced: lastname-firstname-looking-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 at

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

 © Rafael Soldi 

© Rafael Soldi 

about the JUROR: Jess t. Dugan

Jess T. Dugan received her MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago (2014), her Master of Liberal Arts in Museum Studies from Harvard University (2010), and her BFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (2007).

Dugan has exhibited at venues including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the Aperture Foundation, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, the Catherine Edelman Gallery, The Transformer Station, and at many colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Public collections include the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Harvard Art Museums, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation, the Smith College Museum of Art, Light Work, Fidelity Investments, JP Morgan Chase, and the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.

Dugan’s first monograph Every Breath We Drew was published in 2015 by Daylight Books and coincided with a solo exhibition at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum. Her second monograph, To Survive on This Shorewas published in 2018 by Kehrer Verlag and will be released in the United States alongside a solo exhibition at projects+gallery in St. Louis, MO in September 2018.

Dugan is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a Light Work artist residency, an Artist Fellowship from the Regional Arts Commission in St. Louis, and was selected by the White House as a 2015 Champion of Change. In 2016, Dugan was honored as a Commended Artist by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. for her photograph Self-Portrait (Muscle Shirt), exhibited in The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today

She teaches workshops at venues including the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, CO, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, and Filter Photo in Chicago, IL. In 2015, Dugan founded the Strange Fire Artist Collective to highlight work made by women, people of color, and LGBTQ artists.  She is represented by the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, IL.