December 2012

Give Us Your Best Shot



VIrtual Walkthrough

December 1st, 2012 - Jan 12th, 2013

The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art is pleased to announce a call for photographic art. All photographic processes and subjects, shot on any type of camera, color or black and white will be considered, as well as photo-based installation work and video. Show us your photographic passion, and your unique vision!


Susan Spiritus, Owner, Susan Spiritus Gallery
Kirk Pedersen, Artist/Publisher, Zero+ Publishing
Gina Genis, Photographer/Curator
Jeff T. Alu, Photographer/Curator

Catalog Available:


Read the Prospectus here

About the Jurors: 

Susan Spiritus
Founded in 1976, as Orange County's first commercial venue devoted exclusively to contemporary fine art photography, the Susan Spiritus Gallery ( remains focused on its commitment to feature and support the works of mid career and emerging photographic artists.

During the first twenty years (1976-1996) the gallery mounted monthly one-person exhibitions and summer thematic group shows featuring many artists who were given their first public exposure.  In addition, the gallery published a number of artist portfolios and sponsored a photographic symposium, "My Teacher/Myself".
In 1996 the gallery moved and elected to function as a private dealer and consultant. Since then, Susan Spiritus has focused her efforts working closely with collectors, large multinational corporations, hospitals, legal firms, and universities to assist them in creating a special environment that enhances their interior space.

The breath of the contemporary photographic work which the gallery represents includes work in the traditional black and white medium; color photography; hand painted and platinum photographic prints, and with the onset and acceptance of digital imagery, many of the gallery's artists are now capable of making large prints to accommodate the large interior spaces that many corporate offices have.

A selection of artists represented by the gallery include Cara Barer, Jeffrey Becom, Roman Loranc, Camille Seaman, George Tice, Hiroshi Watanabe, Adrian Davis, David Burdeny, Julie Sample, Dave Anderson. Additional names can be viewed at the gallery's website, 

Susan Spiritus Gallery has been actively involved in the participation of local art fairs, including photola, Los Angeles Art Show, Festival of Books, the San Francisco Art Fair and the BTB International Contemporary Art Fair. She has also reviewed portfolios for Review LA & Santa Fe, Photolucida, PhotoNola, Palm Springs Photo Festival and MOPLA's Fresh Look.
Kirk Pederson
Kirk Pedersen is a Los Angeles based multidisciplinary artist. Traveling to Hong Kong, Bangkok, Tokyo, Taipei, and Kuala Lumpur to capture what he calls "Urban Asia," Pedersen examines the seemingly ordinary stuff of life - sidewalks, curbs, markets, alleys - and, through his eye for synchronicity, reveals new truths about the world around us.

His active engagement with the creative community is reflected in his publishing company ZERO+ Publishing specializing in limited edition, hardcover and highly collectible art books.
He received his M.A. from San Francisco State University and his M.F.A. in painting from Claremont Graduate University. He has exhibited extensively at major galleries, art fairs and museums throughout the United States. Internationally, Pedersen's works have been featured in Germany, Switzerland and China, including the Today Art Museum (Beijing) and the Duolun Museum of Modern Art (Shanghai). Since 1997, he has served as professor of painting and drawing at the Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA. His work can be seen at
Gina Genis 
Gina Genis is a graduate of Parsons The New School for Design where she concentrated in painting, photography, and mixed media. She exhibits her work in museums, galleries, and Universities in America and Europe. 
She exposes the trials of our society through the medium of photography. Most recent topics include aging in America, invasion of privacy, man's interaction with the environment, the collapse of the economy, and hoarding. Her project, Economy Portraits, executed while Artist-In-Residence at the Huntington Beach Art Center, was awarded Best Art Show of 2011 by the OC Weekly.

Gina is included in the permanent collections of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the Otto G. Richter Library, Hard Rock Casino, IBM, and the Sarah and Adam Markman Collection among others.

She has been featured in American Contemporary Art magazine and has had favorable reviews in numerous newspapers and magazines.  Her work can be seen at

Jeff T. Alu
Jeff is an experienced digital photographer known for pushing cheaper technology to its limits.  Using only smaller point and shoot cameras, his photographic work has been featured in Black and White Magazine, Lenswork Extended, Seed Magazine, Design Graphics Magazine, Artworks Magazine, Shots Magazine, among others. His work has been acquired by institutions including Bloomingdale's flagship store in New York City.
He has been involved in the curation of numerous exhibitions both photographic and non-photographic. He has brought two iPhone-only exhibitions to the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art.  He has served as a juror for many exhibitions and in 2009 he organized and curated an exhibition involving 10 separate galleries in the Los Angeles area.
Jeff's work has been exhibited at numerous spaces and events including Photo L.A., the Perfect Exposure gallery, the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Bleicher/Golightly gallery, Museum of Neon Art, the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, and gallery spaces in Bratislava, Trieste, and Barcelona. Future exhibitions include the exhibition of seven large iPhone prints at the Mandelman-Ribak Gallery, Harwood Museum, in Taos New Mexico. A book of Jeff's work will be published in through Zero+Publishing in December, 2012.
Jeff's has always believed that it is not the camera but the artist that creates the image, with technology being used only to further the original vision of the artist. His work can be seen at


Press Mentions:

OCCCA's New Photography Exhibit Hits You With Its Best Shots,
OC Weekly By Dave Barton, Dec 27 2012


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