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Cancelled – Making the most of your Portfolio Review Experience and Investment

April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Free – $40
Mary Virginia Swanson


As the City and State governments work to address the COVID-19 (Corona Virus), we at the museum take your health and well being seriously. 
It is because of our concerns for your health, and the health of others that we must cancel our event with Mary Virignia Swanson that was scheduled for Tuesday night April 6th.

The Griffin Museum is so pleased to offer this special presentation with Mary Virginia Swanson!
Free for Griffin Members; $40 for Non-Members

Participating in a portfolio review event is a commitment to yourself and your creative practice. 

Do your homework, set reasonable goals and be well-prepared to make the most of your investment!

In this evening lecture Mary Virginia Swanson will walk participants through the necessary steps towards a positive outcome, including:

Choosing the right event for you and your work
Conducting thorough research on the participating Reviewers
Prioritizing the Reviewers most likely to respond to your project
Determining goals from each Reviewer: information, critique, connection(s)
Preparing for your 20 – minute portfolio review: how many projects, what size prints
Closing the conversation: a plan forward?
Implementing strategy for continuing to build the relationship

Ms. Swanson will share examples of the most effective ‘leave behind’ promotional materials she received from photographers at “The Meeting Place” portfolio reviews at Fotofest (March, 2020).

During her career Ms. Swanson has met with hundreds of photographers at Portfolio Review events, and wished most of them were better prepared. 


Mary Virginia Swanson is an educator, author and entrepreneur in the field of photography, and a respected advisor to artists and arts organizations.  Her career includes exhibiting, collecting, and licensing photography organizations.  Unique in our field, her broad background includes exhibiting, collecting, licensing and marketing photographs and affords her a range of perspectives on making and marketing art.  Ms. Swanson counts among her consulting clients a range of internationally respected artists and institutions.

Swanson co-authored with Darius Himes the acclaimed Publish Your Photography Book: Revised & Updated (2014) and continues to stay current on the growing market for photobooks, reflecting both the relative ease of self-publishing and the rise of the collectible photographic artists book.

An active contributor to the photography community, Swanson frequently judges industry competitions and participates as a Portfolio Reviewer at Festivals. She serves on numerous Advisory Boards, aiding organizations in our industry to provide relevant programming and plan for their future.

Swanson received the Focus Award for Lifetime Achievement in Photography from the Griffin Museum in Boston in 2013 and was named 2015 Honored Educator by the Society for Photographic Education.  Swanson frequently serves as a judge on contemporary photobook competitions, a portfolio reviewer at industry events, and lectures at academic institutions on professional practices.

Swanson’s website is mvswanson.com and she’s Instagram as @maryvirginiaswanson.

Photo of Mary Virginia Swanson by Paul Ratje.



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April 6
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free – $40
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The Griffin Museum of Photography
67 Shore Road
Winchester, Ma 01890 United States

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