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New England Portfolio Reviews | Portfolio Prep with Mary Virginia Swanson

February 2, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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As part of our upcoming New England Portfolio Review happening on March 11-13, 2022 we are thrilled to have Mary Virginia Swanson online in the Griffin Zoom Room on Wednesday February 2nd at 7pm Eastern / 4pm Pacific. 


This event is FREE to the attendees of the New England Portfolio Review
Griffin Museum Members (not part of the reviews) $15
Non Members $35


Ms. Swanson will discuss the best way forward to present yourself and your work. Joined by MFA Boston curator Karen Haas, gallerist Michael Foley and artist Xuan-Xui Ng, this presentation will cover all the ways you can have a positive and successful portfolio experience.
Mary Virginia Swanson with Special Guests:
Michael Foley, Founder/Director, Foley Gallery, New York City
Karen Haas, Lane Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Xuan-Hui Ng, Singapore born, Tokyo-based Artist

In this evening educational event, Ms. Swanson will share her advice on selecting and prioritizing Reviewers with whom you would like to meet, and strategies for effectively introducing yourself and your work to industry professionals in a virtual review environment.

Ms. Haas and Mr. Foley will share their experiences as Reviewers having met with photographers online, with advice about meeting you and your work in a virtual setting.

Lastly, Ms. Ng will share her experience being reviewed at multiple online portfolio reviews during the pandemic, having successfully developed professional relationships from such initial meetings.

Time will be reserved for questions with each of the speakers.

About Mary Virginia Swanson

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Mary Virginia Swanson © Alanna Airitam

Driven by her passion to help artists find their audience and her keen interest in identifying new markets, Mary Virginia Swanson is a respected teacher and mentor who has guided countless photographers through the changes in the photography and imaging industries.

An active and celebrated contributor to the photographic community, Swanson’s public presentations are highly anticipated due to the range of information and depth of personal insights she shares with her audiences. Swanson is based in Tucson, Arizona; follow her Instagram feed @maryvirginiaswanson; #mvseducates


About Karen Haas

kh headshotKaren Haas has been the Lane Curator of Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston since 2001, where she is responsible for a large collection of photographs by American modernists, Charles Sheeler, Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, and Imogen Cunningham. The Lane Collection, numbers more than 6,000 prints. Haas received her MA from Boston University and held various curatorial positions in museums and private collections, including the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the BU Art Gallery, and the Addison Gallery of American Art. Her recent exhibitions include, Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott, Edward Weston: Leaves of Grass, and Bruce Davidson: East 100th Street. Publications include, An Enduring Vision: Photographs from the Lane Collection, Common Wealth: Art by African Americans in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Ansel Adams, and The Photography of Charles Sheeler: American Modernist.

About Michael Foley

foley headshotMichael Foley opened his eponymous gallery in the fall of 2004 in New York after fourteen years of working with notable photography galleries including Fraenkel Gallery, Howard Greenberg Gallery and Yancey Richardson Gallery.

The gallery has since been invited to participate in over thirty international and national art fairs including Paris Photo, Pulse, AIPAD, VOLTA, and the London Art Fair. Gallery exhibitions and artists have been reviewed and written about in numerous publications including The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Artforum, Modern Painters and ArtNEWS.

Foley is the founder of The Photo Community, which offers classes and commentary on contemporary photography. He continues his interest in education by serving on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography where he teaches and lectures on issues in contemporary photography.

About Xuan-Hui Ng

Xuan-Hui Ng © Suzanne Zeller

Xuan-Hui Ng is from Singapore and currently lives in Tokyo. Xuan-Hui is represented by Foto Relevance gallery in Houston, Texas, co-owned by Geoffrey Koslov and Bryn Larsen.


February 2, 2022
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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