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Friends – Please be so kind as to visit this site, and the literal site on the west side! If you would like an after hours tour, please email me. Thanks to Walker Blackwell at Blackpoint Editions, and Eternal thanks … Continue reading

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Filter Photo Festival, 2011

Portfolio Walk, Filter, Chicago

Stephanie Dean at Filter Photo Fest, Chicago, 2011

This past weekend I participated in the Filter Photo Festival workshops and portfolio reviews. I had a wonderful time and gained extremely valuable insight and advice into my work. This was the best photo festival I’ve been to in my entire career. I’m very grateful to have met many people that I’d known previously as acquaintances, or not at all. The photo community may seem small at times, but it’s infinite, as is the genius of those working in the discipline.


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New article published in


Heika and Brian

Portrait of Two Chemists: Heika and Brian, Oakland, 2001. Copyright 2011, Stephanie Dean.

I’mpleased to present the first of many articles on the smile in portrait
photography and fine art portrait photography.
Please read my article “”Smile!”: A Polemic on Fine Art Portraiture” found here:

This is a huge project that has a research component to it. Lindsay Maldonado is my research guru and we will analyze data as soon as participation in our survey tapers off, or our “N” overwhelms us. We would like this to be in early 2012.

Please share this article with anyone interested in Photography, Contemporary Photography, the History of Photography, Portraiture and Fine Art Portraiture.

Many thanks to: Kenneth Gewerth, Dana Cushing, Rachel Ann Foster, Christy Karpinski and Rod Slemmons.

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“Still Life of Caitlin’s Cookie Sandwich” 2010 – Part of Museum of Fine Arts Houston Collection!

I am pleased to announce that during the Gift of Gift of jurying and voting process, my photograph “Still Life of Caitlin’s Cookie Sandwich” was selected to be given to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. My work is now part of the museum’s permanent photography collection!

Many thanks to the wonderful people at Gift of Gift of!

"Caitlin's Cookie Sandwich"

Still Life of Caitlin's Cookie Sandwich, 2010

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Gift of Gift of Opening in August – PRESS RELEASE

Gift of Gift of 2011 Exhibition and Vote Party
August 20, 2011, 7p.m. – 11p.m.
@ Spacetaker ARC
2101 Winter Street, Studio B11, Houston, TX 77007

HOUSTON, TX – Gift of Gift of is pleased to announce its second annual Exhibition and Vote Party
featuring the work of 18 emerging photographers. Gift of Gift of 2011 will take place at Spacetaker’s
Artist Resource Center and Gallery on Saturday August 20, 2011 from 7p.m. til 11 p.m.
Gift of Gift of 2011 is a chance for art patrons, artists, and art lovers to come together to enjoy
non-stop photo fun! Dance the night away or enjoy a personal photo-shoot while viewing the 17
images in the exhibition. Once guests identify their favorites they will cast their votes for the
artworks they like the most.


As the evening closes, the votes will be tallied and the artworks with the highest number of votes
will become part of Gift of Gift of 2011’s collective donation to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Ticket sales are the funding source for the purchases. The amount of artwork purchased is utterly
dependent on the number of party-goers in attendance; therefore, the more people who attend,
the better the chance of purchasing all of the works. All work is priced at $300 or less.


Tickets for Gift of Gift of’s Exhibition & Vote Party cost $30 pre-sale and $40 at the door (cash only
at the door). Tickets include libations, delish bites, great music and three votes. Pre-sale tickets
will be available for purchase online (for $30) at until Friday, August 19.
After an overwhelming response to the call for entries from artists living all over the world, GoGo
was finally able to narrow down the selections from 114 artists to the final 18. In addition to a few
local Houstonians, this year’s selection includes artwork from around the US, the UK, and Canada.
This year’s participating artists are: Lisa Adamucci, Steven Beckly, Nan Brown,
Stephanie Dean, Dennis DeHart, Eliot Dudik, Clare Gallagher, Dominic Lippillo and
Mark Schoon, Lung Liu, Jennifer McNichols, Emily Peacock, Jennifer Ray, Amy Stevens,
David Welch, Krista Wortendyke, Dennis Yermoshin, and Laura Young.
For more information about Gift of Gift of 2011 or the 2011 artists please visit our website,


Media Contact: Natalie Zelt
Phone: 281-797-8922
A special thank you to Gift of Gift of 2011 Sponsors:
B-list Ballers – Beyond Her Productions, Catherine Couturier, Joan Morgenstern
D-Listers – Bevin Dubrowski, Frazier King, Kristi Marchand, Deborah Speiss, Clint Willour
and Spacetaker


About Gift of Gift of
Gift of Gift of’s mission is to offer young art patrons an egalitarian opportunity to impact large
collecting institutions and to aid emerging artists at a critical point in their careers.
About Spacetaker
Spacetaker is a 501(c)3 professional organization and Artist Resource Center located in Houston’s
First Ward whose mission is to provide artists and non-profits access to economic development,
continuing education, and networking opportunities to support their professional growth.
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