The Sherman Cultural District is the home of an exciting new public art project led by Austin College. The Focalpoint(!) Project , Phase I, runs through June 2020. Using photography workshops to build social engagement around the arts, the Focalpoint(!) Project invites Sherman residents to contribute to a databank of curated images of places, people, and culture. These images will populate temporary displays in downtown Sherman that are artist-designed and community-built.
2020 COMMUNITY PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST!
The City of Sherman has teamed up with Austin College’s Focalpoint(!) Project to sponsor a photography contest for amateurs, professionals, and everyone in between. From January 15 through February 1, all photos of Sherman submitted to the Focalpoint Project will be entered to win the right to represent Sherman online – not to mention prizes!
Who is eligible?
Absolutely anyone can submit photos for the contest – everyone from kids to grandparents using everything from iPhones to professional camera equipment. (Any non-Sherman-resident who wins a prize can gift their winnings to a local resident of their choosing.)
What kinds of pictures are eligible?
This project is for sharing images of the places, people, and neighborhood culture of Sherman, Texas. Images should represent either unique or universal aspects of Sherman, its architecture, geography, or its residents/visitors. Absolutely no inappropriate or political content will be accepted, as this is a family-friendly, global, public project.
What will be done with the images?
All images submitted will become part of The Focalpoint(!) Project image bank at Austin College, which promotes the history and culture of Sherman. Further, the top three images as selected by our panel of judges will be featured prominently on Sherman’s homepage at www.CityOfSherman.com!
What are the prizes?
What, you mean in addition to the honor of representing Sherman?! Ok, fine… the top three photos selected by our judges will win utility bill credits in the amount of $200 (1st), $100 (2nd), and $50 (3rd). Non-residents may choose any resident of Sherman as the recipient of their prize.
How to enter?
Pictures can be emailed to or uploaded to the FocalPoint website at www.ShermanArts.org/Upload. Each contestant is limited to 5 photos, so choose wisely!
When is the deadline?
All photos received by February 1, 2020, will be eligible for prizes.
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS:
For the Sherman compeition, through February 1, photos can be emailed to or uploaded through the UPLOAD page (www.shermanarts.org/upload).
This public project is for sharing of images of the places, people, and neighborhood culture of Sherman, Texas. Images submitted will become part of The Focalpoint(!) Project image bank at Austin College. Shared images should represent either (1) unique or (2) universal aspects of Sherman and its residents/visitors.
Submissions may be your own original idea, or in response to themes to help you, the photographer, with ideas for your composition! Images may be created with any type of camera or mobile device. Photo editing apps are permitted on a limited basis (i.e. conversion to black & white, or cropping). Selfies are discouraged, as Focalpoint(!) is intended to be an observational project.
All content must be in the Safe category as this is a family-friendly, global, public project! Absolutely no inappropriate or political content is allowed; the group administrator will not accept images in violation of these guidelines.
NEA'S OUR TOWN PROGRAM
The project is being supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), as one of 60 awards in 2018 totaling $4.1 million to support projects across the nation through the NEA’s Our Town program. Austin College will receive $50,000 over two years to support Focalpoint(!), and the project is being managed in partnership with the City of Sherman/Sherman Cultural District.