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F-STOP Group Exhibit 2019

Call for Entry Deadline October 6

Hunting Shack  Photograph by Jeff Harrington


Theme Direction from Tom Arndt

"We are living in a precarious time. In our lives we have all been through defining moments in our collective history. People of my age remember assassinations and social upheaval, dealing with race, equality, war, recession. No matter what our political beliefs are we are confronted daily with polarizing points of view. 

This is a time when we seem to need the comfort and recognition of our family and friends. It's our friends, the family we choose, that are the core group of our well being.
I have been struck by the importance of friendships in our lives especially now. They, (friendships), have so much meaning, providing time for us to dialogue with each other and find peace of mind.

So I am proposing that we take time to try and use photographs to present this idea of friendship in our group FStop exhibition. I have no preconceived idea of how the photographs we make should look, what the subjects are. I really don't want to say alot more so that I don't make suggestions that are leading. I will say the portrait is a strong tool in photography but the subjects are wide open.

I have made a photograph in the last year that I am thinking about but I am making new ones that are compelling to me. Sally and I and Jeff look forward to seeing you all in September."

Have a great rest of the  summer,

Tom and Sally


Exhibitor Timeline:

Call for Entry Open: July 31

Closes: October 6

Selections and Notifiy: October 9

Printing and Framing Orders to MPC:  October 16

Framed Prints delivered to MPC: November 1 (latest)

Exhibit Opening: November 8, 6:30 PM


at The State Fair


OPENING September 20 thru October 18

Exhibitor Timeline: (these are REAL deadlines)
August 15-September 14: Deliver Framed photograph to Mpls Photo Center

September 1: Submit Order to MPC for Printing and Framing

September 14: Final Day for Print Delivery to MPC

September 20: Exhibit Opening and Reception at Mpls Photo Center, 6:30 PM!

October 18: Exhibit Closes Friday at 6:00 PM

October 18-Nov. 1: Pick-Up all photographs at MPC during Business Hours.



This special Call for Entry Exhibition was open to artists who submitted photographs to the MN State Fair Fine Arts Competition and were  NOT ACCEPTED

So you were NOT ACCEPTED!


This tongue-in-cheek photography exhibit is open ONLY for the dedicated artists and photographers that agonize over and prepare their BEST photograph each year for the MN State Fair Art Competition and for one reason or another just don't get accepted.


They've been NOT ACCEPTED once again. And it hurts! Only to then visit the final exhibit at the fairgrounds and having to face the ones that got in. There's very little objective criteria, and its just hard to know what to submit. We see some of our friends' and fellow photographers there, but not our own. Well this is our chance to take another swing, a "do-over", to celebrate some of the excellent photographs that did not quite make it, at the Mpls Photo Center at our new galleries in NordEast Minneapolis.


Each photographer whose most-excellent photographs (but not quite good enough, apparently, for some unknown reason) that are eventually displayed were NOT ACCEPTED by the Judge for the Mn State Fair competition in 2019.


We will feature this slightly sub-par work (just kidding) here in our new galleries, toast each other with a cold one or four, chomp hor's dourves, and party like its 2019 damn it!


The Mpls Photo Center had a wonderful time hosting a controversial collection of "pretty good" pictures that were rejected from the State Fair in 2017, and we're thrilled to try it again. We're excited to host you here in our 11th year serving the community, and debut our brand-new facility, classrooms, galleries, studios and darkrooms if you have not visited already!


The NOT ACCEPTED Photography Show is a community-based exhibit, FREE of Charge, providing each of you another chance to show your fine photographs in a formal gallery setting. We DO value and support the State Fair photography competition each year, but ARE NOT affiliated with it in any manner.


We loved hosting this cool event before, and really appreciate the photographers and camaraderie and we love another great excuse to show excellent photographs here at the Mpls Photo Center!


Our jury will be selecting 60 photographs for display here, and we will be awarding Best of Show ($200 & MPC Membership), 1st Runner-Up ($100 & MPC Membership), and Honorable Mention (an MPC Membership). REGISTER HERE:


Please follow the prompts and Register FREE on this Smarter Entry platform. 


We will be offering and facilitating high-quality photographic printing and framing at value-pricing if you need help preparing your photograph for exhibit. Stay tuned for those details!


You've done all the hard work already making and selecting and editing and submitting your photograph to The Fair.  Give this Photography Show a go and breathe some new life into it. Afterall, photography is supposed to be fun, and people need to see it!


Thanks for participating and best wishes,


Jeff Harrington, Executive Director


Mpls Photo Center




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