Open Lens VI

Deadline to Submit: Nov. 21st

Open Lens VI is the sixth installment of Da Vinci Art Alliance's annual photo arts juried competition. The resulting exhibition will be a survey of the current state of contemporary photography and photo arts. As such, this competition is open to all photographic mediums, exploring any subject matter. Open to both DVAA members and non-members.


  • 1st prize - $150 Gift Card to Artist & Craftsman Supply

  • 2nd prize - $100 Gift Card to Artist & Craftsman Supply

  • 3rd prize - $50 Gift Card to Artist & Craftsman Supply


  • You may submit up to 2 artworks

  • Artwork must be no larger than 72” x 72” x 72”

  • Label the back of your work with your name and title of artwork

  • All artwork must be ready to display. Wall hanging pieces must be wired. If your work requires any additional apparatus to be shown, it must be provided.


  • Submission Deadline: Nov. 21st, midnight

  • Artist Notification: Nov. 28th

  • Artwork Delivery: Dec. 12th, 5-7pm & Dec. 15th, 1-3pm

  • Opening Reception: Jan. 8th, 6-8pm

  • Run Dates: Jan. 8th - 26th

  • Artwork Pick Up: Jan. 29th, 6-8pm & Feb. 8th, 1-3pm


  • DVAA Members: $20

  • Non-Members: $35


Juried by Ron Tarver


Ron Tarver, received a BA in Journalism and Graphic Arts from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma and an MFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Art specializing in photography at Swarthmore College. Before Swarthmore Tarver was a photojournalist at the Philadelphia Inquirer for 32 years where he shares a 2012 Pulitzer Prize for his work on a series documenting school violence in the Philadelphia public school system and has been nominated three previous times. His work has appeared in National Geographic, Life, Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, and Black and White Magazine. He is co-author of the book We Were There: Voices of African American Veterans, published by Harper Collins in 2004, which was accompanied by a traveling exhibition that debuted at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

In addition to a successful career in photojournalism, Tarver has distinguished himself in the field of fine art photography. A recipient of the prestigious Pew Fellowship in the Arts, he has also received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts through Blac Inc. in Oklahoma City, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and two Independence Foundation Fellowships. He was named one of the Delaware Valley's "50 Rising Stars in the Arts" by Seven Arts Magazine and is an alumni of the Center For Emerging Visual Artists. Tarver's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in over 30 solo and 50 group exhibitions and is included in many private, corporate, and museum collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, Oklahoma Museum of History and the National Museum of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. His work is represented by The Art at Greenhill Gallery in Philadelphia, Robin Rice Gallery in New York, Soho-Myriad in Atlanta, Georgia, and Grand Image in Seattle, Washington.

Artist & Craftsman Supply is proud to support Philadelphia artists by sponsoring the Annual Artist Prizes at Da Vinci Art Alliance.


DVAA is responsible for all press releases, listings, price lists, and gallery labels. Your participation is permission to include images of artwork in promotion. Artwork will be handled with great care, but DVAA is not responsible for loss or damage. Insurance is the responsibility of the artist.
When the work is delivered the exhibitions director reserves the right to refuse works that are not ready to be shown because of improper framing, fragility, damage or low quality. DVAA members receive 70% commission on artwork and Non-Members receive 50% sold from the exhibition and as a result of contacts made through the DVAA. Payment to the artist will be sent within 30 days. All artwork must be retrieved during the designated Pick Up times above and cannot leave the gallery early. Artworks left unattended becomes property of the gallery and may be discarded due to very limited storage space.


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