Mia Dalglish & Lisa Woodward
Exhibition Coordinator & Curator
Pictura Gallery, Bloomington, IN, USA
Mia Dalglish and Lisa Woodward are Co-Curators at Pictura Gallery, and they serve as portfolio reviewers for international photography conferences and festivals such as Fotofest, Photolucida, and Les Rencontres d’Arles. They also serve as guest critics for university classrooms and judges for photography competitions, and they conduct studio visits at MFA programs. Dalglish is an alumnus of the Indiana University Photography Program. Upon graduation, she worked at the International Center for Photography. Woodward is an alumnus of the Rhode Island School of Design's photography program.
In 9 years, Pictura has gained a reputation for its nuanced exhibits as a thoughtful venue for emerging and established artists. The gallery specializes in contemporary photography, focusing on work with strong formal sensibilities and depth of content. Woodward and Dalglish curate six main shows per year in Bloomington.
They are interested in seeing fresh portfolios that demonstrate a cohesive and carefully edited body of work. However, photographers are also encouraged to bring additional prints from their series (perhaps some excluded from the edit) to potentially further the conversation. What they would like to see: excellent craft, a balance of aesthetic and conceptual concerns, emotionally moving work with well-considered ideas.
They do not want to see: poorly printed work, strictly commercial photography, purely conceptual work with no visual or emotional impact, or vice versa. They tend to be less interested in amateur nature photography, digital collage, and forlorn forgotten items, although there are always outliers in any category.
Woodward and Dalglish can offer critique and feedback to strengthen your work aesthetically and conceptually, may offer to sort out a new edit for consideration, and can help push you towards making your projects ready for exhibition. If the work is a good fit for the gallery and its programming, exhibition opportunities may be offered at a later date. In order to be considered for exhibition, projects do not need to be completed but must show a high degree of thought, cohesion, and resolution. Woodward and Dalglish prefer to see actual prints that exemplify your best abilities as a craftsman (even if they are not shown at actual exhibition size).