BED TWO - Call for Entries

National Competition for Photographs and Photo-Based Artwork
At Umbrella Arts, New York City
Conceived and juried by Harvey Stein, Director of Photography, Umbrella Arts; photographer,
educator, author.

Umbrella Arts presented the exhibit BED in June of 2009. It was so successful that we decided to do an encore, BED TWO. The exhibit received glowing reviews from the New York Times Lens Blog to individual photographers and viewers. Of the 987 photographs submitted from over 230 photographers, Harvey Stein selected 44 for the show. We invite you to be a part of this second version, and hope that it will be even better than it’s predecessor.

What a wonderful exhibit. Amazing variety and approaches. It’s beautifully curated, really diverse and interesting. A great idea. ---Alex Harris, photographer

View BED June 2009 exhibit online at

ENTRY DEADLINE: March 8, 2010

SHOW DATES: May 13-June 12, 2010

LOCATION: Umbrella Arts, 317 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10003 212.505.7196

THE CALL: In BED we mate, procreate, communicate, masticate, investigate, commiserate, elucidate, migrate, hibernate, masturbate, prevaricate, procrastinate, educate, hallucinate, ruminate. We all have BED but it’s mostly hidden away in a remote room upstairs in our houses or in the back room of our apartments. BED is rarely discussed, is mostly taken for granted, yet we use it more than anything else in the house, spending perhaps one third of our lifetime there.

BED is where we cavort, entertain and are entertained, where we eat, sleep, talk on the phone, read, watch TV, dream, hang out, and escape to. We live much of our life there, mostly our private lives, including dying.
We want to see your photos of your
BED (and/or others) and what you do while you are there. Make them as personal, fun, interesting, beautiful, startling as you can, no subject is out of bounds.

ELIGIBILITY: The exhibition is open to all photographers, any format, any camera, black & white or color, any style acceptable. All types of photography-based work may be entered, including digital, alternative processes, photo collage and montage. Maximum finished print size is 16”x20”. Maximum frame size is 20”x24”.

BOOK POSSIBILITY: There is a possibility of a book publication based largely on the selected and submitted works for BED and BED TWO. All rights remain with the photographer.

Self Portrait with Bed ©Harvey Stein 2009

is a professional photographer, educator, lecturer, curator and author of four photography books: Movimento: Glimpses of Italian Street Life (2007), Coney Island (1998), Artists Observed (1986), and Parallels: A Look at Twins (1978). Stein’s photographs have been published in dozens of magazines such as The New Yorker, Time, Life, Esquire, and Smithsonian as well as all the major photo magazines. He has had 71 one-person exhibits in the U.S. and Europe, and his photographs are in more than 50 public and private collections around the world. The Bruce Silverstein Gallery, Throckmorton Fine Art and June Bateman Fine Art represent his work. He is a faculty member of the International Center of Photography and the School of Visual Arts, Master of Professional Studies in Digital Photography Program, New York City. He was appointed Director of Photography at Umbrella Arts in 2009. Some of his photography can be seen

Entries will be juried only from CDs, with the following requirements:
Place images in a folder titled by YOUR last, first name e.g. Stein_Harvey
High quality jpegs 72 resolution in RGB or grayscale
Size: 1000 pixels on the longest dimension
Initial, number, and title each image, e.g. for Harvey Stein: HS _01_Title.jpg
Eliminate watermarks if any
Bridge users: make sure your images have no ratings
Burn jpegs to CD

Please submit up to 5 images on a CD. Include finished print size on application form. Submission CDs will not be returned. Fill out and sign the entry form below. Please mail signed form, payment and CD submission to Umbrella Arts, BED, 317 East 9th St, NYC, 10003. Submissions must be post marked no later than Monday, March 8, 2010. DO NOT use certified or registered mail. Submissions may also be delivered by hand on Sunday, March 7, to Umbrella Arts from 1pm to 5:00 PM and before the submission deadline during regular gallery hours: Thurs – Sunday 1-6:00 PM.

FEE: Include a check or money order for $35.00 payable to Umbrella Arts with your entry signed form and CD with 5 images formatted according to specs.
Additional images will be accepted if accompanied by $5.00 per image.

NOTIFICATION: Artists will be notified by April 5, 2010. Approximately 40 images will be selected for exhibition. Notification will be sent by e-mail. Please set your e-mail to accept

ACCEPTED WORK: A framed, ready to hang, (plexi-glass only) exhibition quality print must be delivered to Umbrella Arts, 317 East 9th Street, New York, New York 10003.
Maximum finished print size is 16”x20”. Maximum frame size is 20”x24”.

DELIVERY: Can be made in person or by mail. By Mail --no later than Friday, April 30. By Hand -- delivered work can be dropped off at Umbrella Arts on Thursday April 29, Friday April 30 and Saturday May 1, from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Please include a current resume to be included in the gallery exhibition guide.

RETURN: Unsold work will be returned to the photographer.
By mail- a return air-bill and packing material must be provided to the gallery for the return of your work by mail. Please make sure materials used to deliver work to the gallery are suitable for re-shipping unsold work by mail. By hand – pick up of work will be on Sunday, June 13, and Tuesday June 15, 2010, at Umbrella Arts from 2:00 PM-6:00 PM. Photographers are expected to bring materials to transport your work out of the gallery.

No substitutes of accepted work will be allowed. Exhibited work must be for sale.

UMBRELLA ARTS: Mary Ann Fahey and Margaret Bodell have joined forces to create the Umbrella Arts gallery and project space, located in the heart of the East Village. Mary Ann Fahey and Margaret Bodell have introduced many new artists to the New York art world, and worked to expand the traditional notion of an art exhibition by using it as a vehicle for creating community and promoting social change.

RECEPTION: A reception for photographers, friends and press, hosted by
Umbrella Arts will be held on opening night, May 13. Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

COMMISSION: Umbrella Arts will handle all sales for photographers. Photographers will retain 60% of sales price, and Umbrella Arts will retain 40% of total sale. The price indicated on the entry form will be considered the retail price of each image. Once the final exhibition print has been dropped off at the gallery, Umbrella Arts will be happy to consult with artists on pricing considerations.

LIABILITY: Liability of artwork is the responsibility of the participating artist/photographer. Umbrella Arts, their employees or any agents thereof cannot be held responsible for any liability of the artist.

QUESTIONS: Questions may be directed to us by emailing, or by calling Umbrella Arts at: 212.505.7196.

Keep information above for reference and include signed entry form with your CD submission