MEED4: The Power of Identity


Important Dates:

Finalist Group Exhibition Dates: 03/05/21 – 03/26/21

Exhibition Opening 03/05/2021

Entry Deadline: June 5th, 2020


Meed4 Applicants,


Thank you for applying to our annual art competition with this year’s juror Teresa Magana.  Teresa and I have talked about how we would like to move forward with the competition while we are dealing with COVID-19 and social distancing.


One important element of this competition is the opening; the juror has the opportunity to see the work in person and meet the finalists attending.  We also hold an artist talk moderated by me, where people attending can ask questions.  During the opening, we also encourage attendees to give feedback on the work.  It is during this opening that the juror makes their final decision and announces the winner.  People participating in previous Meed competitions have recognized this process as an invaluable learning experience.


In consultation with juror Teresa Magana, I have made the difficult decision to push the opening of Meed4 into next year.  We will announce the finalists of Meed4 on February 1st, 2021.  If chosen, your work will need to arrive at the gallery on February 26th, in time for the opening on March 5th from 6-9pm.  In the meantime, each week beginning Monday May 26th, we will feature an applicant’s work and artist statement on our social media platforms and create a blog post that will be featured on the front page of our website.  We will be using images from your application.  In addition to the artist statement you provided, please email a short biographical statement and a portrait that we can use when creating the blog post.


Thank you for your patience; please email me at with any questions that you might have.


Tommy J Reyes

Art Director/Owner




Media: Painting, Drawing, Photography, and Mix-Media

Images - 5


Entry Fee $35.00



Gallery19 announces a call for entries for our fourth annual juried competition, Meed4: The Power of Identity.  Artists at all experience levels are invited to submit two-dimensional work such as photography painting drawing, and mix-media.  Artists selected as finalists will have their work exhibited (and available for purchase*) at Gallery19 for the month of June 2020. ** As competition judge, Teresa Magaña, artist and educator, will review all entries, select finalists, and announce the winner at an opening reception at Gallery19.


THEME: The Power of Identity

This year’s competition Gallery19 will delve into the ever changing definition of the artists self-portrait.  While a portrait refers to any image that depicts a human figure, a self-portrait refers to a work that depicts the artist that produced it. Self-portraiture, whether produced in the medium of painting, photography, drawing, or mixed media is its own distinct genre of art, like that of the landscape or the still life. That is, the common features of all self-portraits unify the genre in content and means of expression. We will be looking for work by artists that explore the ideas of self-identity through the power of the self-portrait.


 Juror: Teresa Magaña



$35 for submission of 5 jpgs.  Payment must be in US dollars.  Entry fees are non-refundable.  Submission of artists’ statements and bio required.


To apply follow the link:




The winner of Gallery19's Meed4 will receive a solo show at Gallery19 for the month of August 2021.  The winner will also have a one-year contract with Gallery19, which includes exposure on the gallery’s website, ongoing multi-media, promotion, including social media, participation in gallery programming (openings, events, artist talks, etc.), and direct sales efforts.  In addition, Teresa Magaña will mentor the winner for a little over a year June 2020 through August 2021, by reviewing and evaluating work product, and assisting in development of a gallery-ready exhibition, all culminating in a solo exhibition at Gallery19.



We are honored to have Teresa Magaña preside over the 2020-2021 Gallery19's Meed 4 competition. Teresa Magaña has established herself as a mixed media artist, educator, curator, and gallery owner. Her work is rooted and heavily influenced by her Mexican and Chicana identity. As owner of Pilsen Outpost Teresa continues to support and develop emerging artists by offering her gallery as a place for artists seeking the opportunity to express themselves visually.



Deadline for initial submissions:  June 5th, 2020


1.) Commission: All sales of work from Gallery19 Meed4 will be transacted by Gallery19; Gallery19 will retain a 30% commission on all sales.


2.) Artists agree not to reproduce/sell images being exhibited in Gallery19 Meed4 within the state of Illinois for the duration of the exhibition.


3.) Artist retains all rights to any work she/he submits, including ownership if applicable. If your image is selected for the juried competition exhibition, you grant Gallery19 nonexclusive right, in perpetuity, to: Use, in connection with the current annual photo competition exhibition, your name, city, state, and country of residence in Gallery19 promotions and publications. Use, in connection with the current annual photo competition exhibition, your image on partner and third-party promotions and can also be used in connection with future annual photo competition exhibitions, as a condition of the permission, Gallery19 shall credit all photographs with the caption Person’s name.




A list of finalists will be posted to this page by February 1st 2021.  Finalists will also be notified by email.


MEED3: When Photography Ruled the Streets Winner: Eric T. Kunsman




Eric T. Kunsman (b. 1975) was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. While in high school, he was heavily influenced by the death of the steel industry and its place in American history. The exposure to the work of Walker Evans during this time hooked Eric onto photography. Eric had the privilege to study under Lou Draper, who became Eric’s most formative mentor. He credits Lou with influencing his approach as an educator, photographer, and contributing human being.


Currently, he is a photographer and book artist based out of Rochester, New York. Eric works at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) as a Lecturer for the Visual Communications Studies Department at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and is an adjunct professor for the School of Photographic Arts & Sciences.


In addition to lectures, he provides workshops on topics including his artistic practice, digital printing, and digital workflow processes. He also provides industry seminars for the highly regarded Printing Applications Lab at RIT. His photographs and books are exhibited internationally and are in several collections. He currently owns Booksmart Studio, which is a fine art digital printing studio, specializing in numerous techniques and services for photographers and book artists on a collaborative basis.


Eric holds his MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and holds an MS in Electronic Publishing/Graphic Arts Media, BS in Biomedical Photography, BFA in Fine Art photography all from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.


There's no “given,” formula for what demands Eric’s focus as a photographer. Eric is as drawn to the landscapes and neglected towns of the American southwest as he is to the tensions of struggling rustbelt cities in the U.S. northeast. Always Eric is attracted to objects left behind, especially those that hint at a unique human narrative, a story waiting to be told. Eric’s current work explores one of those relics: working payphones hidden in plain sight throughout the neighborhood near his studio in Rochester, NY. Associates suggested they signified a high crime area. This project's shown Eric something very different.



In 2017, I relocated my studio to a different part of Rochester, NY. Colleagues immediately started making comments along the lines of: “...that area's a war zone.” My experience with the new neighborhood was positive, so I wanted to discover what visual cues others might be seeing as indicators of a dangerous environment. Several people had mentioned the number of payphones in the area, inferring that only criminals use payphones these days.


Witnessing that type of reflexive judgment from my colleagues drove me to educate myself. I am photographing payphones and mapping their locations, then overlaying them with census maps showing economic status, ethnicity, age and sex, and the city crime map. There is an immediate, direct correlation between the poverty level and location of the payphones. Areas with the most payphones coincide with Rochester neighborhoods where the average family incomes are lower than $20,000 annually. I am not seeing a correlation with high crime neighborhoods.


Artwork by Peter Jackson