Posted on Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Katrina D’Autremont

Events: Lecture and Seminar with Mary Virginia Swanson

Thursday, April 28th: For Photography Students and Faculty ONLY
Saturday, April 30th:  For PPAC Members and the General Public

On Thursday, April 28th Mary Virginia Swanson will present a lecture titled “Finding Your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing for Philadelphia Photography Students” intended to provide photography students with an overview of the skills necessary to launch a career as an artist. She will describe how to market work through print and licensing sales and promote creative talents to secure commissions. Basic branding skills and promotional materials to present oneself and one’s art will be explained, as well as research methods to find appropriate audiences for work. After the lecture, a casual party will be held for photo seniors, graduate students, and faculty to mingle, meet, & enjoy a slideshow of attending students’ work. This is a great opportunity to connect with the photography community in Philadelphia and discover what facilities PPAC has to offer.

Lecture: 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Afterparty: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Please note: this event is limited to photography students and faculty.  Admission fee is $25 or free for students and faculty of Drexel University, Tyler School of Art, and University of the Arts and PPAC Student Members. School ID required at the door.

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Sponsored by Drexel University, Tyler School of Art, and University of the Arts

On Saturday, April 30th from 10:00am – 2:00pm MVS will present a seminar, open to the public, titled “Beyond Print: Creative Communication in the Digital Era”. Developing new audiences across the world has never been easier for artists, or more affordable. To communicate effectively, artists must consider who their target audience is, “where” they are (both geographically and within the digital environment), and how to best communicate to them. As artists transition from primarily print pieces into websites and e-communication, can their brand graphics continue to be effective? Mary Virginia Swanson will discuss identifying an audience, the need to communicate in the “space” they live online, and in the most suitable language. Examples of effective print pieces, websites, emails and social network pages will be shared to underscore the value of brand continuity and clarity. This will be a large, information-packed, and fast-paced seminar.

Admission fee is $50 prior to April 30th, $65 at the door and free for PPAC Members.

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MVS is extending a one-time discounted consultation rate for all PPAC members on Friday, April 29th.  Bookings for Friday should be made directly with Ms. Swanson at  Please email Ms. Swanson before April 22nd to schedule an appointment.

Mary Virginia Swanson is a consultant who makes it her goal to help photographers find the strengths in their work and identify appreciative audiences in today’s marketplace.  Her lectures on the subjects of industry awareness and marketing opportunities in the arts have proven to aid countless photographers in moving their careers to the next level. She is the author of her self-published title The Business of Photography: Principles and Practices. Swanson and co-author Darius Himes have recently completed writing Publish Your Photography Book which will be released this fall (Princeton Architectural Press).