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I WITNESS – CoPA Member’s Exhibition

The Warehouse

September 23, 2020 – October 21, 2020
I WITNESS at The Warehouse
Gallery Night, October 16, from 5P to 9P
Gallery Day, October 17, from 10A to 2P
Drop Off:  Wednesday, September 9 OR Friday, September 11  I  10A-4P
Pick Up:  Monday, October 26 OR Wednesday, October 28   I  10A-4P

Visit the Gallery (from The Warehouse website):

  • Free and Open to the public Monday, Wednesday and Fridays  10A – 4P by appointment
  • For your safety, limit of 15 visitors in the gallery at a time.  Masks required.
  • Please call 414-252-0677 ext 110, to guarantee your space

“There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.”
– Robert Frank, 1966

I Witness is an exhibition of portrait photography by Coalition of Photographic Arts (CoPA) members. Representing all types of portraiture—classified as any single subject in the frame—the exhibition features work submitted as the “artist’s best,” marking one of the rare occasions when the artists choose which work to exhibit as opposed to a juried selection. The exhibition will include a wide range of portraiture from figurative to botanicals, self-portraits to fashion.

I Witness will be on display in the Viewing Rooms at The Warehouse just off the main gallery, which is simultaneously showing I Am a Story: Self Portraits at the Warehouse, an exhibition of artist self-portraits.

I Witness is an opportunity for CoPA members to exhibit your best portrait work coinciding with April’s Gallery Night and Day. Here’s your chance to show work that you believe is your best. Space is somewhat limited, so work may be hung salon style. There is no submission fee.

Notifications and delivery specs will be emailed to participants by Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  Please keep in mind that pieces arriving for show may be declined if exhibition specifications are not met; see below.

The Warehouse provides promotion and advertising for Gallery Night and Day, and we ask that each person exhibiting work also do their utmost to promote the event. CoPA will provide info and links on our social media, website and correspondence as well as links to The Warehouse promos. Share the links whenever possible. Be sure to use the tags #copamilwaukee #thewarehousemke #gallerynightmke

The Warehouse is a no-sale gallery that supports artists without taking a commission.

Scroll down for complete specs and submission details.

I Witness, an exhibition of CoPA portraiture

What is portrait photography?
There are essentially four approaches that can be taken in photographic portraiture—the constructionist, environmental, candid, and creative approach. Each has been used over time for different reasons be they technical, artistic or cultural, and can be applied to self-portraits as well as other subjects.

The constructionist approach is when the photographer in their portraiture constructs an idea around the portrait—happy family, romantic couple, trustworthy executive. It is the approach used in most studio and social photography. It is also used extensively in advertising and marketing when an idea has to be put across.

The environmental approach depicts the subject in their environment be that a work, leisure, social or family one. They are often shown as doing something, a teacher in a classroom, an artist in a studio, a child in a playground. With the environmental approach more is revealed about the subject. Environmental pictures can have good historical and social significance as primary sources of information.

The candid approach is where people are photographed without their knowledge going about their daily business. Whilst this approach taken by the paparazzi is criticized and frowned upon for obvious reasons, less invasive and exploitative candid photography has given the world superb and important images of people in various situations and places over the last century. The images of Parisians by Doisneau and Cartier-Bresson demonstrate this approach. As with environmental photography, candid photography is important as a historical source of information about people.

The creative approach is where digital manipulation (and formerly darkroom manipulation) is brought to bear to produce wonderful pictures of people. It is becoming a major form of portraiture as these techniques become more widely understood and used.


Submission Specs:

  • There is no submission fee, submissions open to CoPA members only
  • February 10, 12A submissions open at copamilwaukee.com
  • March 16, 11:59P submissions close
  • One jpeg for each submission (maximum two submissions) 1280 pixels maximum on the longest side, no larger than 72dpi. (Scroll down for a link to properly naming jpegs.)
  • jpegs to be named as follows: artist name_show title_image title.jpeg
    example: RobertFrank_iwitness_TulipParis_jpeg

Delivery & Pick Up Specs:

  • Artist Delivery:  Wednesday, September 9 OR Friday, September 11  I  10A-4P
    • Artwork should be dropped off at the The Warehouse between 10A and 4P.
    • Email us at info@copamilwaukee.com if you need to make other arrangements or can volunteer to deliver artwork for members unable to deliver on either of these.
    • Please do not show up to the building outside of those specific hours.
  • There will be a sign-in and sign-out sheet at The Warehouse to keep track of the art being delivered and shown.
  • The Warehouse will handle the entirety of the installation.
  • Artist Pick Up:  Monday, October 26 OR Wednesday, October 28   I  10A-4P
    • If you can no retrieve your artwork during those hours, please make arrangements for someone else to collect it. The Warehouse will not hold your artwork and it will likely be battered about in the back of Pam’s Suburban with bags of mulch, gardening supplies, and a bunch of extra leashes and liver treats she keeps on hand to rescue stray dogs, i.e. CoPA is not responsible for any work not retrieved by 4P on Wednesday, October 28.

Exhibition Specs:

  • All artwork must be framed (we prefer white frames with pure white mats, if matted, but it is your choice for this show. Email us at info@copamilwaukee.com to inquire about metal or glass prints, etc.
  • All frames and artwork must be wired. (No hooks, saw tooth hangers, etc.)
  • All pieces must weigh less than 50lbs each.
  • Display-ready work may not exceed 30” in width. There is no height restriction.
  • Due to space restrictions the show or portions thereof may be hung salon style.
  • High quality/high resolution photographic prints only.
  • Frames must be pristine, i.e. no scratches, nicks, tape marks, smudges.
  • Mats (if used) must be pristine and perfectly clean.
  • Glass and plexi must be pristine and free of tape residue, fingerprints, smudges, scratches, cracks, etc.
  • CoPA reserves the right to decline prints, frames and all display-ready photography that does not meet quality standards.
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