Wednesday, May 31, 2017 | News | Awards | Success Stories
Visura launches SPOTLIGHT—a monthly column featuring a Guest Curator, Photo Editor, Collector or Creative/Art Director, member of the Visura community. He or she will select 12 content producers using Visura's new Advanced Search Engine, who will in return be featured as part of the column!
To kick-off, the new column, Visura is delighted to present Sherri Nienass Littlefield, Director at Foley Gallery. Sherri has selected twelve Photographers, whose work she loves, who are part of the Visura community:Billy Delfs, Charlotte Schmitz, Christy Kehrlein McDonald, Eduard Korniyenko, Elaine Ellman, Ellen Wallenstein, Gonzalo Pardo, Jorge Santiago, Robb Hill, Rocio De Alba, Sarah Rice, Vito Fusco . Each photographer was found using Visura's Advanced Search Engine, a tool that gives access to Visura's database to search for talent and connect. You can search by members or projects as well as browse tags related to focus, skills, current location, nationality, territories, themes and others.
Monday, December 5, 2016 | News
I'm excited to announce that I accepted an offer as Associate Director of Foley Gallery.
and I have something to say.
Over the past few days, I've had a lot of people say "oh, wow you're lucky!" or "how'd you land that job?" or something along those lines. I had similar reactions when I got hired at SCAD immediately out of grad school and even now, when I get featured in publications and exhibitions.
While I do feel lucky, I'm not lucky. I worked really, really hard. I applied for about 110 positions between March through August of this year. I interviewed for 28, and turned down a dozen. I'm most surprised that some people with these reactions knew me in college when I worked at Kohl's to pay for my education/housing, or know that I briefly worked at Designer Shoe Warehouse when I moved here because I wasn't full time at the previous gallery.
Don't tell me I'm lucky to have gotten to where I am, or act like this fell into my lap, because it didn't. I had to fight for it.
I've had to prove to people that my MFA from a school-they've-never-heard-of is of value. I've had to prove to people that I genuinely want to donate proceeds from art exhibitions to charities and non-profits, and that there's nothing in it for me, (REALLY!) other than wanting to help. I think I'll always want to help others, in any position I'm employed in. If you're still reading... I credit my success to stickin' to my guns.
I turned down an appealing offer in mid-summer because the schedule wouldn't have allowed me to attend church. They weren't even considering me leaving early (to attend) as an option, so I no longer considered THEM an option. Why should such an important aspect of my life, my faith - become second to my career? I had faith a better position would come along, and it did.
Let's talk about my new boss. I have to admit, it's a little crazy to become the associate director of a gallery I studied about a bit while I was in college. I'm excited to work with contemporary photography again, and I had so many great friends and former supervisors reach out to Foley Gallery to recommend me. Blessed is the word I'm looking for... but "Lucky?" Pass.