Fellowship 18



Silver Eye Center for Photography announces a Call for Entries for Fellowship 18, our international photography competition. Now in its 18th year, this competition recognizes both rising talent and established photographers from all corners of the globe and from the state of Pennsylvania.

New this year, in addition to the International and Keystone Award winners, one Publication Prize winner will be awarded to an artist with an exceptional body of work. The Publication Prize awards a limited-edition print-run publication based on the winner’s submitted body of work co-published and distributed by Spaces Corners (Pittsburgh).


International and Keystone Awards

Lucy Gallun, Assistant Curator, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art (New York)

Publication Prize

Melissa Catanese, Founder, Spaces Corners (Pittsburgh)


International Award

  • Solo exhibition at Silver Eye, opening in summer 2018
  • $3,000 cash prize

Keystone Award

Reserved for an artist living or working in the state of Pennsylvania

  • Spotlight exhibition at Silver Eye, opening in summer 2018
  • $1,000 cash prize

Publication Prize

  • Limited-edition print-run publication based on the winner's body of submitted work
  • Publication distribution by Spaces Corners in fall 2018
  • 25 artist copies of the publication

Up to five (5) Juror's Commendations will also be selected. All winners will be featured in an online gallery on Silver Eye's website and will include media outreach and promotion.

Other than the Juror's Commendations, only one (1) prize will be awarded in each category.


Submissions will be accepted via Silver Eye's website, www.silvereye.org/fellowship.

Complete the online application form, upload media, and submit fees.

For technical assistance, applicants may access JotForm support, the form host, at http://www.jotform.com/contact/.


The submission you are entering is comprised of three individual items: 1) a one-page Artist’s Statement in PDF format; 2) your biography or CV in PDF format, and 3) your work sample.

You may submit up to twenty (20) images from a cohesive, exhibition-ready body of work created within the past three years. Or, if from an ongoing project, the portfolio must include images created within the past three years.

Submitted work may not have been previously exhibited at Silver Eye or in the Greater Pittsburgh region.

For the best image quality and fast upload, image files must be no larger than 1,500 pixels wide.


Current Silver Eye Members*

Non-Members / Renewing Members

$10 One (1) submission to both the Exhibition Awards and the Publication Prize $60 One (1) submission to both the Exhibition Awards and the Publication Prize
$25 For each additional submission to either the International/Keystone Awards OR the Publication Prize $25 For each additional submission to either the International/Keystone Awards OR the Publication Prize

*Membership must be at the $50 Individual level and must be
valid and current through November 13, 2017.


International and Keystone Awards: lucy gallun

Lucy Gallun is Assistant Curator in the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. She has curated or co-curated several recent exhibitions at MoMA including Being: New Photography 2018 (upcoming); Unfinished Conversations: New Work from the Collection (2017); Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (2016-17); Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015 (2015-16); Soldier, Spectre, Shaman: The Figure and the Second World War (2015-16); and Art on Camera: Photographs by Shunk-Kender, 1960–1971 (2015). Gallun is also co-editor of Photography at MoMA, a three-volume history of photography at the Museum. Prior to joining the Department of Photography at MoMA, Gallun was the Whitney Lauder Curatorial Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Philadelphia, and she was a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (ISP). Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Gallun received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.Phil from the Graduate Center, CUNY.


Publication Prize: Melissa Catanese

Melissa Catanese is an artist and bookseller based in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the founder of Spaces Corners, an artist-run photography bookshop, project space, and publishing house. Catanese has been editing from a vast collection of over 20,000 photographs belonging to collector Peter J. Cohen for some years, and is the author of Dive Dark Dream Slow (2012), Dangerous Women (2013), and Hells Hollow Fallen Monarch (2015). Her work has been included in the Mulhouse Biennial of Photography, NoFound Photo Fair in Paris, and at institutions including Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco and Aperture Foundation in New York. Catanese has recently served as the Georgette and Richard Koopman Distinguished Chair at the University of Hartford in Connecticut, as visiting lecturer at the University of Texas in Austin, and is faculty at Image Text at Ithaca College in New York.



Award recipients for the International and Keystone Awards and the Publication Prize will be selected by their respective jurors on the basis of exceptional, distinctive talent as evidenced by the strength of their submitted portfolios.

The jurors are especially interested in seeing portfolios with a strong narrative thrust and highly individual, original points of view. Winners will be notified via phone immediately following the decision of the juror. Non-selected photographers will be notified by email shortly thereafter. Decisions of the jurors are final and binding.


All U.S. and international amateur and professional photographers, age 18 and older at the time of submission, may apply.

Silver Eye staff and their relatives, board members, current interns, and past Fellowship winners are not eligible to apply.


Cash awards are given as prizes to the winning artists, and artists are not required to use the cash award to cover the cost of exhibition expenses. If chosen as an International or Keystone Award recipient, artists must provide work that is exhibition-ready. Silver Eye Center for Photography may be able to provide limited assistance with printing, matting, and framing work.

The artist pays for one-way shipping with an agreed-upon carrier such as FedEx and for expenses related to the packing of the work.

Silver Eye Center for Photography will cover return shipping using a price-match of the cost of shipping for initial delivery. Artists must submit shipping receipts to Silver Eye in order to verify shipping costs. If the price of return shipping exceeds the price-match, the artist will cover the difference for the cost.


Specifications (design, format, edition size) will be determined in collaboration with the artist and with consideration to the provided budget. The edition size will average between 300-500 copies of which the winner will receive 25 artist copies. Silver Eye and Spaces Corners are responsible for the production costs, marketing support, and distribution of the publication. Publication copyright for the edition will belong solely to the artist and the publishers.