VAN DITTHAVONG | Dallas-DC Photographer

Van Ditthavong has made an effective impact on the Dallas community and also stretching into Washington DC.  His photographs speak volumes of boldness while remaining subtlety  intriguing.  He began his photography journey at the age of 25 and hasn’t stopped since the day he picked up his first camera, though he claims his first images were nothing worth seeing.  His philosophy is “be curious. work hard. be kind.”

His work includes lighthearted scenes of fire hydrants, dolls and even extending to immigration and the dark findings of prostitution.  He has had the fine privilege of working with Texas Monthly, Smart Money, American Way, Ad Week, Access and Ladies Home Journal.  His passion for storytelling has carried him faithfully in his past 10 years of work and will doubtlessly carry him farther down the river of interest.

To treat your eyes further proceed to his website please.


Exhibition Oppurtunities: Horsing Around (works with horses in it)

Deadline: 04/15/11

Description: Horsing around, a colloquial phrase often used to describe playful antics and goofy behavior, is an all-media juried exhibition that seeks to take a contemporary look at the iconic form of the horse. Often signifying independence and self-reliance, the horse has come to occupy a prominent place in American mythos. Transitory Spaces welcomes works that offer unique, conceptual or even playful interpretations of this symbol of personal identity.

Winning artists will be featured in the group exhibition “Horsing Around” at Transitory Spaces in Helena, Montana. The exhibition will open June 23 and will coincide with The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts 60th Anniversary Event.

Exhibition Oppurtunities: Ten Second Film Festival


The festival, which drew nearly 4000 eager movie-goers last year, is the film festival for both the amateur and immature; the talented and the unfortunate; the virtuoso and the accidental artist. Anyone can submit a Ten second film!

Email your films to:
Anyone is free and encouraged to enter up to six films to the Ten Second Film Festival. All films submitted will be juried by curator Lillian Egner and a panel of trusted advisors. Films will be sorted into ten categories determined at the time of selection. On the night of the festival, prizes are awarded to the best films in each category. Winning films are determined by a panel of local celebrity judges and audience reaction. Past categories have included:, What the hell am I looking at?, Dance Off, Moment of Zen, Mindless Violence, Wait For It…, Kubrick Award, and Under the Influence.

To view full submission guidelines visit

Keels and Wheels – an all media art competition (bring your works with cars or boats)

CLOSING DATE: 2011-04-01


CALL TO ENTRY TEXAS ARTISTS A competition by The Arts Alliance Center of Clear Lake (TAACCL) Subject matter: boats or cars in appropriate settings. All media, 2-D & 3-D accepted. Exhibit at the 16TH Annual Keels & Wheels Concours D’Elegance, a national exhibition of wooden boats and classic cars in Seabrook, Texas April 30-May 1, 2011. Winning art will be displayed in a large tent on the grounds of Lakewood Yacht Club. $500 First Place, $300 Second Place, $100 Third Place, Prize winners and approx. 10 Honorable Mentions will be exhibited on the grounds of the Yacht Club. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will also be exhibited at The Arts Alliance Center in 2012-13. One artist will receive an exhibition at the Nau-Haus Gallery in Houston.

More info here….

SALVATOR ROSA | Bandits, Wilderness & Magic

If you haven’t already been to the Kimbell Art Museum to check out Salvator Rosa’s exhibit you might want to hop over to Fort Worth soon!  He is best known for his wild landscapes where bandits and hermits lurk among shattered trees and rocks.  His work reveals his fascination with action, danger, science and magic and invites the viewer like an action packed movie. 

Rosa’s exhibit ends on March 27, 2011 and features his 36 best paintings.  To find out more information on the Kimbell Art Museum including hours, the address and contact information be sure to stop in at this link!



Public Relations Photography Internship
This is a volunteer position.

This position is available Summer 2011. Application should be submitted by April 15, 2011.
Applicant should be a junior or senior photography major that is capable in various environments with a camera and is proficient in Photoshop CS2 (RAW digital images and transparency scans) and possibly Adobe Illustrator. Please send with your resume 5 to 10 images; submitted electronically or with a self-addressed envelope. The photography intern will be assisting the department in photographing various events and subjects for both promotions and print, assisting the graphic designer in preparing images for publication, and participating on the Modern’s Blog as an author.


Not everyone starts out as an awesome artist.  I’ve been researching different artists recently to read their biographies of how they got to where they are now.  Hardly any of them began in a state of awesomeness.  Though this may sound simple I think a lot of us get too easily discouraged thinking either we don’t have what it takes or even worse thinking we will never have what it takes. 

We all know everything is a process.  So why can’t we see that ourselves are indeed a process too?  I think the important thing here is that we are creating something; no matter what it is, or even if it’s “good.”  We are all here for a reason and hopefully it’s because we love art.  Let’s not get swept up in the expectations but rather let our own personal style flow! 

On a contradicting note however, Jian Wang did in fact begin in a state of awesomeness.  At the ripe age of twelve he was recognized by the Dalian Youth Palace Arts, where he studied for six years.  His recent work includes multiple, multiple paintings of young Beijing girls with inquisitive expressions.  His brush strokes are free and inviting pulling you in to examine the colors that were embedded in his brush at the time of placement.  To check out more of his work and read more about him head on over to his website!