NEXT: New Photographic Vi...

Castell Photography Gallery is pleased to announce an international call for entries to the gallery’s fifth annual juried exhibition, NEXT:  New Photographic Visions. This year’s competition will be curated by Allen Thomas. Jr., longtime collector with a keen eye for contemporary photography, and Dr. Larry Wheeler, Director of the North Carolina Museum of Art for almost 20 years. Selected works by these esteemed curators will be on exhibit at Castell Photography, opening on November 1st.

NEXT is an open call for entries of contemporary photo-based works. The curators are looking to see works which are relevant to current photographic trends, and which go far beyond what has been seen and into the unexpected. Works submitted should be from a single, unified body of work. We encourage entrants to challenge themselves to excite these jurors, who both have their fingers on the pulse of contemporary photography. Artists should show his or her unique personal vision through cutting-edge, contemporary work. The curators will be looking for new photographic visions that they haven’t seen before.

Allen Thomas, Jr. lives and works in Wilson, NC.  He has been collecting contemporary art  & photography for over 25 years and currently serves as chairman of the board for CAM Raleigh as well as on the Board of Trustees for the North Carolina Museum of Art.

Dr. Larry. Wheeler was named director of the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) in October 1994. During his tenure, the Museum has become one of the region’s and the nation’s most popular and dynamic centers for the visual and performing arts. 


The call for entries to NEXT is currently open, and the deadline to submit works is September 29th. To enter, artists can visit the gallery website,, click on “Information” and then “NEXT”. Notifications of selected artists will be announced on October 7th. The exhibition will open on Friday, November 1st.


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