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Workshop: Portfolio Review Preparation


  • Atlanta Photography Group 75 Bennett Street NW, B1 Atlanta United States (map)
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Portfolio reviews are a fantastic way to introduce your work to art professionals who can offer opportunities, guidance and amazing insights into your work. But let’s face it – they take a lot of time and money to participate.  Our Portfolio Review Preparation workshop is designed for artists who are new to reviews who want to get the most out of the event. We’ve timed the class to prepare you for PhotoNOLA. a review event in New Orleans in Dec 12 & 13, an excellent choice for the first-time reviewee. However, you can also use the class to prepare for other portfolio reviews such as Fotofest, Review Santa Fe and Filter Photo Festival or to fast track the launch of a new body of work.

Just the process of preparing for reviews can accelerate your development as an artist and helps focus you on completing work, as well as gaining insight on what your work is about. The discipline of talking about your work again and again with people who really understand art-making, will assist you in having the best discussions ever about your work. And that’s just part of the experience. A review event is the beginning of some of the best relationships you’ll find in your art career.  Meet and share work with other artists, network, connect, and learn so much about where you and your work fit into the national stage.

Join Beth Lilly and Judith Pishnery at PhotoNOLA, where they will be on hand to coach students.  Students must register for PhotoNOLA on their own – registration for the event begins Sept 12.  Registration and travel fees are not included in the prep class tuition.  APG is not affiliated with PhotoNOLA.


Class 1

Students will bring prints of their best work. Beth will work with each artist to edit it down to a cohesive 15-20 print portfolio, identify if additional work is needed and brainstorm ideas to strengthen the portfolio content.  Discussion on print size and paper type, and choice of actual portfolio case/presentation.

Class 2

Students bring new work and old to finalize the portfolio prints.  Now that the work is selected, Beth will lead students in exercises to speak and write about their work, developing an elevator speech, an artist statement and bio.

Class 3

Review of new work and overall portfolio. Students practice presenting their work, building confidence and becoming more comfortable speaking about/promoting themselves and their work. The instructor will work with each student to plan and design promotional leave-behinds that will make a lasting impression on reviewers.

Class 4

Review the portfolio reviewers and Choose venues/curators/galleries who will respond best to your work and be most useful for your objectives. Together, class will research reviewers and advise on ranking their reviewer preferences.  Finalize portfolio, presentation, and promotional (leave behind) materials. A guest reviewer will participate.

Follow Up at PhotoNola

Join Beth Lilly and Judith Pishnery at PhotoNOLA, for gallery tours, and a behind the scenes meeting or event for all participants. Additionally, Beth and Judy will be available for on site support during the PhotoNola portfolio reviews.


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Beth Lilly’s experience as reviewee includes some of the most prestigious venues including Houston FotoFest, Photolucida, Review Santa Fe Photo Festival, Paris Photo and more. An exhibiting artist for over thirty years, recent exhibitions include New Mexico Museum of Art, The High Museum of Art, the Zuckerman Museum, Whitespace Gallery, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, the Center for Fine Art Photography, and MOCA GA. A Hambidge Fellow, she also received grants from Fulton County Arts Council, Society for Photographic Education and Atlanta Celebrates Photography. Her work resides in the permanent collections of the High Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Zuckerman Museum and more. Her critically acclaimed performance/interactive project The Oracle @ WiFi was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2012. Lilly is the former Executive Director for Atlanta Photography Group and has taught at Kennesaw State University and the Art Institute of Atlanta.

More about PhotoNOLA

PhotoNOLA is an annual photography festival in New Orleans. Portfolio reviews are scheduled for Dec 12 & 13. Artists receive 8 20-minute private sessions they select from a pool of around 30+ reviewers. Since it is shorter, less expensive and close to Atlanta, many Atlanta area artists select this event for their first experience with portfolio reviews.


Who Should Take This Class

  • Photographic artists who feel they have a strong body of work of at least 20 images in one or multiple series. 

  • You may have work from multiple series – this class will help you determine your strongest and most complete.

  • We’ve timed the class to prepare you for PhotoNOLA, an excellent choice for the first-time reviewees. But you can also use the class to prepare for other portfolio reviews such as Fotofest, Review Santa Fe and Filter Photo Festival.

  • Just the process of preparing for reviews can accelerate your development as an artist and help focus you on completing work and become a pro at communicating about your work.

Why Participate In Portfolio Reviews?

Gaining insight and feedback from photography professionals who are at the top of the art world is just a small, (but very important!) part of the review experience. A review event is the beginning of some of the best relationships you’ll find in your art career.  You will have the best discussions ever about your work.  Meet and share work with other artists, network,  connect, and learn so much about where you and your work fit into the national stage.


Portfolio Review Preparation with Beth Lilly

Member Entry: $275
Non-Member Entry: $315

Dates: Aug 18, Sept 15, Oct 13 & Nov 17  from 10am – 2:30pm

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Cancellation Policy

APG will refund up to 50% of the tuition fee if the cancellation is made up to one week before the first scheduled workshop date.

Earlier Event: July 8
Call For Entry: Alan Avery Selects
Later Event: July 13
Exhibition: Summertime