Oso Bay Biennial XVIII

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Department of Art


Oso Bay Biennial XVIII

Documentary Photography Exhibition: Home


Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s (TAMU-CC) Department of Art invites submissions to the Oso Bay Biennial XVII Documentary Photography Exhibition: Home. Under the theme of ‘home,’ this juried exhibition will showcase works highlighting conceptual and figurative reflections of domesticity, identity, and belonging, from local, national, and international perspectives. Both color and black and white media are welcome; all entries must be submitted by December 31, 2013.

Successful entries will be exhibited at the Weil Gallery at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas. The exhibition will feature approximately forty printed and forty projected photographs selected by guest juror Molly Roberts. A color catalogue of the exhibition will be available for purchase on Blurb.com and at an opening reception at the Weil Gallery on March 13, 2014.

Juror’s statement: The juror encourages photographers to explore the concept of ‘home’ with the most creative imagery possible. Yes, ‘home’ is a physical structure, but it is also a metaphysical construct. Home is a place, home is an idea. It can be a memory, a sense of belonging, a longing for sense, a person, place or thing. Home can be something lost, or something found. Home can be a comfort or a nightmare. Home can be where your heart is, or where you heart was broken.

“[…] perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition” (James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room, 92).

About Molly Roberts: Juror Molly Roberts is an award-winning photography editor, consultant, and photographer. With twenty years of experience in magazine and book publishing, Roberts has contributed to the content and aesthetic development of renowned publications such as The Washington Post Magazine, USA Weekend, and Smithsonian Magazine. Roberts’ special projects include books such as Picture This by Tipper Gore; Gods, Gold and Grandeur by Paul Henry Walker; and The Outdoor America series by National Geographic Books.

Entrants should observe the following important dates:

December 31          Entries due

January 15             Notice of accepted entries posted online and emailed to entrants

January 22             High-resolution files of accepted entries due

March 12               Exhibition installed at the Weil Gallery

March 20               Opening reception at the Weil Gallery

April 12                 Exhibition closes

The Oso Bay Biennial XVIII Documentary Photography Exhibition: Home does not uphold any eligibility restrictions.

The award schedule is as follows:

  • Best of Show: $1000.00US
  • Honorable Mention: five prizes of $100.00US


Entry Fees: A non-refundable entry fee of $30.00US for the first five images and $5.00US for each additional image. Please indicate whether the works are a series or individual photographs.

Sales: Weil Gallery management is pleased to provide contact information for exhibiting artists in order to facilitate sales of artwork. Please provide this information with your entry.

Reproduction: The Weil Gallery maintains the right to display, project, reproduce, and exhibit entries as thumbnail images on the TAMU-CC website, for promotional purposes only. Individual photographers retain copyrights for their works.

Successful entries will be printed by photographers on-site using archival quality inks and paper.


If you would like to still apply please contact Olivia Ross at olivia.ross@tamucc.edu to obtain special permission

To complete the Call for Entries form click here

To pay entry fees for the Oso Bay Biennial XVIII Documentary Photography Exhibition: Home (using our secure server) click here


Upon completion of the online Call for Entries and payment forms, please follow the instructions below:

Submission of digital files:

  1. Files should be 1000 pixels in the longest dimension, saved in JPEG format on high-quality setting (not maximum). Images should be sampled at 72ppi and saved in the sRGB color space.
  2. Label each file with consecutive numbers followed by your name; i.e. 1JaneDoe, 2JaneDoe, etc. Do not use spaces in the title of the JPEG and limit to alpha-numeric characters (do not use :.:’”/?}{()[ ]+-=*&^%$#@!.).
  3. In the body of an email, list each image so that it matches the above numbering system. For each image, provide its title and process.
  4. Subject of email should read: Firstname Lastname Entry
  5. Send to university.galleries@tamucc.edu