2006 Workshop at Hostos Community College
in collaboration with Longwood Arts Gallery.
Artistic & Professional Development Workshops
Foot in the Door: Tips for Submitting your Work - June 13, 2008

This workshop is a one-hour, FREE seminar open to the public. It is facilitated by En Foco staff, in collaboration with other NY curators, reviewers or artists.

Topics covered include: the importance of understanding submission requirements; technical quality of imagery; what constitutes a cohesive series; artist statements; support materials; reviewer’s pet peeves (from an informal survey).  Participants will receive En Foco’s Photographer’s Resources list.

This workshop is offered in partnership with El Taller Boricua Galleries, and is sponsored in part with funding by the NY State Council on the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

These events have been offered at the Latin Collector Gallery in midtown in collaboration with the Center for Photography at Woodstock; the Association of Hispanic Arts in El Barrio; Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos; and Wilmer Jennings Gallery/Kenkeleba, in Manhattan.

Location: El Taller Boricua Galleries
The Julia De Burgos Cultural Center
1680 Lexington Avenue @ 106th Street
New York, NY 10029
Date: Friday, June 13, 2008


Marisol Díaz, En Foco’s Program Director, was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. She received a Bachelor in Arts degree in photography from City College City University of New York (2002), and an Associates degree in Advertising Arts from Bronx Community College (1993). Díaz has been with En Foco since 1999, to curating its Touring Gallery exhibitions, facilitating workshops and portfolio reviews, and New Works Photography Awards. Other accomplishments include teaching photography at the Bronx International High School, the Bronx River Art Center, the Millbrook Community Center in the Bronx, and Pelham Hutchinson Elementary, in Pelham, NY. She has also conducted workshops in collaboration with the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Bronx Council on the Arts and Pepatián. Díaz has served as a panelist for the Bronx Council on the Arts, Bronx Net, and Coca Cola’s Art in Harmony program. Díaz is a recipient of the Brio Award (2004) from the Bronx Council on the Arts and the NY State Senate Award for her contribution to the arts in her community (2002). Her work has been exhibited in several galleries and alternative spaces in New York and Philadelphia, most recently at El Taller Borícua in New York City. www.marisoldiaz.com

Miriam Romais has been with En Foco as Managing Director since 1992, and became Executive Director and Nueva Luz Editor in November of 2005. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rutgers University in 1990, and has curated many of En Foco’s exhibitions and independently – the traveling exhibition Fire Without Gold: Works by Photographers of Color (1990–1996) featuring Dawoud Bey, Albert Chong, Carrie Mae Weems, Eli Reed and other established artists of color. Upcoming curatorial projects include an exhibition for SPE’s Multicultural Caucus, as part of the National Conference in Miami, FL in 2007. As a panelist/reviewer, she has served with FotoFest in Houston, TX; Santa Fe Center for Photography, AZ; Positive Focus in Brooklyn, NY; the Bronx Council on the Arts; the New York Foundation for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts; the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs’ Percent for Art and Artist Certification Committee; and most recently the Center for Photography at Woodstock, where she is also on the Board of Advisors. As a photographer, she has been awarded a Photography Grant from the Puffin Foundation, artist residencies at Light Work, the Photographic Resource Center; and two Visual Arts Travel Grants from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Romais’ work has been published in several books including Americanos: A Portrait of Latino Life in the U.S. (Little Brown & Co, 1999), which also led to the Smithsonian/SITES exhibitions of the same name. Romais is Brazilian-American. www.romaisphotos.com