Canon and Mary Virginia Swanson at B&H in May

Securing Support For Your Long-Term Photography Projects Sponsored by Canon

Thursday May 5, 4:00PM – 6:00PM
Second Floor of B&H NYC SuperStore
420 9th Avenue, New York NY 10001

Seating is limited. Register here.

Many photographers engage in creative projects that live within them for years, continuing work on them as funding allows. No matter what the parameters are for growing and concluding your project, securing time and support on many levels is essential.

Mary Virginia Swanson will describe the path to successful fundraising to support the completion and subsequent publication & exhibition of your photography projects. She will help artists understand how to conduct effective research and connect with like-minded individuals, organization and foundations who share a passion for their subject. The types of monetary grants available through corporate & private foundations and government agencies will be discussed, as well as the value of partnering with a fiscal agent for foundation support, in-kind donations, and sponsorship. Ms. Swanson will share resources for fundraising and describe her research methodology

Mary Virginia Swanson is the Executive Director of LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph, held annually in Charlottesville, Virginia. She is an author and educator who helps artists find the strengths in their work, identify appreciative audiences and present their work in an informed, professional manner. 

Swanson was the recipient of the 2015 Honored Educator from the Society for Photographic Education, the 2013 Lifetime Achievement FOCUS Award from the Griffin Museum of Photograph and the 2014 Susan Carr Award for Education from the American Society for Media Photographers (ASMP).  

She is a regular contributor to PDN EDU and is a Presenter each year at PhotoPlus Expo and the National Meeting of the Society for Photographic Education. Swanson co-authored with Darius Himes the acclaimed Publish Your Photography Book: Revised & Updated (2014). Her current book project is Finding Your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs (2016).” 

LOOK3 2016 will be held June 13-19th; details at Mary Virginia’s web site is and her Instagram account is @maryvirginiaswanson.

Seating is limited. Register here.