Size Matters Juried Exhibition

Submissions open until July 31

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Every year we host our signature exhibition Size Matters, opening the Saturday during the annual Medium Festival. Size Matters celebrates photo based artwork smaller than 10”. Previous exhibitions have included 35mm contact prints to multi-media digital work, sculptural works, camera-less images, and exquisite 8”x10” contact prints. No matter what kind of camera you use (or if you don’t use a camera) Size Matters is the premier photography exhibition celebrating small works.

Exhibition runs October 19 - November 9, 2019


Exhibition Juror

We’re proud to have Kai Caemmerer from the SFO Museum as the 2019 Size Matters exhibition juror. Kai will consider all photographic media for the exhibition, selecting one artist being to receive the Size Matters purchase prize ($500). That work will be purchased and donated to a prominent museum collection. Previous purchase awards were donated to the Center for Creative Photography, Museum of Photographic Arts, and the San Diego Museum of Art.

Exhibition Awards

We offer six awards based on work in the final exhibition. These include the Purchase Award ($500) selected by our exhibition juror, the Director’s Choice Award ($250), the People’s Choice Award ($100), and three honorable mentions. The Purchase Award will be paid directly to the artist by Medium, who then donates it to a prominent museum collection. Awards will be selected during the opening reception on Saturday, October 19.


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Submission Guidelines

Fees to submit are $35 for five images, or $60 for up to 10 images total. All fees support exhibition costs and awards given to participating artists. Submissions for Size Matters are accepted between the dates of July 1 and July 31. There will be no extension to the submission dates! Selected artists will be announced the week of September 3. Selected artists are responsible for shipping costs to and from the exhibition venue. Works should be framed in museum quality black or white frames when possible, arriving at the gallery ready to hang (wire, D-rings, or cleats preferred—no sawtooth hangers will be permitted).

The Size Matters submission process is powered by LensCulture. Photographers will be invited to login or create a new LensCulture account before submitting their work.

Exhibition Venue

The 2019 Size Matters exhibition is hosted by Sparks Gallery, located in San Diego’s vibrant Gaslamp Quarter. The exhibition will be on view from October 19 through November 9, 2019. A reception for the artists will be held from 6:00 - 9:00pm. For all works sold during the exhibition, artists will receive 50% and the gallery will receive 50%. 10% of all sales made during opening night will support Medium Photo.


Exhibition submissions are made through LensCulture from July 1-31, 2019.

2018 Awards

In 2018 we offered the following awards for Size Matters: Exhibition juror Brian Clamp selected Ross Sonnenberg and James Walker’s work for the Purchase Award (acquired by the Center for Creative Photography), our Director’s Choice given to Christa Blackwood, and Honorable Mention to Kyra Schmidt.

Ross Sonnenberg and James Walker,   Black Hole 1, 2017 , Unique tintype photogram (Collection: Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ)

Ross Sonnenberg and James Walker, Black Hole 1, 2017, Unique tintype photogram (Collection: Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ)

Christa Blackwood,   Sam/Charis circa 1936 , Gilded Platinum print on vellum, 2016

Christa Blackwood, Sam/Charis circa 1936, Gilded Platinum print on vellum, 2016

Kyra Schmidt,   Algae, The Landings, Georgia #6 (April 2018, exposed for 1 month, unfixed) , 2018

Kyra Schmidt, Algae, The Landings, Georgia #6 (April 2018, exposed for 1 month, unfixed), 2018