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FotoFest Exhibitions and Publications

As an producer of serious international photographic arts exhibitions, FotoFest is a platform for art and social issues. FotoFest is known as a showcase for the discovery and presentation of important new work and new talent from around the world.

Founded in 1983, FotoFest was established to promote international awareness of museum-quality photo-based art from around the world. The first FotoFest Biennial was held in 1986. It is the first and longest running photographic arts festival in the United States. It is considered as one of the leading international photography Biennials in the world.


The central exhibition for the FotoFest 2016 Biennial, the 16th International Biennial of Photography and Mixed Media Art, explores humanity's relationship with the changing planet. The theme, CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES: Looking at the Future of the Planet will be explored in a series of exhibitions, videos, films, books and educational programs with the participation of international artists, scientists, and environmental experts.

The exhibitions, and associated programs for CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES feature the work of 34 leading international artists, from nine countries across Europe, Asia, and North and South America. Many of the artists will travel to Houston to participate in lectures, tours, and other programs during the Biennial.

"The exhibitions present the experiences and stories of artists who have lived and worked for many years in close proximity to the natural world that surrounds and supports human civilization," says Biennial co-curator Wendy Watriss. "The artworks combine visual imagery of the earth with the words of the artists and those of scientists and philosophers with whom they have collaborated." The FotoFest 2016 Biennial is curated by Wendy Watriss and Steven Evans, with Frederick Baldwin.

Artists and Galleries

Discoveries of the Meeting Place

The single non-thematic exhibition presented by FotoFest during the Biennial is the popular Discoveries of the Meeting Place; featuring ten artists identified as particularly noteworthy “discoveries” from the FotoFest 2014 Biennial. The ten artists are chosen by ten invited curator reviewers from the 2014 review

Artists and Galleries

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