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ASMP-NE Presents

June 16, 2015 Behind a Successful Kickstarter, Photo History, and a Food Truck

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ASMP New England pulls out the stops for its year end party / program. The Firebox Amigos Locos Food Truck will be out front of the Griffin Museum (67 Shore Road, Winchester MA) from 5:30-7:30PM. There will be music, beers and Mexican food. Bring a blanket if you'd like to sit in the front lawn. Explore the Griffin Museum all night and the Lee Gallery (9 Mt. Vernon St., Winchester MA) from 5:30-7PM.

We'll head inside the Griffin at 7:30PM for a talk on what makes a successful Kickstarter by two local photographers who have done just that. Asia Kepka funded the printing, framing, and hanging of her project Horace and Agnes at the Griffin. Bruce Myren funded the logistics of reaching remote locations and supplies to complete his 40th Parellel project.

Asia and Bruce will discuss how they framed their projects for their Kickstarter campaigns. Topics will range from (but are not limited to) effective video creation, promotion, reward selection / delivery, general logistics of monitoring the campaign's progress and communicating with funders, and how the money was used / accounted for at the end of the year.

We all are working on personal work which is often our most meaningful work. Embracing the leverage and reach of technology like Kickstarter can empower us to be our own publisher or whatever we need really. But, our work has to be good and our ask has to be clear. Come learn from Asia and Bruce how to complete and share your personal work.

Then, have a nice summer!

Silent Auction and Door Raffle: Our silent auction will include a Think Tank bag and a $2,000 Workbook Online Standard portfolio. Our door raffle will include a Bob Korn 20x30 image on 24x34 paper valued at $130 and a CDA gift certificates.

Presenter Bios:

Asia Kepka - A self described "one woman orchestra." Asia came to the States from Poland twenty years ago with little English. But, her love of art and photography coupled with her energy landed her jobs with Wired, Time, Fortune, and the NY Times. She got inspired when she asked her friend to put on a rubber horse mask which led to the creation of Horace and Agnes story which has been told through over 85 shoots, countless props, lots of vintage clothing, and setting up and striking numerous sets.

Bruce Myren - After graduating from Mass Art, Bruce earned his MFA from the University of CT, Storrs. He works at the Boston Public Library in their Digital Lab and teaches at Lesley University College of Art & Design and Northeastern University. He serves on the board of the Photographic Resource Center. He was inspired to start the 40th Parallel project knowing it was the baseline for surveying then Kansas and Nebraska Territories and Timothy O"Sullivan had shot along it in 1867. The project has taken him through 52 "confluences" from coast to coast and was highlighted by the Huffington Post and the Discovery Channel online.


Griffin Museum of Photography - The Griffin has promoted the appreciation of photographic art and understanding of its visual, emotional, and social impact since being founded in 1992 by long time New England photographer Arthur Griffin. The Griffin hosts an annual portfolio review and honors photographic luminaries at its Focus Awards. The Griffin hosts numerous shows by long established photographers and new talent both at the museum and at satellite galleries around the Boston area.

The Lee Gallery - Founded in 1981 by Mack Lee, the Lee Gallery maintains an inventory of 19th and 20th century vintage photographs from three concentrations. The 19th century focus is on American, British, and French photographs, particularly in the first three decades of photography, as well as the American Civil War and exploration of the American West. A second focus is of the photographers of the Photo-Secession and the circle of Alfred Stieglitz. And finally, there are the 20th century American masters of photography. Come see original prints from whatever photo hero you have who worked before 1950 (Bruce Myren will be looking up Timothy O’Sullivan).