WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF GETTING IN?
Approximately 1 in 10 applicants are accepted into the Chico Review.
IS THERE A WAIT LIST?
Yes, the wait list is chosen by the jury in case there is a cancelation or opening in the selected applicants. If you did not submit by the deadline you will not be included in the waitlist.
HOW DO THE MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS WORK?
They are open to all national and international photographers who are invited to attend. They are in the amount of the tuition ($3750).
SHOULD I ENTER EVEN IF I CAN NOT AFFORD THE $3750 TUITION FEE?
Absolutely, if you are accepted we will work with you on a payment plan. There are also need-scholarships available to those who make under $40k annually.
HOW DO THE NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS WORK?
Shortly after receiving the acceptance letter the applicant will need to submit the following in under 150 words 1. Your name and 2019 total household income. We do not need your tax forms. 2. Describe the circumstances around your financial need. 3. Share your goals for the Chico Review. There are a limited number of lodging grants and partial tuition scholarships available.
HOW DOES THE SELECTION PROCESS WORK?
Three photography professionals rank every project. Those that receive the most points are invited to attend, and the next highest are placed on the waitlist.
SHOULD I SUBMIT IF I HAVE APPLIED BEFORE AND DID NOT GET INVITED?
The jury and reviewers change each year, so yes.
WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA?
The jury is looking for cohesive, compelling bodies of work that may be relevant for the reviewers and that may benefit from wider recognition.
HOW IMPORTANT IS MY PROJECT STATEMENT?
While project statements are very important, we feel the focus of our selection process should be on the work presented. It is optional to include a project statement.
WILL I RECEIVE FEEDBACK ON THE WORK?
Due to the number of submissions the jury is unable to provide specific feedback.
IS THERE A TIME LIMIT WITHIN WHICH THE PHOTOGRAPHS SHOULD HAVE BEEN TAKEN?
No, you may submit any photograph regardless of the date it was taken.
MAY I SEND MY BOOK, POSTER, EXHIBITION ANNOUNCEMENT, ETC.
Websites, books, posters, announcements and other materials will not seen by the judges and will not be reviewed.
CAN WE APPLY AS A DUO OR GROUP?
Yes, please use one artists name and information on the application, and in your project statement note that this is a collaboration and include all names. Please note that the group will receive one slot at the Portfolio Review, either one artist can come as a representative from the group or the group would sit together in front of each reviewer. Tuition and lodging will be added per additional attendee.
IF I AM ACCEPTED AND ATTEND HOW MANY REVIEWS WILL I RECEIVE?
(10) twenty minute formal reviews over four days.
WHO WILL BE REVIEWING MY PORTFOLIO?
Attendees receive reviews from a combination of both keynote speakers and reviewers, that’s the beauty of the Chico Review.
WILL I HAVE A CHOICE AS TO WHICH REVIEWERS I WILL SEE?
Yes, you will be asked to put all reviewers in order of your preference into an electronic lottery system. Chances are good that you’ll receive the majority of your requests.
HOW DO YOU CHOOSE THE SPEAKERS?
Each of our speakers must have at least two published photobooks and critical acclaim in both the gallery and publishing worlds.
HOW DO YOU CHOOSE THE REVIEWERS?
The role of a reviewer is to give great feedback and to assist in connections and opportunities after the event. Each reviewer must either qualify as a speaker (as outlined above) or be involved (personally or through an institution) in promoting and advancing the work of other artists.