The FotoFika 2020 All Stars Project
In 2020, the pandemic impacted graduating students in a profound way. Thesis shows were cancelled, graduations were unique to say the least, and many students felt shorted by the last days of in person learning. But with difficult situations comes new ways of celebrating the next generation of photographers….and so The FotoFika 2020 All Stars Project was born.
The FotoFika 2020 All Stars Project was inspired by Mike Mandel’s classic 1975 Baseball-Photographer Trading Cards. The series includes 500 cards featuring the work of 380 graduating photography students from the class of 2020. With the help of Becky Senf (Center for Creative Photography) FotoFika invited professionals in the field to select and review student images for the 134 “2020 All Stars Cards” (the number of “players” in Mandel’s original card set.) Curators, writers, critics, photographers and alumni of the original cards participated as reviewers. Reviewers had the option to have their own black and white portrait card produced and over 100 opted in, including Mike Mandel himself.
FotoFika is a photography teaching resource/collective, created in 2020 as a response to teaching challenges caused Covid 19. The founding members are John Freyer (Virginia Commonwealth University), Anne Massoni (International Center of Photography), and Betsy Schneider (Arizona State University and Emerson College). FotoFika has partnered with Society for Photographic Education to launch a Kickstarter campaign to raise $20,000 to print 1000 decks of cards, celebrating the work of photography students from the Class of 2020. The Kickstarter Campaign has raised 25% of its goal to date and will fund sending a deck to every student who participated in the project – The campaign closes on April 24. You can “Give a Deck & Get a Deck” HERE!
Participating Students Include: Aamina Palmer, Aaron Roe, Abbi Pattea, Abdullah Albohalika, Abigail Read, Abo Huang, Adam Hipps, Adam Leitzel, Alana Rios, Alanna Styer, Alec Kaus, Alejandra M Mejia, Alex Ethan Lewis, Alex Turner, Alli Reichert, Allison Coles, Alyssa Minten, Amanda Bogatka, Amanda Brito, Amber Free, Amy Fredrickson, Amy Lor, Ana Osorno, Andrea Carvajal, Andy Steele, Anika Am, Anna Corrine Robertson, Anna Verstraete, Annie Buhrone, Ariel Torres, Ash Goodwin, Ashley Brieden, Atefeh Farajolahzadeh, Aubrey Richey, Audrey Stemann, Ava Lightwood, Avery Tucker, Ayana Cannon, Becca Gohn, Becca Ryszkowski, Bella Bai, Ben Carroll, Ben Tran, Bennie Sneed III, Bethany Fallgren, Bianca Jeiselle, Brandon Kuebler, Brandon Ng, Brayden Stephan, BreAnna Shattler, Bria Hamlett, Brianna Marchese, Brittany Williams, Brooke, Brooklyn Etzel, Bruce Robert Wahl, C.J. Nolan, Cady McLean, Calder Sell, Cameron McRobbie, Caroline Thompson, Cassandra Klos, Cassandra Schrader, Catie Leonard, Cearah Peck, Cerys Burrows, Charlotte Hayet, Charlotte Reece, Chengjin Lyu, Cheryl Gryta, Chloe Brover, Chloe Lukas, Chris Brown, Christina Edmonds, Christine Cortes, CJ Nolan, Clare Henwood, Clayton Stone, Clee Ferris, Clementine Hage, Connor Fenwick, Courtney Truong, Cynthia Elane, Dahlia Ehrenberg, Dan Meath, Daniel J. Heinley, Daniel Roa, Daniela Loya, Dayze-Mae, Deanna Langis, Deilyn Foster, Diana Gordon-Colchin, Dmitri Dwyer, Dune Stewart, Edgardo Guerrero Salomon, Edwin Averette, Elisabeth Gordon, Elise Morton, Elizabeth Ellenwood, Elizabeth M. Sochka, Elizabeth McGrady, Elizabeth R. Johnson, Emily Fine, Emily Frizzelle, Emily Fulkerson, Emily Leader, Emily Macri , Emily Nachbauer, Emily Whetstone, Emily Williams, Emma Cheshire, Emma Douglas-Clifford, Emma Phillips, Epiphany Knedler, Erin Petts, Erin Wakeland, Ethan Goldberg, Evelyn Dillon, Forrest Simmons, Francine Poirier, Gabi DAmelio, Gabi Magaly, Germán Ayala Vazquez, Glendon McGowan, grace lee, Graham Brosius, Granville Carroll, Grecia Avilez, Haley Comstock, Hannah Altman, Hannah Blanchet, Harrison Huse, Hayden K Hess, Heather Olker, Hilah Thomas, Hollie Chamberlain, Hugo Teixeira, Huy Tran, Isabel Colón, Isabel Underwood, Jack A Bennett, Jack Rossie, Jacob Gay, Jacob Martin, Jacqueline Foss, Jake Branch, Jake Dockins, Jake Langston, James Pershing, Jamie Robertson, Jamie Stow, Jase Daniels, Jasmine Abena Colgan, Jasmine Precious Mistry, Jasmine Shaw, Jasmine Steinacker, Jem Roberts, Jenny Kettler, Jenny Rafalson, Jeong Hur, Jess Abbott, Jessalyn Smith, Jesse Egner, Jesse Lee Vargas-Colucci, Jesse Ly, Jessica Adams, Jiageng Lin, Jin Chan, Joaquin Palting, Joe Addison, Joe Sabol, Joel Ancheta, Joel Aparicio, Joelle Cardinale, John Yip, Jon Artieda, Jonathan Endicott, Jordan Putt, Jordyn Valencourt, Josh Hancock, Joshua Littlefield, Joslyn Panasiuk, Juan J. Valdes, Jules Pilkus, Kacie markle, Kaitlin Woodward, Kaitlyn Innerst, Kaitlyn Jo Smith, Kara Wilson, Karli Kasprzak, Kat Manley, Kate Peterson, Kate Wright, Katelyn Edwards, Kathi Daghistani , Kathleen Mahoney, Kathryn Hood, Katie Harris, Katie McGowan, Katie Ramsay, Kayla Jackson, Kayla Story, Keane Fairchild, Keavy Handley-Byrne, Kehan Lai, Kelissa Gwndolyn, Kelli Creutzinger, Kerline Aures, Khethiwe Thwala, Khristopher Parker-Ryan, Kieran Silva, Kierra Kuvaja, Kirsten Albert, Kitty McWilliams, Kris Yue, Kristen Boyd, Kristen Michelle Bennett, Kristopher Arnold, Kyle Camper, Kyle Lang, Kylie Decker, Kylie G Bryant, Kylie Newcomb, Kyra B, Lance Kriesch, Lara Pinheiro, Lauren Kantor, Layla Duffy // Empress Media Group LLC, Leah Netsky, Leah Schretenthaler, Lila Gunville, Lina Torres, Lindsey Haligas, Linnea Moody, Lisa Sadler, Lisa Zirbel, Liuyun Liang, Loren B., Ludia Sim, Luisa Miravet-Hopf, Lukasz Markowski, Luke Alan Davis, Luke Heberer, Luke Kindle, Lydia Dye, Lynn Schmidt, Madeline Griffen, Madeline Quinby, Madison Dercqu, Madison Schwindenhammer, Manuel Espejel, Maria A. Orrego, Mariana Souza, Marie Jane Machin, Marilyn Boatwright, Mario Dante Napoli, Marissa Orifice’, Mark Lanning, Jr., Marlee Ropel, Martin Krafft, Martín Wannam, Maryam Ladoni, Mason Hershenow, Mathilda Bell, Matt Francisco, Matthew P Burger, Matthew Tallorin, Max Michael Stein, Meagan Gallagher, Megan Baugh, Megan Chapman, Megan Le, Megan Penny, MeiLin K. Luzadis, Melissa Gallagher-Conejo, Michael Keyes, Michael REece, Minh-Hoang Nguyen, Mitzi Sevilla, Monica Philbin, Monica Tsai, Monika Chicosky, Morgan Stephenson, Muhammad Saadiq, Nadya Vento, Natalie Hopes, Nathaniel Roe, Neva N Nobles-Alder, Nhat Nguyen, ni ouyang, Nick Rouke, Nicolette Bonagura, Nina Dietz, Nora Stroh, Nora Villalobos, Olivia Joan, Olivia Melhop, Patricia “Gem” Diaz Velazquez, Patrick Garcia, Patrick Owings, Paulina Wilson, Payton Dickerson, Perry Tekala, Philip Joseph Kline, Phoebe Nakry Lincoln, Qing MA, Rachel Brandrick, Rachel Johnson, Rachel Roser, Rae Powers, Raelyn Fines, Ray Im, Reagan Lee, Rebecca Renton, Rebecca Torres, Regan Henley, Renata Brockmann, Rickyann Ramos, Rikki Begay, Robbie Callens, Rose Wind Jerome, Ruby Cheng, Ryan Gao, Ryan H Hill, Ryan Holland, Ryan Mitchell, Ryann Funk, Sa Nguyen, Sabrina Pacitto, Salvador “Trey” Marez, Sam Michael, Samantha Hernandez, Samantha Nokes, Sammy Ray, Samuel Lo, Sara Maresca, Sarah Eckstine, Sarah Troost, Sav Miller, Savanna Paxton, Scott Bowlby, Scott Christian Hage, Scott Offen, Scott Semler, Sebastian André, Shadia Heenan Nilforoush, Shadrak Musafiri, Shelby Thornton, Sherlin Beckham, Shirlean Delano, Sierra Bacon, Sierra Long, Silvia Pedrazzini, Skye Regan, Sofia Garcia Cortez, Sophia Zheng, Stella Gigliotti, Steven Baboun, Sydney Ryan, Tamrin Ingram, Tara Davis, Taylor Hatch, Teagan Perrin, Tony Hicks, Travis Morehead, Tricia Brummett, Tyler Judson, Tyler Shebelski, Uhjin Go, Valerie Infranco, Victoria Ulloa, Violet Cowdin, Vivien Stembridge, Wasin Tirawattanawanich, Weiming Shi, William Vo, Willow Howell, Yasmine Royal, Zsuzsanna Nagy.
Participating Reviewers Include: Adam Monohon, Alec Soth, Alejandro Cartagena, Alex Sweetman, Aline Smithson, Alison Nordström, Allison Kemmerer, Allison Pappas, Amber Esseiva, Amy Scott, Andrea Nelson, Ann M. Jastrab, Anna Lee, Anne Havinga, Anne Tucker, Annie Lyden, April Watson, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Arpad Kovacs, Ashlyn Davis, Audrey Sands, Barbara Tannenbaum, Binh Danh, Brian Piper, Casey Riley, Chantel Paul, Dan Leers, Darryl Curran, David Chickey, David Maisel, David Hume Kennerly, David Oresick, David Taylor, Diane Waggoner, Doug Prince, Drew Sawyer, Duane Michals, Eileen Cowin, Elaine Mayes, Elizabeth Cronin, Elizabeth Mitchell, Erina Duganne, Ernesto Pujol, Gaëlle Morel, George F. Thompson, Gregory Harris, Gus Kayafas, Hamidah Glasgow, Harold Jones, Isolde Brielmaier, Jamie M. Allen, Jane L. Aspinwall, Jean Dykstra, Jennifer Friess, Jennifer Yoffy, Jess T. Dugan, Jessica Roscio, Jim Ganz, Joan Liftin, Joel Meyerowitz, Jon Feinstein, Joshua Chuang, Julia Dolan, Karan Rinaldo, Karen Hellman, Karen Irvine, Karin Bareman, Kate Palmer Albers, Katherine Boller, Katherine Bussard, Keith F. Davis, Kelli Connell, Ken Gonzales-Day, Kenro Izu, Kristen Gaylord, Kristen Gresh, Ksenia Nouril, Laura Wzorek Pressley, Leah Ollman, Leslie K. Brown, Linde B. Lehtinen, Lisa Hostetler, Lisa Sutcliffe, Lisa Volpe, Liz Siegel, Liz Wells, Maggie Dethloff, Makeda Best, Malcolm Daniel, Mark Klett, Mark McKnight, Mary Statzer, Mary Street Alinder, Matt Witkovsky, Melanie Walker, Michael Itkoff, Michal Raz-Russo, Michelle Dunn Marsh, Miriam Romais, Mitra M. Abbaspour, Nancy Barr, Natalie Zelt, Natasha Egan, Nathaniel M. Stein, Neal Slavin, Paul Roth, Penelope Umbrico, Peter Barberie, Rebecca Senf, Rebecca Morse, Russell Lord, Sama Alshaibi, Samantha Johnston, Sandy Phillips, Sarah Greenough, Sarah Kennel, Sarah Eckhardt, Sarah Meister, scott b. davis, Sean Corcoran, Seth Feman, Shana Lopes, Shane Lavalette, Stephen C. Pinson, Susan Bright, Susan kae Grant, Tara Pixley, Tate Shaw, Todd J. Tubutis, Tom Barrow, Virginia Heckert, W.M. Hunt, Zemie Barr
Participating Student Institutions Include: School of Visual Art, RIT, Univ of Arizona, MICA, NYU, SAIC, Duke, Columbia College, RISD, Parsons, Syracuse University, San Jose State, Cranbrook Academy, VCUarts, The University of the Arts, California Baptist University, University of Arkansas, Savannah College of Art and Design, University of Connecticut, École Nationale Supérieure Louis-Lumière, San Jose State University, University of Georgia, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, East Carolina University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Francisco Art Institute, Penn State University, University of California, Irvine, SUNY New Paltz, University of Houston, Louisiana Tech University, Academy of Art University, University of Notre Dame, University of Kentucky, New World School of the Arts, SUNY Purchase College, Oregon State University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Academy of Art University, Western Washington University, East Carolina University, Wayne State University, University of Delaware, University of Tampa, Emerson College, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at The George Washington University, Sheridan College, Georgia State University, Siena Heights University, Northern Michigan University, University of North Texas, White o Rehua School of Art, Massey University, New Zealand, Florida Atlantic University, George Mason University Fashion Institute of Technology, and University of Colorado Denver.
Participating Reviewer Institutions Include: The Art Institute of Chicago, San Diego State University, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Columbia College Chicago, photograph magazine, Princeton University Art Museum, University of Plymouth, UK, Yoffy Press, J. Paul Getty Museum, University of Arizona, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, History of Art and Architecture, Brown University, California State University, Fullerton, Center for Creative Photography, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Medium Photo, Whittier College, Texas State University, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU, Light Work, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, San Jose State University, University of Colorado At Boulder, Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, Canada, California State University, Fullerton, The Cleveland Museum of Art, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Arizona State University, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, CREAM/University of Westminster, Palm Press, Inc., University of Michigan Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, African and African Diaspora Studies Department, The University of Texas at Austin, Loyola Marymount University, J. Paul Getty Museum, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Scripps College, Blue Sky Gallery, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Museum of Contemporary Photography, University of New Mexico, J. Paul Getty Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, Humble Arts Foundation, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Visual Studies Workshop, George Eastman Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Danforth Art Museum at Framingham State University, New Orleans Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, University of New Mexico, International Center of Photography, The Print Center, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles Times, Art in America, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Houston Center for Photography, Art Museum of West Virginia University, Daylight Books, Texas Woman’s University, George Eastman Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, Cincinnati Art Museum, Minor Matters, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Addison Gallery of American Art.
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