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FotoFest 2018 Biennial

International Meeting Place
The Portfolio Review for Artists

March 10—23, 2018


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The International Meeting Place Portfolio Review for Artists, an integral part of the FotoFest 2018 Biennial, gives artists the opportunity to meet and show their work to top arts professionals from around the world. The event is truly a “meeting place”, where photographic artists, arts professionals, curators, collectors, and colleagues have the opportunity to network, collaborate, share ideas, and establish life-long connections.

The FotoFest International Meeting Place Portfolio Review, the oldest, largest, most international portfolio review program in the U.S., brings together 150 curators, editors, publishers, gallerists, collectors, and photo agencies with over 450 photographic artists from around the world and across the United States.

The FotoFest Meeting Place 2016 enriched my art practice beyond what I imagined. I met so many photographer/artists, as well as photography experts. I was hopeful that there would be some interest in my work, however I did not imagine being offered two shows in Europe and one in the United States.

Bennie Flores Ansell, Houston, TX, Registered Artist, 2016 Meeting Place

FotoFest has always been a useful platform for me to meet artists, and photographers especially. It has enabled me to acquire interesting works for my collection directly from the photographers.

Joaquim Paiva, Private Collector, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Reviewer, 2016 Meeting Place

Whether you are looking for practical results for a completed body of work or feedback on work in progress, the Meeting Place offers you the opportunity to present your portfolio to a wide range of photography decision-makers who can assist in your future career development: an exhibition, purchase of your work, an arts residency, or the publication of your work in a magazine, book, or online.

FotoFest invites some of the most important people in the field of photography from around the world to Houston for this event.

The Meeting Place is open to all photographic artists, and FotoFest DOES NOT pre-jury the Meeting Place. However, space is limited.

The 2018 Meeting Place takes place at the Whitehall Houston Hotel, the FotoFest Headquarters Hotel in Downtown Houston. 

Session 1: March 10 - 13, 2018
Session 2: March 15 - 18, 2018
Session 3: March 20 - 23, 2018

This is an amazing opportunity to see work, share work, and interact with artists and curators from around the world. It once again made a huge impact on my artwork and my career.

Kate Jordahl, Hayward, CA, Registered Artist, 2016 Meeting Place

[FotoFest runs] the entire operation so wonderfully well and with such a positive and can-do attitude that it makes the entire experience worthwhile for all us reviewers.

Roy Flukinger, Senior Research Curator, Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin, Reviewer, 2016 Meeting Place


  • Free participation in Unfiltered: Portfolio Walks, where artists can display work and sell directly to the public, collectors and other Meeting Place participants
  • Free access to exhibitions, artist talks, lectures, and book signings
  • Opportunities for additional informal reviews with roving reviewers
  • Networking with fellow artists
  • Discounted Workshop registration
  • Hundreds of artists have benefited from showing their work at the Meeting Place. Our Successes of the Meeting Place webpage is a great resource to see specifically what many artists have gained by participating in the portfolio reviews. 

    Registration will be announced via email, on Facebook, and on Twitter. These outlets are the best way to receive news and information on the International Meeting Place Portfolio Review, the FotoFest 2018 Biennial, and other FotoFest programs.

    If you have more questions about the portfolio review, please contact Sarah Ansell, at or call 713-223-5522 ext. 13.

    Nothing compares with the scale, the caliber and the camaraderie.

    Barbara Ciurej, Chicago, IL, Registered Artist, 2016 Meeting Place

    We hope to see you in March 2018!

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