My name is Carolyn Stanish.  I am a Center City, Philadelphia-based photographer that captures timeless moments for Families, at Events and through Portraits.  I am currently expanding into Marriage Proposal Photography and unique photographic mixed media Art.


I’m looking for an individual with artistic eye that is motivated, organized, outgoing, conscientious, and fun with a background in photography and lighting.

Pays $10/hour.

Duties will include:

  1. Creative on location lighting as well as studio lighting.
  2. First round editing. (Going through photos and deleting the first round of out of focus or unflattering shots.)
  3. Working with clients by making them smile, posing as well as looking out for interesting angles and backgrounds.
  4. Room for growth.


Need someone that can work days and weekends both on location and at the office.

Hours per week will vary from 5-20 hours/week depending upon booking schedule. 

Hours are flexible.


Carolyn Stanish


Today I drew David Lynch…from life. 

The University of California at Santa Cruz is pleased to announce the call for applications to the PhD program in Visual Studies. Applications are welcomed October 1 through December 15 for our class entering in September 2015.

This interdisciplinary program is designed for students with diverse academic backgrounds from across the arts and humanities who wish to pursue a graduate degree focused on the social and cultural production of human vision and on the distinctive roles played by art and artifacts in societies from around the globe. Faculty research areas include cultural production in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Mediterranean and the Pacific Islands.

The program employs a wide range of visual evidence for examination, without being constrained by traditional hierarchies of art and art history. Fine arts, architecture, photography, film, performances, utilitarian objects, and popular entertainments all are primary source material for scholars in the field.

The flexibility of the program allows students to work closely with their advisor and the Director of Graduate studies to craft a personalized course of study that advances their intellectual and professional goals.

For more information on the program, faculty and application requirements, please see our website.

Core faculty, UCSC Visual Studies PhD program

Martin Berger, gender, race and representation in U.S. culture
Raoul Birnbaum, Buddhist approaches to human vision, especially Chinese Buddhist representations and practices
Elisabeth Cameron, gender, performance, play and iconoclasm in Central Africa
Carolyn Dean, performance, costume and non-resemblant artifacts in Pre-Hispanic and Colonial Spanish America
TJ Demos, global contemporary art and politics, political ecology, postcolonial theory, migration, human rights discourse, postcolonial justice, and the conjunction of art and ecology
Maria Evangelatou, gender, politics and religion in ancient Greek and Byzantine art and visual culture
Jennifer González, installation and activist art, theories of race and representation, digital art
Donna Hunter, national identity in western Europe and America since 1750
Stacy Kamehiro, identity politics and colonial histories in Oceania
Boreth Ly, trauma, gender and sexuality in Southeast Asia and its diaspora
Derek Murray, theory and criticism of contemporary art, cultural theory, identity and representation, art of the African diaspora, popular visual culture
Albert Narath, modern and contemporary architecture and design; environmental history, theories of technology, historiography of modernism, anthropology and architecture

For additional information, please contact Graduate Program Coordinator, Ruby Lipsenthal, at

EmpireCovers is hosting its 2nd Annual Halloween Car Cover Contest and would like to invite your students to enter to win cash prizes!

  • 1st Prize: $1,000
  • 2nd Prize: $500
  • 3rd Prize: $250

Check out the top 3 winners from last year!


Since 2004, EmpireCovers has specialized in manufacturing and selling high quality covers for cars, trucks, boats and other vehicles. We pride ourselves on our contemporary, in-house employees. Each year, we hit the streets and neighborhoods of Philadelphia to give back to the community. The EmpireCovers team was inspired after lending a helping hand to paint murals for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.

EmpireCovers is selecting local artists, high schools and universities to design a Halloween-themed car cover.

How to enter:

  1. Fill out our screening questionnaire. Eligible entrants will be chosen to bring their design to life and given a car cover as their canvas.
    2. Those chosen have until October 19th to create and submit their masterpiece.
    3. Online Voting on Facebook begins on October 20th
    4. Live Voting at Car Show begins on October 25th at Katie O’Donnell’s parking lot at franklin Mills Mall.

Rules & Regulations can be found in the registration form here

For any questions, please contact Scott Shemtov

PAFA student Ekaterina is getting close to David Lynch!

  1. Camera: Canon PowerShot G12
  2. Aperture: f/4
  3. Exposure: 1/60th
  4. Focal Length: 28mm

What is the best study method?

Ahmad Ali, Software Engineer at Expertflow, with an affinity for everything else.
This is my research on how to study over two years. I succeeded to get a distinction in 8000 students from many colleges. I did not spend more than two months in my college.

There are two important researches worth sharing before my study method. First research is on human memory graph and the second one is about human concentration span.

First research tells us that, when you read something your memory of what you read or heard is almost alive and its graph is horizontally at 100%, and it slowly declines over time. When you remind it after one day memory connections are strengthened. Now its declination is very slow as compared to without reminding. This speed decreases with every reminding of the thing you want to be memorable of. It is explained in the picture below.

Don’t try to just memorize and be tensed about why I forget it soon. Try setting a remind plan without any tension. Read it, and then leave it. Read again at evening, then again next day and then next week. Exam yourself 15th day, and then remind after one month. Your memory graph will not decrease so easy now.

Second research is about human attention span.
As its clear from the above picture, human attention span is at 30% after 45 minutes. Mostly that is the time schools assign to one class . In universities it is increased to one hour. Increase it slowly, but better change your activity for some minutes after one hour and then start again with attention of 90% after being refreshed.

Reading a topic from many sources will add two benefits, less boredom and many different aspects of the same scenario. Later one increases latency of information from different areas of mind when asked. The more connections your brain makes with the information, the more likely it will stick in your mind.
  • Another important consideration is the productive hours. It may be different for few people but mostly early morning is the most productive time.
  • Remember to keep the room temperature a little warm. It will help in focusing.

After a lot of study about how to study I devised a plan, which was refined over time and according to the results. Now here is a refined plan, in which are inherent many researches and experiences I have come across.

Planning and managing your study

  1. Make a timetable; mine was 11 hours for study. It is first step to success. (I was studying, and interested in it, so I was giving my most of time to studying, you may have less than 11 hours of course. It just shows my dedication to study and dreams I had after studying. I was in a poor family; I knew without hard-work, I won’t be able to get along. After getting position, I was able to continue my study free. I also received prize money from government and a special training for more motivation and visits. Yes a Talent Award too.
  2. Humans can concentrate for 40 minutes on a subject, or maximum 1 hour. Do change your study material/subject after every 40 minutes or 1 hour. But later on you can increase this time slowly to 2 hours. I did this.
  3. Start time table by learning new things, after looking at the last day topics. Later chapters in books mostly have references from former ones. Learning new things at start gives you hope and makes you motivated.
  4. Don’t start one subject or module after the other; take a break of 5 to ten minutes. In this time eat some chocolate, fruits and vitamins. Do some sit stands and go out to look in nature and have an analog (natural phenomena) thinking to refresh. This is a right click and refresh for you on your desktop to start another application.
  5. Study each subject three times a day, design time table such that every subject has 3 shifts per day.
  6. Take notes in the first shift, and rehearse them in second shift and so on. Notes should not be exact copy of the book text.
  7. Re-allocate time for your modules in timetable after every, maximum two weeks. Or take your exams after one week and re-allocate based on the exam results.
  8. Exam yourself sometime in the middle of the time table.
  9. Have some extra time to look topics of this day you have studied, at the end of study time table.
  10. Second day, start with looking at the topics of the last day. But never do an exam at the start of study time. Increase difficulty slowly from start to end.
  11. Do some statistics on important and less important subjects or difficult and easy subjects and divide time with statistics methods. For example by first assigning the difficulty level to each subject like 40% and 60% etc.
  12. If studying something which could be easily implemented in home or lab, don’t miss it. I, when studying biology, had tried to produce a new family of a tree though it was just a try and nothing resulted. I have been programming to simulate the physics concepts which helped a lot.

Subject specific study techniques

  1. For math subjects, try to solve a question, if you fail, just do it with your hands by looking at some help book. After you finish copying by hands, you will infer what was missing. This is called learning with hands not mind. This is because some time an answer tells you about the solution in math.
  2. For physics subjects, start with writing the topics equation, prove it on paper same as stated above in (math method), then start with the theory. Attach equation with the topic.
  3. For English, write difficult words on the note book. Learn them first.
  4. For theory subjects, read a lot on the same topic from different sources, read the topic on book, leave it. Now read it on Wikipedia and leave it. Learn it on some other book. This is easy and very useful method. Don’t try to learn from your book only this will bore you and you won’t remember well.

Exam Tips

  1. End preparing for exams about one week before. Design your exams timetable so that your intense preparation ends about one week before the first day of paper. This will help in
  2. Tension free preparation. Inside your heart you know I have one week, as a backup.
  3. One week extra preparation. The last EXTRA week is now more valuable than one month. Everything you will do in this week will be extra and very motivational for you.
  4. If there is 2, 3 days break between papers, don’t stick with one subject. As mentioned above it kills productive study and focus. Change study module for the sake of attaining mind focus and refreshment, at least.
  5. Review your notes the day before paper. This will give you an overview of all topics plus strengthening the memory connections for those topics.
  6. After paper is over. Don’t throw question paper into dust bin, thinking that it’s gone now. It can help your mind settle down. Read and examine how much you done right.
  7. Keep calculating marks you obtained in each paper and adding to total. It will motivate you, like we do in scoring games.
  8. Don’t forget the one and only solution for refreshment and energy of mind, the exercise and healthy foods in exams.

Miscellaneous facts

  1. Don’t listen to love music or such type of songs. Listen to some good motivational music like “K’NAAN - WAVIN’ FLAG”.
  2. Do take some time for spirituality or loneliness, for many reasons it’s important.
  3. Play some sports or exercise, not too much.
  4. Eat different things in daily life and especially in break times.
  5. Listen to news for some time. If learning English, listen to BBC.
  6. Play with children, they are also learning, observe them and their interest.
  7. Do spend some time with family and share your status.
  8. If possible, do have some time to teach someone. It will be best, if you can teach what you are learning yourself.
  9. For your tasks apart from study, make a to-do list. It’s very important to lessen the distraction and burden from your mind.
  10. Understanding the problem, half solves it.
  11. Imagine your success every day, imagine the future. You are investing on your future.
  12. Spread knowledge.

* If you note I have written number 1 for no love music, in the details, I mean we should have zero distraction outside and inside of ourselves to create a creative state of mind, give all your attention to study when you study!
Do one thing at a time. Don’t have another part of your mind allocated for the mobile phone beside, or an open Facebook tab.

Career Workshop

Gallery Visit and Curators Talk

With CJ Stahl

Join us for a walk and curator’s talk at Marginal Utility Gallery. PAFA alum and current staffer CJ Stahl will be on hand to discuss his ideas in developing the current show, Le Horla, a group exhibition of works by WENXING DING, VIRGINIA FLEMING, MARIEL HERRING, ADAM LOVITZ, SCOTT SCHULTHEIS and C.J. STAHL.

The artists included in this show play in the fickle space between past experience and the unrecognizable present moment…”

Wednesday, September 10

 4:30 Meet at the Airplane


Position Summary: With collecting origins dating to the 1750s, the Princeton University Art Museum is one of the finest art museums in the country. Formally established in 1882, its collections feature over 92,000 works of art ranging from ancient to contemporary art and spanning the globe. Its collections of Chinese painting, the art of the ancient Americas, and photography are widely regarded as being among the world’s richest. A private institution serving the public good, the Museum is committed to serving the University, local and regional communities, and beyond through a dynamic program of temporary exhibitions, new scholarship, and innovative programming. By collaborating with experts across many disciplines, fostering sustained study of original works of art, and uniting scholarship with broad accessibility, the Museum contributes to the development of critical thinking and visual literacy at Princeton University and enhances the civic fabric of our nation.

Princeton University Art Museum (PUAM) is seeking a Collections Associate to support the increasing levels of curricular activity by a large number of University departments within the Museum. The Collections Associate will help to coordinate and implement the active teaching program within the Museum’s study rooms, and the position will also assist with the care, coordination, and cataloguing of the Art Museum’s large photography collection. This is a full-time, two-year term position.

The Collections Associate will report to the Chief Registrar and Manager of Collections Services. The essence of this position will be to promote engagement with object-based study, in designated rooms, as well as through digital tools such as the Museum’s collections management system (TMS) and the Museum web site.

The Collections Associate will assist in the organization and coordination of class visits; including compiling course checklist in database, gathering artwork from storage for classes, explaining study room guidelines, proctoring classes, and returning artwork to storage when finished. The position is also responsible for coordination of subsequent student visits for research purposes.

The position will determine coverage for all precepts in consultation with Mellon Curatorial Assistant for Academic Programs, as well as collections registrar, preparators, Curator of Photography and other curatorial staff. The Collections Associate will meet weekly with the Mellon Curatorial Assistant to track all class visits for semester, and to ensure smooth coordination throughout.

When time permits during the academic year, and during the summer months, the Collections Associate will coordinate scholarly visits to view single objects and major collections.

Primarily during the summer and winter months, the Collections Associate will assist the Curator of Photography in the management of the collection, particularly the cataloguing of core object data, the maintenance of paper and computer object records, and the organization and housing of photographs in storage vaults. This work includes photographic archives maintained by the Art Museum such as the Minor White and Clarence H. White Archive.

  • Cataloguing of core object data such as titles, dates, and descriptive keywords
  • Updating object records in TMS as well as paper records
  • Attention to photographic storage, including the individual photograph’s housing and interleaving
Essential Qualifications:
  • BA required; MA in Art History, Museum Studies or related field strongly preferred
  • Minimum one year experience working with an art museum collection
  • Ability to handle original works of art appropriately
  • Knowledge of basic photographic techniques and historical developments
  • Familiarity with The Museum System (TMS) collections management software preferred
  • Demonstrated interest in museum operations and collections management
  • A high degree of organization and self-motivation, including ability to take initiative, anticipate actions needed, and exercise independent judgment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate with a wide variety of staff, including curators, registrars, educators, preparators, faculty, and students
  • Ability to exercise discretion and be a team player in an active office environment
  • Well-developed written communication skills and attention to detail will be required
Education Required: Bachelor’s Degree

Application Information

Contact: Art Museum - 41400
Princeton University Online App. Form:

Application deadline: 1 October 2014

Van Eyck
Multiform institute for fine art
design and reflection
Academieplein 1
6211 KM Maastricht (NL)

T +31 43 3503737

The Van Eyck invites artists, designers, photographers, architects, curators, writers, and thinkers to apply for a work period at the Jan van Eyck Academie for four up to 12 months. Participants are given the time and space that is needed to develop their talents, to discover as yet unexplored perspectives and delve into deeper layers of themselves.

The whys of applying
Apply if you feel the time is ripe to take your work to another level in an open environment, to experiment and investigate, to see your work reflected in the mirror of the world or to do what no one fully grasps yet. Apply if you would like to meet artists, designers, curators, and thinkers from all quarters of the world. Apply if you want to be part of a community, establish collaborations and set up an In-Lab with other participants. Apply if you want to make use of our high-quality, well-equipped Labs. Apply if you would like to participate in a Mirror project. Apply because you know the Van Eyck is the right place to be.

To learn more:

Application deadline: 1 October