Mary Virginia Swanson: Presenting and Promoting your Photographs: A Four Day Intensive | July 28 - August 1, 2019

Mary Virginia Swanson: Presenting and Promoting your Photographs: A Four Day Intensive | July 28 - August 1, 2019

from 250.00

Gain renewed and current perspectives on today’s diverse markets for photography and find receptive audiences for your work. Intended for advanced level photographers.

Meal Plan:
Payment Option:
Will a companion be joining you who is not attending the retreat?:
Add To Cart

Check In: Sunday, July 28th, 2019 | Check Out: Thursday, August 1st, 2019

Tuition: $675 per person
Tuition + Meals: $1,000 per person
With Shared Lodging Package: $1,500 per person
With Private Lodging Package: $1,920 per person

A 5.5% tax on tuition/meals and 12% tax on lodging packages will be added to any full payments made online. Deposits will not include tax and will be applied to overall retreat registration. Communication shall follow all online deposits showing applicable remaining fees, including taxes.

Companion Rates are available for one companion over the age of 18 and one per registered retreat participant.

$45 supply fee due to instructor upon arrival.


In this comprehensive workshop, respected advisor Mary Virginia Swanson will provide participants with a broad overview of the market for fine photographs today.  Through information provided in illustrated lectures and examples of “best practices”, Mary Virginia will impart a wealth of information on the path to finding a receptive audience for your work.  Interested participants are also encouraged to learn more and consider attending Doug Beasley: The Emotional Landscape July 24 – 28, 2019

Topics covered:

  • effectively editing your work to its strengths

  • understanding grants and other sponsorships to complete projects

  • gaining awareness on finding public, private and institutional collections that are most likely interested in your subject(s)

  • identifying and maximizing every exhibition opportunity

  • assessing retail vs online sales environments, as well as appropriate editorial and licensing placements

  • strategizing marketing your work to its targeted audience in print, online and through social media platforms

  • determining whether investing in competitions and/or portfolio review events will be an asset to your path to those who can make a difference in your career

In addition, Mary Virginia will allocate time to work individually with each participate to discuss their project and prioritize their ‘next steps’ (all students are encouraged to observe and learn from the examples of others).   

Our unique classroom environment offers us a rarified learning space in which to consume a wealth of information from an expert in the field and participate in daily dialogue with like-minded practitioners. 

Who Should Attend:

  • Artists working with photography who are serious about completing bodies of work, engaging in a public dialogue and presenting the work to the public will benefit from this workshop.  

  • Those who are active in the field should consider attending towards gaining renewed and current perspectives on today’s diverse multiple markets for photography.

15% DISCOUNT - When you book Beasley and Swanson Retreats Together!

Douglas Beasley: The Emotional Landscape

15% discount applies to retreat tuition only (meal and lodging costs are not discounted) and is only offered with the combination of the Beasley and Swanson 2019 retreats. Retreat guests wishing to take advantage of this special offer should call Wild Rice Retreat (715) 779-0178 to register.



  • 20 samples of the current project in small print form (8x10 or 5x7) – lab produced prints are acceptable

  • If easy to facilitate, please bring several samples of what you currently consider your final exhibition format (no framed prints, please)

  • If you have produced marketing mailers in the past, please bring samples as well as any other promotional tools in print (a brochure, Magcloud or other print-on-demand booklet) that you have produced.  

While you are encouraged to bring your cameras to this beautiful location, know that there will not be shooting assignments during this workshop.  

Please note: Approximately 4 weeks in advance of the workshop you will receive a questionnaire from the instructor to help her prepare for our time together. 


Mary Virginia Swanson is an educator, author, advisor and entrepreneur who guides and assists artists to find the strengths in their work, identify appropriate audiences, and present their work in a professional, informed manner. Her public lectures and workshops on marketing opportunities have proven to aid photographers in moving their careers to the next level. 

A native of Minnesota, Ms. Swanson interned then then served as Research Assistant in the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s Department of Photography, working with founding curator Carroll T. “Ted” Hartwell while completing her MFA at Arizona State University. Upon graduation, she embarked on a career that began in the NY gallery scene. She moved west to Ansel Adams and the Friends of Photography before returning east to head Special Projects for Magnum Photo and later managed licensing rights for fine art photographers. Her experiences in the fine art, editorial, commercial and licensing arenas bring a unique knowledge and range of perspectives on making and marketing art.

Ms. Swanson coauthored with Darius Himes Publish Your Photography Book (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011, updated and revised 2014).  Her forthcoming title Finding Your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs is in the final phases of research and nearing completion (anticipated 2019).  

Swanson has contributed articles in numerous publications, including Photo District NewsBritish Journal of Photography and the compilation The Education of a Photographer. She frequently serves as a Judge on contemporary photography and photobook competitions, visits academic programs to work with emerging artists and offers continuing educational opportunities for those deep in their creative practice. Ms. Swanson counts among her consulting clients internationally known artists and respected arts organizations. She is based in Tucson, Arizona and New York City.

contact // 
web //
follow // Facebook Instagram

Lodging and Meal Rates & Info

All lodging costs listed are per person/per night costs. Due to the format of retreats, meal plans are required of all participants to maximize time with other students and instructors, while still providing time to explore Bayfield and the surrounding community. Please reference the cancellation policy as needed.