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Artist Evgeny Svyatsky leading a tour of his Russian exhibition during the FotoFest 2012 Biennial
2012 Meeting Place Portfolio Review. Photo by Hall Puckett
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FotoFest's Literacy Through Photography Education Program
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Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss, FotoFest Co-Founders
Photo by Julie Soefer


FotoFest Seeking New Executive Director

FotoFest International invites nominations and applications for the position of Executive Director of FotoFest.

Application Deadline: July 1, 2013

The Executive Director will be responsible for leadership of the organization, fundraising and financial development, administrative oversight and development of future art and education programming. Financial development will include financial and fundraising planning with the Board of Directors.

The Executive Director will succeed the strong leadership of the founders, who have led the development of the organization since its founding in 1983. The Director will lead and oversee the future growth of this internationally known photographic arts organization.

The Executive Director should have working experience with the arts. The Board expects that the Executive Director will carry forth FotoFest’s commitment to global and local programming; the inter-connection of art and social ideas; discovery, development and presentation of creative talent—artists and curators; the use of creative skills and the arts to strengthen classroom education for young people. Accordingly, the Board is seeking candidates with the following qualifications:

• Working experience with, and a strong commitment to, the arts, particularly the photographic arts and their promotion.

• A capacity for and an interest in executive and administrative leadership of an internationally respected photographic arts and educational organization in order to further its growth and development.

• A demonstrable ability and willingness to accept responsibility for financial development and fundraising for program and general operating expenses.

• A capacity for visionary thinking and action.

• A strong and demonstrable interest in the connection between the arts and social issues and a motivation to create high quality, innovative visual arts programs that serve as a platform for the communication of ideas through art.

• An ability to motivate staff and coordinate well with a Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors and FotoFest Co-founders are flexible with respect to the expansion and direction of the structure and programs of the organization, but they expect an Executive Director to preserve the core values of the organization: internationalism — international programming and cross-cultural exchange; the inter-connection between global and local interests and constituencies as a centerpiece of FotoFest's programming and administration; the interaction of art and social issues in FotoFest’s programming.

The leader of FotoFest will be expected to maintain and expand the international network and programming initiated and developed by FotoFest and its founders over the past 30 years. This programming includes a commitment to collaborating with Houston-area organizations and using FotoFest’s programs to benefit the arts and civic life in Houston. The leader of FotoFest will also be expected to continue FotoFest’s commitment to education - extending creative education to students of elementary to high school grade levels.

Qualifications: At least five years’ experience in management, resource and financial development, and programming in the arts. A record of success with fundraising and securing grants is strongly preferred.

TO APPLY: Submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and three professional references by July 1, 2013. The information should be sent to or FotoFest, Attn: Marianne Stavenhagen, 1113 Vine Street, Houston, TX 77002-4031. 713.223.5522 ext 19

Please note that the position will remain open until filled. All inquiries, applications or nominations will be held in the strictest confidence.

The headquarters of FotoFest is in Houston, Texas. The position is Houston-based.


FotoFest is a non-profit, international photographic arts and education organization, incorporated in the state of Texas. FotoFest does year-round programming. FotoFest’s largest single program is the internationally known photographic arts Biennial of Photography and Photo-related Art, which takes place every two years in Houston, Texas. It is the first and longest-running such event in the U.S., it is one of the first in the world. Between the Biennials, FotoFest sponsors four to six new photographic exhibitions and events in Houston as well as one or more arts traveling exhibitions and photographic arts events in the U.S. and abroad.  FotoFest also sponsors selected publications and traveling exhibitions. The annual budget of FotoFest currently averages $1.7 million+ for the Biennial year and $800,000 for non-Biennial years.

In addition to its art programming, FotoFest has created and operates a year-round, in-school student education program, Literacy Through Photography. It is a visual literacy program that has been in operation twenty-two years in the Houston Independent School District and adjoining school districts. It uses photography to stimulate and strengthen student writing and communication abilities as well as cognitive thinking skills.