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  Marta Sanchez and FotoFest staff acknowledge out standing volunteers at the Thank You – Volunteer Party. Photograph courtesy of Fred Baldwin  


  Auction volunteer, Nancy Douthey, assists at the FOTOFEST2006 Fine Print Auction check out. Photograph courtesy of Don Eddy.  

  Meeting Place volunteer, Jake Mooney, announces portfolio time change. Photograph courtesy of Fred Baldwin.  





Volunteer Descriptions


Friday, March 16, 2012

Join the festivities! Volunteer for the Opening Night Party at Vine Street Studios. Greet guests, check-in VIPs, assist with VIP buses, advice FotoFest of the arrival of city officials and consular corps.

Need: 60 volunteers

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Friday, March 16 – Sunday, April 29, 2012

The exhibitions can only open with the presence of a gallery host – they are the backbone of FotoFest. You don’t have to be a photography expert to be a gallery host; a friendly face and an interest in photography is all that is required. FotoFest offers volunteer previews of each exhibition, and an information sheet is handed out for each exhibition. If you can not make the preview an information sheet can be emailed to you.

Job Description: Greet guests, answer questions, and suggest the next gallery stopfrom the FotoFest map/calendar.

We have three spaces that require gallery hosts March 16, 2012–April 8, 2012. The galleries are open seven days a week, 11 am to 6 pm

There are two gallery hosting shifts: 11 am to 2:30 pm and 2:30 pm to 6 pm

  • FotoFest Headquarters, 1113 Vine St, Houston 77002
  • Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter St., Houston 77007
  • Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring St., Houston 77007

Closed Monday and Tuesday 4/9/12–4/25/12

Need: 162 Shifts 

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Exhibition Installation
Work with the FotoFest curators and staff moving framed photographs to exhibition sites and around the site during installation.

Docent/Tour Guide
Present exhibitions to school children and other special groups. Training required.

Opening Receptions – FotoFest Curated Exhibitions
Spring Street Gallery and Winter Street Gallery, Williams Tower, and Allen Center
Celebrate the artists! Help with reception set-up, visitor surveys, and bartending. Dates: TBA

Housing/Lodging Hosts
For FotoFest 2012 we need places for several Russian and other international artists to stay. If you would like to share your home, please let us know. Convenient access to Metro is helpful.

Bike Scramble
Two Saturdays in April 2012
Tour exhibition sites with FotoFest staff. Shepherd riders through Houston and monitor riders’ needs. A sag wagon will follow the group.

Need: 5–6 Volunteers

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Work with FotoFest headquarters Office Team to greet FotoFest guests, cover phones, photocopy, and handle inquiries and general support.

For all the above volunteer opportunities please contact:
Marianne Stavenhagen or Sarah Boice,
713 223 5522 x19

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The FotoFest Fine Print Auction takes place during the Biennial and is the major fundraising event for the organization. The Auction continues to be more successful and well-respected with each passing event. Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss, Co-Founders of FotoFest, select and contact photographers whose work is of interest to the collecting community. In addition to the Auction itself, there is a preview exhibit and reception. Volunteers are needed for duties such as: putting up wall tags at the preview exhibit site and host/hostess duties at the preview reception.

Saturday, March 17, 2012, morning
Install Auction Preview at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Downtown
Place framed photographs on easels. Work with auction coordinator to create a pleasing exhibition.

Need: 5–7 Volunteers

March 17-19, 2011, 12-6pm
Preview Hosts at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Downtown
Watch auction preview and make sure viewers do not bring drinks into the room or handle the artwork.

Need: 6 – 8 Volunteers, 2 per day

Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 3-7pm
Auction Preview/Check-in
The night of the auction you may be asked to: assist with taking down the preview exhibit and moving framed photographs to the auction site, arrange display of prints for live and silent auctions, set-up and staff check-in and check-out tables, monitor silent auction and encourage bidding, direct table sponsors and their guests to their tables, carry framed photographs into the live auction ballroom during the bidding, and monitor guests’ needs during the auction. Volunteers are asked to dress neatly and in black the night of the auction.

Need: 60 Volunteers

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Held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Downtown
Set up book tables with a FotoFest staff member; assist with handling and sales of books. Dates: TBA

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March 16 - April 3, 2012 at at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Downtown

This two-week event offers portfolio reviews to national and international photographic artists. Work with the Meeting Place team to organize reviews, welcome Meeting Place participants, and help with various administrative duties. The Meeting Place team also coordinates two workshops, four Evenings with the Artists participating in the Meeting Place, and a Festival of Light Director’s Meeting. Russian, Spanish, and French translators are needed for visiting artists and reviewers. A positive attitude and a willingness to interact with many different kinds of people are essential. This is the place to meet artists and see art work from all over the world

Session One: March 16–19, 2012
Session Two: March 21–24, 2012
Session Three: March 26–29, 2012
Session Four: March 31–April 3, 2012

General shifts:
8:30 am–noon
Noon–4:00 pm
Shifts may vary depending upon needs.

Meeting Place—Bus Tours
Ride with the Meeting Place participants as they tour galleries in the evening. People skills are essential, as well as an excellent knowledge of the culture, history, and streets of Houston

Contact for Meeting Place Volunteers
Marta Sánchez Philippe
713 223 5522 x16

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