by Jared Tredway

The Life of the Ghost Town exhibition represents a unique and intimate look into the real lives of Ghost Town artists and community members. The exhibition is designed in conjunction with the conclusion of the Sherman Cultural District’s Focalpoint project with the goal of bringing more images of life to the fantastic body of art, architecture, and nature photography already submitted to Focalpoint.

Please scour your archives and scroll through your devices to find great images captured of you, your friends, and family living life in the Texoma Region. You’re encouraged to be brave and share intimate moments that you may not otherwise let people see, like a selfie in the morning before you’ve painted your face on, or an intimate moment in your backyard roasting marshmallows. Images of activity within Sherman’s downtown neighborhood and at your favorite Sherman hangouts are especially encouraged.

Selected images will be exhibited March 7th through May 2nd at the GTAC in conjunction with sections from the assembled body of work from Focalpoint. Join us in celebrating a beautiful and compelling picture of real life in Sherman!

Who can participate?

Anyone can submit for this exhibition. It is free to submit and open to the public. You do not have to be a professional photographer or a member of Ghost Town to participate. The images submitted may be hi-resolution taken by the most sophisticated equipment, or they may be grainy and raw, taken in low-light with your mobile phone. The goal is to develop a body of work that tells our story.

What do I have to do?

Start by choosing three photos to submit for consideration by filling out the online form below. Due to limited space, each submitting artist may submit only three images. If you are selected for the exhibition you will be notified by email by March 2nd. Printed images must be delivered to the GTAC gallery no later than Thursday, March 5th, ready to hang. The exhibition will open with a reception on Saturday, March 7th.

NOTE: All GTAC member photographers that submit will be included in the exhibition.

What will be done with the images?

The selected images will be exhibited at the GTAC gallery through early May. Some of the images may be selected to be included in the Sherman Focalpoint project, and some of the images may be selected for publication in an upcoming book to commemorate the joint project and exhibition. If selected, the artist will be notified prior to publication.

What if I am technologically challenged and I can’t get the form to work?

Just email us, call us or get in touch with us at the gallery to schedule a time to come in and discuss your submission. We can fill the form out together at a scheduled meeting at the gallery.

What kinds of images are you looking for?

While images of nature, architecture, animals, and stuff are welcome, we’re really hoping you will share images that tell the story of who you are and what it is like to live here. To that end, get creative and be courageous! Images taken in Sherman’s downtown neighborhood or at your favorite Sherman places and spaces are highly encouraged. The exhibition will be family friendly, so use your discretion with regards to what’s appropriate to share. Inappropriate images will likely not be selected for exhibition.

Have any more questions that we’ve not answered? Email us! Or by submitting your information below, you are agreeing to the policies of the GTAC and agree for your work to represent and be included in the GTAC exhibition.