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PhotoBid Gala Art Auction

November 13, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

INFOCUS, the photography support organization of Phoenix Art Museum, has announced that renowned artist, author and educator James Hajicek will receive its Founders Award for 2015. The INFOCUS Founders Award honors individuals, businesses or organizations whose efforts have advanced the cause and improved public awareness of fine art photography in Arizona. Mr. Hajicek will accept the award at the organization’s annual PhotoBid Gala Art Auction on November 13, 2015.

James Hajicek is a professor emeritus at Arizona State University (ASU), where he taught fine art photography for 34 years and directed programming in the specialized area of late 19th-century printing processes. He has helped educate many undergraduate and graduate students who have gone on to become major educators in American universities and nationally recognized fine art photographers. For 17 of those 34 years, he also served as director of ASU’s Northlight Gallery, where he was responsible for building a significant collection of photographs dating back to 1840, so that students could have hands-on experiences with prints from the history of photography. His significant lifelong contributions to the photographic craft combined with his genuine love of teaching make Mr. Hajicek a natural choice for this third annual Founders Award. Previous recipients of this prestigious award were Allen Dutton in 2013 and Dick Arentz in 2014.

About the PhotoBid Auction
The Founders Award will be presented to Mr. Hajicek during the 7th annual PhotoBid Gala Art Auction and Exhibition, organized by INFOCUS. The Auction is open to the public and will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13 at Phoenix Art Museum. In the three weeks preceding, the works will be shown in an exhibition at the Museum for bidders and the public to view.

INFOCUS PhotoBid is a fun and festive event, designed for seasoned or new collectors, or anyone who has a passion for photography. The silent and live auction components, featuring more than 50 signed, museum-quality photographic prints and books by acclaimed photographers from Arizona and the United States, are opportunities to own an original work of art. Guests at the auction will enjoy a raffle, door prizes, music, hors d’oeuvres and a well-stocked bar.

The photographic works presented in the PhotoBid exhibition and auction are selected by internationally recognized curator Rebecca Senf, Ph.D., the Norton Family Curator of Photography at Phoenix Art Museum. Previous auctions have included works from eminent photographers, as well as exciting work by increasingly well-known emerging photographers.

Typical opening bid prices have ranged from $350 to $2,500. Prints offered vary in size and subject matter and have included diverse processes such as platinum/palladium, gelatin silver, archival inkjet, wet-plate collodion, lenticular and more. The auction and raffle items are generously donated by the artists.

In addition to the opening of the PhotoBid exhibition on October 24, an exciting schedule of events leading up to the auction is planned. These include advice on collecting photography and how to bid at a live auction, several talks by artists whose work is included in the auction and a scavenger hunt in the Norton Gallery itself. More details on each of these events will be forthcoming as plans are finalized. All events are open to the public and, except for the scavenger hunt, will take place on a Wednesday night when the Museum is open until 9 p.m., with no admission charge.

To purchase tickets and for additional PhotoBid information
A limited number of early bird tickets for the PhotoBid auction will be on sale for $39 from Aug. 1 to Sept. 15. Advance purchase tickets after Sept. 15 are $49 and will go up to $60 at the door on the night of the event. To purchase tickets or for additional information about the PhotoBid auction, please visit Details about scheduled public programs and the PhotoBid exhibition, are available at

More about James Hajicek
In the course of his career as an educator, Mr. Hajicek also taught at Carleton College, Northfield, Minn.; the Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine; and the Lacoste School of the Arts, Lacoste, France. He is the recipient of many grants and awards for his own fine art photography, including a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Photography Fellowship (1979); an NEA Service to the Field Fellowship (1980-82) for his research on late 19th-century photographic printing technologies; and a Western States Art Federation/NEA Fellowship (1986-89) for programming associated with ASU’s School of Arts Research Center, of which he was a founding member. He is co-author, with Bill Jay of Route 60, a limited-edition letterpress printed book (funded by the NEA) that documents the first transcontinental highway across the United States.

Since 2001, Mr. Hajicek has been working collaboratively with his artist wife, Carol Panaro-Smith. They co-direct Alchemy Studio, based in Phoenix, where they work, teach and mentor emerging artists and photographers. In 2007, they founded and have, since then, continued to facilitate an international creative workshop program in Tuscany, Italy. Their collaborative work has been exhibited in several solo exhibitions, most recently in 2013, in a 10-year retrospective at Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries at Wright State University in Fairborn, Ohio. Their work is in major collections, including the Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Mo. They are represented by Joseph Bellows, La Jolla, Calif.; photo-eye Gallery, Santa Fe, N.M., and Tilt Gallery, Scottsdale, Ariz. See their work online at

James Hajicek received his B.F.A. from the Kansa City Art Institute (1970), and his M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico (1978), where he received a Ford Foundation Fellowship to study with Van Deren Coke and Beaumont Newhall.

INFOCUS is a vibrant support organization of Phoenix Art Museum’s photography department, composed of people interested in photography as a dynamic art form. Working together, photographers, collectors and photography enthusiasts provide a high-quality forum for the study, exhibition and production of fine-art photographs. From access to world-class photography and photography experts through exhibitions and lectures at Phoenix Art Museum, to a wide variety of engaging monthly activities, INFOCUS programs are designed to educate its members and the public about the history and medium of photography, to encourage collecting and to promote the preservation of photographic treasures. In addition, INFOCUS has focused increasingly on supporting and spotlighting emerging photographic talent. For additional information about INFOCUS, visit

About Phoenix Art Museum
Phoenix Art Museum has provided access to visual arts and educational programs in Arizona for more than 50 years and is the largest art museum in the southwestern United States. Top national and international exhibitions are shown alongside the Museum’s collection of more than 18,000 objects of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, photography and fashion design. The Museum hosts photography exhibitions through its landmark partnership with The University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography in Tucson. Visitors can also enjoy the PhxArtKids gallery, the Dorrance Sculpture Garden, the Thorne Miniature Rooms of historic interiors, and a collection of works by renowned Arizona artist Philip C. Curtis. For additional information about Phoenix Art Museum, visit or call 602-257-1880.


November 13, 2015
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, United States
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