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A Pop-Up Amateur Photography Show
Presented at the Florence Griswold Museum

Exhibition Dates: May 1-24, 2020

photo credit: Malik Naveed bin Rehman, Zahida Altaf, and daughter Roniya in sanctuary at the First Congregational Church, Old Lyme, 2018.  Archival pigment print, 30 x 24 in. Courtesy of the artist


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What Does SANCTUARY look like to you?

The exhibition “Nothing More American:” Immigration, Sanctuary, and Community features Matthew Leifheit’s photographs of a family that took sanctuary from deportation inside the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme. His images of these immigrants appear with portraits of refugee families resettled in Old Lyme. Fleeing devastated countries, they found sanctuary in Connecticut, where they are building new lives.
We invite amateur photographers to take the theme of “sanctuary” as their inspiration for a pop-up juried exhibition at the Florence Griswold Museum. The dictionary defines sanctuary as a “consecrated place,” such as a space of worship, and as “a place of refuge and protection.” What do you consider your sanctuary? Point your lenses at the places that represent sanctuary to you.
Participants may submit up to three digital photographs on the theme of “sanctuary.”

Submission Guidelines

  • This contest is open only to amateur photographers (photography is not a principal source of income).

  • Entries must be submitted online between February 20 and April 1, 2020.

  • Photographers may enter up to three (3) photo entries for juror consideration.

  • Applicants will be notified of which images have been selected for inclusion via email by April 17th.

  • Selected images must be no larger than 12 x 24 when framed. Entries not framed will be displayed via binder clips nailed to the wall.

  • Selected entries will be exhibited online starting May 1, 2020

  • While photographers retain complete copyright over their entries, the Florence Griswold Museum retains a royalty-free right of use, display, and reproduction of the submitted photos for purposes of publication in all media including but not limited to website use, social media, exhibitions, slideshows, and other operational needs. In such use, every effort will be made to credit the photographer.

  • All matted prints are submitted at the photographer’s own risk and expense.

  • By submitting a photo, you warrant and represent that each submitted photo is your original work to which you alone own the copyright. It is each entrant’s legal responsibility to ensure that they comply with these ownership and copyright requirements and that they own the rights to reproduction of their photos without violating the rights of any third party. Entrants who do not fulfill these criteria will be deemed ineligible and disqualified.

  • The Florence Griswold Museum and judges reserve the right to amend these rules as deemed reasonably necessary.



Matthew Leifheit
Leifheit is a Brooklyn-based photographer whose work depicts the relationships between people and the physical places where they form communities. He is Editor-in-Chief of MATTE Magazine, an independent journal of emerging photography founded in 2010. He was formerly the photo editor of VICE, and also writes and provides images for a range of periodicals, from Aperture and VICE to TIME Magazine, The New York Times, and The New Yorker, for which he first photographed the sanctuary images in “Nothing More American.” The artist holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the Yale School of Art, where he was awarded the Richard Benson Prize in 2017. Leifheit is an adjunct professor of photography at Pratt Institute.
Amy Kurtz Lansing
Curator at the Florence Griswold Museum, Kurtz Lansing is a specialist in 19th- and 20th-century American art. She collaborated with Leifheit on “Nothing More American,” drawing from the Museum’s permanent collection and selected loans to analyze the historical significance of the white clapboard meetinghouse in Old Lyme and its iconic American identity.

Florence Griswold Museum

The Florence Griswold Museum has been called a “Giverny in Connecticut” by the Wall Street Journal, and a “must-see” by the Boston Globe. In addition to the restored Florence Griswold House, the Museum features a gallery for changing art exhibitions, education and landscape centers, a restored artist’s studio, twelve acres along the Lieutenant River, a nature trail and extensive gardens. Its seasonal (May through October) Café Flo was recognized as “best hidden gem” and “best outdoor dining” by Connecticut Magazine. The Museum is located at 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT. Visit for more information.

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