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Get Your Portrait Taken Free by Gina Genis


Self Portrait © 2009 Gina Genis

A free portrait! Yes, it’s true. You can have your very own studio portrait taken and receive a copy of the digital file via email. Here’s the deal. I am an Artist-In-Residence at the Huntington Beach Art Center from March 2 – April 9, 2011. My project involves taking a portrait of anyone who wants one, and asking them a question – How has the collapse of the economy affected your life? The portrait and your answer will be printed and displayed in the gallery. As the month continues, more and more portraits will be placed on view. When there are enough, an American flag will be constructed from the images on the gallery wall. The intention is to find out the results the drastic economic conditions have had on our everyday living situations. A model release will be requested to display your likeness.

I will be at the Huntington Beach Art Center beginning March 2 – April 9th at these times: Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5-8 p.m., and Friday and Saturdays from 12-5 p.m. You can stop in during those hours to have your portrait taken.

Hope to see you at the HBAC.

Huntington Beach Art Center, 538 Main Street Huntington Beach, CA 92648 (714) 374-1650


About Gina Genis

Hi Friends, I'm a photographer and artist who lives in Washington DC. I have two blogs. The Gina Genis Blog is about art and photography. My new blog, DC Discoveries is dedicated to showing you everything from fashion to art, food to entertainment in all sections of the District. I hope you will take the journey with me. I exhibit my work in museums and galleries across the U.S. I'm included in the permanent collections of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the Otto G. Richter Library Special Collections Division of the University of Miami, Hard Rock Casino, Orange County Transit District, IBM, and the Sarah and Adam Markman Collection among others. My series "Window Peeping" was included in OsCene 2010 at the Laguna Art Museum, Truman State University, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Biola University, and solo shows at Gallery 825 and Cypress College. The "June Gloom" series was exhibited in a solo show at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The "Kala" series has been exhibited at MPLS Photo Center, Cypress College, and Gallery 825. "Economy Portraits" was created as an Artist In Residence project at the Huntington Beach Art Center, and was awarded "Best Art Show of 2011" by the OC Weekly. I curated Wide Angle View, an exhibit of 16 international, award-winning photo and multi-media journalists at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art to much critical acclaim. Recent reviews of my work have appeared in the Huffington Post, Art Scene, OC Weekly, Orange County Register, New University, Riviera Magazine, Coast Magazine, Huntington Beach Independent, and appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, and more. I lead the Gina Genis Photo Workshops where I show beginning and intermediate photographers how to jump to the next level with their work. I also teach online photography courses through The Compelling Image.

4 responses »

  1. Great idea and great opportunity. Am looking forward to being part of your project and seeing your temp space. Thanks for the question in advance…

  2. Thanks Gina,

    I could use a new good portrait,



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