Portfolio Throwdown

Photography Gathering and Portfolio ThrowDown  February 2nd-3rd


Portfolio reviews registration now open!

Registration is on first-come-first-served bases! We will do our best to schedule you with your desired reviewers. Portfolio reviews for students will be $10.50 for five 20-minute reviews. The entry fees will go toward portfolio awards, selected by the reviewers.

Reviewer Bios and Registration Form are at the bottom of the page.

Registration is not completed without registration payment. Registrations are based on first come, first served basis- in order in which we receive the registration fees, paid through Square. You will receive the Square invoice link after you complete your reviewer selection. Please make the payment as soon as convenient after receiving your invoice. 


Here is the updated schedule of reviews:

Reviewer Schedule 2024


Schedule of Events:

All of events will be on East Carolina University Campus and near-by.

Map eateries in downtown Greenville  


Friday, February 2nd:         

Evening: Informal Gathering and Kick off (Location TBD)

First Friday ArtWalk in Downtown Greenville 


Saturday, February 3rd:         

9AM-11:30AM: Informal Portfolio Sharing, Workshops, Exhibitions, and Tours of the School of Art and Design (Jenkins Fine Art Center):       

Get Your Wet Plate Portrait Taken (Lighting Studio, Jenkins Fine Art Center)  

11:30AM-12:30PM: Lunch

12:30PM to 6PM: Lectures and Presentations will run concurrently with portfolio reviews in adjoining room (Student Center).

Portfolio Reviews (Student Center Rm 249)

Lectures and Presentations  (Student Center Rm 253):

12:30PM   Greg Banks and Addison J Brown: Nothing Is What It Seems

12:55PM  Anderson Wrangle: Further Adventures in the Woods and on the Water

1:20PM  David Johnson: Eager Terrain (Works in Progress) 

1:45PM  Courtney Johnson: Carolina League: Polaroid emulsion manipulations of Minor League Baseball

2:10PM Alix Deane: Body Scan: In the Field

2:35PM Katelyn Brewer (Stanley)

3:00PM  Haleigh Brewer (Stanley)

3:25PM  Michael Gaines

3:50PM Shane Booth: When Photography Turns into Dress Making: The Cyanotype Dress

4:15PM  Julie Mixon: Botanical Toning for Cyanotypes and other Experimental Processes

4:40PM Heather Evans Smith: Blue Series

5:05PM Jamie Robertson: Sites of Resistance: The Land Remembers.

5:30PM Bekah Alviani: Making, Unmaking, and Memory

5:55PM Briana Earl: Developing My Archive: on being, and on



Social Time




We have a block of 20 single rooms for $129 per night at Hampton Inn, Greenville, 305 Greenville Blvd SW for ECU Photography- Please use Booking Link when registering.

Guestrooms will be held in the block until 12:00AM on 1/19/2024. Booking includes:

  • Free hot breakfast offered daily, allowing your guests to start their day off right without an additional charge.
  • Free high-speed and Wireless Internet access in the lobby and all guestrooms, allowing your guests to easily stay connected to their customers and family while at our hotel.
  • Complimentary parking
  • 24-hour Complimentary coffee
  • Complimentary indoor pool & Spa 6am to 11pm
  • 24-hour fitness center


AirBnBs in town– Good for larger shared groups: Link

Hotels in Greenville: Link

And for those of you who are not opposed to Camping, River Park North is a nice location:



Portfolio Reviewers


Bekah Alviani is a published, award-winning, and internationally exhibited lens-based artist whose work explores the relationship between images, objects, and memory – offering diverse perspectives of the subjects she documents. She has been published in Photographer’s Forum Best of Photography 2015, The Remake Project, and various other publications. Her work has recently been seen in solo exhibitions in Texas, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. 

Alviani holds an AST in Photography, a BFA in Graphic Design with minors in Art History and Marketing, and an MFA in Digital Arts. Alviani is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer having served in Ghana, West Africa. She served as an art teacher in a Ghanaian school for the Deaf. Her service fostered a love of teaching, and she now works as an Assistant Professor of Art at Brevard College teaching digital art and photography while continuing her visual research and art-making practice. 


Greg Banks is a photo-based artist and instructor at Appalachian State University. He received his MFA in photography at East Carolina University in May 2017.  He received a B.A. in photography and a B.A. in fine art from Virginia Intermont College in 1998. Banks is a top 200 finalist in Photo Lucida’s Critical Mass in 2018. He was one of only seven artists chosen for the Light Factory’s Annuale 9 in 2017. Greg’s work was among the top 5 most popular, on the online magazine “Don’t Take Pictures” in 2017.  Greg combines everything from IPhone images to historic 19th century processes, gelatin silver printing, painting and digital printing. His current creative practice investigates family, folklore, memories, magic, Appalachia, as well as history and religion.


Shane Booth grew up in central Nebraska where he would spend hours looking at family photos with this grandmother, sparking his love for photography.  He graduated with a BA in art from Nebraska Wesleyan University and an MFA in photography from the Savanna College of Art and Design.  Currently he is a Full Professor of photography at Fayetteville State University. His diverse body of work has taken him all over the world where he has taught workshops and exhibited work in Sweden, Africa, Taiwan, and most recently Russia.   He received a grant to  work with HIV positive orphans in Ethiopia with Artists for Charity, and was awarded a another grant by the US Embassy in Moscow to work with the LGBTQ and HIV positive people in Russia.  He has many honors including being nominated for Sweden’s favorite TV star by QX magazine for his stint on the wildly popular reality tv show Allt for Sverige, tackling the subject of being HIV positive.  It was his time on this show that took him back to his roots and he began photographing Nebraska and its people.  He also photographed Laura Bush for The National Willa Cather Foundation.   His camera of choice is an antique studio camera from 1867 which he found in a junk shop in Alma NE that he has converted to shoot 8×10 film. 


Addison Brown is a photography-based artist currently living in Boone, North Carolina. He received his BA in photography at the University of Alabama Huntsville in 2012 and a MFA in photography at East Carolina University in 2017.


Dr. Tim Christensen grew up under the big skies of the West looking at the ground. A passionate interest in living things compelled him to get his Ph.D. in Genetics from Cornell and become a biology professor at East Carolina University. His well-practiced attention to the small and unnoticed bits of nature fills his walks through North Carolina. While completing his MFA at ECU he explored historical methods including: Cyanotype, Gum Bichromate, Van Dyke, and wet plate collodion. Tim has also pushed the boundaries of digital photography with his precision work in astrophotography and the creation of micro-panoramas.


Brian Culbertson is originally from Chesapeake, Virginia, currently residing in Greenville, North Carolina, where he is an instructor at East Carolina University. Brian has exhibited work internationally participating in exhibitions across the United States, Canada, China, and the United Arab Emirates. His work has been featured in publications such as The Hand Magazine, Don’t Take Pictures, Light Leaked, and Fraction Magazine. Brian creates images that investigate photography’s influence on cultural and social values.


Alix Deane’s current work investigates her identity in relation to place (home), via photography, glass, and sound. Deane received a BFA from the University of Kentucky in 2018 and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May of 2022. She is currently an instructor of record at the University of Kentucky, Brevard College, and Blue Ridge Community College where she is teaching a variety of photography courses and and art appreciation. She is also the manager of Spiers Gallery located in Brevard College’s campus. 


Heather Evans Smith is a photo-based artist whose work reflects her southern roots, motherhood, womanhood and a whimsical imagination she relied on as an only child in a rural town. Her photographic imagery explores the ideas of memory, loss and family in conceptual settings. Smith’s work has been exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions at venues including the Fox Talbot Museum in Lacock, England, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, NC and Leica Galerie Milano in Milan, Italy. She is a Critical Mass 2014, 2018 and 2021 Top 50 recipient, 2022 Silver List artist and the CENTER 2022 Me&Eve grant recipient. Her first monograph, Seen Not Heard, was published by Flash Powder Projects in 2016 followed by two self-published monographs, Alterations and Blue.

Heather is most interested in reviewing fine art and conceptual photography but is open to viewing all types of work. She welcomes the opportunity to offer feedback on ongoing projects and assist with planning the next steps for projects or series that are still in the conceptual stage.


Rod Fincannon in Greenville NC, Roderick has been working in photography and photography education for over a 13 years. Rod’s work has been published and exhibited throughout the United States.


Briana Earl is a collector of stories. As a photographer, Briana uses her medium to explore elaborate narratives through visual storytelling. Her current work focuses on themes of nostalgia, homesickness, and autobiographical memories. Briana is inspired by studies of sociology, psychology, and gerontology and how personal experiences influence our perception of memory. She is also influenced by her own experiences of aging and transitions.  Briana graduated from the University of South Dakota in 2018 with a BFA in Studio art with a specialization in Photography and a minor in Art History. Briana received her MFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Photography from East Carolina University in 2022.


Courtney Johnson specializes in alternative process and experimental photography and is one of the leading scholars on the photographic cliché-verre technique. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions in New York, Miami, San Francisco, Richmond, Colombia, and Germany and is in numerous permanent collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; University of Central Florida; Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale; and FOTOMUSEO, Bogotá. Johnson earned her BFA from New York University and her MFA from the University of Miami. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington


David Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Coastal Carolina University. Johnson’s work has settled at the intersection of society, architecture, and the individual. Multiple bodies of work demonstrate ways in which space can affect personality and how individuals impact the environments they occupy, even momentarily. In 2019, Johnson’s first book, Wig Heavier Than a Boot, a collaborative project with poet Philip Matthews, was published by Kris Graves Projects; the following year, the project was featured at the Fotofest Biennial in Houston. In 2021, the University of Texas Press published Johnson’s second book, It Can Be This Way Always: Images from the Kerrville Folk Festival. His photographs have been exhibited internationally in venues including the Contemporary Art Museum in Saint Louis, the National Building Museum in Washington D.C., Rathaus in Stuttgart, Germany, Blue Star Contemporary in San Antonio, and most recently at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts.


Julie Snyder Mixon is an Associate Professor of Photography at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina. Julie teaches a variety of photography courses at FMU that include topics such as darkroom, experimental, digital, photographic lighting and advanced photography. She received her MFA in Photography from East Carolina University and a BFA in Photography from Barton College. She specializes in alternative photographic processes and explores the combination of analog and digital photographic processes. Julie has exhibited her work regionally, nationally and internationally.


Rebecca Nolan, Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator, Savannah College of Art and Design. Rebecca Nolan received a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and an MFA from the University of Oregon, Eugene. She is excited to see all types of work.


Jamie Robertson is a visual artist and educator working in photography and video. Born and raised in Houston, her Texas roots inform her practice as she investigates the landscape of the American South as a living archive of Black life. Her photobook, Charting the Afriscape of Leon County, TX, was published in December 2020 with Fifth Wheel Press. Work from this series is in the collection of McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Robertson has exhibited her work at Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX; SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA; Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, TX; and 516 Arts, Albuquerque, NM. She earned an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Houston and an MSc in Art Therapy from Florida State University.  Robertson lives in Hampton Roads, Virginia, where she is an Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University.


Anderson Wrangle is an Associate Professor at Clemson, where he has taught Photography since 2007.  He received his B.A. in English, and Studio Art from the University of the South, and earned his M.F.A from the University of Houston in 2001, and he was a Visiting Assistant Professor there from 2003 to 2007.  Anderson Wrangle was a 2019 Hambidge Center Resident.  He was named a 2021-2023 Creativity Professor in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities, and has many research grants funding work in the Savannah River Basin, the Outer Banks, The ACE Basin, and other projects. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro/Coleção Joaquim Paiva, the Galerie hlavního města Prahy, Prague, and private collections


Angela Franks Wells is a photography-based artist specializing in 19th century photographic processes. As an educator, she is committed to facilitating creative thinking and skilled making with her students. Her recent creative endeavors are about playful investigation and finding levity. Angela is an Associate Professor of Photography at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. where she enjoys the lush greenery of the south, proper weather storms, and the benefits of natural humidity in the studio.