PhotoVox: January 2024 – Get the Show on the Road! Tips for Creating and Booking Traveling Exhibitions with RJ Kern


Get the Show on the Road!

Tips for Creating and Booking Traveling Exhibitions


WHEN | Wednesday, January 10th, 2023, at 6:30 PM (MST)

WHERE | Online (through Zoom – link in registration email)

COST | Free for CPAC members; $10 for non-members

ABOUT | To kick off the new year, we’ve invited photographer R.J. Kern to share all the nuts and bolts of how he booked (in a matter of months) over 12 exhibitions for his photographic project, The Unchosen Ones. For Kern, traveling exhibitions support his creative practice, keep his books alive, and create predicable income.

Get answers to the following questions and more during this exciting virtual event:

  • Once your solo exhibition comes down, how do you keep the show on the road?
  • What practical constraints make it easier to earn a “yes?”
  • What does an exhibition proposal look like?
  • How do you manage shipping costs and logistics for shows booking 3-4 years out?
  • What about a retainer?
  • What does a written agreement look like?
  • What factors go into the decisions of exhibiting completed work in a space (framing, mounting, transporting)?


R.J. Kern’s work has been featured in National Geographic; in group exhibitions at the Zurab Tsereteli Museum of Modern Art (Tbilisi), the National Portrait Gallery (London), and the Yixian International Photo Festival (Anhui, China); and solo exhibitions at the Griffin Museum of Photography (Winchester, Massachusetts) and Plains Art Museum (Fargo). Public collections include Minneapolis Institute of Art and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. R. J. was a 2017 CENTER Choice Award winner, a finalist for the 2017 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, and a Critical Mass Top 50 for 2018 and 2021. He has two monographs, The Sheep and the Goats (2017) and The Unchosen Ones (2021).


PhotoVox is a monthly program offered by the Colorado Photographic Arts Center to help you strengthen your artistic voice with the support of other photographers and artists in the Denver Metro community. Meetings are held monthly at either CPAC’s downtown gallery or virtually on Zoom, and feature discussions led by local arts and community leaders. Three sessions per year are dedicated to portfolio sharing.