3/16/2006 Houston-- More than 120 exhibitions of photographic art works are on display in museums and galleries throughout the city. Fotofest is curating and commissioning 20 innovative exhibitions featuring 40 artists who produced art work with dual themes: "The Earth" and "Artists Responding to Violence." The art encompasses mixed media work, classical photography, video and film.

Fotofest's exhibitions are located at Vine Street Studios warehouse, DiverseWorks Artspace, The Art League, Winter Street Studios, The New World Museum, as well as other galleries in Houston. The Museum of Fine arts, Contemporary Arts Museum, Menil Collection, The Houston Museum of Natural Science for Photography and more than 45 art galleries are hosting the exhibitions. Organizers hope to turn Houston into a "museum without walls."

A film and video series related to "The Earth" them in partnership with the Environmental Film Festival in Washington D.C., the Museum of Fine Arts and Houston Film Department will be shown at the Brown Auditorium at the Museum of Fine Arts beginning March 31.

The "Meeting Place" is known as a place for photographers to mix and mingle. More than 320 international photographers and 110 photo professionals are participating in the 2006 Meeting Place at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Houston from March 10-23. Here photographers would have the opportunity to meet with other photographers that they would have a hard time meeting under ordinary conditions. It is a place for colleagues to meet and exchange ideas.

Fotofest is sponsoring two one-day workshops. On March 14, "Making Digital Work for You" is moderated by Mary Virginia Swanson. "Publishing the Photographic Book" begins on March 19 and is moderated by Robert Morton.

For more information about Fotofest, visit their website at www.fotofest.org. Contributed by Pam Gibbens.