Congratulations to @84rms @cyndireader @irenenelson @kattyking @magdelenaphoto @mexi_Lena.

Mills College Art Association jurors have selected finalists whose printed #pattigrams will be exhibited, in addition to the previous #pattigram finalists, in the Mills College Photography Department Gallery from Nov 16–Dec 11, 2016. Visit our Tumblr to see all the finalist images.

An opening reception for the #Pattigram exhibition will take place on Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016 at 4–6pm in the Mills College Photography department.

ROOT CONNECTION: 20 YEARS OF THE PATTI SMITH COLLECTION, now on view at MCAM, includes rare original photographs taken by artist, poet, and musician, Patti Smith with her Polaroid camera. Inspired by Smith and the expressive possibilities of instant photography, MCAM invites you to submit a #PATTIGRAM—capturing the poetry of your everyday—to our Instagram photo contest from September 14–October 14, 2016.

MCAM Director, Dr. Stephanie Hanor, will choose two #Pattigrams to be featured weekly on our social media and website. Select finalists will also be chosen by a jury of Mills College art students to have high quality images of their #Pattigrams printed in our photo-lab and exhibited in the Mills College Art Department Photography Gallery for the duration of Root Connection.


Like the Polaroid camera, Instagram is a portable medium that instantly produces square format documents of our everyday lives with a candid and often nostalgic affect.

To be eligible, #Pattigrams must be submitted via Instagram with the hashtag Pattigram (#PATTIGRAM) and tagging MCAM (@MillsArtMuseum) in the image caption. The deadline for submissions is Friday October 14, 2016.


Patti Smith’s Polaroid photos are typically spare, black and white mementos of scenes or objects (statues, furniture, clothes, architecture; etc.) that evoke reverie. These scenes or objects were typically foregrounded—positioned to the front of the frame towards the observer/viewer.

With this in mind, to be eligible for “featured” consideration #PATTIGRAM Instagram submissions must be:

  • Black and White
  • Square format
  • No Selfies

Preference will also be given to images that demonstrate foregrounding.

Patti Smith describes herself as an amateur photographer (“There’s nothing wrong with being an amateur”) and her photographs as a “visual diary”. Taking Polaroid photos was and continues to be part of her daily life, just as Instagram and other visual platforms have become routine acts of self expression.

Featured images will be considered based on the following qualities:

  • Diaristic (documents daily life from a personal or intimate perspective)
  • Poetic (evokes reverie)


MCAM Digital Showcase
Each week MCAM staff will feature selected images that meet the above criteria on MCAM’s social Media channels (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) and MCAM’s website. These select photos will also be rotated on digital screen displays across the Mills campus, and organized into a digital exhibition on MCAM’s Tumblr that will be available in perpetuity.

On–Site Exhibition
Finalist will be selected to have their #Pattigram image printed in our professional photolab and exhibited in the Mills College Photography Department Gallery from November 16–December 11, 2016. MCAM will host an opening reception to honor the finalists on the evening of November 16. Finalists will be able to take home their printed photos at the conclusion of the exhibition.


Dr. Stephanie Hanor received her PhD in art history from the University of Texas in 2003. Hanor has a MA in art history from the University of Minnesota and a BA in art history from Tulane University. In 2007, she participated in the Museum Leadership Institute with a group of 30 museum directors and senior staff from around the country at the Getty Leadership Institute in Los Angeles.

In 2009, Dr. Hanor was appointed to Director of Mills College Art Museum, and where she is also chief curator. Prior to joining MCAM, Dr. Hanor served as the head of the curatorial department for Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego.

Dr. Hanor is known for her outstanding interpretive vision in creating exhibitions of contemporary American and international art. She brings to Mills particular expertise in identifying and working with emerging and mid-career artists to develop innovative projects and successful exhibitions of their work.

Last Updated: 4/18/24