Entering an Exhibition

Mal Air Mall © Jack Hopkins


Redwood Camera Club Exhibition Guidelines 

Please refer to complete text in handbook. If you have a concern about your piece, speak to the curator before submission day.

Matting and Framing Guidelines


  • All components—mats, backing boards, adhesives—should be acid free.
  • Glass should be nick and scratch free and the edges should be sanded.
  • Glass should be clean on both sides. Use window cleaner.
  • Acrylic is lighter than glass, doubles the cost, scratches easier and needs a special cleaner.


  • There should be no visible over cuts.
  • Borders should be about three inches wide.
  • The mat should be weighted (wider) at the bottom so as not to give the impression of having the photo fall off the page (e.g., top 3 ¼”, sides 3 ¼”, bottom 3 ½”).
  • Burnish the beveled edges after cutting the inside opening to smooth them and eliminate fuzziness. Burnish the edges of purchased mats. If cutting your own mats use a sharp blade and change frequently to avoid curves and fuzzy edges.

Assembling your photo

  • Hinge the mat and backing board at the top using a strip of archival tape.
  • Hinge photo on the backing board using archival tape making two or three hinges depending on the length of the photo, or hinge photo on the back of the mat board.
  • Alternately, photo corner mounts can be attached to all four corners or just to support the bottom edge.
  • The photo should lie flat in the frame.
  • Double-check glass to remove all fingerprints, dust, and lint.


  • There should be no obvious nicks on metal frames or wood frames.
  • Wood frames can be painted with black acrylic paint (or matching color) to patch nicks.

Attaching wire to your frame

  • Braided wire, aluminum, non-stretch cord, non-stretch plastic or coated wire, hereafter referred to as “wire”, must be used.  String or rope is not acceptable.
  • Attach D-rings, not eye hook fasteners, for the wire about one-third of the way down from the top of the frame.  Saw tooth hangers or spring clips are not acceptable.
  • Wind the end of the wire tightly at least four times after running through the D-rings.  Wrap wire ends so handlers are not cut by the sharp edges. Electrical tape works well.
  • The apex of the wire, when pulled taut, should be two inches below the top of the frame.
  • Non-skid material (or bumpers) on the corners will help reduce movement and protect walls from scuffing.

RCC Requirements 

  • Mat colors must be black or a shade of white.
  • Wire must be attached to the back of the frame (two inches from the top and one-third of the way down the side of the frame.
  • Use only frames meant for wall hanging.