Mounting, Matting, and Framing with Gene Kennedy

The Photograph + the Mat + the Frame = An introduction to the presentation of photographs through matting and framing.


Appropriate presentation of your images can change how viewers relate to your pictures. It can demonstrate the degree to which you respect the photograph's ability to stand alone. And it can show that you honor an image enough to let that presentation become transparent, falling away, out of sight and out of mind, leaving only your image.

That presentation, of course, is the simple act of putting an overmat around and over the picture, and completing the task with or without a frame. It isn't always that simple. This workshop will cover the fundamentals of choosing matting and framing materials, learning how to figure out the size of a mat, the best arrangement of borders, or margins, between the image and frame, colors of mat boards and frames, as well as the best choices of materials to guarantee the longevity of your precious photographs. You will be able to cut a mat for a specific photograph, attach the print to a backing board, learn how to attach the overmat to the backing board, and go home with a matted print that you matted yourself.

In addition, you'll get to see a demonstration of how to make a professional double mat, and learn about making an overmat with a "mat gap" or "reveal" between the image and the inside edge of the overmat. This technique is very often used for photography. You'll also learn the dos and don'ts about signing your images, the tools used for mounting, matting, and framing your pictures, and different ways to glaze your work. 

Other things to be covered:

  • Methods for measuring and cutting the mat window
  • Size and location of the window within the mat
  • "Weighting" the image and mat window
  • Limited editions
  • Choices:
    • Glass vs. acrylic plastic glazing
    • Adhesive vs gummed tape for mounting and hinging
    • Corners vs. hinges
    • Wood vs. metal frames

We will also cover: equipment for matting, mounting, and framing; costs and sources for all you need to mat, mount, and frame. 

This workshop will be limited to 16 people. Register Now!




Instructor Gene Kennedy:

Gene Kennedy is recognized nationally for his documentary photographs of the evolving California landscape. His work is contained in the collections of the California State Library, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Kennedy taught photography in the San Diego and Central Valley regions for more than 30 years. He created and operated The Darkroom in Sacramento, a rental photo lab, school, and framing business, from 1986 to 1996. Since then, he has served as managing editor of View Camera and Camera Arts magazines, as executive director of Viewpoint Gallery from 2003 to 2008 and currently serves Viewpoint as Gallery Coordinator.

January 30 2022 9:00 AM   through   12:00 PM
2015 J. Street, Suite 101
Sacramento, CA 95811
United States
Phone: 916-441-2341
Member $ 95.00
Non-member $ 145.00

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Thank you to our sponsors!

Kenneth Meyers
Meyers Investment Group of Baird

Platinum Sponsor


Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is the proud recipient of a SMAC Cultural Arts Award grant.

Individual Sponsorships
(Luminance Level & Above)

Diane Tempest

J.B. Jones



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