Why is Pixel Photo Fest Taking Place in Cleveland?

Since 2014, Pixel Connection has been headquartered in Avon, about 20 miles west of Downtown Cleveland. 

The city’s beautiful skyline is small but mighty, tattooed on the biceps of numerous Clevelanders. At nearby Edgewater Beach, crowds gather to watch the sunset over the city, casting a shadow over the iconic Cleveland script sign. And every day thousands of people walk underneath a giant, electric chandelier towering over the second-largest theater district in the nation (only after Broadway!). 

Many people have asked us, “Why Cleveland?” but for a photography festival meant to bring creatives together, we believe there’s no place better than our city on the rise. We want people to feel inspired by their surroundings and show that photography lives and thrives in Cleveland. 


We chose Cleveland State University (CSU) specifically as our festival venue because it’s right in the heart of the action. Pixel Photo Fest (PPF) isn’t limited to indoor classes, scribbling down notes while a speaker delivers a PowerPoint presentation. Attendees will have the opportunity for hands-on sessions and photo walks outside of the hall.

In the immediate area, CSU has public art, cityscapes, art galleries, historic buildings, and modern architecture. In addition to awakening a creative mindset, CSU has the perfect set of amenities for a festival. The event hall is spacious and fantastic hotels and restaurants can be found within a short walking distance of campus.

This location also gives attendees a chance to enjoy Cleveland nightlife after the festival ends each day. Cleveland has a laundry list of high-quality restaurants and bars so you can continue networking and meeting fellow photographers long into the night. PPF will have organized meetups designed for this exact purpose.

Get ready to be inspired, thrive creatively, and shoot some of your best work in Cleveland. 

Pixel Photo Fest takes place September 13-15 at the Conference Pavilion at Wolstein Center, located on Cleveland State University’s campus at 2000 Prospect. Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44115. 

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