The National Art Honor Society of The Art Institute of Mill Street Loft presents its 13th annual national juried high school photography exhibition, exposure. Digital, traditional and experimental photography will be on display from students around the country. Cash prizes and a full scholarship to the Art Institute Summer Intensive will be awarded the night of the opening reception.
“It’s exciting for our students to have the opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional space and to get feedback from working photographers,” states Sarah MacWright, Arts Department Chair, Millbrook School.
More than 90 students from 7 states (NY, PA, KS, FL, RI, NC) and 3 countries (US, China, Germany) entered more than 400 works in this year’s competition. 85 pieces were selected by our jury of professional photographers/artists. For most students this is their first opportunity to compete at the professional level against other high school artists from across the nation. It helps to validate the work they are doing and pushes them to excel in their art making practice.
Angelia Perkins, Photography Instructor from Lawrence, KS, said, “The Exposure competition challenges students to create beyond what they feel they are capable. My students work harder when they know their work is being judged in the New York area. It is important for my students and I to have artwork judged outside the Midwest. Exposure competition motivates them to challenge their voice and processes in image making.”
Students from the National Art Honor Society of the Art Institute of Mill Street Loft host this competition each year. The work to organize, promote and host the entire process. Mill Street Loft believes in teaching students not only the advanced art skills they will need for college, but preparing them to be professional artists in their daily lives. This competition and exhibition allows them to gain experience in areas that few high school students get prior to their first internships in college.
“Being a part of this competition gives me and other students a chance to evaluate our art and see it compete with students from other states. Getting ready for Exposure I feel myself pushing my boundaries as an artist and trying to make amazing art. I think it is really incredible to be able to share my art and compete with students across the nation,” states Allie Fischer a student at Lawrence High School. “After winning Best in Show at Exposure in 2015 I was given the opportunity to participate in Mill Street Loft’s Art Intensive program. Through this competition I have been able to expand my horizons and truly test my capabilities not only as a student from Lawrence High but as an artist. Meeting the instructors and students from Mill Street had a profound impact on me and the power I have as an artist.”
Opening Reception & Awards: Sunday, March 13th 2-4pm
Exhibition dates: March 13 — May 10, 2016
A number of cash awards and other prizes (Best of Show, 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place and 3 honorable mentions) will be given to accepted entrants who demonstrate exceptional ability, originality, mastery of the medium and/or creativity as determined by the jury of professional photographers: Al Nowak, Monica Church and Jen Kiaba.
Jennifer Powell of Eldred High School expressed, “As an art teacher in a small rural school, it is extremely important for me to have my students enter the Exposure photography exhibition each year. Being chosen for this juried event shows my students that anything is possible and it does not matter if you are living in a rural community or the city, it is just about pure artistic talent. I love seeing the excitement and sense of pride in their eyes when I tell them that their work was accepted; these are the moments as a teacher that makes it all worth it.”