Art Instructor has Work Featured in National Photography Exhibit

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 4, 2012 – Benita VanWinkle, instructor of art at High Point University, was recently honored with a third place award from the “Of Memory, Bone, and Myth National Photography Exhibition,” a nationally juried photography show on the interpretation of memory and myth, sponsored by the University of North Dakota Department of Art and Design and the Myers Foundation. For the show, VanWinkle entered a piece in tribute to the memory of her grandparents.

VanWinkle says she was honored to have been included in a show that was nationally juried by prominent photographer and editor, Stephen Perloff. Perloff is the founder and editor of “The Photo Review,” a critical journal of national and international photography who has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Philadelphia Inquirer and many other acclaimed publications.

VanWinkle adds that this accomplishment sets a great example to her students by stressing the importance of entering work into competitions and exposing themselves to a broader audience.

“It sets a good example for my students that, as an artist, it is important to keep producing work because that is part of the discipline,” she says. “I literally work on my art every single day and it is important for my students to see the seriousness that is involved when you are dedicated to your art.”

In addition to her courses at HPU, VanWinkle is currently working on a portfolio that has taken 30 years to compile. The portfolio will be featured in an invitational show, “Refuge,” in Winston-Salem at the Sawtooth School for Visual Arts now through May 6.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.℠ HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of “Colleges of Distinction,” as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 44 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and 10 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

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Pam Haynes

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