HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 15, 2012 – Benita VanWinkle, instructor of art at High Point University, has been selected out of hundreds of artists to display her photography in an international show titled “Red” at the Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction, N.J.
The jurors for “Red,” an international show with work from all over the world, selected just 69 pieces out of 630 entries for its exhibit. VanWinkle submitted “Barn in the back field,” a photo she shot from her own back yard of a neighbor’s barn.
“There are so many talented photographers in the world that it is thrilling to have my work singled out as significant enough to be in this show, and the other entries are really beautiful and interesting,” says VanWinkle. “I am honored to have my work selected for this exhibit.”
Jurors for the show were Brooks Jensen and Maureen Gallagher – co-editors of LensWork Magazine, a highly acclaimed periodical in photographic circles. The show features work from artists as far away as Russia, Australia, Greece, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, as well as Canada and the United States. The exhibit will be on display from Oct. 25 through Nov. 18.
VanWinkle explains that she tries to convey the message to her students that photographs can make a difference – and that competing in shows and exhibitions is a way to help spread that positive energy in the world.
“We spend time in my class actually going on photo shoots, learning how to seek out and notice beauty and wonder that surrounds us every day,” VanWinkle says. “If one of my students has an ‘ah-ha’ moment and actually appreciates something that they had never noticed before, then that’s what I’m there for. Technical information is important, but learning to ‘see’ the world with new eyes every single day – that’s what is really important.”