HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 4, 2013 – Forty-five photographs taken by nine High Point University students are on display at the High Point Museum. The exhibit, titled “Out of the Woodwork,” highlights the current furniture industry in the city.
The students spent the semester researching and talking to people in High Point’s furniture industry, documenting everything from materials arriving by train to selling the final products at the Furniture Market. It was all part of a service learning course taught by Benita VanWinkle, art education coordinator, titled “Documenting the Community through Photography.”
“The students really engaged with the community and learned a lot about the furniture industry as it is today,” said museum director Edith Brady. “The images and information will be available for research and possibly used in future exhibits.”
VanWinkle and her students wanted to focus on the current furniture industry in High Point, as opposed to the industry of the past.
“High Point has become my community,” said senior A.J. Carpentier. “It has a story to tell, and we’re one of the first classes that got to tell it.”
The exhibit opened Tuesday and will be on display through Feb. 28. The images and research will then be available through the museum’s archives and the Furniture Hall of Fame.