Photography Instructor Selected for Exhibition

HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 13, 2014 – A photograph by Benita VanWinkle, instructor of art at High Point University, was recently accepted into a juried online photo exhibition by the Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon.

VanWinkle’s photograph, titled, “Byrd Theatre, Richmond, VA,” was one of 54 images selected from 525 submissions for the “Focus: Landscape and Architecture” exhibition. Juried by Black Box Gallery founder and director Todd Johnson, the exhibition examines the process and diversity of contemporary landscape and architectural photography, and will run Aug. 1-20.

“I am thrilled to be in this show because it is an image of something close to my heart: architecture and my theaters,” says VanWinkle.

VanWinkle has photographed vintage movie theaters across the nation for more than 30 years in a continuing body of work entitled “Please Remain Standing.” She says that raising awareness about her theatre project will allow her to publish a retrospective book of “Please Remain Standing” images and stories in the near future.

“I am thankful that I grew up in an era with attention to beautiful detail, attending theater buildings that lent a bit of mystery and adventure to a Saturday afternoon,” says VanWinkle. “Making my theater photos into a book will not VanWinkle Byrd Theatre Richmond VAonly allow me to share those lovely buildings and memories of them with others, but hopefully it will also help to preserve and make people aware of the incredible treasures they have right in their own hometown.”

Van Winkle’s photos, including her series “Please Remain Standing,” can be viewed on her website.

VanWinkle has been featured in Our State magazine, PainPathways magazine and other national and international exhibitions.

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