Viewpoint Student Program

The Viewpoint Student Program was created to provide students with an educational resource that gives them valuable industry information, feedback, and support in a semi-professional environment.  Viewpoint is offering a program to help high school and college students grow and build their art, meet other students in their chosen field of study who share their interests, and join a thriving organization dedicated to the photographic arts.

For students interested in becoming a Member of Viewpoint, the annual fee is only $20 and entitles members to attend all monthly Print and Portfolio nights; to submit their work for possible exhibition in the annual Members Show, field trips organized for members and discounted fees for various workshops and travel trips, and invitations to the Member Receptions at each new monthly exhibit.

NEW to the Viewpoint Student Program is a Workshop Scholarship Fund which provides 20 free half-day workshops held at Viewpoint for full-time college students with a photography major. This new fund is has been generously provided to Viewpoint through a private family contribution. The fund will be reviewed annual for renewal. Click here for more details.

Program Details:
Student lectures are intended to supplement a student's school experience by offering talks and demonstrations on areas of photographic interest, topics and techniques.  Lectures and demonstrations are given by people experienced in their field.  Viewpoint strives to make these lectures relevant to areas of study.  Suggestions for speakers are always welcome.

For more information, contact Diana Proctor at:


STUDENT LECTURES · 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

All students are invited to attend Viewpoint’s Student Lecture Series. These free lectures are for college and high school students and will be held at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, 2015 J ST.

Attend a student lecture and win a Charles Farmer Print! One lucky attendee at each lecture, determined by random drawing, will receive a free mounted, over-matted print by noted large-format photographer and workshop instructor, Charles Farmer.


Thursday 2/21/19 Gene Kennedy: Matting Your Photographs

Thursday 3/21/19 Angela Casagrande: Luminous Images: Encaustics and Photography




Thursday, January 24, 2019
7:00pm- 9:00pm

Patrick O’Kane will talk about the key elements necessary to achieve high quality prints.  He will also discuss the many materials now available to photographers wishing to use a medium other than traditional paper. This lecture is a great opportunity for students to learn new techniques, ask questions and gain a greater knowledge of the print side of making great art.

Patrick O’Kane has owned and operated Cali Color in Sacramento for over 30 years.  Starting as a traditional Photographic lab, Cali Color started in the early 1990’s transitioning to digital output and became one of the first fine art print shops to feature scanning and printing for local professional artists and top photographers.  Cali Color has an outstanding reputation for the print work they do and they are highly respected throughout the community.


GENE KENNEDY: Fundamentals of Matting and Presenting Photographs

Thursday, February 21, 2019
7:00pm- 9:00pm

In this lecture, students will learn some of the techniques used in photography matting, including the specific kinds of materials to use, proper tools for cutting mats and the difference between archival methods and “garbage mats." Gene Kennedy will also show students how to cut mats so they celebrate the images by providing “invisible surrounds” that support the art but don’t interfere with it. In a hand-out, Gene will share where to go to purchase matboards, other helpful materials and tools for matting. The evening will conclude with a demonstration of mat cutting using an image.

BIO: Gene Kennedy is recognized nationally for his photography of the contemporary American landscape. He is best known for his black-and-white documentary images about suburban land development in California and his 16 years photographing the Gladding, McBean ceramics factory in Lincoln. His pictures are contained in the collections of the California State Library, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others.Kennedy owned and taught photography at The Darkroom, a do-it-yourself photography lab located in Sacramento. He was managing editor of View Camera and Camera Arts magazines from 1998 to 1999. From 2003 to 2008, Kennedy served as executive director of Viewpoint and later as gallery coordinator. He taught photography at numerous colleges and universities in San Diego County and in the Central Valley from 1970 to 2002 and currently teaches traditional black and white coursed at Butte College.


ANGELA CASAGRANDE: Luminous Images: Encaustics and Photography

Thursday, March 21, 2019
7:00pm- 9:00pm

Angela Casagrande will present a talk on the history of encaustics, contemporary use of encaustics with the photographic medium in addition to painting techniques with encaustics.
Encaustic painting as it is known, is the use of heated beeswax in which colored pigments are added. The heated beeswax may then be applied to any surface. The history of encaustic painting dates back to ancient times and still maintains it popularity to this day in contemporary art. Casagrande will be demonstrating the use of encaustics with a photographic image, surface treatments and techniques to augment the beeswax as well as answering questions regarding the encaustic process.

Angela Casagrande is an artist and photography instructor at Sacramento City College and Sierra College. She lives and works in Sacramento, California and was a recipient of the 2015 Julia Margaret Cameron Award. She has exhibited in solo exhibitions at Axis Gallery in Sacramento, California. Her group exhibitions include The Women’s Show at South x Southeast Photogallery in Molena, Georgia and Of Memory, Bone and Myth at the Colonel Eugene Myers Gallery of Art, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota. Her work is in the public collection at Colonel Eugene Myers Gallery of Art. She recently created a series of hybrid camera obscuras for her MFA Thesis Exhibition in 2018 at Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine.


2019 STUDENT EXHIBIT: Boundaries

Viewpoint Photographic Art Center invites college and high school students of photography to submit photographs for a juried exhibition in the Viewpoint Step Up Gallery. This juried exhibition, entitled BOUNDARIES, will run from APRIL 9 through MAY 4, 2019.

Viewpoint's Jury will select approximately 30-40 images for the exhibition. Students whose images are accepted will receive a free one-year Viewpoint membership.

Cash Prize Awards

1st Place       $150

2nd Place      $100

3rd Place       $75

Submission Deadline: February 5, 2019 at Midnight

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For details on how to enter, download the PROSPECTUS.


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Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is the proud recipient of a SMAC Cultural Arts Award grant.

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