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 high schools students and part time or 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.

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:


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 on line through Zoom or other virtual means until Viewpoint can safely hold events in the gallery. Viewpoint members are invited to attend as well. Details will be sent out in eblasts and to faculty on various campuses.


Thursday 9/24/19 Nick Shepard:  Zoom event for his exhibition at Axis Gallery

Thursday 11/19/20 Doug Dertinger: Zoom event for his exhibition at Axis--UPCOMING

Thursday 2/18/21 Speaker and topic to be determined

Thursday 3/18/21 Speaker and topic to be determined

LECTURE DETAILS: Thursday September 24, 2020: Nick Shepard

In this Thursday night virtual artist talk, Nick Shepard will discuss his work, describe his process, and answer your questions about "(re)flection", his current exhibition at Axis Gallery. "(re)flection" is a collaborative exhibit featuring photographs and poems made in response to 2020’s extraordinary spring and summer by lifelong friends Nick Shepard and Jake Seltzer.

The two artists collaborated via text message and email to explore the COVID-19 disruptions from multiple perspectives. Shepard’s understated and layered photographs, which are printed on glossy paper and adhered directly to the wall, depict past and present scenes as mediated images displayed through the surface of electronic devices. Shepard’s photographs are installed in creative compositions alongside Seltzer’s brash and energetic poems, which reflect on wide-ranging experiences. Together, the images and words create a complex portrait of this extraordinary moment.

The two artists explore their shared relationship with athletics, their childhoods and families in New York City, and experiences in the classroom. The title, “(re)flection,” calls attention to the two artists’ long-distance, electronic collaboration, the increased importance of devices in our sheltered lives, the impact of our past on our experience of the present, and the need for connection and flexibility in a changed world.

Photographing in 2020: Light and Dark Times
Submission Period: October 31, 2020 through January 2, 2021

Viewpoint invites college and high school students of photography to submit photographs for a juried exhibition at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, Step Up Gallery.  The exhibit will run from April 6 to May 1, 2021.

Photographing in 2020: Light and Dark Times
As a photographer, explore what this year means to you, your family, friends, your school, work and environment. Are there both light and dark times? What is happening in your world that supports you and gives you hope?  We are living in a period of dramatic shifts, great uncertainty and at times, unrelenting pressure in our everyday lives. We see horrific events happening close to home and far away. We also see examples of great courage, compassion, strength, adaptability and resilience. Use your creative talent to express your experiences and reactions to this year. 

There will be three cash prizes: $75, $100 and $150.

Please click HERE for the Prospectus where you will find all the details regarding this Student Exhibit.



Thank you to our sponsors!

Kenneth Meyers
Meyers Investment Group of Baird

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

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Diane Tempest

J.B. Jones

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