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 online 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, March 25, 2021
Presented by: Joe Wilson via Zoom

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Meeting ID: 912 1633 7923
Passcode: 643500

Do you love making pictures, documenting happenings, creating unique ways of expressing yourself, or contributing to the world of visual communications? How can you engage, enhance and apply your creativity to your voice and work? Making a photographic image is at its core a human endeavor that involves vision and personal involvement by the maker. Consider what elements in your photographic images initially “triggered” our attention, and have you emphasized them in your photographic messages? Your personality, perspectives, and sensitivity are expressed in your choices and photographic work.
We will discuss the ideas and applications of creativity as applied to everyday life and the art of photography, explore how perspectives and motivations can develop your unique photographic style and how your imagination can be either blocked or encouraged. And we will discuss how to have some light-hearted fun with your skills and abilities.

Jim Wilson is a professional photographer and Co-owner of Inviting Light Photography®
Photography brings unknown worlds and perspectives within sight of the viewer and can inspire deep appreciation for these worlds. For Jim, the making of a photographic image is, at its core, a human endeavor, one that involves creativity and personal involvement by the maker. In addition to being a professional photographer, Jim is a biologist, ecologist, teacher and speaker. As a proud founding member of Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, Jim Wilson advocates for the importance of photography, art and science in our communities. Most recently, he was given the “Best of Photography” Award at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival (January 2018), and a Viewpoint gallery exhibit of his work in February of 2019.


Photographing in 2020: Light and Dark Times

As a photographer, explore what 2020 meant to you, your family, friends, your school, work and environment. Are there both light and dark times? What happened 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.



Thank you to our sponsors!

Kenneth Meyers
Meyers Investment Group of Baird

Platinum Sponsor


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

Individual Sponsorships
(Luminance Level & Above)

Diane Tempest

J.B. Jones



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