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.

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.

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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 Street, Sacramento CA 95811.  Viewpoint members are invited to attend as well.

One lucky student will receive a prize for attending.  The name will be drawn at the end of the lecture.


Thursday 9/19/19 Rebecca Gregg: Visual and Verbal

Thursday 10/17/19 James Motlow: Life and Photography in Locke

Thursday 11/21/19 Speaker and topic to be determined.

Thursday 2/20/20 Speaker and topic to be determined.

Thursday 3/21/20 Speaker and topic to be determined.



Thursday September 19, 2019

“A picture is worth a thousand words” as the cliché goes. Rather than calculate the formula or complexities of 1000 = 1, we can all acknowledge that both words and photographs communicate messages differently while they also work together. Words accompany photographs in titles and artist statements as well as appearing as content within photographs or being added to the narrative of the image later. Titles run the verbal spectrum from “Untitled” (which is nonetheless a word) to poetic phrases like H.P. Robinson’s mid-19th century photograph of a young woman entitled “She Never Told Her Love.” What is the importance of Edward Weston’s prosaic title of his beautiful 4 hour exposure of “Pepper No. 33”? If nothing else, the title speaks to his disciplined pursuit as it suggests that there were 32 others before this exquisite version.  Words inside and alongside the frame as captions add to the meaning of images and often are a source of humor or tension. The lecture and discussion, Visual & Verbal, will explore the powerful partnership of photographs and words through a survey of historic and current images. We will discuss words as part of a photograph’s content and as titles, artist statements, and essays.

Rebecca Gregg is a charter member and past-president of the Sacramento Valley Photographic Art Center. She presently serves on Viewpoint’s Board of Directors, Curatorial Committee, and facilitates Print Night. Gregg is Professor Emeritus of Photography at Sierra College and is especially interested in the history and impact of photography as art and visual communication. Her photography has been shown in group exhibits at the Crocker-Kingsley, California Works, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, University of the Pacific, CSUS and Sierra College as well as one-person exhibits at Sierra College and Viewpoint.


Thursday October 17, 2019

James Motlow will exhibit some of his images from his book, Life and Photography in Locke, at Viewpoint during the month of October.  He will make a special presentation for our Student Lecture Series on October 17th.

James Motlow lived in Locke throughout the 1970’s producing a body of photographic images: Café’s, late night donut holes, Sacramento Delta farmers and farm workers, Sacramento neighborhoods, low riders and his neighbors in Locke.  These images have been published locally, nationally and internationally. His stock images have been sold by Magnum in New York and Jeroboam in San Francisco. His images are in the collection of the Oakland Museum and Crocker Museum as well as many private collections.  Along with Jeff Gillenkirk, James produced the awarding winning book Bitter Melon: Inside America’s Last Rural Chinese Town, published by the University of Washington in 1987 and has been in continues print since. After 30+ years in the Bay Area, he returned to Locke where now lives.

“In the opening months of 1971 I was on my way to San Francisco driving along the Sacramento River when I stopped in Locke to visit a poet.  He had moved but his building was for rent.  Living on Main Street Locke seemed like the answer to all my questions at that time.  What kind of images did I want to make and what did I want to do with those images?  What I did know was I did not want to open a studio and do weddings nor live in a urban environment    What I did find myself interested in, was cafes, delta farm workers, friends and country living.
I did not make images in Locke for two years, as it just did not seem right.  That changed when I moved into a house on Key St. in 1973.  These images were done after then.
From the beginning photography gave me the precision of line that I lacked with painting.  It also gave me the ability to organize spatial relationships into visual poetry.  This combination allowed me to make creative images that express my wonder and love of people.”


Submittal Period Opens October 1, 2019 and Closes December 29, 2019

Viewpoint invites college and high school students of photography to submit photographs for a juried exhibition.  The Crocker Art Museum and Viewpoint will host the Student Exhibition as part of Photography Month Sacramento: April 2020.  The exhibit will be in the Museum from March 26, 2020 through April 26, 2020.  The juror will select approximately 65 images for this show. 

The theme of the show is Voices: Speaking with your Photographic Eye.  Photographs capture a moment in time, speaking about everything from the quality of light, the action, or stillness of the moment, to telling a story. It is your perspective on that moment. And at the same time it can be the story from another person's experience. Whether you are interested in the work of photographers such as Ansel Adams and Galen Rowell, or street photographers such as Danny Lyon, Louis Stettner, Dorthea Lange and many other documentarians, or Annie Leibovitz and  Cindy Sherman who create whole characters, there is a voice that speaks to you in the images you are drawn to study. As you approach making an image or images to submit, think about what you want to convey to the viewers, what story do you want them to see?  Use your creative imagination as you think about what you want to photograph and what you choose to submit.

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

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

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

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