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: Virtual Artist's Talk with Doug Dertinger on his new ehxibit: HOLD

Presented at Axis Gallery, November 7-28, 2020

Viewpoint Letcure: Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, 7:00pm- 8:30pm

All students and Viewpoint members are invited to attend the first virtual lecture in our Fall 2020 Student Lecture Series. These free lectures are designed for college and high school students.

You will need to pre-register for this virtual event so a Zoom link may be sent: Register Here

Viewpoint presents an evening with photographer Doug Dertinger as he discusses his current show at AXIS Gallery, HOLD.  The exhibit brings together works from two photographic projects, Voyage and Traveler, to explore the liminal quality of our everyday encounters with the land.  “I am always interested in the intimate encounter with the unattended,” writes Dertinger, “of the everyday and the easy-to-overlook, not simply to be witness, but attendant, gardener.”  Dertinger’s images invite us to be collaborators in our understanding of the environment, forefronting the relationships that arise as we perceive, affirm, and deny the delicacy of our mutable and often tragic world. 

Doug Dertinger was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest.  A landscapist, his work focuses on aspects of perception and encounter within our environment. His work has been shown nationally and internationally, and is in the permanent collections of the Princeton University Art Museum and St. Mary’s University Art Gallery, Nova Scotia.  He holds a BFA in Fine Arts from Colorado State University and an MFA in Fine and Media Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and has taught at a variety of institutions across the U.S., joining the faculty of Photography at California State University, Sacramento in 2008.



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

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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