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King College's 2012 High School Photo Contest Exhibition at Bristol Public Library

December 3–29, 2012

The King College Photography Department will present the 2012 High School Photo Contest in the Bristol Public Library’s Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery for the entire month of December.

The King College Photography Department has a mission to transform culture through the arts and to promote the making of innovative unique work. The 2012-2013 school year marked the beginning of several new initiatives to promote the arts. The first new program was to start an Artist-In-Residence which saw two emerging photographers, Jordan Swartz from Virginia Beach, VA, and Justin Kaneps from San Francisco, CA, living on campus for several weeks each and making new work. The other new program is the High School Photo Contest.

The first images that a young artist makes often are the most exciting. This contest is to reward young photographers with the most potential. High school students within 400 miles of Bristol, TN/VA were eligible to enter up to 3 images representing "hometown" during September and October of 2012.

The top 50 photographers will be in an upcoming publication. The top 30 photographers are the stars of the exhibit at the Virgie R Fleenor Gallery. The top 5 photographs were awarded scholarships and prizes. The top photographer has a brand new Canon T4i camera and photography scholarship to King College with the highest award amount possible. The other top entrants received iPads, tripods, gift certificates, and scholarships.

"I couldn't be more excited about the state of the arts in the Southeast United States. This region, known for its art, in particular literature and visual arts, will continue to thrive in this area if these young artists are any indication. We saw portraits, landscapes and everything in between,” stated King Photography Professor Tammy Mercure.

A reception will be held Friday, December, 7 at 5pm.

This display runs December 3rd – December 29th at the Bristol Public Library in the Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery. The library is open Monday- Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday- Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays 2 p.m.-5 p.m. For questions about the Art Gallery or any other library programs, call 276.645.8780.

Photograph: First prize winner: Abigail Jones of Greenville High School in Tennessee.