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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
The King College Photography Department’s mission is to transform culture through
the arts and to promote the creation of innovative, unique work. The 2012-13 school
year marked the beginning of several new initiatives to promote the arts. The first
was an Artist-In-Residence program which saw two emerging photographers, Jordan Swartz
from Virginia Beach, Va., and Justin Kaneps from San Francisco, Calif., creating new
work while residing on King’s campus. The second new initiative is the High School
The first images that a young artist makes often are the most exciting. The contest
is designed to reward young photographers with great potential. High school students
within 400 miles of Bristol, TN/VA were eligible to enter up to three images representing
hometown during the months of September and October of 2012.
The top 50 photographers will be represented in an upcoming publication, while the
top 30 photographers will be the stars of the exhibit at the Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery
located at the Bristol Public Library. The top five photographs were awarded scholarships
and prizes. The top photographer, Abigail Jones from Greenville High School in Tenn.,
received a brand new Canon T4i camera and a photography scholarship to King College
with the highest award amount possible. 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,”
said Tammy Mercure, assistant professor of photography for King College. “This region
will continue to thrive in the areas of literature and arts if these young artists
are any indication. We saw portraits, landscapes and everything in between.”
A reception will be held Friday, Dec. 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
This display will run Dec. 1 through Dec. 29 at the Bristol Public Library in the
Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery. The library is open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.
to 8 p.m., Friday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sundays from 2 p.m. to
For more information about King College’s Photography program, visit http://photography.king.edu.
Photo Note: The photo shown is the winning image by Abigail Jones of Greeneville High School.
King College is a Presbyterian, master’s-level comprehensive college structured on
a university model. King offers more than 90 majors, minors and pre-professional
degrees and concentration in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health
sciences, pharmacy, digital media, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are
offered in business administration, education, and nursing. For more information visit
www.king.edu, call 800.362.0014, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.