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King University News :: King College Photography Department’s 2012 High School Photo Contest to Display in the Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery

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’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 Photo Contest.

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 5 p.m.  

For more information about King College’s Photography program, visit

Photo Note: The photo shown is the winning image by Abigail Jones of Greeneville High School.


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