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King University News :: King Photography Student Receives Recognition from Prestigious Museum

King College photography student Adam Holsinger was awarded an Undergraduate Fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA). With a collection of art that spans the globe and more than 5,000 years, the VMFA is recognized as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States.

VMFA's Fellowship Program has awarded more than $4.4 million and 1,147 awards to students and professional artists. To celebrate the museums 75th anniversary, the Fellowship Program received a 25% increase in funding. A record 642 applicants submitted works. Holsinger was one of only 14 undergraduates from all artistic disciplines to be chosen, and the only student south of Richmond so honored.

Having my work recognized by the VMFA as deserving of such esteemed acknowledgement is as momentous as it is motivating, said Holsinger.

This award is one of several recent prestigious recognitions of Holsinger's photographic talents. His photo of Kyle Busch winning the Bristol Motor Speedway's (BMS) August 2010 NASCAR Trucks Race was selected to hang in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. for four months along with two photos of his other two wins that same weekend. A night shot of Bristol Motor Speedway, taken by Holsinger, is also on permanent display at the track's new communications center.

The opportunity to take photographs at BMS was amazing, said Holsinger. I love the excitement and challenge that shooting a live sports event brings, especially one that is not only a national event, bu

t an international one as well. Another of my local favorites to photograph is Bristol's Rhythm and Roots Reunion.

Ten years ago after he picked up a friend's digital camera, Holsinger quickly became captivated with the artistic medium. Within just a few months, he was doing his first photo shoots. One of my other passions is writing, said Holsinger. Incorporating writing along with photography has made for a harmonious creative journey.

We are grateful to have someone of Adam's talent here at King College, said Chris Stewart, director of photography for King College. Photography is all about making powerful images that communicate. Adam is quite successful at telling a story through his art. We are thrilled that he is being recognized for his outstanding artistic work.

To learn more about the photography program at King College, visit arts.king.edu.