Villa Maria College is pleased to announce the opening of its 18th Annual High School Photography Student Exhibition on Friday, May 18 in the Paul William Beltz Family Art Gallery and featured works from high school students from throughout the Erie-Niagara region and beyond. Awards were given for first, second and third place, along with ten honorable mentions and two $2000 scholarships to go to two incoming freshmen entering the college’s Photography Program in the Fall. The exhibit runs through June 2. A special opening night reception took take place Friday, May 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
The winners, selected from over 150 submitted photos from twenty-one different school districts, included:
- First Place – Nora Ramsey, Amherst
- Second Place – Samantha Gier – North Collins
- Third Place – Kayla Alba – Akron
- Honorable Mention – Lisa Kowalewski – Akron; Michelle Hover – Charter High for Applied Technologies; Danielle Seier, Frontier; Laura Spath, Hilton; Catilyn Joseph, Lewiston-Porter; Allison Brock, Lewiston-Porter; Morgan Boss, Lewiston-Porter; Jessica Smith, North Collins; Shane Hernandez, Tapestry; Laura Spath, Hilton; Alexis Costello, Tonawanda
- Villa Maria College Scholarship Winners: Chanele Royal, Charter School for Applied Technologies and Haley Witkowski, Pembroke.
Both students are entering Villa’s photography program in the Fall 2012 semester.
This year’s exhibiting high schools included:
- Christian Central Academy
- Charter School for Applied Technologies
- John F. Kennedy
- Lewiston Porter
- North Collins
- Tapestry Charter
Villa Maria College holds several exhibitions during the year to showcase the work of students in major disciplines of study including the fine arts, graphic design, interior design and photography, animation, and fashion design. All events are held in the Paul William Beltz Family Art Gallery located in the main building ground floor on the campus of Villa Maria College. The gallery is open Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and is closed on Sunday. A listing of all exhibitions and other events can be found on Villa Maria College’s website atwww.villa.edu or by calling 716.896.0700.
Villa’s Photography Program is the only course of study in Western New York where extensive training is provided in the techniques and skills necessary for success in commercial studio/freelance photography while adhering to a strong foundation in artistic impression.
Villa Maria College, located in Buffalo, New York, is a private, co-educational Catholic college that specializes in the applied arts and music featuring both two and four-year degree options in photography. The College recently expanded its baccalaureate program offerings to include photography, graphic design, music (and NEW jazz concentration) and music industry. Programs offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree include animation, NEW creative writing and literature, fashion design and merchandising, and interior design. Associate degree programs are offered in the applied arts; music and music business; liberal arts; and other industry-specific career fields. Currently, Villa Maria College offers the only accredited physical therapist assistant program in Erie County. For more information call 716.896.0700
Awards were presented at a special opening ceremony in the on-campus Villa Art Gallery. All works are on display until June 15. Villa Maria College is located 240 Pine Ridge Road in Cheektowaga