FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 3, 2007
10 Students Participate in Getty-Sponsored Exhibit
Sponsored by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Museum's Photographs Council, 10 College of the Canyons students were selected along with students from three other community colleges, to participate in a student photography project "Where We Live: Student Perspectives." The photos resulting from the effort will be on exhibition at the COC Art Gallery from August 27 through September 22, with a reception open to the public scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday, September 8. In addition, artist John Humble will conduct portfolio reviews of the students' work on September 22.
Inspired by the Getty's "Where We Live: Photographs of America from the Berman Collection," the project allowed students to be mentored by one of four contemporary photographers: Karen Halverson, Camilo Josť Vergara, Willliam Christenberry and Alex Harris. In an effort to reach out to the Los Angeles community, the Getty chose student photographers from College of the Canyons, Santa Monica College, East Los Angeles College and Los Angeles Valley College to participate in the project.
Karen Halverson mentored the College of the Canyons students. Her extensive portfolio includes a series of location photographs taken in China and India, at the Colorado River, and her panoramic images of the 51-mile twists and turns of L.A.'s Mulholland Drive.
"It was invaluable. If I were a student, I couldn't even imagine having an opportunity such as this one," said Wendy Brill-Wynkoop, chair of the photography department at COC. "So many times, you can have a passion for photography but you don't know how to make a living out of it. This project gave students access to someone who has been successful in fine art photography," said Brill-Wynkoop.
Art Gallery and store hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, or by appointment. The gallery is closed Friday, Sunday and all college holidays. A $1 parking permit can be obtained from the college's South Parking Lot or in Parking Lot 6. The permit allows attendees to park in any regular space in student lots. For more information about the exhibition or the photography department at COC, please visit the college's website at www.canyons.edu.