New York Photographer Robert Gerhardt’s “Drive Safely” on exhibit at VI

DriveSafely_IMAGE ©Robert Gerhardt

Award-winning photographer Robert Gerhardt will have his portfolio “Drive Safely” on exhibit on Virginia Intermont’s campus from Sept. 19 – Oct. 17 in the Photography Gallery of the Worrell Fine Arts Center.

Gerhardt’s work has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and is in a number of private collections.  “Drive Safely,” a collection of gelatin silver “dark room” prints, is one of his four solo exhibitions in 2013. While his work is displayed at VI, he will visit campus to critique photo students’ work and to speak in some photo classes.  Gerhardt will also give a Convocation lecture Oct. 10 in Nunn Recital Hall.

In his artist’s statement Gerhardt says:  “Through my photographic expressions, I show both the beauty and the sadness of the world as I see it.  I do not expect the viewer to relate as I do to the people, places and things in the photographs.  But if the viewer comes away having seen something that has made them think or feel in an unexpected way, then my photographs have been successful.”

Born in Augusta, Ga., and raised in Philadelphia, Penn., Gerhardt has lived and worked in New York City since 1999. He has worked at The Smithsonian and MOMA, and now works at The Whitney Museum of American Art. Gerhardt received his B.A. in Anthropology/Sociology and Art History from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and his M.F.A. in Photography from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.

To read more about Gerhardt’s experiences as a professional photographer, visit hiswebsite. For information on VI’s Convocation Series, contact Will Hankins at 276 466-7170.


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Intermont Photographers Featured in Knoxville Photo Exhibition

Photographers from the Virginia Intermont College community are showing at the first annual Knoxville Photo Exhibition sponsored by Knoxville’s Arts & Culture Alliance at the Emporium Center on Gay Street, July 5-26, 2013. Assistant Professor of Photography & Digital Imaging Megan Pinch, along with her husband Dan Robinson, May graduate Paige Barbush ’13, and current student Billie Wheeler ’14, were accepted into the juried exhibition.

59-1-1.Barbush.ArizonaSign Paige Barbush / Arizona Sign

The exhibition features selected works from artists throughout the Southeast region. “We received 478 entries from 98 artists in 12 states across the U.S., and 48 pieces have been selected for the show,” said Suzanne Cada, deputy director of the Emporium Center for the Arts & Culture Alliance. “We are absolutely delighted with the quality of work!”

Barbush was awarded a $100 cash prize for Best Work in the Travel Category for her work, “Arizona Sign.” Originally from Harrisburg, Pa., Barbush has remained in Southwest Virginia after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Photography and Digital Imaging from VI. Last summer, she was the official Photographer and Media Intern for the Virginia Highlands Festival. She has also been an official photographer for the 2012 Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion.

90-1-1.Wheeler.ContactSheetLetters Billie Wheeler / Contact Sheet: Letters 88-2.PinchRobinson.May_30_2012 Pinch & Robinson / 80 Days: May 30, 2012


Knoxville Photo was developed to provide a forum for artists to compete on a national scale and display their highest quality work. The exhibition encompasses photographs depicting all subjects and genres, including streetscapes, cityscapes, landscapes, environmental portraiture, abstracts and more.

Nationally shown artist R.L. Gibson served as juror for the exhibition. “With a camera in almost every cell phone, photography has become the universal medium of artistic and creative expression,” she said. “The nearly 500 entries presented a jury challenge… so I chose to search for the soul of the image. I want the show to suspend disbelief for the viewer just long enough for them to be transported to a time, a place or an emotion.” Gibson works and “lives on vacation” in Gatlinburg with work in galleries from New York to Los Angeles.

Exhibition hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit

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Seniors Exhibit at Arts Depot

From Abingdon Arts Depot:

Six Virginia Intermont seniors in the Photography and Digital Imaging Department have their works on display at the Abingdon Arts Depot’s Special Exhibits Gallery, April 4-May 4. The show is free and open to the public. An artist’s reception will be held April 21 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

This show is the culmination of years of dedicated study by the six students:  Paige Barbush of Harrisburg, Pa.; Bailee Packett of Montross, Va.; Jacob Pelz of Huntersville, N.C.; Benjamin Kavit of Yorktown, Va.; Krystle Brenneman of Virginia Beach, Va.; and Aleesa Cahill of Riverhead, N.Y.

Barbush’s show: “Abandoned in the Light.”

Packett’s show: “documentary series of photographs about adapting to life in America.”

Kavit describes his exhibition as depicting “relationship between the astronomical view of the visible universe and the obstinate view of our current society.”

Brenneman’s exhibit: a self-portrait project “exploring herself as a woman.”

Cahill’s work: “plays with peoples’ obsessions with their technological devices.”

Visit the department online at for more information and an in-depth look at the photographic programs offered.

The Depot Artists Association is a non-profit volunteer organization that operates the Arts Depot and is dedicated to promoting the arts in the community and features the region’s artists. The Arts Depot is located in the historic Depot Square area of downtown Abingdon, Va. The gallery and seven working artists’ studios are open for viewing Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and by appointment. There is no admission charge. For further information, please contact the Arts Depot at (276) 628-9091, or e-mail, or visit its Web site at

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Annie Hogan Exhibiting at VI Through March 7

The esteemed work of Australian photographer Annie Hogan is on display at Virginia Intermont College in the Fine Arts Center through Thursday, March 7, 2013.

Titled Inseparable, the exhibit investigates slavery’s legacy of injustice and inequity. “One’s race and bloodline were important markers for the continuation and perpetration of this system of imbalance oft called in the North that ‘Peculiar Institution,’” said Hogan. “As an outsider to the U.S., I question what lies beneath the grandeur and elegance of the plantation house, which is a powerful architectural and social symbol in the South.”

As part of Virginia Intermont’s Convocation Series, Hogan will give a presentation titled “Space, Place and the Body: From Rentals to Prisons to Plantations” on February 21st.


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Distinguished Alum Exhibits at V.I.

Robby Hinson earned his bachelors degree from Virginia Intermont College in 1985.  He continued his work as an image-making into the 90′s, unti; he redirected his energy to raising a family. For the next 16 years, he focused on family and after losing his son in an auto accident in 2009, he returned to his photographic roots.

The Inn

A product of the digital crossover years, Hinson shoots panoramic images on medium format film, which he then scans and prints digitally, producing large scale digital editions. He believes that black and white imagery elevates the subject in a way that color cannot—making the subject more raw, more elemental and more important than it would be otherwise.

Lobster House Allendale SC

His work records and reflects a vanishing landscape, a Southern Americana rapidly disappearing from view but preserved in his work, both as art and document, from his own unique perspective, for generations to come.

Hinson’s work remains on display in The Photography Gallery, Worrell Fine Arts Center, through December 1st.

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Award Winning Photographer Conducts Workshop

Awarding winning commercial photographer Glen McClure returned to VI this weekend to conduct a workshop for our photography & digital imaging students.

We are excited to bring back Glen McClure this year, thanks to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Glen is from Norfolk, VA, and has worked as a commercial advertising photographer for over 30 years.

Glen talked about his street photography at 10am on Saturday. After the lecture, Glen shared his recent photographs from Ireland and discussed his working methods with our students.

In the afternoon, Glen went on location with students assisting to shoot some street portraits of passers-by in downtown Bristol.



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VI Welcomes Latino Photographer Jose Galvez on Oct. 18

Tying in with National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), Virginia Intermont College celebrates Hispanic awareness with a presentation and campus visit by renowned photographer and speaker Jose Galvez on Thursday, October 18 at 7:30 pm. As part of the College convocation series, Galvez will speak at Harrison-Jones Memorial Hall and his photos will be on exhibit in the gallery of Worrell Fine Arts Center Oct. 4-25. The Thursday evening event is free and the public is invited.

Galvez will inspire students and the community with his presentation titled “Shine,” a collection of life stories that hail back to his beginnings as a shoeshine boy. Since that time Galvez has spent more than 40 years using black and white film to create a powerful and unparalleled historical record of the Latino experience in America. In his compelling work, created with respect and pride, he captures the beauty of daily life.

Following the Thurs. evening event at Virginia Intermont, Galvez will interact with students in classes. On Friday morning, he will lecture in two “Photographer’s Vision” classes and in a Cultural Heritage & Public Arts class called “Documenting Culture.” Friday evening, Galvez will attend a special dinner and conduct a presentation to students pursuing a degree in Social Work. On Saturday, Galvez will lead VI photography students to photograph a local Latino community. Continue reading “VI Welcomes Latino Photographer Jose Galvez on Oct. 18” »

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Champagne Chosen For “Road” Exhibition

Cattle Guard, Dirt Road ©Joesph Champagne 2012

Joe Champagne, VI Professor of Photography and Digital Imaging, was one of 33 artists selected for an international photography exhibition in Asheville, N.C. titled, “Road.” The event, hosted by Castell Photography Gallery and curated by W.M. Hunt, will open Friday, Oct. 19 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the gallery, 2C Wilson Alley, Asheville, N.C. Champagne will exhibit his image, “Cattle Guard, Dirt Road; AZ.”

Hunt, a prominent collector, curator and consultant, will travel from New York to attend the opening, which will include specialty cocktails and a patron walk-through at 7 p.m. Hunt chose 36 works by 33 artists out of over 600 entries received. The 36 works represent each artist’s interpretation of the exhibition theme, “Road.”

“The road can be personal: a psychological or spiritual passage. Or it can be literal. The range is from transcendence to travel. It can take place in your head or in your backyard or in your car.” states Hunt. Continue reading “Champagne Chosen For “Road” Exhibition” »

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V.I. Student Wins Prestigious Scholarship

Kayla Robbins  (Decatur Texas, class of 2014) is one of only two students to be awarded the 2012 Agnes Cooke Scholarship by the Virginia Press Women, Inc.

Chico, 2011 ©Kayla Robbins

Virginia Press Women, a diverse organization of professional communicators who are women and men, and the Virginia Press Women Foundation are proud to offer a $550 scholarship to a deserving Virginia college student interested in pursuing a career in communications. Continue reading “V.I. Student Wins Prestigious Scholarship” »

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Photography Prof Exhibits in NYC

Joe Champagne, Professor of Photography & Digital Imaging and Fine Arts Chair, has been selected for inclusion in Art From The Heart 2012, a juried exhibition of international photographic and photography based artwork.

Weeds, Fence ©Joseph Champagne, 2012

The exhibition is the creation of the New York-based foundation The Vanderbilt Republic, which  “explores paradigm shifts. Presently, we’re examining the purpose and place of the artist in society.” Continue reading “Photography Prof Exhibits in NYC” »

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