Student photography exhibition wraps up Saturday

DULUTH -- An annual student photography exhibition will wrap up Saturday with an awards ceremony and closing reception.

Shutter Sense and Non-Sense, which exists to promote student achievement in photography, contains about 700 pieces of work from students at 19 schools in Gwinnett County, said Alexandra Kates, an art teacher at Parkview High.

The mission of the exhibition is to show student work in a professional gallery space and have it judged by commercial and fine art photographers, Kates said.

"I encourage my students (to participate) because they benefit from showing their work and continually pursuing opportunities for recognition," Kates said. "I'm always so pleased by the artistic dialog that results from this show. The event causes students to analyze and compare their work against that of other teens."

While the majority of pieces in the exhibition were shot by high school students, about 50 pieces are the work of middle school students. There are 15 categories for high schoolers and seven for the middle school students.

Participating students come from Brookwood, Collins Hill, Dacula, Duluth, Grayson, Mill Creek, Norcross, North Gwinnett, Parkview, Peachtree Ridge, Phoenix and Shiloh high schools; Grayson Technical Education Program; Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Hebron Christian Academy and Wesleyan School; and Five Forks, Osborne and Trickum middle schools.

The exhibition is at the Hudgens Center for the Arts, and the closing reception is open to the public, said Angela Nichols, the center's director of education and public programs. The reception will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Nichols said she's been "blown away" with the quality of the students' work.

"This exhibit is a great way for us to partner with the schools," Nichols said. "It's a great way for us to serve the community by hosting this exhibit."