Five Department of Art students included in Best of College & High School Photography 2014

March 26th, 2014 Comments Off on Five Department of Art students included in Best of College & High School Photography 2014

By Marita Gootee

Five students from the MSU Department of Art were selected to be included in the publication Best of College & High School Photography 2014. The students whose images will be included are Sydney Armer, Zach Boozer, Jackson Donald, Cody McCain and Carrie Shannon. The 34th Annual College & High School Photography Contest, co-sponsored by Nikon included submissions of more than 16,600 photographs from the U.S., Canada and around the world.

The judges included Nell Campbell, The Photographer’s Forum editor; Christopher Broughton, Brooks Institute; Ann Cutting, Art Center College of Design; and William Snyder, Rochester Institute of Technology.

Syndey Armer

Syndey Armer

“The lush green of the landscape and the bend of the tree make this image by Sydney Armer inviting for the viewer,” said Professor Marita Gootee, who is the area coordinator of the photography concentration in the Department of Art at Mississippi State University. “Sydney is at the very beginning of her career, and I know she will be very successful.”

Zach Boozer

Zach Boozer

“The image by Zach Boozer is a study of light, lines and a simple pallet,” said Gootee. “Zack is a natural in photography. His eye is rich and true. There is a bright future for Zach as a photographer.”

“Zack and Sydney were both in my FYS: Art in the Dark – The Photogram class in the Fall. I am so excited that they are in this publication! What a great way to jump start a career!” she added.

Jackson Donald

Jackson Donald

“The self-portrait photograph created by Jackson Donald utilizes repetition to help move the viewer’s eye around the interior space to notice the framed photographs. Jackon’s reflection in the mirror is also framed like a photograph on the wall embedding him into the depicted domestic setting,” said Assistant Professor Dominic Lippillo. “Jackson shows promise as a photographer, and I am excited to see the direction his work leads him.”

Cody McCain

Cody McCain

“This diptych photograph by Cody McCain creates a dialogue about memory and past experiences. The tonality of his black and white imagery allows the viewer to feel the textures of the mud and the holes of the shoes with his or her eyes,” said Lippillo. “Cody is young to photography but shows an excitement for learning and a passion for the medium.”

Carrie Shannon

Carrie Shannon

“The piano sits on the diagonal as if about to fall through the floor in an abandoned building. There is a stillness that I find haunting,” said Gootee. “Carrie is an excellent photographer, and she should pursue this love of space with her camera. I see this as just the beginning of an exciting career as a photographer.”
Carrie Shannon graduated in the Fall 2013. She earned BFA in fine art in the photography concentration.

All the contest’s finalists selected for Photographer’s Forum magazine will be published in the hardcover book Best of College & High School Photography 2014. The book is distributed to college libraries and instructors of photography, art and graphic design. Best of College & High School Photography 2014 is a full-color, hard-bound publication, with separate sections for college and high school finalists.

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