Chicago Heights , IL–(ENEWSPF)– As a photographer, Prairie State College (PSC) student Leonard Ferris loves to capture people in their environment. His passion for his subjects earned him top billing in the college’s annual Photographer of the Year Exhibit. The exhibit will run Monday, August 31 through Thursday, September 24.
The Photographer of the Year award is given annually to an outstanding photography student. In addition to being the featured artist at the student show, Ferris also will receive a $1,500 scholarship.
“To create art in any form is to share your story with the viewer, listener, reader, or participant of your chosen media,” said Ferris. “I don’t think this can be achieved without showing the inner workings of your own soul. The people who involve themselves in my art must walk away with a sense that they have discovered something about me as a person and not just about my knowledge of craft and technique.”
The exhibit also features selected works by students in fine arts, photography, and graphic communications. A reception will be held to honor Ferris and the student artists on Wednesday, September 2 from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
Other student artists featured in the exhibit are Johann Allen, Park Forest; Odessa Aronson, Homewood; Tammy Bailey, Country Club Hills; Suzanne DeHahn, Homewood; Robert Gilmore, Olympia Fields; David Horton, Park Forest; Sheria Johnson, Richton Park; Jonathan Karavos, Monee; Alexander Malizia, Orland Park; Blanca Martinez, Chicago Heights; Geraldine McCammon, Homewood; Sean McCoy, Hazel Crest; Elnora McDaniel, Crete; Miriam Meade, Chicago Heights; Aaron Mikottis, Monee; Celeste Miller, Crete; Katie Narcisi, Crete; Ryan Niksic, Crete; Annaleese Page, Olympia Fields; Debbie Pieszka, Monee; Tina Marie Ray, Glenwood; Christina Reyenga, Monee; Maureen Rinella, Flossmoor; Alyssa Rhodes, Homewood; Ebony Rogers, Olympia Fields; Katherine Schranz, Flossmoor; Michael Vega, Flossmoor; Jason Vela, Homewood; Brianna Weaver, Country Club Hills; Jessica Westerhoff, Steger; and Darryl White, Gary, Ind.
Hours for the Christopher Art Gallery are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. Visits can be made by appointment. For more information about the exhibit, or to make an appointment for a visit, contact the Prairie State College Foundation at (708) 709-3636.