Students artwork displayed in photography exhibit on WJU campus

  WJU News
  Wednesday, December 5, 2018 2:52 PM
  WJU News

Wheeling, WV

Over the course of the fall semester at Wheeling Jesuit, sixty undergraduate students from two digital photography classes learned how to become more aware of their surroundings. The students accomplished this through the usage of smart phones, camera apps, and digital cameras and were able to choose their own subjects. This project resulted in a large representation of different types of photography including landscape, portraiture, aerial, candid, nature and wildlife, food, and sport. 

Samantha Turner, a WJU freshman, explained that the class was a great way for her to express her artistic capabilities while also expanding her knowledge on photography. "The photographs I produced are two completely different shots, but both seem to focus on the same elements of composition through their patterns, symmetry, and textures. This project taught me everything I know about photography beginning with our first class. I am thankful for the opportunity to have had this class, and I appreciate that art of photography," Turner said. 

This is the first year that the course has been taught by Hans Westman, assistant professor and program director of Simulation Technology & Game Design, who started working at the University in May.  

"At the conclusion of the semester, the students were able to choose what they considered their two best photographs. The themes for the images range from the perfect photograph to creative exposures to storytelling," said Westman. 

The exhibit provides a platform for students to present what they have been working on for the last several months and share their artwork with the WJU community. 

"This final project made me more appreciative of those in this profession. Even though taking and editing pictures has become something fun for me, it truly is a very involved and challenging process. Overall, this project and class taught me multitudes about the craft of photography and has encouraged me to keep working at taking better photographs," said Paul Denard, a WJU freshman. 

The images are on display in the Art Gallery located on the first floor of Philip and Evelyn Kirby Residence Hall. The exhibit is open to the entire community and can be viewed through the end of finals on Friday, Dec. 7. The photographs will remain in the gallery during the holiday break and will stay up for the first few weeks of the 2019 spring semester. Members of the WJU community can visit the gallery once the University re-opens on Jan. 2, 2019. 

Westman added, "I hope everyone will take the opportunity to come and see the great work produced by these students."

Wheeling Jesuit University is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the country offering 25 majors and concentrations, 15 minors, and six graduate programs. The University provides a Jesuit, Catholic, liberal arts education, and our affordable programs unite the Jesuit tradition of intellectual excellence allowing students to receive an education for life, leadership and service with and among others. The 65-acre campus is situated on the Ohio River 50 miles south of Pittsburgh, and two hours east of Columbus, in Wheeling, WV.

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