For the fourth year in a row, the Lawrence Photo Alliance is giving area photographers the chance to show off their art in a gallery setting.
The purpose of the Kansas/KC Camera 98 exhibit is to showcase Kansas photographers, according to Shakura Jackson, co-coordinator of the LPA show.
``Part of doing the exhibit is to put out the photography to the public and allow photographers to have a place to exhibit,'' Jackson said.
Any Kansas professional or amateur photographer was eligible to enter, and 36 of the entrants made it through the selection process.
Fifty-one photos were chosen out of more than 500 slides presented, and they represent a wide variety of work, from a 3-inch by 4-inch polaroid image transfer to a 32-inch by 40-inch Iris print.
The finalists are mostly from northeast Kansas, but Jackson said the LPA continually invites artists from the western side of the state. This year 17 cities are represented including Wichita, Manhattan and Hays.
``One point of the exhibit is to reach photographers in western Kansas who have no gallery space and may be isolated,'' she said.
Several Lawrence photographers are in the exhibit, including Leslie Carson, Leo Chan, Mike Cuenca, Dick Herpich, Mark Hutchinson, Hobart Jackson, Shakura Jackson, Luke Jordan, Robert Kortlucke, Leo Lutz, Gary Taylor, Josh Williamson, John Wysocki and Carol Young.
At 16, Williamson is the youngest artist ever allowed into the exhibition. He is a student at Free State High School.
The juror for the competition was Kathleen Collins, president of the Kansas City Art Institute. She first picked the photographs for the exhibit, and then she selected the event's award winners, who will receive $1,000 in cash and prizes.
The show will be installed temporarily in glass cases off the main lobby of the Kansas Union until gallery renovations are completed.
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