Baldwin City photographer Melinda Hipple received a Juror's Merit Award and had a total of four images selected for inclusion in the 15th annual 5 State Photography Competition and Exhibition at the Hays Arts Center, Hays.
The award-winning photo "Fingerpaint No. 9" is a black-and-white portrait of a young woman with a painterly appearance created through a unique method in which the artist processes the print by painting developer on select portions of the image. The photo has been exhibited locally at both the Art Affair and the Aardvark galleries.
Hipple's three other images selected for exhibition are "Facing Schizophrenia," "Such Peace in Death" and "Reverence." They are part of a series of portraits in which Hipple photographs people in the studio as they discuss important issues in their lives. All were included in "Behind The Mask," a one-artist show at the Art Affair last spring.
The exhibit opened Friday with a reception at the Hays Art Center Gallery.
Hipple is a member of the Lawrence Photo Alliance and the Society for Contemporary Photography. Her work is shown frequently in exhibits throughout the surrounding area. She is employed by Aardvark Foto Grafix.