• Reception Saturday, May 16, 6pm • Exhibit May 4 – June 1

Seeing the world through another’s eyes opens our minds and hearts.

ViewFinder-sponsor4The ViewFinder, our bi-annual juried photographic competition and exhibition, reveals the interests and imagination of shutterbugs throughout our community and beyond. A photograph is a moment suspended in time, a memory shared, a small slice of who we are. They have the power to make us laugh, to cry, to begin a conversation, to see things from a different point of view as we strive to coexist on this big blue marble.

Photographers of all ages submitted their original images, captured with any camera and printed on varied media, for inclusion in the competition. Photographers could use basic corrective editing in the dark room or digitally but no graphic manipulations or touch-ups were allowed. The photos had to have been taken within the last three years and not under supervision or in classroom environment.

This year, Steven E. Ochs, Professor of Art and Interim Chair, Department of Art & Design at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Arkansas, returns to judge the competition. Previously Ochs judged the 2007 Viewfinder competition for SAAC, as well as teaching an SLR Photography class for adults and exhibiting his ceramic work in the galleries. He has conducted community workshops in photography all over the SW region of Arkansas. Ochs will select the award winning photographs for Best of Show, First, Second, Third Place, and Honorable Mention. $600 in prize money will be presented to the winning selections during an artist reception hosted in the Merkle and Price galleries on May 16 from 6-8pm.

BEST of SHOW • $300
1st Place • $150
2nd Place • $75
3rd Place • $50
Honorable Mention • $20

Entry DEADLINE • April 29
Opening • May 4
Reception • May 16, 6-8pm
Last Day of Exhibit • June 1
PICK-UP Artwork • June 2

PHOTOGRAPHERS in the Exhibit
Joanna Benson
Nancy Boyd
Elena Bruewer
Maryan Caldwell
Kelly Campbell
Heather Canterbury
Erin Cate
Charles Davis
Delaney N. Durheim
Carol Ellen
Clarke Galusha
Pam Hays
Rhonda Hicks
Beverly High
Jeff Knight
Faith Lightsy
DeLeath Ludwig
Keely Marsh
Mike Means
Sophia Meyer
Nahid Motie
Adria Norton
Adam Owens
Lydia Kurylas Perrin
Jessica Perry
Larry Powell
Michael Preble
Jenn Purinton
Eli Rahaim
Emmaline Rahaim
AJ Rand
Tonya Reames
Kristyn Riley
Mallory Slaughter
Amanda Perrin Smith
Storm Spears
Sierra Spears
Brittany Trabbic
Heath Waldrop
Crystal Wall
Jim Warnock
Paul Washcha
Michelle Webb
Quentin Winstine
Craig Wynn
Kelly Zeigler


ViewFinder-OchsSteven E. Ochs

Professor of Art and Interim Chair, Dept. of Art & Design, SAU in Magnolia, Arkansas

Steven E. Ochs will judge The Viewfinder. Ochs has juried more than a dozen exhibitions in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma and Alabama and has acted as curator for more than twenty exhibitions, including “Fletcher Thorne-Thomsen Photography Exhibit” and “In a Child’s Day,” an art exchange between the children of Xalapa, Mexico, and the children of Magnolia, Arkansas.

An accomplished artist, he has shown his own work in solo and group exhibitions across the nation and in Montreal, Quebec. Ochs also has more than thirty publications and eighteen public art installations to his credit. Two of those installations are “The Nature of Things” in historic downtown El Dorado and “The World Map” at Heifer International World Headquarters in Little Rock. For the past five years, Ochs been the chief photographer for the National Concrete Decor Show. He hand picks students as members of the SAU Photo Team to cover the event in both video and still photography.

At the South Arkansas Arts Center, Ochs has taught SLR Photography class for adults, served as judge for The Viewfinder in 2007 and has exhibited his ceramic work in the galleries. He has conducted community workshops in photography all over the SW region of Arkansas.

Ochs recieved his B.A. from Eastern Illinois University, M.A. from University of Illinois and M.F.A. from the Ohio University. He joined the faculty of Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia in 1991 and is currently serving as the Interim Chair for the Department of Art and Design. Ochs teaches digital photography, advanced digital photography, ceramics, advanced art studio, and exhibition techniques, as well as other classes at SAU. In 2013, he was selected as the Honor Professor of SAU.


VF-2012-winnersSouth Arkansas Arts Center hosts a bi-annual open competition in photography for any type of photographic cameras – SLR, digital, poloriad or cell phone. If a picture paints a thousand words, then “The Viewfinder,” speaks volumes.

Photos of 2012 Winners • Mourning Light,” by Heather Canterbury was awarded Best of Show. Joanna Tilley was awarded First Place for her piece entitled “Father.” Second Place was awarded to Kelly Campbell for her piece entitled “T2G.” Deleath Ludwig was awarded Third Place for her piece entitled “When Time Stands Still,” and Marty Burns was awarded Honorable Mention for his piece entitled “40.”