Student Photography Exhibit Opens At Hamilton County Courthouse April 11

Thursday, April 4, 2013
County Commissioner Gregory Beck with a Tyner High School student at a previous student exhibit opening reception.
County Commissioner Gregory Beck with a Tyner High School student at a previous student exhibit opening reception.

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger, Commissioner James A. Fields and ArtsBuild invite the public to an opening reception of a student photography exhibit, In Visible, on Thursday, April 11, at 5 p.m. on the first floor of the Hamilton County Courthouse on Georgia Avenue.

Led by Red Bank High School visual arts teacher Michel Belknap, In Visible features self-portraits of students who used their hands as a focus to describe what they believe in, what they stand for, and how they describe themselves. The result is a rare look into the life of real teens today.

Rodney Van Valkenburg, director of Grants and Initiatives at ArtsBuild, said, “The Hamilton County Courthouse student exhibits have been a great way to recognize and celebrate our community’s talented young artists. ArtsBuild is pleased to partner with the Hamilton County Mayor, the County Commission, and the Hamilton County Department of Education to make these exhibits possible.”

The Hamilton County Courthouse student exhibition is a project of ArtsBuild and the opening reception is a spark event.



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