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Students Showcase Photography at North Lake College

Local Show Regarded as an Annual Life-Changer
IRVING, Texas- An annual tradition at North Lake College (NLC), the Student Photo Show will feature 50-60 works by student artists on display from November 15 to December 6, 2012. The artist reception will take place in the Central Campus Gallery November 20 at 7:30 p.m.
“We think it’s important for the students to get the exposure,” says photography faculty member Dan Tossing. “A lot of the students haven’t shown their work before. This is a huge deal to them.”
A former North Lake student, Tossing participated in the 1997 Student Photo Show. In fact, it was this same annual event that caused him to switch his major and pursue photography full time. “I had signed up for photography as a way of integrating into the city when I first moved here,” explains Tossing. “A few months later my photograph was chosen to enter into the League of Innovations and it won.”
The League of Innovations continues to act as a catalyst to the community college movement. Its competitions, such as the annual Student Art Competition, allow students to compete with their peers nationwide. The North Lake College Photography program routinely produces local winners – a fact Tossing is quite proud of, noting, “Every year we pick two photographs to enter and every year we have a high success rate.”
Nevertheless, at North Lake, no art stands alone. Focused on collaboration between the arts and technology, NLC offers a variety of cooperative classes, including this spring’s “Social Issues in Photography and Journalism” and “Digital Media Foundations.” Both classes begin January 22, 2013. “Our Digital Media Foundations will combine photography, video and graphic design,” says Tossing, “It’s an introduction to the entire Adobe suite.”
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Editor's note: For interviews, photo opportunities and media support, please contact Marielle Perrault, Marketing & Advertising Coordinator, at 972-860-3957, or the North Lake College Public Information Office, 972-273-3004.
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