Santa Monica College presents the 36th Annual SMC Student Photography Exhibit May 14-27 in two locations: the SMC Photography Gallery and SMC’s Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery. The free exhibition showcases outstanding imagery by students in the SMC Photography Department.

A gallery gala will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 16, in both exhibit locations.

On display will be 198 prints created by 95 SMC student photographers. The high-caliber works range from fine art to portraiture to still life and beyond. A 96-image looping slide show highlighting work from 52 students in the Photo 1 class will also be featured.

“This annual exhibition is an exciting time for us,” said Photography and Fashion Department Chair Ford Lowcock. “We had 13 photo faculty members come in on a Saturday to jury this year’s submitted work — 1,200 print and 600 Photo 1 entries — which took 10 hours! And our gallery reception is always a fun event, with about 500 people coming through both galleries.”

Selected images were awarded special recognition by SMC Superintendent/President Dr. Chui Tsang, SMC Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Georgia Lorenz, SMC Dean of Instructional Services Dr. Jennifer Merlic, and the full-time faculty of the SMC Photography Department. Each year, the award recipients are honored for their accomplishments at the June meeting of the SMC Board of Trustees.

The SMC Photography Gallery is located on the second floor of Drescher Hall on the SMC main campus at 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Photo gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

SMC’s Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery is located at SMC’s Performing Arts Center on Santa Monica Boulevard and 11th Street, Santa Monica. Art gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Both galleries will be closed May 25.

For additional information, please call (310) 434-4289.

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