The Santa Monica College Emeritus Art Gallery is pleased to present its 2022 Annual Student Photography Exhibition on Thursday, March 3. The exhibition will be presented online at the gallery’s website at

A free, live Zoom Virtual Launch Event will be held online from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3. A link at takes guests directly to the exhibition’s opening reception.

The opening reception will be hosted by Dean of Noncredit and External Programs Dr. Scott Silverman and Emeritus Art Gallery Curator Jesse Benson. The reception includes a live scroll through the exhibition and a discussion between Benson and several of the exhibit’s photographers about selected images. 

To see the photographs online at any time after 5 p.m. on March 3, viewers may go to and click the 2022 Annual Emeritus Student Photography Exhibition link, available 24 hours a day. The link takes viewers directly to the exhibition album on a Facebook page that is open to public viewing (Facebook account not necessary). 

“Our online format has allowed us to accept more examples from each participant in the annual student photography exhibition,” said Benson, “providing viewers with more of a feel for how each photographer operates, and more insight into their perspectives behind the lens.” 

“The photos produced by our SMC Emeritus students will amaze you,” said Dr. Scott C. Silverman, Dean of Noncredit and External Programs. “Whether they are amateur photographers, longtime enthusiasts, or onetime professional photographers, the work they’ve submitted for this show is something to be appreciated, and we hope you will join us.” 

The salon-style group exhibition features a remarkable variety of recent photographic works created by 29 students. The students are: Parvaneh Bassiri, Kathleen Battersby, Dorli Burge, Christine Chambers, Miles Clay, John Dalton, Laurie Foye, Darlene Gaston, Caroline Gerstley, Jim Gerstley, Kathleen Higgins, Marilyn Kabakov, Leticia Lua, Francine Lyness, Vicki Maturo, Wendy Miller, Regina Pally, Allan Popelka, Doris Power, Judy Raffel, Linda Rosman, Karen Sandler, Ganna Shneydina, Marilyn Stern, Ann Tai, Jo Tashima, Michael Telerant, James Wang, and Linda Zarou. 

SMC’s widely praised Emeritus program — founded by Santa Monica College in 1975 as a noncredit program to serve the lifelong learning interests of older adults — offers more than 120 noncredit adult education classes and special programs that serve more than 3,000 students each year. 

More information is available by visiting or calling (310) 434-4306.

Submitted by Grace Smith