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Virginia Intermont Photographers featured in Knoxville Photo Exhibit: Paige Barbush ’13 wins “Best Work in Travel” category

Paige-Arizona Sign

Photographers from the Virginia Intermont College community are showing at the first annual Knoxville Photo Exhibition sponsored by Knoxville’s Arts & Culture Alliance at the Emporium Center on Gay Street, July 5-26, 2013. Assistant Professor of Photography & Digital Imaging Megan Pinch, along with her husband Dan Robinson, May graduate Paige Barbush ’13, and current student Billie Wheeler ’14, were accepted into the juried exhibition.

The exhibition features selected works from artists throughout the Southeast region. “We received 478 entries from 98 artists in 12 states across the U.S., and 48 pieces have been selected for the show,” said Suzanne Cada, deputy director of the Emporium Center for the Arts & Culture Alliance. “We are absolutely delighted with the quality of work!”

Barbush was awarded a $100 cash prize for Best Work in the Travel Category for her work, “Arizona Sign.” Originally from Harrisburg, Pa., Barbush has remained in Southwest Virginia after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Photography and Digital Imaging from VI. Last summer, she was the official Photographer and Media Intern for the Virginia Highlands Festival. She has also been an official photographer for the 2012 Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion.

Contact Sheet: Letters by Billie Wheeler

Contact Sheet: Letters by Billie Wheeler

Contact Sheet: Bones by Billie Wheeler.

Contact Sheet: Bones by Billie Wheeler.

Knoxville Photo was developed to provide a forum for artists to compete on a national scale and display their highest quality work. The exhibition encompasses photographs depicting all subjects and genres, including streetscapes, cityscapes, landscapes, environmental portraiture, abstracts and more.

Nationally shown artist R.L. Gibson served as juror for the exhibition. “With a camera in almost every cell phone, photography has become the universal medium of artistic and creative expression,” she said. “The nearly 500 entries presented a jury challenge… so I chose to search for the soul of the image. I want the show to suspend disbelief for the viewer just long enough for them to be transported to a time, a place or an emotion.” Gibson works and “lives on vacation” in Gatlinburg with work in galleries from New York to Los Angeles.

Exhibition hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit  For more on VI’s photography program, visit

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