HCC adjunct instructor receives first place award


(October 20, 2010) - Benita Keller, a local photographer and adjunct instructor at Hagerstown Community College, recently won the first place award in the 2010 Juried Professional Photography Exhibit at The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick, Md.

Keller’s digital photograph, “Girl and Carousel Horse, Coney Island, NY, 2010,” won first place in the exhibition, which was judged by JD Talasek, Director of Cultural Programming at the National Academy of Science in Washington, D.C.

Keller is a freelance fine art photographer and photojournalist who teaches photography part-time at Hagerstown Community College and The School of Art and Design at Montgomery College. Recently, Keller was awarded a grant through the West Virginia State Arts Council and the Arts and Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County to conduct The Jefferson County Photography Project, which will feature images of Jefferson County, W.Va. produced by Keller and other area photographers using the black and white silver film process.

A collection of Keller’s photographs can be viewed at The Bridge Gallery in Shepherdstown, W.Va. Keller’s award-winning photograph will be on display at The Delaplaine until Oct. 31 and at The Bridge Gallery beginning Nov. 20. For more information about the artist or to see more of her work, go to www.benitakellerphotography.com.

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“Girl and Carousel Horse, Coney Island, NY, 2010” by Benita Keller.