Photo exhibit spotlights furniture industry in High Point

Dec. 02, 2013 @ 01:00 AM

A new exhibit at the High Point Museum takes an inside look at the local furniture industry through the eyes — and camera lenses — of nine college students.
“Their assignment was to explore visually the role of furniture in the High Point region,” explained Benita VanWinkle, whose “Documenting the Community Through Photography” students at High Point University shot the 45 photos featured in the new exhibit.
The exhibit, titled “Out of the Woodwork,” will be on display at the museum through Feb. 28. A community reception for the students will be held Tuesday morning.
VanWinkle said the idea was to get the students to have a better understanding of the furniture industry’s importance to High Point and the people who live here.
“I wanted the students to focus on this community — in particular the furniture industry and what it means not only to High Point but to the world,” she said. “The kids began to see High Point not just as a place where their school is, but as the furniture capital of the world.”
The students were especially encouraged to talk to the people they were photographing and learn their stories, rather than just photograph them and jot down their names.
“Overall, I was very pleased,” VanWinkle said of the students’ photos. “I had a couple of photographs turned in that almost made me cry. I just remember thinking, ‘Wow, they’re really getting it.’ In this assignment, they were learning how to edit. They were learning how to shoot under difficult lighting circumstances. They were learning how to be patient. They were learning how to approach people and talk to them about photographing them. It was not an easy assignment, but I think they handled it well.”
Because the photos were going to be used in the “Out of the Woodwork” exhibit, the students also learned how to mount their work, how to frame it and how to hang it, as well as how to write a caption.
“The High Point Museum is wonderful to let us show our work,” said Kaitlyn Kiser, a senior from Advance. “I’m grateful for this experience. I enjoyed getting to know the people who work in the furniture industry and learning about the impact on the community.”
The other students whose photos appear in the exhibit are Molly O’Keefe, Jenna Myer, Peter Dezzi, Brittany Hubschman, Cynthia Chiofolo, Brandon Hubschman, Julia Rivera and Angelo Carpentier.
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Want to go?

“Out of the Woodwork,” an exhibit featuring 45 photographs from nine High Point University students focusing on the furniture industry, is on display through Feb. 28 at the High Point Museum, 1859 E. Lexington Ave.
A community reception will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. The students will present a short overview of the exhibit and will be available to discuss their individual pieces.
For more information, call the High Point Museum at 885-1859.