“Student Perspectives,” a first-time event in the Bicknell Center Art Gallery last fall, gave photography students an unparalleled experience: the chance to exhibit their work in a prestigious space after having been judged by experts.

Such an opportunity might not happen for many photographers until they become professional, noted their instructor, Rion Huffman, an assistant professor in in the Department of Graphics and Imaging Technologies.

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It was comprised of 58 captivating images, chosen out of 140 entries. Miller’s Professional Imaging — the largest professional lab organization in the U.S. and based in Pittsburg — offered up three judges with professional experience and national credentials. University photographer Sam Clausen was the fourth.

Miller’s also helped make the exhibit a reality by easing the financial burden of printing gallery-style photos.

“It was awesome,” said Jaydon Wilson, a senior from Bentonville, Arkansas, of having two of his photos chosen. “Not many times can you say as a student — or even an adult — that your work has been displayed in such a grand place.” Tara Henderson, a senior from Waverly, Kansas, said she enjoyed the competitive experience. “To see I’d made it — and there were so many good ones — it’s reaffirming of my skills.”

Huffman said he and Bicknell Director Joe Firman hope to make the competitive exhibit a recurring project.