Intermont Photo Students Are Putting Their Skills to Work

Four Intermont photography students are working this summer to refine their skills in the real world, while making a contribution to national and community organizations.

Josh Weilepp (Springfield, VA– class of 2014) is interning  with the Smithsonian Institution’s  Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. He will be shooting  the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, as well as editing and cataloging images from himself and other photographers and handling image requests received from outside.

LeAnne Harrington (Blountville, TN – class of 2015) is shooting for the Bristol White Sox, doing all their special promotion events and most of the games. Jonathan McCoy (Brisotl, VA – class of  2014) is also helping out with the Sox, although his official internship is with the Kingsport Times News, shooting sports and general news events. He has had several pictures published already.

Paige Barbush (Harrisburg, PA – class of 2013) is the official photographer for Abingdon’s Virginia Highlands Festival, July 28 to August 12. Her shots will be used for the Festival’s publications, be outsourced for any general PR use and be used in a video being produced by a local T.V. station.

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Student Work Featured in Award Winning Video

Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion has received a Pinnacle Award from the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association. BRRR received the award for “Stateline” State of Mind, a two minute music montage of photographs taken by Virginia Intermont College Photography students during Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.

From Cybergrass, The Bluegrass Music News Network:
“To achieve the Pinnacle from the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association means a great deal for our event and for Bristol,” says Birthplace of Country Music Alliance (BCMA)/Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion (BRRR) Executive Director Leah Ross, “We are working toward making The Birthplace of Country Music a music destination year-round. Being recognized by the tourism industry means we have their support. It’s a real honor.” Read the article at

Intermont Photo is the Official Provider of Photographic Services for
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, where our students gain valuable experience and showcase their talents while performing a real community service for the sister cities of Bristol VA & Bristol TN. See more of their work in our image gallery. Continue reading “Student Work Featured in Award Winning Video” »

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VI Student & Faculty Awarded at Radford Juried Exhibit

© Margie Fishback

Virginia Intermont (VI) photo students and professor Megan Pinch will be featured in the First Annual Radford University (RU) Photography Exhibition though May 31. Out of 155 applicants from all over the Southeast – Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina – only 14 entries from 13 artists were selected for juried review. Of those 14 entries, five were submitted from V.I.

Students showing their work include Greta Lindler, Margie Fishback, Rachel Eppard and Evan McGurrin (two images). Margie Fishback received second place for her image entitled, “The Scars We Choose: Chelsy,” and Megan Pinch and her husband, Dan Robinson, received honorable mention for their collaborative piece entitled, “80 Days: March 7, 2011.”

"Untitled" by Greta Lindle

Juror Christina Shank was drawn to the suggestive qualities in many of the photographs, noting that McGurrin’s works suggest a dramatic notion of play. She also stated that the photographs by Pinch/Robinson and Fishback thoughtfully engage with the medium of photography and push the edge of what can be referenced, described and suggested within a single image. 

Greta Lindler submitted an image that she describes as a “very passionate expression of the natural form.” 

”I am very pleased to be a part of this competition and juried collection,” said Lindler. “This is the first time I have been in such a large juried show!”

The exhibition is open to the public and will be on display at RU Gallery 205 until May 31.

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V.I. Student Spends Summer in Service

Lindler Embarks on a Summer of Self-Exploration

Greta Goes to ScotlandTo Greta Lindler, summer break 2012 means much more than sleeping in, family vacations and no homework. This rising Virginia Intermont (VI) junior is looking forward to a summer that dawns an array of spiritual, social and cultural experiences abroad on the Scottish Isle of Iona.

From May 14 through Aug. 8, Linder will intern with the Iona Community, a Christian, ecumenical group that values social justice and peace as they work to restore worship and Christian community. Iona Community is comprised of people from all different walks of life and church traditions that are committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Members take part in daily prayer and Bible readings, sharing and accountability, and reflection and action for the preservation of the environment. The island community welcomes visitors from all over the world to take part in their daily worship, work and reflection times.

For this Columbia, S.C. native who has traveled out of the U.S. only once – to Canada – an internship on a remote island will surely be an experience to savor. Lindler will assist island guests by cleaning their rooms and tackling other various projects. Although she will receive free housing, food and a stipend for her services, Linder notes with a big smile that the true payment and benefit will be the experience itself.

“I’m excited to embark on a journey of self-exploration as I make friends from all over the world and participate in the various activities of the Iona Community,” said Lindler.

Not only is she looking forward to the atmosphere that fosters spiritual and religious exploration, Lindler is excited about the island’s green lifestyle. Lindler, who is the founder and president of the College’s environmental sustainability club, Intermont Green, plans to look for new green initiatives that she can bring back to campus.

She noted, “This will be the first time I’ll be truly independent and have an opportunity to not only better myself, but also to share the benefits of my experience abroad with friends at Virginia Intermont.”

Lindler plans on documenting her time on Iona through her blog, complete with anecdotes and photo updates.

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2012 Senior Thesis Exhibition

The 2012 graduating seniors of Virginia Intermont College’s Photography & Digital Imaging Department will be having their thesis exhibition at the Arts Depot in Abingdon, VA. The show opens Friday, April 6th and will through May 6, 2012.

A reception will be held on Sunday, April 15 from 2 — 4 p.m.
The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

© Audrey Bevins

Audrey Bevins- Abingdon, VA
Audrey works in medium format color film; scanned and printed digitally. Her work examines relationships. When asked about her inspiration? Audrey states that “even through heartache, I still believe in love…. I wondered how so many couples had made their relationships and marriages work for so many years and ours had not.” After graduation, Audrey hopes to acquire a job as a ranch hand in Southern Utah/Northern Arizona over the summer. She then plans to study pre-veterinary at Virginia Tech with hopes to become a large animal veterinarian.

© Kayla Brooks

Kayla Brooks-Gate City, VA
Kayla’s exhibit titled, “Til Death Do us Part” is “a celebration of marriage.” Kyla hopes that as people view her photos they will “use the clues that she has provided about each couple to develop an idea of that special bond that each share, which is something that cannot be photographed.” Kayla currently co-owns her own professional wedding photography business.

© Kelly Hammonds

Kelly Hammonds-Mt. Carmel, TN
Kelly is currently working in the Creative Services/Photographic Department at Eastman Chemical Company where she photographs employees for various job related ID’s, projects and special events. In this exhibit she states; “By exploring multiple imagery and nature, I have created single images from several different images. . .This method gives the viewer the opportunity to study the intricacies on an individual level as well as combining the photos to be viewed as one, on a more complex level”.

© Katy Haupt

Katy Haupt-Boonsboro, Maryland
Katy’s theme is “Home/ People and Places/ Panoramas” and her medium is Digital,12×36 panoramic prints. She says this series of images “represents a connection between people and place… The people in my photographs all have a strong bond with the place in which they are standing. Technically, I have stitched together multiple frames to make a panorama of the place, to emphasize its importance.” After graduation Katy plans on an internship in the commercial photography industry.

© Jared Ladia

Jared Ladia-Roanoke, VA
The theme of Jared’s exhibit is “a documentary of a pregnancy and birth” in black and white, digital photography. This series documents the moments and emotions he experienced through his transition from “normal-hood, to parenthood” during his senior year. After graduation Jared plans on moving to Cincinnati, Ohio to be with his new family and hopes to join a local newspaper as a staff photojournalist.

© Chrissy McLean

Chrissy McClean- New Kent County, VA
Chrissy will be showing traditional black and white, selenium toned silver gelatin prints. The theme of her show is “The Blue Collar Worker.” Chrissy says “I wanted to capture the different aspects of the worker at work. The grunginess, the labor intenseness, and the perks of the job such as the personal reward the worker gets.” After graduation Chrissy plans on pursuing a career as an equine and agricultural documentary photographer.




© Sarah Pelton

Sarah Pelton-Houston, TX
Sarah is exhibiting metallic digital prints of modern architecture in cities using natural lighting to illuminate her subjects. Sarah “wanted to focus on the actual buildings and the beauty of a type of modern architecture that you can’t find anywhere else but in a city.” After graduation she plans on moving back to Houston to start her photography business.





Nikkie Miracle-Sandifur-Middlesboro, KY
Nikkie will be exhibiting digital color images of the barns along the Appalachian Quilt Trail as a tribute to her grandmother and the many other quilters in her family. Along with her images she is also having a quilt made with the patterns from the barns she has photographed. After graduation Nikkie plans on pursuing a career as a freelance photographer, shooting nature and sports, and will be based in the Tri-Cities area.

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2012 Annual Juried Student Exhibition

Juror's Gallery Talk/Awards Presentation

The 2012 Annual Student Juried Exhibition is currently showing in the Anne R. Worrell Fine Arts Center. This year’s juror was Joshua Dudley Greer who selected (36) works by students from the Photography & Digital Imaging and Art Departments.

An awards ceremony was held on Monday, April 2nd at 5:30PM.

Chico, 2011 ©Kayla Robbins


1st Place: Kayla Robins

2nd Place: Katy Haupt

3rd Place: Chrissy McClean

Honorable Mention: Aleesa Cahill, Billie Wheeler

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Open House March 23 & 24

Join us for a Spring Open House at Virginia Intermont College.

This event is tailored specifically for prospective students seeking to enroll in our 4 year (BFA or BA) Photography & Digital Imaging degree program.

Tour our 30,000 sq/ft of traditional darkrooms, studios and state of the art digital imaging facilities.

Meet with Faculty, Financial Aid and Admissions representatives dedicated to helping you reach your goals.

Have your portfolio reviewed by Photography Professors for scholarship consideration. (optional)

Meet with current students for a one-on-one Q&A session. Ask them why they chose Intermont.

For more information on our program, please visit

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Internationally Acclaimed Artist Exhibits Photographic Works at Virginia Intermont

Wolberger will speak about his works at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 27 in Nunn Recital Hall-Anne Worrell Fine Arts Center

Virginia Intermont’s distinguished photography and digital imaging program brings internationally acclaimed artist Ofer Wolberger to campus presenting his recent photographic works. Wolberger, based in Brooklyn, N.Y., will exhibit an extensive collection of imagery from his creation of loosely related photographic book projects. The showing runs Feb. 27 through March 22 in the Anne R. Worrell Fine Arts Center.

Wolfberger's Gallery Talk for Photo and Art Majors was well attended by students and faculty.

Wolberger’s award-winning photographs have been collected and exhibited internationally with recent exhibits in Canada, Sweden, Germany, England and France. In 2010, Wolberger began an ambitious project of creating a series of 12 self-published artist’s books, varying from uniquely subtle and mysterious to poetic and beautiful. Each book typically revolves around a specific subject or theme. “Covers,” seventh in the series, is a handmade book of photocopied hardcover books. Third in the series, “Town,” is a collection of images of a large silvered canvas/painting propped up on the edge of a gel-lit stage. Various books from the series have recently been shown at The Photographers’ Gallery in London as part of the exhibit, “Self Publish, Be Happy” and in Paris as part of “PIY” (Publish it Yourself). Most recently, “Visitor” and “Covers” were exhibited as part of Le Garage at Rencontres d’Arles Festival 2011 in France and at Voorkamer Gallery in Lier, Belgium. Continue reading “Internationally Acclaimed Artist Exhibits Photographic Works at Virginia Intermont” »

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VI Photo Majors Finalists

Lennon Wall © Jared Ladia

Lennon Wall © Jared Ladia

Three Photography & Digital Imaging majors have been named as finalists Photographer’s Forum magazine’s 31st Annual Student Photography Content. Their images will be included in the hardcover edition Best of College Photography 2012.

Untitled © Chrissy McLean

Jared Ladia of Roanoke VA, Chrissy Mclean of New Kent, VA and Jacob Pelz of Charlotte NC are the students in the spotlight. This is Ladia’s second consecutive placement in the finalist category.


Over 3,500 students worldwide competed in the event, which is sponsored by Nikon, USA.

Untitled © Jacob Pelz

Established in 1977, Photographer’s Forum magazine is an award-winning quarterly publication dedicated to quality reproduction of photography in the United States and Canada. Each issue strives to facilitate communication and publication experience among emerging professionals.

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Award-Winning Photographer Demonstrates Early Photographic Processes at Virginia Intermont

© Phil Nesmith, all rights reserved

Award-winning photographer and artist Phil Nesmith presented “The Positive Image” at Virginia Intermont College on Friday, February 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in Nunn Recital Hall. The presentation was funded by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Office of Statewide Partnerships for VI’s photography & digital imaging department, and was open to all members of the V.I. community.

© Megan Pinch

Nesmith explained how some of the earliest photographic processes produced positive images on polished copper, glass and tin. Each image was unique and the film negative was many decades away when daguerreotypes, tintypes, and ambrotypes were all the rage.

In his lecture and demonstration, Nesmith gives an overview of this rich period in photographic history, and he discussed the modern resurgence of interest in and use of 19th-century processes in contemporary art. “While tintypes and other early photographic processes were thought by many to have died nearly a century ago, these media have had a renaissance in recent decades, including some of America’s most famous contemporary artists, from Chuck Close to Virginia artist Sally Mann,” said Nesmith. Continue reading “Award-Winning Photographer Demonstrates Early Photographic Processes at Virginia Intermont” »

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