The Hays Arts Center’s "Five State Photography" exhibition, which opened Friday and runs through Jan. 19, includes the work of individuals from Barton Community College.
BCC art instructor Steve Dudek and two of his students, BCC keyboard instructor Karole Erikson and Ellinwood resident Petr Grigorev, had their work selected to be in the exhibit through a juried art competition that always precedes the annual exhibit. Angela Faris Belt, published art author and professor of photography at the Art Institute of Colorado, served as the juror for this year’s competition and selected only 169 entries out of 431 submitted from Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Missouri and Colorado.
Having art accepted into the exhibit is a noteworthy achievement, Dudek said. "It is a hard show to get into just because there are so many good photographers in the five-state area, but I always encourage my better students to enter."
Grigorev’s artwork is also on display this month at the Barton County Arts Center in Great Bend, along with works by Angela Waite, for an exhibit called "Young Artists of Barton County."