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FCC Photography Program to Announce Hanna S. Barsam Excellence in Photography Award

Mar 25, 2024

The Fresno City College Photography Department will present the Hanna S. Barsam Excellence in Photography Award on April 18, 2024, at 7 p.m. The reception and ceremony will be held at Fresno City College in the Old Administration Building, room 251. The recipient of the award will receive a $1500 cash prize, a one-year student membership to Spectrum Art Gallery and a $100 Gift Card to Horn Photo. This year's nominees are Vita Bejarano, Blanca Cadavid, Miguel Cardena, Adrianna Corral, Jackie Garcia, Julia Kelm and Edgar Velasquez.

To be nominated, each applicant must submit a digital portfolio, completed 24 units in the FCC Photography Program, and maintained a  3.0 or higher G.P.A. Nominees submit both digital and printed portfolios to be judged by a panel of photo instructors, artists and professionals. 

The new exhibit will open at 6:00 p.m. with refreshments.  Parking will be relaxed (no permit needed) in Lot B during the event, this event is free and open to the public.

This Year's Sponsors
A special thank you to our sponsors for supporting photographic education and excellence in California's Central Valley Region! Thank you to the Hanna S. Barsam Estate for establishing the endowment that funds the cash prize, Spectrum Art Gallery for their donation of a 1-year Student Membership, and Horn Photo for their donation of a $100 Gift Card. 

About Hanna S. Barsam
Hanna S. Barsam was a Central Valley photographer, who devoted much of his life to his craft. Specializing in architectural photography, he started his career by taking photos of landscapes and scenes of everyday life. He had a keen eye for creating images that captivated and inspired the viewer. He was also a mentor to others and was sought after for his insight and creativity. Barsam received many awards for his work in both landscape and architectural photography.

In 2013, Mr. Ed Darden, Barsam estate executor, established an endowment with Fresno City College’s Photography Program. This endowment created the Hanna S. Barsam Award. A $1500 cash award is offered every Spring to a photo student who demonstrates excellence in photography.

About Spectrum Art Gallery
Spectrum Art Gallery is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Our mission is to advance photography as an art form through exhibitions and education. We aim to foster understanding and support for creatives by providing resources and exhibition space for working artists and students. Our educational programs and workshops provide a forum for the discussion of photography related media as a means of creative expression and cultural insight. Spectrum Art Gallery offers an accessible community space for activities and programs to meet the community’s needs.

About Horn Photo
The purpose and focus of this partnership is to help and support students in the Central California capture, create, enjoy, and archive images of their lives and experiences through technology, education, and motivation. Cameras and photos are the tools used to achieve this purpose. From prints to cameras, we are focused on the Central Valley.

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