Instructor James Gilmore says the class goes beyond the creation of art and he “asks students to think about the organization that goes into creating a successful photographic art exhibition.”

Each year College of the Siskiyous Photography instructor James Gilmore and his intermediate photography students transition into the world of professional artists through co-curating and showing work in a collaborative student show.

Gilmore says the class goes beyond the creation of art and he "asks students to think about the organization that goes into creating a successful photographic art exhibition."

The students will be hosting an opening public reception on Wednesday, May 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Art Gallery of the Learning Resource Center at the College of the Siskiyous Weed Campus. The show will run until Friday, May 17.

This years' show, FotoSlam, draws its title from the variation of styles amongst the exhibiting artists. The COS Photo Student Alliance hopes the title will reflect their "think outside of the box" mentality that shapes much of the art in the show.

Students will be showcasing work ranging from digital photography to film photography to processes as old and simple as a pinhole camera. "Each artist has challenged themselves to not only create their best work, but to analyze and create a cohesive vision for their pieces and how they fit within the show," according to a COS press release.

The exhibit will feature artwork from COS photography students Tanisha Barnaby, Kelly Samuelson, Matthew Kreizenbeck, Sarah Foster, Sharon Clavell Szczybor, Julia Fryling, Elsie McDonald, Eddie Garcia, Donnie Allen, and Marcy Green.