29th Annual RC Hickman
Young Photographers Workshop
The 29th annual R.C. Hickman Young Photographers Workshop will begin on Saturday July 8th and
continues each Saturday, on the 15th, 22nd and 29th, at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Dallas
Public Library, located at 1515 Young Street in downtown Dallas. The R.C. Hickman Young
Photographers Workshop will begin at 11:00am. There are no requirements to bring your own
camera but if you'd like to you can but we especially want you to bring your interest. It
helps in learning to take the best pictures working with the Foundation's best instructors.
2016 RC Hickman Young Photographers Programs Kick Off
The R.C. Hickman Young Photographers Workshop will start up on Saturday July 2, and continue
through Saturday, July 23, 2016. This year will start off with more travel to great sites
for taking pictures. The time will be at 11 am, meeting at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Dallas
Public Library, located at 1515 Young Street, just across the street from Dallas City Hall.
Students receive lunch at no extra charge and learn to take interesting photos and get good
tips on using social media. The deadline for entries in the Annual Gordon Parks Young
Photographers Competition is Friday July 22nd and the announcements of the winners will
happen on Saturday July 30th after the 1 pm Young Photographers Guest Lecture Series. First
Place winner get $300, Second Place winner get $200, Third Place winner gets $100 and
Nkonyezi's Honorable Mention goes to the Fourth Place winner. Its a great show and tell for
youngsters 10 through 18 years old.
DFW, it is a special occasion that we welcome Marc Bushelle, acclaimed photographer who will
share with us a creative aspect of using photography as a way to educate and appreciate the
wonders of photography. Marc Bushelle and his daughter Lily work together to illustrate a unique
way of learning about our heroines: Lily dresses up like our cherished sheroes and learn
everything about them through photos! And he has much more of his works to show and tell us
about. Marc will be in Dallas on the weekend of July 30, 2016 to share his photos and
experience behind the camera at this year's Young Photographers Guest Lecture Series.
Beginning at 1 pm, at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Dallas Public Library in the Auditorium.
Admission is free and the public is welcome.
The afternoon of fun and learning will be followed by the announcements of this year's annual
Gordon Parks Young Photographers Competition. Mark your calendars and plan for an afternoon
of summer fun and learning.
Now in its 25th year of presentation, the Young Photographers Programs, comprised of the RC Hickman Young Photographers Workshop,
the Gordon Parks Young Photographers Competition and the Guest Lecture Series continue to inspire creativity in our youth and
provide career considerations. “We are pleased to announce that this year's Guest Lecturer is Mr. David Valdez and we believe our
students, their parents and the photography world is in for a great time at the Young Photographers Guest Lecture Series,” says
Artist Thornton Sr., Founder of Artist and Elaine Thornton Foundation for the Arts. Mr. Valdez visits Dallas with impressive
experiences and international acclaim.
David Valdez is a native Texan, born in Alice, Texas (how bout us Texans!) and after he served four years in the United States Air
Force, where he received his training as a photographer, and completing his assignment with the 836th Combat Support Group he came
away with an Honorable Discharge. He matriculated at the University of Maryland and received his Bachelor's Degree in journalism as
his major and radio and tv production as his minor. Mr. Valdez began his employment with the United States Agriculture Department,
then worked with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. After he left the federal government he began his work
with the United States Chamber of Commerce as Chief Photographer.
In his chosen field of endeavor Mr. Valdez became the personal photographer for then Vice President George H.W. Bush and continued in
this position through 1988, at which time he was appointed Director of the White House Photo Office by President George H.W. Bush. He
also remained Mr. Bush's personal photographer until January, 1993. David Valdez joined Walt Disney Attractions as General Manager for
Photography. There he provided the creative directions in the Digital Imaging and Advertising Departments. In 2001 he was appointed a
Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and later assigned as liaison to HUD.gov by
Secretary Mel Martinez. He served as Vice President of Blue Pixel digital experts, a photography consulting firm. He returned to HUD
in the position of Director of Visual and Electronic Information in the office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs where he
directs all new media.
David Valdez has been recognized by the National Press Club, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Eddie Adams Workshop, the Smithsonian,
and the White House News Photographers Association, ARTFX Gallery where he was also a keynote speaker on their programs. His photos have
appeared in many publications including People, Forbes, Life and U.S. News and World Report.
Save the dates for the RC Hickman Young Photographers Workshop: It will start up on Saturday July 11th at the J. Erik Jonsson Library in the
Showroom starting at 11am and continue each Saturday through August 1st when we all shall enjoy an afternoon of photography and expression
of experience from David Valdez beginning at 1pm in the Auditorium at the J. Erik Jonsson Library. This year's winners of the Gordon Parks
Young Photographers Competition will be announced following Mr. Valdez's lecture presentation. The public is welcome to attend. More information
can be located by visiting www.artiststuff.com
Tom Fox is 2014 Guest Lecturer; RC Hickman Photographers Workshop in Recess, Gordon Parks Young Photographers Competition is in Full Swing!
BREAKING NEWS - The RC Hickman Young Photographers Workshop will be in RECESS until Summer 2015 and then it will resume with all due
vigor to instruct our students and take some really good looking photos. We'll look forward to seeing you at the J. Erik Jonsson
Library located at 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX.
The Gordon Parks Young Photographers Competition is in full steam ahead mode with prizes to be awarded to first, second, and third
place winners as the announcements take will place following the Young Photographers Guest Lecture Series. Entry forms for the
competition can be downloaded from the programs section. Just fill the form out and mail it back. That's it! The winning photos
will be on display for public viewing.
Artist & Elaine Thornton Foundation for the Arts is happy to announce that Mr. Tom Fox will be this year's Guest Lecturer for the
Young Photographers Guest Lecture Series at the J Erik Jonsson Branch of the Dallas Public Library. Aspiring photographers, students
and professionals alike are in for a great treat as Mr. Fox will share his experiences behind the camera during the 1:00 pm program.
He has 24 years experience as a photojournalist, documenting the lives and many events through the lens of his camera. Early on Tom
sensed the opportunities and new possibilities in the world of photography and he has expressed his creative potential to the extent
of mastery. Tom Fox matriculated at the University of Texas at Arlington where he received his Bachelor's Degree.
He was recognized by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors as the Photojournalist of the Year. In Tom Fox's words, he states,
I was honored to be a part of a small team of photographers at The Dallas Morning News who won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking
News Photography for coverage of Hurricane Katrina. ...Over the years, I’ve received accolades from POYi, NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism
and National Headliners Foundation. Also, he was named Star Photographer of the Year by the Texas Headliner’s Foundation.
During his career Tom was employed by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times as Staff Photographer and as Photo Editor/Chief for the Arlington
Morning News. He is currently Senior Staff Photographer for the Dallas Morning News.
You are cordially invited to attend the Young Photographers Guest Lecture Series taking place on Saturday August 9, 2014 beginning at
1pm at the J. Erik Jonsson Library, located at 1515 Young Street in the heart of downtown Dallas, TX, in the auditorium. Save the date
and plan on an informative and creatively nourishing afternoon of photography. An Artist & Elaine Thornton Foundation for the Arts
presentation. Again for more information please visit the programs section or call 214-716-7481. Admission is free.
Once again, The RC Hickman Young Photographers Workshop will be in recess until Summer 2015 and then it will resume with the bus trips
to interesting locations around the Metroplex to take pictures!
Our Past Guest Lecturers
1. Toni Parks
2. Gordon Parks
3. RC Hickman
4. Milton Hinnant
5. Howard Bingham
6. D. Michael Cheers
7. Eli Reed
8. Irwin Thompson
9. Sharon Farmer
10. Carl Sidle
11. Katina Revels
12. David Parks
13. Chester Higgins Jr.
14. Melani N. Douglass
15. Beatrice McBride
16. Randy Eli Grothe
17. Gail Nogle
18. Vernon Bryant
19. Eric Draper
20. Tom Fox
Artist and Elaine Thornton Foundation for the Arts
P.O. Box 210647
Dallas, Tx 75211