2015 Young Photographers to Feature David Valdez as Guest Lecturer



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
214-716-7481 or
email: artistelaine2@juno.com