Photo Gallery

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The Founders Artist & Elaine Thornton (l) and (r) with Mr. David Valdez, former Director of the White House Photo Office for the Pres. George H.W. Bush Administration and former General Manager for the Walt Disney Attractions Digital Division received a gift from the Thornton Foundation, presented by Ms. Jasmine Simone Thornton (second r), former RC Hickman Young Photographers Workshop participant. Photo by Gail Nogle

Ms. Kortlynn Boddie is congratulated by Mr. David Valdez and Artist & Elaine Thornton for becoming this year's Nkonyezi's Honorable Mention awardee. Photo by Gail Nogle

Photography instructors for the RC Hickman Young Photographers Workshop, among the best photographers in the nation, shared their experiences with the youth over the years: (l to r) Charles Little, Gail Nogle, with program hosts, Artist & Elaine Thornton, photography instructors Carol Wingard and (seated) Carl Sidle and Milton Hinnant

Artist Thornton Sr. is serenaded by some of the students of the RC Hickman Young Photographers Workshop (2013). Photo by Gail Nogle

Larry Hagman lends support to Young Photographers. Hagman visited Dallas to meet with young participants like Jessica Berry, 3rd place winner of the 2012 Gordon Parks Young Photographers Competition and ElTonya Minor, former student in the RC Hickman Young Photographers Workshop

Young Photographers Workshop-- - RC Hickman (c) and Gordon Parks (r) at the Culmination program for the Young Photographers Workshop Program greeting Artist Thornton, Founder. Ongoing programs have been named in honor of these artists of distinction: the RC Hickman Young Photographers Workshop and the Gordon Parks Young Photographers Competition. These photography programs are presented each year by the Artist & Elaine Thornton Foundation For The Arts, Inc. Photo by Carl Sidle

Dramatic Play Presented--Members of the cast and crew of ³Two Trains Running² are all smiles at the end of the stage tour at Cedar Valley College in Lancaster, Texas. Back by popular demand, the play, written by Pulitzer Prize winning author August Wilson will be on stage at the Irving Arts Center in April 2000 as the guests of the Irving Black Arts Guild.

The Annual Celebrate The Arts Gala featured such notable artists/supporters of the foundation: (l to r) Willie Minor, Roger E. Mosely, Artist Thornton, Irma P. Hall, and Larry Hagman. They were in Dallas as guests of Artist & Elaine Thornton. Photo by Warren Lanier

The students listen with intent as photojournalist Milton Hinnant explains the creative use of film. Milton Hinnant has been with the Young Photographers Workshop Program since it began in 1992. He never fails to excite the aspiring photographer. Photo by Elaine

Founders Elaine and Artist Thornton present first place prize to winner Andrew Krimm during the annual Gordon Parks Young Photographers Competition, for his creative photo entry. Photo by Jessie Hornbuckle

Toni Parks meets Artist Thornton II, executive director of the foundation. Toni, daughter of renowned artist Gordon Parks was in Dallas, from London, England as this year¹s Guest Lecturer for the Culmination of the RC Hickman Young Photographers Workshop. What an exciting lecture and presentation of her photos! Photo by Carl Sidle

With sensitivity and humor, Mr. RC Hickman, photographer, welcomes Toni Parks to Dallas with his charming introduction of this wonderful guest lecturer and photo giant at the RC Hickman Young Photographers Workshop that the Thornton Foundation presents each year.

Young Photographer Workshop Program Concludes--The workshop is renamed in honor of RC Hickman (2nd l). Artist Thornton, founder, (l) made the welcomed announcement on behalf of the foundation. Student LaRobbye Washington and freelance photograhpher and workshop instructor Jessie Hornbuckle extend hearty congratulations

Joe Williams charmed the audience in Dallas at the Majestic Theatre in a benefit concert for the Artist & Elaine Thornton Foundation For The Arts. The event was sponsored by ProLine Corporation and the City Of Dallas Office Of Cultural affairs. Dallas was the next to last stop for the Legendary blues and jazz singer, Mr. Joe Williams. Though we miss him dearly his music still comforts us.

Ft. Scott, Kansas

The celebration was well attended and Parks was feted at a dinner honoring him by Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius. Surrounding Gordon Parks are his daughter Toni Parks Parsons, talented photographer, Elaine Thornton, founder of Artist & Elaine Thornton Foundation for The Arts, and actress/educator Karol Graham. Karol played the role of Big Mabel in the Learning Tree, a highly acclaimed major motion picture directed by Parks. Sir Gordon Parks is known as a world renowned photojournalist, author, film director and musician. He produced and directed several movies such as Shaft, and Leadbelly.

Bobbi Humphrey (l), renowned jazz flutist, Irma P. Hall, nationally acclaimed actress and Elaine Thornton, gathered together for breakfast at the Pearl Street Cafe recently in the aftermath of an arts gala that Irma P. Hall was honored at in Dallas. She is recovering nicely from an auto accident that happened earlier this year. She is an advisory board member of the Artist & Elaine Thornton Foundation for the Arts, Inc. of which Elaine is a founder.

Don't miss Irma P. Hall's movie Collateral starring Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx opening this week in theatres cross the country.

Fall 2004 Winners Announced At the Gordon Parks Young Photographers Competition

At right: JaJuan Currie, this year’s first place winner in the Gordon Parks Young Photographers Competition is congratulated by Artist Thornton, Guest Lecturer Eli Reed, Elaine Thornton and Dr. Artist Thornton II, executive director of the Artist & Elaine Thornton Foundation for The Arts, Inc. The enlightening afternoon of the Guest Lecture Series was held at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Photo at Right: Eli Reed chatting with KERA's Glen Mitchell explaining his experiences behind the camera taking photos while traveling around the world. Mr. Reed presented slides of photos that he took while in various countries, such as Canada, El Salvador, Lebanon, Spain, Great Britain, and the U.S.

Eli worked on movie sets photographing the making of such movies as Higher Learning and Disappearing Acts, and working with such artists as Wesley Snipes, and Russell Crowe in the motion picture A Beautiful Mind, and in his latest, The Cinderella Man.

Following the program were the announcements of this year’s winners of the Gordon Parks Young Photographers Competition. Collecting first place prize of $300 was Ja Juan Currie, 10 years old, a student from Charles Rice Elementary School. Placing second for $200 was Flo Monier, 18, and third place winner for $100 was Meaghan Casey who is 17 years old and attending Hockaday Academy.

On hand for the Denim & Diamond fundraiser for the American Kidney Foundation are (l to r) Maj Hagman, Artist Thornton, Elaine Thornton and Larry Hagman, the keynote speaker.
Photo by John Stufflebeam