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Matters of the Heart – the Annual Gifted and Talented Student Exhibition 2020

April 24, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - April 24, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

Matters of the Heart

Virtual exhibition featuring the photographers of Bill Reed, Conrad Ball, High Plains, Loveland Classical, Lucile Erwin, New Vision, Turner, and Walt Clark Middle Schools. A Thompson School District tradition since 2003, hosted by the Artworks Center for Contemporary Art, and originally scheduled for April 21-May 3, 2020 / student opening April 21, now online due to the COVID – 19 pandemic.

MATTERS OF THE HEART challenged students to be photographer and writer. Students utilized the camera to document and interpret. They explored through the lens and used the magic of black and white film. Thoughtfully planning their routes, students embarked on a journey of planned and unpredictable discovery. Extraordinary as well as small details were photographed. Students then paired words with their chosen exhibition image to express their “matter of the heart.” Students visited downtown Loveland and surrounding places including Berthoud, Lyons, Boulder, Estes Park, Fort Collins, Rocky Mountain National Park, the Poudre River canyon, Masonville, Timnath, the Big Thompson Canyon, Rock Ridge Ranch, and Horsetooth Reservoir. Photo journeys are timeless, without bells to interrupt or grades to assign. Students created their images in the traditional, magical and time-honored professional darkroom of Studio 119 at Artworks Center for Contemporary Art. Techniques, such as a filed negative carrier, spray or hand application of chemistry and shadows are used to make one-of- a-kind images. All are exhibition worthy and created from each artist’s visionary heart. Exhibit photos are printed on Ilford fiber glossy, silver gelatin fine art paper. They are mounted and custom matted with acid-free materials to meet museum standards. I learned the floating mount style of matting in Ansel Adams’ archives while volunteering in Yosemite National Park. Unlike previous years, the COVID-19 pandemic closed the Artworks north gallery where this student exhibition was to hang. In response, I digitized all student works so that their beautiful creations could be widely seen. In October, 2000 I presented my first photo workshop as a guest artist/teacher in the Thompson School District. Since then I have annually been privileged to teach photography to almost 2,000 TSD students. As an artist within Artworks Center for Contemporary Art, I am challenged, influenced, taught and encouraged by my colleagues. Additional funding support was provided by NOVO Restoration and the NOCO Gifted Community. Artworks provides the darkroom and exhibition facility. I provide other in-kind materials.

Thank you student artists, supportive parents, donors, and especially colleagues Sue Teumer, Janice Marchman, Kelly Parks, Mary Pat Hayden-Davis, Kristi Leonard, Jennifer Sinnett, Robert Moore, Will LaGory and TSD GT coordinator Carol Swalley. After 20 years teaching photography here, the 2020 GT photo project is my final workshop in Loveland. My wife Susan Hoyler (retiring as Bill Reed counselor) and I will move to be near family in my home state of Iowa. You all are appreciated and will be missed. Your creativity will endure and be a gift to the future.

Robert Campagna, Artist/Educator

Educator and Student Video’s

Follow the links bellow

Sue Teumer

Jaden Fitzpatrick

Brad Rogers

Maddie Bellmar

Ellory Anne Bauersfeld

The annual Gifted and Talented photography exhibition was scheduled to open April 21 in the Artworks North Gallery.

• Each student established a value for their fine art photograph, a value which included a share for Artworks.

• If a buyer wanted to purchase a photograph, the transaction normally would take place through the Artworks Center for

Contemporary Arts. Such transactions benefit both the student artist as well as the exhibition host Artworks.

• In the previous four years, on average 20 student images were sold through Artworks during the student exhibition.

• This year, due to the COVID-19 virus, the on-site exhibition couldn’t happen and photographs have already been returned to students.

• However, the work of supporting students isn’t done. Artworks is creating this online exhibition to support students.

If you would like to thank and support Artworks for their efforts to support student artists, please consider joining the Artworks

Membership. Funds donated to Artworks Membership directly supports youth programming in Loveland by providing field

trip opportunities at no cost to the Thompson School District.

Contact Sarah LaBarre for further information on how you can assist in the continuation of Artworks programs!

Artworks Center for Contemporary Art, 310 N. Railroad, Loveland, CO 80537 / 970-663-5555 or



April 24 @ 5:00 pm
April 24, 2021 @ 5:00 pm