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Celebrate Black History Month at the Valley Photo Center


Gordon Parks Celebration, February, 2023

The Valley Photo Center will celebrate Black History Month in February, 2023 with a special program of events about Gordon Parks. Mr. Parks was one of the greatest photographers of the twentieth century, a true modern renaissance man who not only practiced still photography, but was was also a musician, composer, writer, and filmmaker.

We'll celebrate his life with a variety of events including:

  • Gallery Exhibit - Reproductions of some of his photographs
  • Photo Contest - This is a juried Gordon Parks inspired contest.  Photos will be exhibited in Gallery.
  • Special guest speaker by Kirk Sharp the director of the Gordon Parks Museum in Fort Scott, Kansas on Sunday, February 19., 2023 from 2-6 PM
  • Screening of his Movies including the Learning Tree and Shaft
  • The event is Free and Open to the public, but please pre register so we can plan for refreshments and seating for the lecture.




The Valley Photo Center will celebrate Black History Month in February, 2023 with a tribute to Gordon Parks.   As part of the celebration we'll be displaying photographs inspired by Gordon Parks in a special juried photo contest exhibit.  The entries are posted on our web site. Nineteen images will be printed and put on display in the gallery. The top three images will be selected by the judges and the winners announced at the reception on February 19th.

Gordon Parks once said, "I feel it is the heart, not the eye, that should determine the intent of the photograph. What the eye sees is its own, What the heart can perceive is a very different matter." The theme for  this contest is "photographs that your heart told you to make". You can enter any photographs you make that you feel that were made that that you felt passionate about when you made them. Click Here for more information and to fill out entry form.
Did you get a new camera for Christmas, you know how to make good photographs, but you don’t know a f/stop from a bus stop? The Valley Photo Center is offering a Beginner Photography Course on Saturday, 1-5 PM, January 28, 2022 at the gallery that will help you understand how your camera works and help you make better photographs. Free for members and students, only $9.95 for non members. Sign Up Here  More information


January VPC Gallery Show

Our December show will be extended through January and includes work by members from the public who participated in our Open Submissions show. Also, David Rogers, one of our newest members, will have some of his work on display.

January Members Only Photo Contest

The theme for the January members only Photo Contest is 'My Favorite Photo 2022'. Submit your favorite photo from last year.
Winners will receive a First Place ribbon and their image will be featured on our web page and a poster print will be made for our gallery. They will receive the print after it has been displayed in the gallery.
2nd and 3rd place winners will receive a Honorable mention ribbon.
There is no entry fee for members. To join CLICK HERE

Prizes include:

  • Poster Print that will hang in our gallery and go to you at the end of the year.
  • Ribbons for First Place and honorable Mention
  • Display on our Website
  • Instructions on how to enter are sent to new members
  • Join now to enter this and all of our monthly contests


Volunteer Docents Wanted

The Valley Photo Center needs volunteer docents to open and close the gallery Monday through Friday from 11 AM until 2 PM.  Volunteers can enter photographs in our open submission shows for free and get free parking in the Tower Square garage. If you can work as little as a couple hours a day a few days a month please email valleyphotocenter@icloud.com

 Support the Valley Photo Center

We are a Non Profit Corporation - All Donations are Taxt Exemptible.  Please donate to help us provide free exhibits and programs. Our Board and staff are all volunteers and 100% of donations go to support the Valley Photo Center. Just click on the contribute button below to donate .

The Gallery Today

The Valley Photo Center located on the 2nd floor (Upper Level) of Tower Square, 1500 Main St., in Springfield.

Our new viewing policy during Covid and its aftermath - we've rearranged the gallery so that you can see the most of an exhibit through the large glass windows at any time. We'll post in-person visiting open hours in our calendar and on our Facebook page. You can visit the virtual gallery any time.

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