The Photo XIX, presented by the Auburn Arts Association, featured 38 works by regional photographers.
The winners of the Auburn Arts Association Merit Awards were announced on Friday, April 6, at the Photo XIX Reception. The winners are Madelyn Carr Bonnett, Vertigo; William Blake Brown, People Watching; Trisha Oliver, Saturday in the South; Hank Siegel, Golden Winter Morning; and Frank Uhlig, AAA Street.
The William Penn White Jr. Merit Award was given to Warren Simons for his photograph, Canoe on Eastern Lake. The Auburn Arts Association has established the William Penn White Jr. Merit Award as a memorial tribute to Bill White, reporter, editor, educator and photographer. The award will be given annually.
The six Photo XIX merit awards were selected by Dr. Marilyn Laufer, art historian and director of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. Dr. Laufer holds an undergraduate degree from Douglas College at Rutgers University. She earned her doctorate in art history from Washington University, St. Louis. Prior to her highly successful service as director of the Jule Collins Smith Museum, Dr. Laufer taught art history as a faculty member at what is now the Department of Art and Art History and Auburn University.