PITTSBURG — A gallery exhibiting several genres of student photo work — including portraiture, commercial, product, advertising and wildlife — will be open to the public Thursday at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.

The Student Perspectives gallery will open at 3:30 p.m. and is free to the public. The gallery will stay up throughout the school year.

Pittsburg State University Assistant Professor of Graphics and Imaging Technologies Rion Huffman said he thought the gallery at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts would be a good place to display student work, but at first was not sure what would be the best way. After talking to the center’s director, steps were taken to make it possible, he said.

He said it took a few years to get it all together — with discussion with the director and students, a competition and judging, funding then printing, organizing and displaying — the gallery will finally be officially ready for viewing on Thursday.

Huffman spent his summer organizing the project.

The students had a competition to decide whose images will be going on the wall. The winning images were decided by outside judges. A total of 58 images were selected.

Four images were selected for “judges choice” and were awarded during their ceremony last year. The winners for this award are Derek Livingston, Katie Sauter, Erin Deweese and Alex Gourlay.

These images were put on the wall on a 60 inch by 80 inch metal panel — two 30 inch by 40 inch made into one image.

All 58 of the images will have a byline and there will be a section with a photograph of the winners and the bios so the viewers can link the students’ stories with their images.

Huffman said the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts hung up and all of the prints in a matter of days.

“The Bicknell Center did an awesome job of hanging them up,” he said.

Huffman said Millers Professional Imaging donated the prints which he said would have been expensive to pay for.

“Millers graciously donated the prints for us,” He said.

Huffman said the student work shows the students’ mastery of their craft, especially for those who have multiple photographs in different genres.

“There are so many different genres of photographs represented,” he said. “It is a real feat to master different areas of photography.

“This is a testament for these students —  it shows how good they are at their craft.”

There is no central theme to the exhibit and the images will not be organized by genre — instead the images were organized to be away from similar work, Huffman said.

“No two genres will be right next to each other or at eye line,” he said. “Layout of images will be disruptive.

“Same with size and orientation … the idea is that each photograph is unique from each other.”

Huffman said the whole idea behind the gallery is to share and focus on the student photographers’ and their interest, along with their stories.

During the opening ceremony there will be an opportunity to meet many of the photographers and the judges along with opening remarks by Graphic and Imaging Technology Chairman Barry Wilson.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.