The South Arkansas Arts Center in El Dorado has announced that Steven E. Ochs from Southern Arkansas University will judge this year’s “Viewfinder.”
“Viewfinder” is SAAC’s bi-annual photography competition. The competitive exhibition showcasing photographers’ works will fill the Merkle and Price Galleries from February 5-26.
Ochs is a professor of art at Southern Arkansas University with 37 years of experience in education. He has been serving as the chair of the Department of Art and Design and is the owner of Public Art Walks, which specializes in public art projects utilizing decorative concrete.
Ochs served as judge for competition in 2010 and 2015.
“Steven Ochs is an excellent judge for this show,” said SAAC’s gallery manager, Kelly Campbell, who has taken some of his classes at SAU. “He spends a lot of time looking at the photos before making his decisions, putting them in categories and then judging from that.
He looks for the ‘story’ in each photograph, not just the beauty of it. He is an excellent photographer himself and knows his craft well.”
Ochs teaches basic and advance photography, ceramics, sculpture, and 3D design, and is currently serving on the Magnolia Arts Council. He has received awards in both teaching and research. In 2013, Ochs was awarded SAU’s Honor Professor of the Year.
He has published numerous articles about creating and marketing decorative concrete, photo-documentation, and has been a presenter and artist at the World of Concrete, Concrete Décor Show and Bosch Tool events. Ochs has juried more than a dozen exhibitions in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma and Alabama and has acted as curator for more than twenty exhibitions.
In November 2016, he collaborated with the art professors of Artemisa Cuba to create a large mural on their campus and co-presented this project at the Universidad 2018 in Havana.
Ochs holds degrees from the following: B.A. from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston: M.A. from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana: M.F.A. from Ohio University-Athens.
The entry deadline for the competition sponsored by William P. Cook & Associates, PLLC, is February 3.