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Student Photography Institute

Creative Vision

The Student Photography Institute is an intensive photography program aimed at highly motivated Collier County high school students. Each year, a class of up to 20 students is selected to participate. The program consists of four weekend workshops during the academic year and a two-week seminar in June.

The institute is designed to give students broad experiences in various areas of photography, including the camera, lighting, composition, digital technology and portfolio preparation. The program also assists students in making vocational decisions, understanding visual communications and preparing for college-level image-making with a curriculum that emphasizes the craft and aesthetic of visual problem-solving equally. 

A student’s first two years in the program will concentrate on technical and formal excellence with the third year dedicated to the student’s individual areas of interest and building a college-level or exhibition portfolio. Work produced by the students will be exhibited at The Baker Museum and sites throughout the Artis—Naples campus.



Student Application



Applicants will be asked to submit works digitally. If you are a new photography student applicant, you will receive an email soon after completing the online application (above) requesting examples of your best works. Your works will be reviewed for acceptance into the Student Photography Institute. If you are a returning student photographer, you will receive an email soon after your submission regarding your continuing acceptance.

Payment Information

Tuition for the the Student Photography Institute is generously underwritten by the Schrenk Family Foundation. Students pay only a supply fee of $200. Need-based scholarships are available to underwrite the supply fee for qualifying students.

For more information about the Student Photography Institute, please contact bthayer@artisnaples.org.

2020-21 Schedule

The 2020-21 season will be announced this fall

Collier County high school students in public, private or home schools are encouraged to apply to the the Student Photography Institute. The sessions are presented in partnership with Community School of Naples (CSN) and take place on the CSN campus.

Your instructor is —
Wes Carson, M.F.A.

Wes Carson is a fine art/documentary photographer and lecturer with the City Colleges of Chicago. Carson has a Master of Fine Arts in Art from the University of Miami and is a former assistant to renowned photographer Irving Penn. His expertise includes analog and digital photography, as well as historical processes. Carson’s work is an introspective visual journal that often observes contemporary society from an emotional distance.

The Student Photography Institute is generously sponsored by the Schrenk Family Foundation


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