Photographer Alan Nyiri Named Artist-in-Residence at SVC

May 7, 2008

BENNINGTON, Vt.) - Nationally recognized photographer Alan Nyiri of Poultney, Vt., has been named Artist-in-Residence at Southern Vermont College. The College's Artist-in-Residence program honors professionals in the arts by inviting them to share their knowledge and expertise with the community. During the residency, the artist instructs one or two classes and presents workshops, seminars and/or performances.

"I am delighted Alan will be SVC's Artist-in-Residence for 2008-2009," commented SVC President Karen Gross. "Actually, it is fair to say that I am thrilled for our students, faculty, staff and community. What a wonderful partnership."

This summer, Nyiri will teach Introduction to Digital Photography for five intensive days, starting on Monday of Memorial weekend (May 25) through May 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students will learn the electronic and mechanical controls of their digital camera, the steps involved in making well-exposed images, the factors governing lens selection and the creative use of composition to produce interesting and technically good photos. An understanding of image editing using Photoshop Express will give students a platform to correct, adjust and manipulate these digital images to create practical real-world applications for advertising print media, page layout, brochures, posters and Web pages.

This course is open to members of the Bennington community. The cost is $1,200 for this two-credit course. Alumni with a bachelor's degree from SVC and alumni from St. Joseph College are eligible to take the class for $250 per credit. To sign up for the course, please contact the registrar, Jim Frederick, at or call at 802-447-6324. A complete listing of summer courses is available at

During the academic year, Nyiri will teach a course in photojournalism that will allow SVC students to document, among other projects, the construction and completion of the planned new residential hall. Nyiri will begin this project this summer and the end-product, in addition to wonderful photographs, will be a book chronicling the building process from start to finish.

Nyiri is well known for his architectural and landscape images of America's college and university campuses. He has published books of his architectural studies for Stanford, Cornell, Georgetown, UCLA and USC. He has also written works featuring his native New England, including Acadia National Park, the Maine Coast, Cape Cod and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. His most recent book is titled "Acadia Panorama." His work, which is shown frequently, will be on exhibit during the new wing dedication on June 14 at the Bennington Center for the Arts on June 14.

Recently, Nyiri was commissioned by University of California President Richard C. Atkinson (1995-2003) to create a photographic survey of the 10-campus UC system. The Atkinson Photographic Archive was created to document the extraordinary architecture found on the campuses and to provide images that are available for use by the UC community.

Founded in 1926, Southern Vermont College offers a career-enhancing, liberal arts education with 19 academic degree programs for approximately 450 students. Southern Vermont College recognizes the importance of educating students for the workplace of the twenty-first century and for lives as successful leaders in their communities. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.