In addition to a 32-year career in music, West Virginia University professor David Bess has also been developing a second career as a photographera career that is now taking center stage.

The associate professor of music education is exhibiting his photography at Slight Indulgence on Collins Ferry Road through the end of February. A reception will be held Monday (Jan. 26) from 6-8 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

Bess has had an interest in photography since he was in high school in Berea, Ky. He served as a yearbook photographer and a photographer for a summer camp and won first-place awards for his black-and-white portraits and landscapes at the Kentucky State Fair.

More recently, he has taken student portraits for the Division of Musics popular recruitment calendar and provided a number of photographs for the College of Creative Arts publications and Web sites. He is also a wedding and event photographer and teaches Introduction to Digital Photography through the Community Arts Program.

The 32 photos in the exhibition at Slight Indulgence are primarily landscapes and include many scenes from West Virginia.

Bess served as chair of the Division of Music from 2000-07, assistant chair of undergraduate studies from 1997-2000 and coordinator of the Music Education Program from 1995-97. He joined the music education faculty in 1987.

Slight Indulgence on Collins Ferry Road is open from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays.

In addition, registration for Bessdigital photography class is going on now. The six-week course for students ages 13 and up will be held Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m. March 26 through April 30 at the Creative Arts Center . Students interested in registering for the class should call the Community Arts Program office at 304-293-4841 ext. 3168 or 3185.

For more information about the exhibition, call 304-293-4841 ext. 3108.