Photography students will have the opportunity to explore the remote region of northwestern Wyoming through a new summer photography workshop offered June 18-28 by the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts .

The Jackson Hole Photography Workshop is a 10-day intensive field course in collaboration with the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts in downtown Jackson, Wyo. Michael Sherwin , assistant professor of photography and digital imaging in WVU s Division of Art and Design , will teach the course.

The size of the workshop is limited, and the registration deadline is May 1.

Daily photo excursions exploring this stunning region of Wyoming will be complemented by darkroom and digital work sessions, critiques of works in progress, gallery visits and evening presentations.

The workshop will cover a broad range of photographic practices and principles, with an emphasis on instruction targeted to the individual level of the student. Primary instruction will include the use of digital and 35mm film cameras, along with color inkjet or black-and-white darkroom processes. Students will also have the opportunity to explore work in medium- and large-format cameras and alternative processes.

Throughout the workshop, students will be encouraged to experiment with various forms of image making,Sherwin said.Subject matter may vary from interpretation of the landscape, to nature studies, to social documentary and portraiture.

Among the locations to be visited will be the Grand Teton National Park; Yellowstone National Park; National Elk Refuge; the towns of Afton, Freedom and Kelly; the historic Mormon Row homestead site; a working ranch; and a variety of neighboring locations.

There will also be presentations and technical demonstrations by professional artists and a guided whitewater rafting trip on the Snake River.

Surrounded by pristine wilderness and iconic American landscapes, the Jackson Hole area has attracted photographers from around the world. A number of well-known landscape and wildlife photographers have successfully established galleries in downtown Jackson, and in recent years, the contemporary art world has taken notice.

In 2005, the Oswald Gallery opened, featuring an extraordinary collection of historic photographs of the American West and a diverse showing of contemporary works by many renowned artists. Workshop participants will get a firsthand look at master prints from the gallerys collection.

The Jackson Hole Center for the Arts opened in 2004. Sherwin said participants in the WVU workshop will have access to the centers state-of-the-art photography facility. The 820-square-foot studio is fully equipped with the latest traditional and digital darkroom tools and technology.

Sherwin earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography from The Ohio State University in 1999 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography from The University of Oregon in Eugene in 2004.

After eight years in the Northwest, Sherwin returned to the East in 2007 to teach at WVU . In his own work, Sherwin combines still images with video and installation pieces that investigate the tenuous relationship between humans and the natural world. He has won numerous grants and awards for his work and has exhibited widely.

He has taught a variety of photography and digital imaging courses at community art centers and institutions across the country. He is also an active and participating member of the Society for Photographic Education and the College Art Association.

The Jackson Hole Photography Workshop is offered through WVU s Extended Learning office , which enables students from other universities and the general public to enroll and earn college credit. No prior photographic experience is necessary. All participants must supply their own digital or 35mm film camera; other equipment will be provided. The workshop is offered for three credits and is pass/no pass only.

Enrollment is limited to 12 students to ensure a significant amount of one-on-one instruction and attention. To be considered for the workshop, an application and $500 deposit are required prior to the May 1 registration deadline.

For more information or to download an application form, visit http://artanddesign.wvu.edu/jackson_hole_photography_workshop . Students may also contact Sherwin at 304-293-4841 ext. 3138 or 3238 or ” Michael.Sherwin@mail.wvu.edu rel=nofollow> Michael.Sherwin@mail.wvu.edu .