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Local Photographer Featured In Exhibition

Marty Kemper at Cedarhurst with photo Prairie Passage C.jpg

The Shrode Photography Competition Exhibition at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mt. Vernon.

This year’s competition received 191 works of art from 67 southern Illinois artists.

The Shrode Photography Competition Exhibition, which is open through December 31 at

Cedarhurst in Mt. Vernon, includes five award winning works of art as well as an additional

22 entries selected for the exhibition.

Among those selections is “Prairie Passage” by Marty Kemper, of Nashville.

The juried event was open to all artists 18 years of age and older living in southern

Illinois, south of Interstate 70, and was judged by Dan Younger, Professor of Art at University of Missouri in St. Louis.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to view the best photography that this region can produce,” stated Younger, “and an honor to review such an amazing collection of talent represented by the entries in this year’s contest.”

To view a photo gallery of the exhibit as well as Dan Younger’s complete Judge’s Statement visit

The Photography Competition gallery exhibit is located in the Shrode Art Center Regenhardt Gallery at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mt. Vernon and admission to the exhibition is free of charge. Cedarhurst is open Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 618-242-1236 ext. 249 or visit

Cedarhurst Center for the Arts is an activity of the John R. and Eleanor R. Mitchell Foundation.

Marty Kemper, of Nashville, with “Prairie Passage” his photograph selected for the Shrode Photography Competition at the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mt. Vernon.