Webster Professor Receives Awards for Photos

Jul. 28, 2014

Webster Professor Receives Awards for Photos

ST. LOUIS, July 28, 2014 – As Webster University gears up to celebrate 100 years, another birthday is currently capturing attention – the 250thbirthday of St. Louis. While images of the St. Louis Arch or Busch Stadium might be what most people think of when they picture St. Louis, a photography exhibit at the Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Gallery is focusing on celebrating images from all over the area.

Webster University School of Communications photography professor Susan Hacker Stang has two images included in“The City at 250: A Citywide Celebration in Photography” exhibit. 

Stang received awards for photographs in a photo contest sponsored by the Sheldon, St. Louis Public Radio and The Beacon. The photograph titled Tailgate Party 2013 won first place in the professional/ people category.  The one titled World Series 2013 won third place in the professional/ neighborhoods and events category.  The winning 100 photos also appear in a commemorative book, “The City at 250: A Celebration of St. Louis in Photographs.”

“I entered work in order to support the Sheldon which is one of the most important exhibition spaces in St. Louis,” said Stang. “Any image one entered was required to have been taken in St. Louis during the previous 12 months. I had been working on a major project in other cities during that period and had not photographed here in St. Louis hardly at all.  There was one exception –the Saturday afternoon before the first World Series game, when I had gone to photograph the pep rally in Ballpark Village and the tailgate parties in the parking lot.”

Susan Stang World Series stl250

The exhibit features 100 photos from three categories: professional, amateur and children.  Stang received awards in the professional category. The exhibit opened on June 6 and runs through August 23.

“Although one can find one's shares of Gateway Arches there, I found it to be a strong exhibit, with some very interesting images in all categories,” said Stang.  “I was especially impressed by a number of the images entered in the amateur category.”

Stang actively exhibits her work and her photographs can be found in more than 20 museums worldwide. She has earned, among others, the Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Media Association Faculty Award.