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Pedro E. Guerrero: Inspiring Architecture Lovers of All Ages

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During October, AETN was proud to go beyond the broadcast of “Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey” with events for architecture lovers of all ages. From a student workshop in North Little Rock to a special screening and panel discussion with Architecture & Design Network, it’s been a banner month made possible by a grant from WNET!

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North Little Rock School District middle school students dove into the worlds of photography and architecture Saturday, Oct. 3, at the AETN/WNET Architectural Photography Workshop held at the North Little Rock History Commission.

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The 17 students joined us and our partners from the Blue-Eyed Knocker Photography Community, Preserve Arkansas and the Argenta Art Connection for a full day, starting with an introduction to Pedro E. Guerrero and his work!

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After watching the film, everyone got a compact education in architectural photography, online social photography platforms, North Little Rock history and using their brand new cameras, Nikon Cool Pix. 

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That afternoon, our students put theory into practice as they went on a photography expedition with mentor photographers from the Blue-Eyed Knocker Photography Community, and did outstanding work! See some of the stunning images they captured here.

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Following the workshop, one of each student’s best photos was chosen to be printed and matted for a special event at the Arkansas Arts Center, held in partnership with the Architecture & Design Network. You can view their featured photos in our online gallery here.

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On Tuesday, Oct. 20, an opening reception featured a special exhibition of student artwork, followed by a screening of “American Masters — Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey.” 

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As part of the Architecture & Design Network Lecture Series at the Arkansas Arts Center, Ethel Goodstein-Murphree, associate dean of the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design; Brian Lang, chief curator of the Arkansas Arts Center; and Tim Hursley, architectural photographer, joined for the film and accompanying panel discussion. It was an outstanding night with standing room only!

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We deeply appreciate our partners at the Architecture & Design Network, Argenta Art Connection, Blue-Eyed Knocker Photography Collective, North Little Rock History Commission, North Little Rock School District and Preserve Arkansas whose creativity and dedication made these events possible and — if you watch closely — may still inspire more to come! In coming months, be sure to watch for another AETN/WNET Architectural Photography Workshop in North Little Rock for your chance to see the work of a new generation of Latino photographers in Arkansas.

AETN is also particularly grateful to WNET “American Masters” whose generous grant made these events possible. In addition to providing screening rights and outstanding access to the work of Pedro E. Guerrero for educational purposes, their grant funding made it possible to take our events to the next level and, most importantly, have supplied 17 young Arkansas photographers with the tools they need continue in the field.

This special presentation of 'American Masters' and 'VOCES' has been made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by Rosalind P. Walter, the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Judith and Burton Resnick, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Vital Projects Fund, Michael & Helen Schaffer Foundation, The André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation, the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, Berkeley Film Foundation, Castellano Family Foundation, Elise Jaffe + Jeffery Brown, and Mike and Ginny Lester. 


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