Shawna Norman, Black Hills State University senior art major from Spearfish, poses proudly by her award-winning photo. Norman entered the untitled silver gelatin lith print in the annual Spearfish Arts Center Winter Art Show; she was awarded Best of Show for her photo entry.

Black Hills State University student Shawna Norman, senior art major from Spearfish, was awarded Best of Show for her photography entry at the annual Spearfish Arts Center Winter Art Show.

Norman was among several BHSU students who entered the show. Her entry was an untitled silver gelatin lith print. She used a 4x5 pinhole camera which produced a 4x5 negative. She then contact printed her photo using the lith process, which involves overexposing the negative under the enlarger and underdeveloping it in the lith developer.

“I like this process because it forces you to slow down and be meticulous. I like combining the pinhole camera and the lith process because the tones and negative quality combined make for an interesting print,” said Norman.

Norman has applied and is patiently awaiting responses from several graduate schools. She plans to get her master of fine arts in photography and then would like to teach at the college level.

Steve Babbitt, professor of mass communications at BHSU, believes this is the first time a photographer has been awarded Best of Show and only the second time a BHSU student has received the Best of Show award.

Mary Maxon, curator at the Dahl Fine Arts Center in Rapid City, was this year’s judge for the community art show.