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Visual Storytelling with Photojournalist Erika Schultz

Published: February 28, 2018 | Category: Arts

Artwork from Erika SchultzAs the old adage goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words”, such is the case with Erika Schultz, a photojournalist and video storyteller for The Seattle Times. SUU’s Department of Art & Design welcomes Schultz as an Art Insights speaker Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA). She will share experiences on community storytelling and finding creativity. Admission is free and open to the public.

Schultz’s work centers on real life stories and human experience. Her images create a storyboard that is honest, eye opening, and leaves the viewer with a sense of renewed awareness and knowledge.

When asked about her work at The Seattle Times, Schultz said, “At our publication, we work to document community stories with universal themes to help people better understand one another. We believe documentary photography provides a proof of history, and records some of our society's most challenging issues and beautiful moments.” 

Pictures of the Year International presented Schultz an award of excellence for Newspaper Photographer of the Year. Her video work with Corinne Chin won second place for Individual Multimedia Portfolio in NPPA’s 2017 Best of Photojournalism Awards, as well as an honorable mention for Cliff Edom’s New America Award. Her work has also been recognized by the Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism, National Edward R. Murrow Awards, The Alexia Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists, as well as being a finalist for the 2010 and 2013 ASNE Community Service Photojournalism award.

“Erika is one of the most talented and hard-working photographers I know. Her passion for telling stories runs deep and drives her to follow a story wherever it leads - even if that is some far-flung foreign land,” said Benjamin Kirkby, SUU Assistant Professor of Graphic Design. “On the outside, Erika is as down-to-earth as it gets. Inside, however, she is a driven, consummate professional whose incredible talents come as a direct result from her never settling for 'good enough'. In addition to her amazing photography- which has earned her numerous awards, including a Pulitzer - Erika's raw love of her craft is inspiring to witness.”

Beyond her work with The Seattle Times, Schultz works as a part-time faculty member at the University of Washington. She serves on the Western Washington Board of the Society of Professional Journalists and is the co-founder of NW Photojournalism.

Join us in looking at the world through the eyes of a visual storyteller. For more information, please visit www.suu.edu/pva.


Contact Information:

Ashley H Pollock
435-865-8667
pollocka@suu.edu