Current Board Members
ANGIE JENNINGS utilizes her photographic skills acquired over 20 years in various styles of the photographic medium to depict stories in a single image or series. Her images are a combination of digital, film and photogravure. She has exhibited nationally as well as internationally; Oregon, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Beijing.
Lea Murphy has been photographing for over 40 years. She owns and operates Lea Murphy Photography where she creates portraits of infants, children and families. She also mentors those wishing to learn the intricacies of photography and has helped spread her love of the medium by teaching everything from camera basics to fine art printing. She is passionate about recording the wonder and mystery of childhood and uses that as the basis of her fine art work. An active and prolific photographer, Lea believes strongly in the value of the printed photograph and spends time each week creating archival prints of her work. Lea’s work has won awards, been featured in national magazines, and been shown in galleries across the United States.
JOHN W. HANS has worked in the Kansas City arts community for more than 35 years. He is currently the Director of Production at Dolphin Archival Printing, located in the Haw Contemporary Art Gallery in Kansas City’s West Bottoms. His services include digital retouching for advertisers and fine art photographers. He also works with many locally based artists to print and reproduce works for portfolios, personal use, and gallery exhibitions. John’s portfolio consists primarily of landscape photography and represents a diverse array of subject matter and environments. His works are printed on acid-free archival papers in all formats and his images are created from a mix of traditional wet side photography and digital capture. His work is represented in the H&R Block permanent collection and was included in the 2014 Flatfile show. He has been published in Black and White Magazine’s special issue, as well as The Kansas City Star, and has received numerous awards from nationally recognized competitions. He received the judge’s award at the 2011 Louisville Art Association’s National Photography Show and was named best in show at the 2005 Photography Show at Southwest University. His work was also included in the Palm Springs’ Bureau of Tourism’s “Earth through the Lens” photographic competition.
JULIE DENESHA is a freelance documentary photographer and videographer based in Kansas City. Her work appears frequently on KCUR.org (89.3 FM) and KCPT.
From 1996 to 2004, Julie was based in Prague, Czech Republic, where she covered Central and Eastern Europe for newspapers and magazines. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Time, Newsweek, The Economist and The Christian Science Monitor.
In 2007, Julie was awarded both a Fulbright and a Milena Jesenská Fellowship to continue her ongoing project on the Roma in Slovakia. Her project on the Roma was featured in an exhibit of the Roma at the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava, Slovakia, The World Bank in Brussels, Belgium, The Half King Gallery in New York, and The Institute For Human Sciences in Vienna, Austria.
FRANK P. HAMILTON has been a photography instructor in the greater metro area since 1980, teaching at JCCC, KU, Avila College, UMKC, KCAI, and Park University. He was one of the founding members of SCP, serving on the board for many years and also as President. He has exhibited regionally in numerous galleries since 1977, showing work in the landscape, cityscape, and the nude. Hamilton is currently working mostly in digital but continues to love and work in large format B&W photography. He still has a wet darkroom in his basement. He feels strongly that photographers need a community to grow and develop. The photographic print is at the heart of his love of photography.
Nancy Schneider-Wilson, is a design professor at Johnson County Community College for over twenty-five years. A life long proponent of commercial photography grew from her BFA minor in Photography while at KCAI and photo integrated screen-printed textiles while completing her MFA at The University of Kansas.
In 2000 Nancy founded the annual, JCCC Graphic Design Graduating Recruitment Showcase where graduates showcase their portfolios to the creative design & advertising industry. She also coordinates a student portfolio review bringing in professional alumni.
Nancy’s passion for staying connected with the industry and helping alumni is evident and maintains close ties to the many alumni in prominent creative positions such as Hallmark, VML, Barkley/Blacktop, Dimensional Innovations, HNTB, InTouch Solutions, Garmin and a long list of others. Her students have won National AAF ADDY awards and numerous local and regional design awards over the years.
Nancy’s affiliations include memberships to AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) and AAF-KC (American Advertising Federation of Kansas City) where she was honored for teaching excellence from it’s members.
Jon Onstot is a Kansas City-based fine art photographer currently exploring themes of solitude, loss, and the effects of time on our personal memories. His work spans a variety of genres, including landscape, nature, street, and portrait photography.
Jon recently completed studies in the Photography Certificate program at the Kansas City Art Institute, and has participated in group exhibitions at a variety of Kansas City venues, including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Kemper-Albrecht Museum, the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, and others.
Although relatively new to the Kansas City arts scene, Mr. Onstot brings over 40 years of experience in leadership and project management to his new role with KCSCP. Prior to his retirement in 2016, he was a Principal Chemist at MRIGlobal, a not-for-profit contract research institute based in Kansas City, where he managed programs in areas of national security, defense, and environmental science.
Past Board Members
KENNY JOHNSON has been a photographer for over 20 years. His interest in photography began at a young age. However, it was when he secured an internship with Michael Rush Photography that his passion for creating images became a career. Photography has been the vehicle that has shaped and formed the way Kenny sees the world. He draws inspiration from the everyday happenings that are sometimes missed by others. It is through the keen observation of these simple daily occurrences that Johnson has successfully built a body of work that has been used in national advertising campaigns, magazine editorials as well as gallery exhibitions.
DAVID MORRIS is the owner of David Morris Photography, founded in 1989 as a full-service advertising photography studio that takes an artistic approach to advertising photography. David’s work has been seen all around the world in magazines, billboards, theater screens, and just about every other form of publication you can think of. He has won numerous national awards for his photography including CA awards, Addys and many others. Although this is how he makes his living, David is still a fine art photographer at heart. His fine art photography is primarily black and white landscapes but he occasionally shoots architecture and abstracts. David’s work has been shown in numerous galleries and one-man shows throughout the country, including the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art.
Mark Berndt is a self-taught photographer, film director, digital printmaker and educator. Communication skills acquired in 40+ years in film and photography inform and infuse his photography. Primarily a portraitist, Mark’s environmental portraits celebrate people where they live and work, and his documentary narrative images capture life in the moment, revealing the instance, and the substance, of human interaction.
A former faculty member at Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, CA) and the Julia Dean Photo Workshops (Los Angeles), he currently teaches photography and digital imaging at the Kansas City Art Institute, and in private workshops and one-on-one consultation.
Mark’s professional affiliations include having served on the Board of Directors of ASMP‘s (American Society of Media Professionals) Los Angeles chapter, as the current President of ASMP’s KC-Midwest Chapter. He is a director member of the DGA (Director’s Guild of America).
ERNIE BLOCK was first introduced to photography as a child when he witnessed an image on paper magically appear in a tray of liquid. His formal education took place at Brook’s Institute of Photography where he received his bachelor’s degree. Since 1977, he has provided high level photographic works for corporations, publishers and advertising agencies. His areas of proficiency are in portrait, still life, and landscape photographs.
Retired from the commercial side of photography, photographic studies and explorations have provided a significant sequel to his portfolio of work. His area of interest is in the still life presentation of anything with “it’s own particular sense of character”. Utilization of light, form and texture is the basis of his style of work.
Professional associations, affiliations, interests include: Society for Contemporary Photography (first edition) past board member, American Society of Media Photographers lifetime member and founding chapter member, past Advisory committee for Johnson County Community College for both Photography and Commercial Arts Departments, former educator Art Institutes, past Lake Quivira Board of Directors. Beyond the world of photography, Ernie resides at Lake Quivira with his wife Marilyn, has two daughters, and two extraordinary grandsons.
CHRIS DAHLQUIST is a visual artist working in photography. Dahlquist exhibits extensively throughout the United States and is in hundreds of private, corporate, and municipal collections. Her work has won top awards in the country’s most prestigious juried arts festivals, grants from the Kansas City Arts Council and the Mid-America Art Alliance, and she is a Creative Capital Professional Development Grantee. Chris is currently represented by Sager Braudis Gallery in Columbia, MO and Brandon Jacobs Gallery in Kansas City, MO. Since 2009, Dahlquist has served as a peer facilitator, mentor and presenter in Artist Inc a professional development program for artists of all disciplines. She is passionate about helping artists build sustainable careers through strategic planning and business skill development.
PILAR LAW was immersed in photography at an early age and was mentored by some of the early 60s documentary photographers. Her documentary work has focused on people, both in her hometowns and travels to the Native American Southwest, Southeast Asia, Mexico, Peru, Brazil and India. She has contributed her photography to help indigenous peoples’ causes in Big Mountain, Arizona; La Labor, Mexico and Lucré, Peru and most recently began working with an orphanage in Tuni, India. Her work has been published in travel magazines and special interest books, and is used to bring awareness to issues facing the rights of the underprivileged and of threatened indigenous cultures.
Pilar’s professional affiliations include having served as Vice-President of the Board of Directors for ASMP’s (American Society of Media Photographers) Los Angeles chapter, and currently serves as Treasurer and Secretary of ASMP-KC Mid-America.
STEPHEN LOCKE is a photographer, film maker, professional storm chaser, book author and public speaker. He produces motion and still photography for business and private collectors worldwide. Clients include Andrews McMeel Publishing, CBS, Mayo Clinic, The Weather Channel and Discovery. Stephen provides supercell time lapse cinematography to production houses across the globe including Japan, Europe, Canada and Australia. He is an author of the book Chasing Weather. Stephen is also a keynote speaker who talks about supercell thunderstorms, storm chase adventures and supercell time-lapse cinematography to corporate audiences, universities and organizations.