Proceeds from the sale of 70 photographs by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Hume Kennerly are being used to establish a new scholarship for aspiring photographers enrolled in the College of Creative Arts and Communication at Youngstown State University.
More than 150 people attended a Gallery Opening earlier this month where Kennerly’s personally-signed photographs were exhibited and sold to support the new David Hume Kennerly Scholarship in Art at YSU. The photos were from Kennerly’s new book, David Hume Kennerly On the iPhone.
“I am so appreciative of the incredible interest and generosity displayed by the community who support the Arts at Youngstown State University,” said Bryan W. DePoy, dean of the College. “It’s amazing that we have the only David Hume Kennerly scholarship right here at YSU.”
DePoy said YSU will continue efforts to build the scholarship over time through the sale of remaining Kennerly prints, which are available in person and through the YSU Department of Art’s website, www.ysu.edu/art.
“I am excited that this scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student with great potential,” Kennerly said. “I hope that it will help to propel them into a career that will not only fulfill their dreams, but will make a difference to others. YSU is an outstanding school that has an exceptional staff and an impressive student body. Every time I visit I’m made to feel like one of the Penguins, and I’m happy to be a part of such a vibrant colony.”
Dominic C. Marchionda of NYO Property Group, purchased several prints for the company’s corporate headquarters. “David Hume Kennerly not only provided his talent and treasure to our university, but also a tangible experience for the community,” he said. “It shows that Youngstown can attract this level of talent and work, and hopefully inspire more artists to create and sell art here in town.”
Kennerly was named “One of the 100 Most Important People in Photography” by American Photo Magazine. Photographing American presidents from Nixon to Obama, Kennerly has been shooting on the front lines of history for decades. His coverage of the war in Vietnam earned him the 1972 Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for Feature Photography. He has shot more than 50 major magazine covers and has covered stories in more than 100 countries. Kennerly has also been the executive producer of several television movies and documentaries, and most recently produced The President’s Gatekeepers, a project about White House chiefs of staff, which ran on the Discovery Channel in 2013. Kennerly has authored seven books, the most recent published in 2014 titled David Hume Kennerly On the iPhone. More information about Kennerly can be found at www.kennerly.com.
For more information, call the YSU College of Creative Arts and Communication at 330-941-3625.
About Youngstown State University
YSU is a comprehensive urban research university that offers nearly 13,000 students more than 135 undergraduate and graduate programs backed by a strong tradition of teaching, scholarship and public service. As a major educational and economic development resource in the region, YSU is known for its focus on academic research and creative programs that transform its students into successful professionals, scholars and leaders. Located in the heart of the Tech Belt between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, YSU provides opportunities for students to actively participate with accomplished faculty, often in one-on-one settings, on advanced research and creative collaborations. The beautiful 145-acre campus includes high-tech classrooms, state-of-the-art labs and performance facilities, a variety of on-campus housing options and recreational facilities among the best in the nation. The university’s 18 athletics teams, including the four-time national champion football team, compete on the Division I NCAA level, while the Dana School of Music and the Department of Theater and Dance offer a variety of performances on and off campus. For more information, visit www.ysu.edu.
About the YSU Photography Program
Students in the Photography Program at YSU study photographic processes in both traditional and digital technologies within the context of a fine art program. Students move seamlessly between the darkroom and the digital facilities while exploring historic and contemporary issues within lens-based media. The photography program places equal emphasis on the science and craft of photography as well as critical thinking and conceptual development. The photography faculty present a variety of concepts and applications related to lens-based media through introductory to advanced-level courses. Visit www.ysu.edu/art.