by Diane VanDyke
As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, Montgomery County Community College is hosting “Rock and Ring” photography exhibit featuring the photographs of William T. Vogt and Ed Wheeler. The exhibit opens Monday, Nov. 17 and continues through Friday, Dec. 19. The community is invited to meet Vogt and Wheeler and chat about their photographs at a “Meet the Artists” reception on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1-3 p.m. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.
In the 1960s, the decade Montgomery County Community College was founded, music was undergoing a revolution, and by the middle of the decade, the rock and roll of the 1950s morphed into various sub-genres, including pop, psychedelic, blues and folk rock. In the midst of this, William Vogt, then only 16 years old, saw The Jimi Hendrix Experience concert in Philadelphia. The loudness and intensity of the music combined with Jimi’s stage presence created an experience that changed Vogt’s life, as he discovered new interests for both rock music and photography. Vogt, who currently works in the oil and gas industry in Texas, will be sharing his collection of photographs representing that era during, as the “Rock” portion of the Sixties Photography exhibit.
The “Ring” portion of the exhibit will highlight the photography of Vogt’s longtime friend, Ed Wheeler, who is a Philadelphia-area based photographer. Wheeler’s photos will showcase boxing at the Blue Horizon, a former 1,500-seat boxing venue that opened in Philadelphia in the early 1900s. In its heyday, the Blue Horizon was known as the top boxing venue in the world, according to “The Ring” magazine, and fights were held on a weekly basis. The building also appears in the movies “Rocky V” and “Annapolis.” It closed in 2010, and the property is currently being redeveloped.
Working as a professional photographer for more than 35 years, Wheeler has been shooting Fortune 500 companies on location across the globe. After graduating from the Wharton School of Business, he started his own photography business and his work has been shown internationally. His Santa Classics currently hang in the Vesna Gallery in Moscow, Russia. For more information, visit edwheeler.com.
The exhibit is sponsored by Maureen and Bill Thompson.Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Sunday, except for reception. For more information about the exhibition, contact Galleries Director Holly Cairns at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-619-7349.
Help support the arts and art education programs at Montgomery County Community College by becoming a Friend of the Galleries. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, contact the College Foundation at 215-641-6535.