Every semester I try to end my photo class on a high note by having my students participate in a group show at the local coffeehouse Back to the Grind downtown.
As usual, I never make it mandatory because the 2 11″ x 14″ prints and frames can be a lot of money for college students.
I’ve been there. Being in college is almost synonymous with being broke unless you happen to be lucky enough to have parents who can help you out.
It’s their showcase and once in a while, they actually get to sell one of their pictures!
The show is intended to be a carrot-on-a-stick.
I don’t tell them what to show. I just check that their pictures look sharp and will hold up to be enlarged.