Show Class


The Show Class takes your composition and processing skills to the next level. Under the tutelage of Ron Porras and Heidi Levin, you choose the images that will make up your show and develop skills to make them the best your photographs can be. You learn how image size and paper type impact the quality of your prints as well as how to mat, frame and display your photos. The class culminates during the Ravenswood Art Walk when your pictures are displayed in RSCPC’s InSight Gallery. The Show Class’s unexpected bonuses are what you learn about composition, post-processing, show preparation, and presentation, as well as friendships that last long after the class is over.

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June 4th, 2020 7:00 PM (Thursdays)


Show Class? If I’m good enough to be in a show, what do I need a class for?

Marcus Maddox

What we say around here is, “If you come to class once a week for class and once a week for lab, in nine months you’ll be on the WithInSight Gallery Walls.” Part of the nine months is the Show Class.

As you become a photographer and start sharing your work with others you might get a request to display your work. Our goal is for you to know how to do that. If you want to “Show” (display) your work at a local pub, coffee house, restaurant or even a library, we want you to know the “what and how” goes into doing it. We have over 40 years experience hanging exhibits in every conceivable environment and we share this expertise.

We talk about picking the photographs to be displayed and how to print them for the light they’re going to be shown in. We want you to know how to “mount” the work, how to cut mats and put together the frames. We want you to know how to “prepare the wall surface”, how to “compose” and “hang” the Show, how to “light” the Photographs. After your show is over we want you to know how to return the walls to the way they were when you found them.

The show class will teach you all of those skills and much more. Under the tutelage of Ron Porras and Heidi Levin you will make the best “display prints” of your life. The show will be juried by all of the other students in the show. Everyone is working for the benefit of everyone else. You will get the feedback of your fellow exhibitors and give feedback as well. You will be engaged in an exhilarating process, producing and finishing your work to a professional level. You will continue to develop your critical eye for composition, color, shape and form. All of this happens in a nurturing, supportive environment.

Our exhibitions are displayed in our Within Sight Gallery. We introduce our exhibitors to the community at large with a Sunday afternoon opening for families (and the public). Food is offered as well as wine and soft drinks. We ask our student community to make dishes (sort of like a “Pot Luck”). We hold a drawing of framed prints — each exhibitor provides a framed 11’x14″ archival print for the drawing. Hundreds of people attend and photographs are regularly sold. The proceeds of sales go directly to the exhibitor; there is no commission given to RSCPC or anyone else.

When you participate in a show your unique Photographic Thinking graces the walls.

Throughout this Journey, Laughter Is Heard & Learning Occurs  😉

Class Info

Class Length

15 weeks


Photo III


The Show may use photos you have already taken




Ron Porras

Heidi Levin


4001 N. Ravenswood Ave.
First Floor
Chicago, IL 60613