2017 Photography Program

The 2017 Thin Line Photography Experience is a competitive, curated showcase of the best and most promising talent in photography. As our name suggests, we are always pushing that thin line a little further so this year we’ve narrowed our photography submission categories down to just one: “Show Us Your Best Work”. We asked our submitters to send us that one image (or series of images) that clearly defines their style, scope, and passion.

The Photography Exhibit will display over 125 printed submission images at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center (PAAC), an outdoor gallery on the Square in downtown Denton and a special display at the Golden Triangle Mall. The Patterson-Appleton Arts Center will also host scheduled musical entertainment, Happy Hour events and photography workshops including drone photography, storm chasing photography and image copyright laws.



Submitted photographs will be displayed by the following photographers:

Abby Stanford Claire DeJarnett Ingeborg Jaynes Kylie McLaughlin Ray Murphy
Adam Van Fossen Connor Fenwick James Holt Maegan Noel Rudy Cervantez
Angelika Ejtel Curtis Smith Jason Thornton Mary Simon Shannon Drawe
Anna Baack David Simpson Jesse Anderson Matt Sims Skyler Styron
Brian Doore Debra Miller Jill Jordan Michael Leza Stephanie Holloway
Chance Kirby Elizabeth Harding Katie Montgomery Nick Paugh Will Milne
Charlene Ferguson Erika Kuciw Katie Reese Patti Simpson
Charlie Collier Geoffrey Ussery Kendra Laflin Preciosa Johnson


Thin Line 2017 Photographer Bios are available here


Stroll through the galleries and enjoy the exceptional photographs from talented photographers all over the nation as well as a special display featuring work from local high school and college students.

The Patterson-Appleton Arts Center – 400 East Hickory St. Denton, TX 76201
Hours: Thur-Sat, April 20-22: 11am–9pm and Sun, April 23: 12pm-6pm
Join us for gallery happy hours with live music and light refreshments on Friday 5:30-9pm, Saturday 2-8pm and Sunday 1-6pm.

Denton Square Gallery Tent – Courthouse Lawn, Denton Downtown Square
Hours: Thur: 6:30-8:30, Fri-Sat, April 20-22: 11am–10pm and Sun, April 23: 12pm-6pm
This special outdoor gallery will display a sampling of submission and student work.

Golden Triangle Mall – 2201 I-35E South Denton, Texas 76205 – Mall Hours
This special showcase gallery will showcase photos from selected Thin Line films including “Waking the Sleeping Giant” and “Tick Tock Clock” as well as photos from the Thin Line DATCU Young Artist Series featuring work from local high school and college students.


Winners will be selected by an independent jury of professional photographers and will compete for one of 4 cash prizes:

  • 2017 “Show Us Your Best Work”: 1st Place- $1,000 (Presented by Kay Dane and Dr. Curt and Sue Mosier)
  • 2017 “Show Us Your Best Work”: 2nd Place – $500 (Presented by Jan and Weaver McClure)
  • 2017 “Show Us Your Best Work: 3rd Place – $250
  • 2017 “Show Us Your Best Work”: Honorable Mention – $150
  • 2017 Green Photography Award – 2018 VIP Ticket (Presented by City of Denton Solid Waste & Recycling)



Thin Line Fest is a five-day film, music, and photography festival in Denton, Texas.

The 2017 festival is April 19-23, 2017. General admission to all festival programming is free.