Photographers representing the best and most promising local, regional and national talent compete for awards at this year’s Thin Line Fest, February 17-21, in Denton, Texas. Selected photographs will be displayed at print and digital galleries located throughout downtown Denton and are available to the public for free viewing.

Photographers are competing in “Best of” categories, such as Natural Beauty, It’s About People and What Moves Us, as well as Best of Thin Line Photography 2016.

thinLine_photographer Photo courtesy of Thin Line Fest

"The term Thin Line refers to the space between two opposites, such as genius and crazy, fact and fiction, beauty and sadness, knowledge and apathy, right and wrong,” Ed Steele, festival photography director, said. “This Thin Line will be seen in every photograph on display.”

The 2016 Thin Line Photo Fest opens Wednesday, Feb. 17 with a private event for sponsors, advertisers, and members of the festival's Above the Line Club. All other Photo Fest events are free and open to the public.

Thin Line Photography Gallery Experience

With support provided by the Greater Denton Arts Council, the public will have free access to the Thin Line Photography Gallery Experience at Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, from 11 a.m. to midnight, Thursday, Feb. 18 through Saturday, Feb. 20, and also Sunday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Work from both national and local photographers will be on display. In addition, the gallery will host Happy Hours with live music and refreshments. Dates, times and entertainment are listed below.

Photography Gallery Experience Live Music Schedule (Free)

ed-steele-thin-line-2015-sat-denton-tx-1999 Photo by Ed Steele Photography

Friday, February 19 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Hale Baskins 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Ginny Mac Saturday February 20 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Ellie Meyer 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Chris Caruvana 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Richard Gilbert 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Ms. La Sunday February 21 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Matthew Grisby 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Vanessa Peters

Golden Triangle Mall Gallery Features Denton ISD Photography Students

In addition to the Festival Gallery display, Thin Line Fest will highlight the work of students enrolled in Denton Independent School District’s (ISD) photography program. The display will be located near the Barnes & Noble entrance at Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 I-35E, Denton.

Students enrolled in the program, taught by Will Milne at Denton ISD’s Advanced Technology Complex, learn to operate professional cameras and how to create powerful images with purpose, as well as develop other skills that will help prepare them for the professional world of photography. Students curated, printed and displayed their own work for this event.

Following this year’s festival, the Golden Triangle Mall venue will showcase the “Best Of” photographs from this year’s Thin Line competition. Thin Line Event Passes and Tickets

ed-steele-thin-line-2015-sat-denton-tx-2332 Photo by Ed Steele Photography

There are many film and musical events at Thin Line over the festival’s five-day run and a variety of passes and ticket price options are available on line or at the door. The best bargain is the All-Access Pass for $150 that provides VIP priority admittance to all Thin Line Fest events and activities, including the Post-Fest Party featuring hip-hop artist and rapper Cam’ron. The All-Access Pass is transferable so it can be shared with a friend. Day passes range in price from $20-$40. Or, if attendees are interested in either films or music only, those passes are $75. Students, senior citizens and military receive a 20 percent discount on tickets if purchased in person with a valid ID. Photography events and workshops are free.

Visit the festival’s website, to learn more about the featured films, musical acts and workshops as they are announced. For more ticket information and to purchase, visit the website and click “Box Office”.

Lodging information is available by calling 940-383-4100 and requesting the Thin Line Fest block.