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"Reflections" Selected for Cover of
Mississippi Libraries

Watkins Elementary Librarian and local musician David Schommer's black and white photograph "Reflections" is featured on the cover of the 2011 summer edition of Mississippi Libraries Magazine! A native of Louisiana, he earned his BA and MEd from the University of New Orleans and has been interested in photography since high school. In 2006, he started donating his artwork to raise money for various organizations. His work as been sold at auction for the Epilepsy Foundation, Hearts Against Aids Foundation, American Heart Association, St. Dominic Hospital, and others. In 2009, he was selected by the University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art for the "Artists in Mississippi Libraries" Exhibit, held in October. He was one of only eight artists selected from throughout the entire state for the exhibit. At Watkins, he photographs school events, serves as website sponsor and editor of the school yearbook as well as the school newsletter. A musician as well, David Schommer serves as bandleader for Mississippi Swing! and The Jackson All-Stars.

Schommer Selected For Exhibit

David Schommer was selected by the University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art for the Artists in Mississippi Libraries Exhibit, in October. He was one of only eight artists selected from throughout the entire state for the exhibit. The field was very competitive. He was required to submit several photographs for consideration. All were selected for the exhibit.
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About My Work

A Louisiana native and born into a family of educators, my appreciation for photography began in high school where I served on the school’s yearbook staff. My first camera was a Pentax K-1000, which I used to photograph my father’s high school cross-country team. After graduating from the University of New Orleans with a B.A. in Education (and later, a M.Ed. in Educational Administration), I picked up a teaching position at St. Stanislaus College, in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. At the principal's request, I agreed to serve as the school’s yearbook/photography advisor. I now had access to a fully equipped darkroom for black and white photography and an unlimited number of photographic opportunities. It was at St. Stanislaus where I began to further develop my love and appreciation for the art. I produced two yearbooks while at St. Stanislaus and am currently serving my seventh year as yearbook sponsor at Watkins Elementary School, which is a part of Jackson Public School District.

In 2006, I started donating my artwork to raise money for various organizations. My work as been sold at silent auction for the Epilepsy Foundation, Hearts Against Aids Foundation, St. Francis Catholic Church, St. Mathews Methodist Church, St. Dominic Hospital, Greater Jackson Arts Council (Storytellers Ball), Madison Chamber of Commerce, and the Y.M.C.A. Sponsored by Photo Images Inc. (Jackson, MS), my work has also been sold directly to the consumer with proceeds benefiting local organizations. 
 
"On behalf of Mississippi Hearts Against AIDS, I would like to thank you for your generous donation. Your contribution will help us fund various AIDS events across the state."
- Sarah French, February, 2009

If you would like artwork donated to your organization for silent auction just ask!

 Or, if you'd like to purchase a piece of artwork from this website for yourself,  a portion of the proceeds from the sale of artwork on this website can be designated to the following organizations:
 
* Watkins Elementary, for the purchase of new playground equipment (Make check payable to Watkins Elementary PTA)  

* Mississippi Community Symphonic Band (Make check payable to MCSB).

Free in-town delivery available. 
Shipping available at an additional cost.

Mat color: Standard "museum" white.
Frames: Standard 3/4-inch wooden, black, "museum" style.

For more information, contact David Schommer at 601-951-9091

Sponsor: Photo Images Inc., of Jackson, MS
Technical Assistance and Equipment: Mark Lagrange Photography (Mandeville, LA)
Additional Assistance: Charlie Martin
Custom Mats: Fads and Frames
Frames: Michaels and National Frame Company



 

Showings and Photo Galleries

David Schommer Photography was auctioned at the 47th Annual BancorpSouth Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Drawdown on August 1st at the museum.  The six members of the Class of 2009 are former USM football coaches Jeff Bower and Jim Carmody. Tyrone Keys and Hugh Green were former Mississippi prep stars who competed against each other before embarking on successful college and pro careers. Senior PGA tournament director Robert Morgan and all-time Ole Miss' men's basketball scoring leader John Stroud complete the class. The induction banquet was on Friday night July 31, 2009. Saturday's Drawdown of Champions was co-sponsored by Puckett Machinery and the law firm of Wells, Moore, Simmons and Hubbard. A special thanks goes to Lulu Maness for the invitation to participate in the auction!


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