The 2019 Traveling Art Exhibition
After WSU South had relocated and WSU Haysville established, Daniell Gabor, Assistant
Director of both new facilities, put on a traveling Art Show '19 first at WSU Haysville
and then WSU south in July, 2019, having recruited fourteen accomplished artists worldwide
and some twenty-nine Valley Center Middle Schoolers from Wichita. The aviation-themed
Art Exhibition drew many admiring visitors from the community and students during
its successful run, which had a well-attended Artist Reception finale on July 18.
The quality of the adult artists' exhibits was astounding and the talents of the middle
schoolers were astonishing. Please watch the Facebook Traveling Art Exhibition for an overview of the Art Exhibition and view the contents below for all the submitted
work. Enjoy and happy viewing! For questions and comments, please contact Danielle Gabor.
Barney Tull: I have been interested in cameras, photographs, and maps since my earliest recollection
and always had a basic film or Polaroid camera. My hobby became a career in 1969 when
I was trained as an Army imagery analyst producing intelligence and working with aerial
photographs for 21 years. In 2005 I purchased my first digital camera, and immediately
realized the world of photography had changed dramatically. My work has been shown
in local galleries, the Wichita Botanical Gardens, Wichita City Arts, city and commercial
locations, been featured in our local papers, been featured in TV commercials, used
as a fiction book cover, and my work has been featured by the Associated Press. I
have taught basic photography classes while in the Army, and various photography classes
for the Derby Recreation Center, the Derby Library, and McConnell AFB. I currently
photograph for the city, our DRC, the local food bank, and do commercial photographic
work in Wichita. I am constantly framing images I see during my waking hours, day
or night. Color, texture, and lighting drive my impulse to photograph and I am always
delighted when something simple turns out to be the compelling image! While I have
been fortunate to photograph subjects all over the world, I realize that the best
images are objects and people not posed, but taken “in plain sight”. These images
often turn out to be the most satisfying and unique.
Bonnie Johnson: When Bonnie was a junior in high school, her father gave her an Argus C3 35 mm SLR
camera, which he had purchased during the Korean War. This began her on lifelong
love of photography. During her junior year of college, she purchased a Canon FTBn
35 mm SLR camera and took a photography class with Europe as her classroom. She has
now gone into the digital world first with a Canon Rebel T6i and now a Canon Mark
5D. Bonnie’s family knows that if there is a bug on a flower, she is going to take
that picture. Every summer for the last four years she has volunteered as a photographer
for the Air Race Classic, in which she competed in 15 times and placed in the Top
Ten 4 times. Bonnie Johnson is co-owner of Historical Echoes. She is also a first
person performer of historical women such as Louise Thaden, Katharine Wright and Abigail
Adams as part of Historical Echoes. Bonnie has retired three times. First as the first
woman Director of Aeronautical Laboratories at Wichita State University. Then as a
secondary math instructor and most recently as adjunct college lecturer in mathematics
and business. She graduated with a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University
of Minnesota. She completed her MBA, her MS in Aerospace and her MEd in Curriculum
and Instruction from Wichita State University. Bonnie spends her free time taking
pictures, reading, playing bridge, playing piano, and flying with her husband, Phil
Ciholas on great cross country trips. They are in the process of finishing their forever
home on their private airstrip, Eagle Field.
Brandie Thompson: I am Brandie Thompson an Adjunct Instructor for the WSU Tech Interior Design Program.
Before this event, I had never created anything for the aviation industry but wanted
to show that Interior Designers can do so much more than just houses and commercial
spaces. I had so much fun with this project that I might incorporate aviation themed
projects like this into my classes.
Cynthia Harris: Born in Wichita, Kansas, Cynthia Harris graduated from Derby High School in 1999.
She received a Bachelor in Business Administration from American InterContinental
University in 2016. She now lives in Haysville, Kansas with her supportive husband
and son. Cynthia’s passion for photography began in high school with her first 35mm
Nikon SLR camera. Cynthia’s family and friends often said “She was never without her
camera,” as she was always clicking away. She has taken photography classes online
and at Wichita’s CityArts. She now uses a Nikon D7100 DSLR to capture most of her
images. Cynthia has won several awards in the Kansas State Fair, Mulvane Old Settlers,
and Belle Plaine Tulip Festival photography competitions over the years. Her interests
mostly include nature and landscape photography. However Aviation photography has
a special place in her heart as well. Cynthia has recently launched a website to display
and sell many of her images at www.cynharrisphotography.com
Jeremy Miller: AF-1 on Metal by Jeremy Miller of Drone-tography. Jeremy has recently made his way
into the Wichita Art Scene by incorporating the use of drones to shoot photography
of iconic Wichita and surrounding area locations. Jeremy's photographs capture a new
perspective on how his viewers see our beautiful state. Jeremy's passion is to show
his appreciation for the Wichita Aircraft industry, the backbone of our community.
Drone-tography's version of the Wichita flag was designed to include mechanical gears
to incorporate the hard working aircraft employees, and to represent a majority of
Wichita working class. Our vision is to show everyone the beauty that we see within
our great community.
John Gabor: John was born in Great Yarmouth, England but has resided in the United States since
1978. John’s love for aviation began at a young age when John’s Father, a Maintenance
Technician in the United States Air Force, sat John in an A-7D Corsair II at Myrtle
Beach AFB, South Carolina in 1972, where they lived. He has been an employee of Textron
Aviation (formerly Cessna Aircraft) since 1996 where he is a Manufacturing Engineer.
John’s interest in photography began at the age of 15 when he was given his first
SLR camera (a Canon T50) for taking photos of aircraft… Naturally! John is co-owner
of Air Capital Images, a group of aviation photographers based in Wichita, Kansas
who share their aviation images from their travels around the world. Through his travels,
John has had the pleasure of conducting air to air photography with the Commerative
Air Force’s Tora, Tora, Tora Group and the United States Air Force Thunderbirds.
John has also captured air to air images of F-4, F-16, B-1, B-52, AC-130, KC-10, and
C-141 aircraft and has photographed the U.S. Army Golden Knights from their jump aircraft.
His photos have graced the covers of Air Britain News magazine and Aviation News magazine.
His photos can also be seen between the pages of Air Britain News magazine, Air International, Combat
Aircraft magazine, Aircraft Illustrated, AirForces Magazine, and the following books; The
Viper Story, Part I: F-16s of the Air National Guard and Post World War II MiG Killers. Not
to limit himself to print publications, John’s work can also be found on multiple
social media outlets around the world as well as being used in several photo exhibitions
and aviation industry trade shows. During his time as a photo journalist, John has
visited two active front line aircraft carriers of the United States Navy during flight
operations prior to combat deployments. He has attended more than a dozen Red Flag
exercises in Las Vegas, Nevada and Eielson AFB, Alaska. John exclusively uses Canon
DSLRs with a range of Canon, Sigma, and Tamron lenses.
Kevin Mape: My name is Kevin Mape, I live in Coningsby England very close to the UK's main Fighter
Base, I have been doing Aviation art for over 50 years with Sun set pictures giving
me the biggest challenge. I was very happy to be able to show a few of my pictures
at the WSU Aviation Art Show.
Max Stewart: (No Bio submitted)
Nick Moore: (No Bio Submitted)
Paul Adams: (No Bio Submitted)
Scott Miller: I am a lifelong resident of the state of Oklahoma, and I have been a passionate aviation
enthusiast since the late 1980’s. My first 17 years of life, my family and I resided
in a small residential neighborhood that was located directly in the flight pattern
of Tinker Air Force Base. Because of the near constant noise of all types of military
aircraft, like B-52 Stratofortresses, F-4 Phantom’s...flying at low-level and in full
afterburner, the distinctive E-3 Sentry AWACS, and on several occasions, the always
fun to watch F-14 Tomcats, that would overfly our home daily, I quickly developed
a keen interest in aviation, even before my 10th birthday. As I matured into my middle
and late teens, my interest in military aircraft was expressed through aviation inspired
artwork that I often sold to my middle school and high school classmates, and also
while I practiced the hobby of plastic scale model aircraft building. After the release
of the hugely successful movie ‘Top Gun’ in 1987, my thirst for knowledge of anything
military aviation related, almost immediately became insatiable. I watched every aviation
documentary I could, as well as reading (often multiple times), every book about U.S.
military aircraft that I could get my hands on. Images captured by famed aviation
photographers George Hall, Joe Cupido, and later, Rick Llinnares and Jose ‘Fuji’ Ramos,
kept ‘throwing jet fuel on the fire’ if-you-will, by their amazing photos that graced
countless pages of books, magazines and calendars. And under no circumstances was
any air show that was remotely close to where we lived, an event not to be missed...even
if rain clouds threatened.
Before graduating high school, I joined the Oklahoma Army National Guard as an aviation
fuel technician and served from 1990 to 1996, receiving a Honorable Discharge upon
the end of my enlistment. In 2014, after driving a semi-truck for the previous 13
years, I opted to change careers. After many hours of thought, I concluded that I
needed to find a career that I would likely never get tired of doing, even on my worst
day. That.....was fueling aircraft. In the latter months of 2014, FighterJetGeek Aviation
Images was conceived and named as such, because of my passion,knowledge and enthusiasm
for modern military fighter and attack aircraft and their capabilities. From the very
beginning, through today, FighterJetGeek Aviation Images has strived to be a standout
in the very competitive aviation photography market. As an aviation photographer/enthusiast/historian
and author, I am honored to say that FighterJetGeek Aviation Images have been published
on multiple occasions, through a variety of sources, with works published both on-line
and in printed magazines. When I am not at work refueling aircraft or roaming the
flightline taking photos, I enjoy spending time with the love of my life Heidi, reading
books on aviation history, and non-fiction books and articles on current military
aircraft tactics and weapons systems.
Shaun Westell: (No Bio Submitted)
Sheila Maksimowicz: Sheila Maksimowicz is a retired attorney living in Derby. She has always had an interest
in photography. When her husband John took up flying about 15 years ago one of the
first things she wanted to do was to take pictures of the harvest from the air. She
was disappointed with the pictures she took with her point and shoot camera and began
devoting more time to learning the art of photography.She has exhibited in several
art shows. She is a current member of the Derby Photo Club.
Tim Poppa: (No Bio Submitted)
Talents from the Valley Center Middle School: Mouse over the pictures reveals the artist's name.