COCC’s Annual Student Art Exhibition Launches New Virtual Format
BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Showcasing more than 100 works of art, Central Oregon Community College’s online student art exhibit showcases the best projects of the past year at college in fields ranging from sculptural ceramics to painting through graphic design and vector art.
The recently published exhibition and the jury’s prize lists can be viewed at cocc.edu/programs/art/student-art-exhibition.aspx.
“Over a year of distance and online learning, any kind of college course has had an extra layer of challenge,” said Venus Nguyen, exhibition coordinator and 2D and digital art instructor at COCC. . “Studio art classes, in particular, can be even more difficult than most. Through all the adversity this school year has brought, our visual arts students have continued to follow their passion and create.
The exhibition features 106 pieces in total, with all works nominated for inclusion by instructors. Typically held at the college’s Pence Pinckney Gallery in the spring, this year’s exhibit has moved to a virtual format, in response to the pandemic.
Artist Bend Nancy Floyd, professor emeritus at the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design at Georgia State University, was the juror for the exhibit. “I am impressed with the technical achievements and conceptual breakthroughs that the COCC students are showing,” she said.
Best of Show: 2D, Miina McCown, “Self-Portrait”.
Best of Show: 3D, Phil Newman, “Three Rabbits”.
2D and Color Theory, First Place, Lily Brock, “Color Sphere”.
3D, first place, Alex Gnefkow, “Splintered”.
Ceramic: functional, first place, Jordan Dickinson, “Attack on Buckingham Palace”.
Ceramics: sculptural, first place, Marley Weedman, “Power and Responsibility”.
Digital illustration, first place, Alonna John, “Hypersomnia”.
Drawing, first place, Mel Smith, “Till Death Do Us Part”.
Graphic design, first place, Alec Laird-McConnell, “Sitka Syrah”.
Painting, First Place, Wyatt Wordhouse, “Fear and Loathing. “
Vector art, first place, Alec Laird-McConnell, “Hunting Dog Playing Cards”.
Watercolor, first place, Moh Sailors, “Marceline”.
The COCC Art Program offers numerous visual arts and art history courses, as well as an Oregon Associate of Arts degree with a specialization in art.