Friday, May 5, 2017

DoVA Student and Faculty Exhibition 2017

Intermediate student work at DoVA

This past week the Department of Visual Arts Student and Faculty Exhibition opened at Larson Gallery. The exhibition features artwork by YVC students who took art classes during the Spring, Summer, and Fall quarters of 2016 and the Winter quarter of 2017. The exhibition runs through May 27, 2017. Larson Gallery is open Tuesday - Friday 10am-5pm, and Saturday 1pm-5pm.

student pottery on display at DoVA

The exhibition features work from drawing, painting, design, printmaking, digital photography, digital design, and clay classes. The ceramic works come from students in beginning levels of wheel pottery, hand-building, and Intro to Clay, as well as intermediate and advanced students in these classes.

Best of Show

Best of Show this year went to a ceramic sculpture, Mother. There were also several other ceramic specific awards as well as awards for other media, purchase awards, and awards sponsored and selected by YVC's president, the faculty union, the Associated Students of YVC board, and others.

work by students in intro to clay, I believe

The faculty picked some awards last week. I enjoy picking out award winners with the other faculty because it is fun to talk about what the students did and hear from other instructors about what media specific skills or conventions the students used (or failed to use).

Boston tea
As usual, our reception was pretty packed. The exhibition is easier to see when it isn't so packed, but it's fun to have an event where students can show off their work, see their instructors and classmates from a previous quarter, meet some of the Larson Gallery folks, and, of course win accolades for their work.

student work at DoVA

Much of the work in the exhibition is for sale at very low prices, though more of the ceramic work could be for sale if I could convince my students to part with it. Every year I suggest that students could have their work for sale, every year most students refuse, and every year I bring back some leftover forgotten work to be stored in the art building indefinitely.

Janice Buckler's fountain during DoVA

This year's exhibition had a sad tinge, especially for me as I was getting the work ready and bringing it over. Janice Buckler, who passed away early last month, has helped with the show and exhibited work in it for years. She has two pieces in the exhibition, which were displayed prominently, and we funded an award in her name in an inadequate attempt to remember her when I'd rather she just be there.

faculty work at the DoVA show

Of course it is the student and faculty exhibition, so the art faculty had work in the exhibition as well. This year's faculty contributions are a little more entertaining than usual, as one of our number had her work hung in an entirely different section of the gallery from the rest of us, one of our number showed as a student, too, since she took a class this year, and one of us had work which elicited a literal shriek during the show when his student realized that the subject was a cat. 

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