From many, to one identity

Valley College Art Gallery presented its annual exhibition of student work.

A colorful metal sculpture of a bird stands in display at the Valley College art gallery.Zaida Diaz | The Valley Star

A colorful metal sculpture of a bird stands in display at the Valley College art gallery.

By Zaida Diaz, Staff Writer

It was called the “Student Art Show” and it was in the “Art Gallery,” but it was anything but generic.

The show highlighted the best student work made in the past year, all of which was carefully selected by Valley art faculty.

Ceramics instructor Katie Queen said works chosen were those of students who “grasped the technical aspect of the assignments as well as the conceptual intention of the assignments, at an exemplary level.”

Artwork on display included paintings, photographs, sculptures, ceramic pieces, and much more; it was a true testament not only to the talent of students, but also to the art program as a whole.

“When you walk through the show you see so many different medium and also just the handling of the material, its very wide ranging and it speaks to us as a community,” said Sam Lee, Valley College’s art gallery director and art instructor. “So we have a huge range of classes here and I think that’s really our strong point at Valley.”

Positioned at the forefront of the exhibition was a multidimensional representation of a bird by Angelica Rodriguez, composed of tie wire and oil paint on oil paper, which displayed an array of rich deep-blue and brown colors.

“She’s [Rodriguez] using wire and paper and then transforming it into a bird, but it’s also painted, so it has an interesting combination of sculpture and painting,” said Lee.

As viewers made their way through this elaborate space, they took in pieces grouped both visually and thematically. One wall had artwork that venerated domestic items, such as a series of ceramic teacups ranging from size and color, as well as a black and white drawing titled, “Magic Bullet.”

One display looked at distinct animals.

“Everything on this wall has an animal of some sort in it,” said Jason Kunke, art gallery preparator and drawing instructor. “And it’s interesting because the way all of these students got to these animals is very different.”

One wall included a photograph of pigeons above a statue of a curled-up anteater, the latter an excellent example of netsuke craftsmanship, a Japanese button-like ornament.

It was a spiral of art forms that came together to create a unique identity.


Monarchs can view more photographs of the 2014 “Student Art Show” at Valley’s Art Gallery website.

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