The works of multi-talented artists were shown at the 48th annual Glendale Community College Student Art Exhibit from April 14th-29th. The juried event showcased 374 entries in eight different categories.
“Oh, I think it’s great,” said Adjunct Instructor Bill Wylie. “As they say, friendly competition raises the bar.”
His student, Betsy Petree won first place in the Comics Category for her submission, “Coffee and Magic.” She also won an honorable mention ribbon for her ceramics piece, “Tower of Scales.” Petree said she was happy when she found out about the awards, but she also gained a lot from the process itself.
“I loved it. I really enjoy that kind of stuff and the whole getting it done and making sure it’s good quality and just had a lot of fun with it,” she said.
“This event is planned year round as we discuss it in the Fall Art Department meeting”, said GCC photography instructor Brendan Regan, “The whole department is involved in the process.”
Regan said that students were allowed to submit two works in any of the following categories: Comics, 3D (ceramics, sculpture, assemblage & relief), 2D (drawing, life drawing collage & 2D intermedia), Film, Animation, & Video, Glass & Jewelry, Graphic Design, Painting, and Photography.
Art Student Racheal Waters submitted two photographs that were accepted into the exhibit. She was also the model for a photograph taken by fellow student James Roose that won first place in its category. She was able to use her design skills when she created the hair and makeup for the 1940s-themed piece.
Roose said that taking classes at GCC has given him the skills to be successful in the field of photography, and that those who are considering taking an art class, whether for personal or professional reasons, should pursue it.
“Do it. It’s fun. It’s a lot of work at first, but once you get through that work, it’s really worth it. Especially if you go in with an open mind to learn something. It becomes amazing. Your whole outlook changes and everything.”
Although Racheal Waters said that she is happy that Roose won this year, she had some words of warning regarding next year’s friendly competition.
“Hopefully next semester, I will be the one to win. That’s what I’m aiming for, anyway.”