Faculty Art Exhibition offers a glimpse of creativity on campus

By Emily Csukardi

Sharon Forsmo's "Chinatown, New York City"
Sharon Forsmo’s “Chinatown, New York City”

This spring, the art department of Glendale Community College will be giving students an opportunity to discover art outside of the classroom.

From March 4 to March 28, the fine art professors of GCC will be hosting a Faculty Art Exhibition within the Student Union.

The exhibition will contain artistic works, such as painting, photography, ceramics and sculpture, from various fine art professors on GCC’s campus.

“In the case of the faculty show, we all contribute work and are pretty thoughtful in regards to presenting it,” said art professor Susan Forsmo.

Forsmo, who teaches Painting, Figure Painting, Life Drawing and Watercolor, is one of the professors featured within the show.

Her oil painting, “Chinatown, New York City” is featured on the event’s poster, showcasing one example of artistic quality that the viewer can expect to see.

“The featured piece by me on the poster is an oil painting on MDF board which is a hard surface, unlike canvas,” said Forsmo.

The featured painting of hers was inspired by Forsmo’s day spent in Chinatown during a visit to New York City last December.

The professor views her work as a “pretty simple approach.”

“They are my visual responses to people, places and things,” said Forsmo.

Even with an approach of simplicity, Forsmo focuses on various elements, such as color, when creating new pieces of art.

“Color is one focus—a very important one—in my work. I also embrace realism from a contemporary mindset,” said Forsmo.

This event aims to bring an awareness and appreciation of art to the students and faculty of GCC. It also gives students the chance to view the creations of their professors when they are not teaching within the classroom.

For Forsmo, the exhibition will hopefully broaden the perspectives of what students may have ingrained in their minds about art.

“I hope the students will realize that art is not about “one size fits all,” said Forsmo.

By inviting all of the faculty and adjuncts to contribute to the exhibition, there will be enough diversity to break the “one size fits all” rule.

The variety of art to be presented within the show promises to entertain the eyes of the viewer, as well as challenge the mind.

“There are many ways to express oneself, different technical considerations, and different sensibilities towards one’s medium,” said Forsmo.

Based on the different forms of art that will be featured, each professor will bring a unique expression to the show. This will leave the significance of the artwork ultimately up to the viewer’s interpretation.

“All of my work bears personal significance to me and hopefully strikes a chord with the viewer as well,” said Forsmo.

The opening reception will be held Monday, March 4, from 6 pm to 8 pm in the Palm Court Lounge (SU 104) within GCC’s Student Union. Refreshments will be provided.

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