Art students recognized at the Annual Student Exhibition

Steve Akana / Roundup

Creativity flourishes within the Pierce College Art Gallery for the 2010 Annual Student Exhibition.

Amazing artwork of various mediums, including painting, illustration, sculpture, ceramics, and graphite design dot the walls, making the quiet gallery come alive.

“What is so great about the Exhibition is how it covers a wide range of mediums and the artists are of varying skill levels,” said Monika Del Bosque, assistant professor of art and art gallery director.

The exhibition kicked things off with an opening reception that had live entertainment and food Wednesday.

The event was sponsored by the Pierce College Associated Students Organization and the Foundation for Pierce College, who also made it possible to give out cash awards to the Best of Show, First, Second, and Third Places, as well as Honorable Mentions.

Open only to students currently enrolled in art classes at Pierce College, Art Department faculty were the initial jurors that narrowed down the works of art for guest juror Jim Sweeters, California State University Northridge Art Gallery director, who chose the winners.

The Best of Show award went to Davey Moya for his oil painting titled “New York” which was based on a photograph he took of the New York skyline while visiting family there.

“It feels great to be recognized for my painting,” said Moya. “I put a lot of time and energy into that painting.”

The First Place award went to Debra Hopkins, Joseph Santiago-Dieppa won Second Place, and Evan Mladina took Third Place.

Honorable Mentions went to Shadi Ahmadizadeh, Galadriel Brady, Bedros Bedros, Dustin Johnson, and Farideh Azad.

“I have never won anything before so this is very exciting for me,” said Azad. “The recognition is very encouraging.”

The Exhibition will be on display in the Art Gallery until May 27, so go take a look at the artistic talents of fellow Pierce College students.