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LSC-Kingwood art students earns scholarship

The Fall Student Art Show at Lone Star College-Kingwood not only showcases students’ work throughout the semester, it is also a chance for them to compete for the Kingwood Arts Society’s (KAS) Paul McCarty Scholarship.

During the fall 2011 show, KAS Scholarship Committee selected Adryn Velasquez to receive the scholarship based on her display, goals and style. In a letter submitted to the college, the committee said the student appears to be innovative, has imagination and believes in herself. The committee has given the scholarship to students at LSC-Kingwood for the past 10 years.

“In winning the scholarship, I felt extra accomplished. I was very confident in myself to begin with so I was waiting for the call. But even so, I was super excited, shocked and grateful,” Velasquez said. “I plan to use the money toward classes next semester and to pay for my books.”

Julon Pinkston, art professor at LSC-Kingwood stated he recommended Velasquez to receive the scholarship because she works hard, is inventive, intuitive and enthusiastic about making art. 

“Her work stands out for all of these reasons.  I have seen her do two or three times more work than other students in the class,” Pinkston said. “She seems to have an interest in cartooning, tattoo art, pop-surrealism and other more expressive styles of art.  When given the opportunity to choose her own subject matter and media, her work was internally expressive and colorful.” 

Velasquez started taking art classes at LSC-Kingwood in summer 2011. Using graphite, the artist enjoys creating art pieces that are interesting to the alternative cultures of young people.

“I enjoy odd looking things; taking innocent scenes and making the opposite, and most of all creepy,” she said.  I like to make creepy or disgusting but fun at the same time art work. I want to make the norm wonder, stare or not look at my work.”

Now receiving formal training in art, Velasquez has slowly broadened her repertoire to include art created by charcoal and color pencils. At LSC-Kingwood, the student artist plans to earn an associate’s degree in art and science. She then plans to earn a bachelor of fine arts degree at a four year university and pursue a career in designing music album covers.

“Another career I would like to pursue is pathology. It would be great to work in a field where science and art overlap,” she said. “In regards to creating art for music albums, I think my art is naturally appealing to that scene so I feel that is my place.”

The Kingwood Art Society meets on the third Monday of the month at Christ the King Church in Kingwood. Social hour is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting and demonstration begins at 7 p.m. Guests are welcome to attend. For more information on KAS, visit its website at http://kingwoodartsociety.com/

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For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm

With more than 75,000 students in credit classes for fall 2011, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Park, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.