Students Exhibit Artwork

Having your work critiqued is never easy, but for art students at Lone Star College-Kingwood it's an important part of the learning experience, one that is invaluable in the pursuit of excellence in one's chosen field.

The LSC-Kingwood Art Gallery will host the 2008 Fall Student Art Show from November 18 through December 4.  An opening reception and awards ceremony will be held in the gallery from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18.

All students enrolled in art classes are required, as part of their curriculum, to submit work. Each piece submitted is to be executed within the parameters provided with each class assignment in three disciplines, photography, painting and drawing, and ceramics.

Works will be juried by Mark Cervenka, Director of the O'Kane Gallery and associate professor of art at the University of Houston-Downtown.  Cervenka earned a Masters of Art from Claremont University in Southern California.  He worked at a gallery in California for seven years before coming to the University of Houston-Downtown.

Cervenka says that in making the final selections he will look for technical achievement, to see that some part of the media has been mastered and he will judge the finish and follow through, which shows the student's discipline and passion for the work. In addition, he will evaluate creativity to gauge the artist's involvement. Finally he will assess the overall quality of each work, and whether the work speaks to the viewer as a piece of art and not just as the completion of an assignment.

Students relish this opportunity to have their hard work put on display for their fellow students to see and also for the excitement of having their work chosen from among their peers.

LSC-Kingwood Gallery Director Kris Larson, says, "This is a great opportunity for the students to participate in a juried show, exhibit their work and have the opportunity to gain recognition as an artist. Knowing that your work could be singled out for an award is very exciting. I am extremely proud of all our art students who've brought in their work and I'm glad that they will gain first-hand knowledge of how the process works."

Larson and Cervenka both acknowledge going through the process of a juried show is a valuable asset to a student's improvement and can encourage the artist to awareness of things they might not otherwise notice on their own.  Cervenka adds that this process can also foster self confidence and self esteem.

"This will provide a good learning experience because it's an example of what they [students] will encounter after school if they choose to pursue their art careers.  It's the nature of art to have it on display and to have your work under the microscope of curators, gallery directors and clients is part of the business," said Cervenka.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on weekends.  The gallery is open to the public and admission is free.  For more information contact the LSC-Kingwood Art Gallery at 281-312-1534.

Students at LSC-Kingwood have the opportunity to learn from nationally exhibited artists in many areas, including drawing, ceramics, photography and more.  For further information about courses, current and upcoming course schedules, scholarships in the visual arts, or special programs and exhibits, contact Mari Omori at 281-312-1583.

Registration for the spring semester begins November 10.  Register in one of three ways: phone, online or on campus.  Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. Current students can register by telephone at 281-519-6625. Former and current students can register online at Kingwood.LoneStar.edu/registration.

For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit our Web site at Kingwood.LoneStar.edu.

Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including Cy-Fair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and the Lone Star College-University Center. With 49,250 students, it is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.

Posted by Fitzsimons, Kay L on 11/6/2008 10:30:00 AM