By Troy Moon
Pensacola State College
The best pieces from Pensacola State College’s best art students are now on display at the Switzer Gallery in the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts on the Pensacola campus.
The Art Student Honors Exhibition showcases 96 artworks in a variety of media, including ceramics, drawing, painting, digital design, photography and sculpture. The exhibition opened April 4 and runs through April 22.
The reception and prize ceremony for the exhibition is set for 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14. The exhibition was open to all two-year visual arts students.
“Artworks were selected by the visual arts faculty and display evidence of their robust instruction across multiple courses including beginner, intermediate, and advanced level classes,’’ said Jason Pinckard, PSC Gallery Director. “The value of their mentorship is apparent in the depth, breadth, and quality of skills displayed by the students. Bold creativity and the refining of craft are evident in all the student work throughout the Switzer Gallery.”
PSC Graphic Design instructor Mark Hopkins said the exhibition is “a teaching tool for students.”
“It gives students an opportunity to be selected by us, the instructors, on the quality of work they produce,’’ Hopkins said. “It’s also really important for the students who didn’t get into the show and hopefully inspire them to get even better with their work.”
Pinckard said the exhibition is a unique opportunity for those whose pieces were selected.
“For many students this is their first chance to participate in a juried exhibition and have their worked displayed in a gallery environment,’’ Pinckard said. “Students get to partake in the processes involved in showing their artwork professionally and competing for awards. Hopefully, the preparation for this opportunity encourages students to pursue their art careers and submit artworks to competitions beyond the college setting.”
There is no charge for admission to the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts.