After all we’ve been through with the pandemic and all the changes with life and learning, the students artistic talents are shinning strong. The in person, 2022 Student Fine Art Show is a delight!
This year’s juror is Lynn Goldstein. Lynn has exhibited widely, winning awards, in nationally juried exhibitions and galleries, and her work is enjoyed in private and public collections throughout the United States and Europe, including the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the Schar Cancer Institute, and the United States Department of State. Notably, one of her paintings was selected for the permanent collection in the Jean-Haffen Museum in Dinan, France, upon her completion of an artist residency there. Additionally, Lynn was one of fifteen American artists selected to participate in the Caravan multi-cultural and international art project which took place at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC.
Her installation work exploring her Jewish roots was selected for exhibition at the Smithsonian S Dillon Ripley Center in Washington, D.C. in 2015, and a different piece was selected for display there in 2017. Lynn is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and Maryland Pastel Society where she serves as a juror for potential signature members. Lynn is also a juried member of the prestigious Washington Society of Landscape Painters. She is also a juried member of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, and a juried resident artist at the Workhouse Arts Center where she has her studio. Lynn has taught many workshops in the mid-Atlantic region, Southern France, and in Tuscany, Italy and she plans to teach a workshop in Cascais, Portugal in 2022. Additionally, Lynn has also taught workshop classes at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, where she volunteered her time as a docent for over two decades. This experience has allowed Lynn to study, understand, and pass on the best of America’s art masterpieces. Clearly, this understanding is embedded in her art as well. https://www.lynngoldstein.com/
We are incredibly fortunate to have college leadership that genuinely support and care about our students and show up to nearly every event where our students are showcased. Our Dean, Dr. McClellan has come to nearly every Student Fine Art Show since they began. This year, he and his wife Catherine enjoyed meeting Lynn and seeing, yet again, just how talented our students are.
Lynn was also honored to meet our Provost, Dr. Annette Haggray, and President of NOVA, Dr. Anne Kress.
Nicole Munday, Dr. McClellan and Stacy Slaten enjoying the Student Fine Art Show reception.
Lynn addressed everyone and explained her thoughts on the show and her jurying process. This offers the students an opportunity to hear about how this all works.
First up were our honorable mention award winners. Caitlyn Raymond stands proudly with her honorable mentioned work, ‘Fancy Water Time’ in charcoal.
One of the wonderful things about our The Student Fine Art show is that it is often the first exhibition for many of the students and a major point of pride. Often students bring their family and friends to share in celebrating all of their creative efforts and accomplishments! A special shout out to Branden Forman for getting in three works of art!
Ashley was thrilled to find out she has received an honorable mention!
Honorable mention recipient Anna Carey with juror Lynn Goldstein and Professor Stacy Slaten. Anna won for her wonderful ‘Self Portrait’ in pastel.
Honorable mention recipient Jose Galicia reads his poem, ‘Forgiveness: a Prayer by the Fallen’ which inspired his 3-D wire angel, by the same name, (shown to his right).
Lynn Goldstein describe sthe highlights of Abigail Tucker’s work ‘Autobiography’ made with Prismacolor.
Honorable mention recipient Gabriela Gutierrez listening to Lynn describe the poignancy of her work ‘Carrying Life’ an aluminum sculpture inspired by her father.
Before we knew it is was onto the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd award winners! Our third place winner Juan Temoche had the opportunity to hear from Lynn and speak to the crowd about his own creative process while making his graphite art titled: ‘Handheld Object.’
One of the wonderful aspects to Lynns job as juror, is her discussing in detail why she picked particular winning works and actually showing us in the art how and why the students was exceptional in their process. Here she is discussing our 2nd place winner Helen Schwen’s exceptional still life: “Reflection Study” in charcoal.
Lynn speaks to the crowd about the sculpture ‘Fish Food’ by our our first place winner James Davenport. What’s too cool about this work is that it is made entirely from Mike and Ike’s candy!
James Davenport, 1st place winner with his sculpture ‘Fish Food’ The 2022 Student Fine Art Show at the AFA Gallery in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley
So wonderful when students are inspired!
Jessica Rager with her self portrait in graphite.
Friends, Abigail Tucker and Juan Temoche catching up at the reception.
This year’s show is just wonderful! Take some time and check it out for yourself! On view until April 11, 2022.