2024 Fine Art Student Show

A picture of the AFA gallery with artwork on the walls during The 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024
The 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024

It’s our favorite time of year in the Fine Art Department.  This is when students get to publicly shine!  Each year we mount our Fine Art Student Show and enjoy having an incredible exhibition and receptions for students, their family and friends along with college faculty and staff.  Each year we have a juror come in and pick the artistic endeavors for the exhibition.   This year, our juror is Mary Proenza.

This is a photograph of Mary Proeza, ror of the 2024 Alexandria Campus Fine Art Student Show.
Mary Proenza, juror of the 2024 Alexandria Campus Fine Art Student Show.

Mary is an Associate Professor of Art at Marymount University in Arlington, VA. She earned a BA in literature at UC Santa Barbara’s College of Creative Studies, an MFA in painting at New York Studio School, and an MFA in creative writing at The New School. In 2022, she was part of an NEA Arts Project grant, creating four linoleum cut prints in collaboration with writer Jervey Tervalon, published in a letterpress book from Kalamazoo Book Arts Center. She’s currently working on a graphic memoir, which has been supported by a 2022 Mid-Atlantic Arts Fellowship at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and by a 2020 Mednick Fellowship from the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges. An illustrated story from the project was published in Rosebud magazine, and she has published written reviews in Art in America and The Brooklyn Rail. Recent exhibitions include “Cladogram” at Katonah Museum of Art and “One in a Year” at the Painting Center, NYC.

This is a picture of students milling about the gallery looking at artwork and taking photos of the art, on February 21, 2024, at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception in the Fine Arts, AFA Gallery, on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.
The 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024

As always, the students begin to congregate and enjoy all of the exceptional work and this year we have so many wonderful entries!

This is a picture of students milling about the gallery looking at artwork and taking photos of the art, on February 21, 2024, at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception in the Fine Arts, AFA Gallery, on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.
The 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024

The students are very supportive of one another and it’s also an exciting way to meet fellow art students and see their work.

This is a picture of a student looking at artwork on February 21, 2024, at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception in the Fine Arts, AFA Gallery, on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.
The 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024

Our reception is a perfect opportunity for students to talk about their work and enjoy their pride.

This is a picture of a student showing her artwork and speaking to other students on February 21, 2024, at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception in the Fine Arts, AFA Gallery, on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.
The 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024

Stacy Slaten, (right), our 2-D lead faculty organized the show and reached out to Mary, a decision we are all thrilled about.  Mary is not only a wonderful artist she also holds a lot of experience with jurying shows and working with students, over at Marymount University.

This is a picture of our juror, Mary Proenza, on the left, and our Lead 2-D faculty Stacy Slaten, on the right, laughing and enjoying themselves on February 21, at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception in the Fine Arts, AFA Gallery, on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.
Mary Proenza, on the left, and our Lead 2-D faculty Stacy Slaten, on the right, laughing and enjoying themselves on February 21, at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception in the Fine Arts, AFA Gallery, on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Family and friends began to arrive and soon we have a wonderful gathering for our awards ceremony! Mary was kind enough to point out that every student who made it in is exceptionally talented and that the works here are very strong.

This is a picture of students listening to our juror, Mary Proenza talk about how good all of the student art entries were and how wonderful it is to see such talented students at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception, on February 21, 2024 at our Fine Arts, AFA Gallery, on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.
Mary Proenza talks about how wonderful all of the student art entries were and how wonderful it is to see such talented students at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception, on February 21, 2024 at our Fine Arts, AFA Gallery, on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

We had multiple awards to bestow.  Rory Rossenbaum received an honorable mention for her beautiful portrait.

This is a picture of Rory Rosenbaum (left) receiving her honorable mention certificate from our juror, Mary Proenza (right) at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024.
Rory Rosenbaum (left) receiving her honorable mention certificate from our juror, Mary Proenza (right) at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024. Photo by Britt Conley.
A graphite drawing of a portrait by Rory Rosenbaum. Winner of the honorable mention at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.
Portrait by Rory Rosenbaum. Winner of the honorable mention at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

Rory’s drawing emits a delicate elegance.   Her lighter  values  and  tonal  range  take advantage of the value of the paper itself.

Kira Wharton was given an honorable mention for her “Armchair” drawing.

This is a picture of Kira Wharton receiving her honorable mention certificate from our juror, Mary Proeza at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception, on February 21, 2024 at our Fine Arts, AFA Gallery, on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.
Kira Wharton was given an honorable mention for her “Armchair” drawing. The 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024

Mary loved the warmth and welcoming character of this room.  It really feels like home.  The fabric of the chair is soft and begs the viewer to sit.

A graphite drawing of an Arm Chair by Kira Wharton. Winner of the honorable mention at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.
Arm Chair by Kira Wharton. Winner of the honorable mention at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Caroline Haggerty received an honorable mention for her 3-D vase, “Vase Gogh.”

This is a picture of Caroline Haggarty receiving her honorable mention certificate from our juror, Mary Proeza at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception, on February 21, 2024 at our Fine Arts, AFA Gallery, on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.
The 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024

A phenomenal pun, and full visual play on words, “Vase Gogh” brings together the physicality of the vase and her wonderfully energetic surface painting, inspired by Van Gogh.  The additional 3-d flower pulls in Van Gogh love of flowers and fully incorporates his starry night pallet.

Picture of Caroline Haggerty received an honorable mention for her 3-D vase, "Vase Gogh," at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show, February 21st, 2024 at the Alexandria Campus AFA Gallery.
Caroline Haggerty received an honorable mention for her 3-D vase, “Vase Gogh,” at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show, February 21st, 2024 at the Alexandria Campus AFA Gallery. Photo by Britt Conley

Ibtisam Shuaib received her honorable mention for “The Writers Block.”

This is a picture of Ibtisam Shuaib receiving her honorable mention certificate from our juror, Mary Proeza at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception, on February 21, 2024 at our Fine Arts, AFA Gallery, on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.
The 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024
This is a graphite drawing titled, "The Writer's Block," by Ibtisam Shuaib
“The Writer’s Block” by Ibtisam Shuaib

“The Writer’s Block,” shows the grappling between the pen in hand and the blank page.   Something  most of us  can relate  to.

Soon came time to announce the top three winners of this year’s show.

This is a picture of Students listening to the juror give out awards at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College on February 21, 2024. Photo by Britt Conley.
The 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024

And now for our top three winners of this years Fine Art Student Show…  drum roll please…

The 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.
The 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024

Our third place winner this year is Kiara Quinto, for her wonderfully colorful work, “Skull and Kermit”

This is a picture of Kiara Quinto receiving her third place certificate from our juror, Mary Proeza at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception, on February 21, 2024 at our Fine Arts, AFA Gallery, on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.
Kiara Quinto receiving her third place certificate from our juror, Mary Proeza at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception, on February 21, 2024 at our Fine Arts, AFA Gallery, on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Mary was kind enough to discuss Kiara’s mastery of color and the delicacy of her technique.

This is a picture of Kiara Quinto receiving her third place certificate from our juror, Mary Proeza at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception, on February 21, 2024 at our Fine Arts, AFA Gallery, on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.
Kiara Quinto receiving her third place certificate from our juror, Mary Proeza at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception, on February 21, 2024 at our Fine Arts, AFA Gallery, on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

The layering of overlapping colorful strokes allows this work to glow.  It’s a fun combination of elements that one would not usually see together.  Somehow Kiara makes the skull and kermit appear as friends.

Colored Pencil drawing titled Skull and Kermit” by Kiara Quinto
Colored Pencil drawing titled Skull and Kermit” by Kiara Quinto
This is a picture of Miguel Vargas receiving his second place certificate from our juror, Mary Proeza at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception, on February 21, 2024 at our Fine Arts, AFA Gallery, on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.
Miguel Vargas receiving his second place certificate from our juror, Mary Proeza at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception, on February 21, 2024 at our Fine Arts, AFA Gallery, on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Our second place winner is Miguel Vargas.

Mary explained, how much she enjoys Migues’ self portrait “Painstaking Joy,”   The title and drawing perfectly express the creative experience.

Charcoal self portrait picture "Painstaking Joy,"  by Miguel Vargas.   
Charcoal self portrait picture “Painstaking Joy,”  by Miguel Vargas.

The flying clocks represent, just how much time it takes to do a drawing well and Miguel’s focus to his pencil expresses his love of creative tenacity as painstaking joy.

This is a picture of Miguel Vargas receiving his second place certificate from our juror, Mary Proeza at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception, on February 21, 2024 at our Fine Arts, AFA Gallery, on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.
The 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024

Our final and 1st place winner is Jennifer Wessmiller.  Her 3-D sculpture titled “Grief.” powerfully describes the multifaceted experience of grieving.

This is a picture of Jennifer Wessmiller receiving her first place certificate from our juror, Mary Proenza at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception, on February 21, 2024 at our Fine Arts, AFA Gallery, on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.
Wessmiller receiving her first place certificate from our juror, Mary Proenza at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024
Sculpture titled "Grief" by Jennifer Wessmiller.
Sculpture titled “Grief” by Jennifer Wessmiller.

Mary was moved by the analogy of a tree and how each limb and leaf represents the variety  of different feelings  that one traverses during the process of grieving.  We grow through grief and we change from it.  This work shows great depth of communication and comprehension of the grieving process.  It’s poignant and full of journey, both for her and the viewer.  We read through each worded petal.

The 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024After the ceremony students had the pleasure of meeting with Mary and asking her questions.

This is a photo of (Left) Mary Proenza speaks with students at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show reception on February 21st, 2024 at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.
(Left) Mary Proenza speaks with students at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show on February 21st, 2024 at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Families proudly gathered together for photos and students enjoyed their night of shinning.  They deserve feeling the  pride of doing great work.

Student enjoying themselves at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gaallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024
Student enjoying themselves at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gaallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024

Many had the opportunity to discuss their work and the journey of creating it.

Student enjoying themselves at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gaallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. February 21, 2024
Student enjoying themselves at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gaallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024

Learning that ones creative endeavors are appreciated and impactful for others is always a thrill.  Finding out you’ve won recognition is icing on the cake.

This is a picture of Kira Wharton. She was given an honorable mention for her "Armchair" drawing. The 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024
Kira Wharton was given an honorable mention for her “Armchair” drawing. The 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024

As always, its a night to remember and the first of many more art openings for our budding artists!

Students at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024

Our NOVA students are talented, smart and on their way to great futures.

Students at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024

Nick Spencer, one of our graphics faculty enjoyed meeting with Mary as well.  Many of our students are shared between Fine Art and Graphic Design.  Stacy Slaten, (center), is thrilled with how well the show is going and how exciting it’s been for the students.  A well deserved moment after months of hard work to make this night possible.

Nick Spencer, one of our graphics faculty enjoyed meeting with Mary and Stacy as well. The 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.
Nick Spencer, one of our graphics faculty enjoyed meeting with Mary and Stacy as well. The 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024

The students love it.

Student talking in groups at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024
Student talking in groups at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024

This show also brought the opportunity for students to learn how to mat and frame their work.  Many of them are planning to do more and enter those works in more exhibitions.

Students at the  2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024

Our students accomplished a great deal between getting through all of their classes and propelling their artistic processes along the way.  These things take time and are incredibly rewarding.

Students at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024

Watching our students creative efforts is always exciting.  We can’t wait to hear about their next shows!  Now that they can mat and frame, they can begin to show their art in new venues.

Shiela Polonca at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024

The 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024A wonderful time was had by all!

Kiara Quinto at the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024

A special thanks to all of the families and friends who came to support our amazingly talented students and honor their achievements!  A big round of applause to all who made it into this year’s show!

Students a the 2024 Fine Art Student Show Reception at the AFA Gallery on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley. February 21, 2024

And special thanks to Mary Proenza for all of her time, wonderful choices and for taking the time to talk about each student winner’s work!  It’s a joy to work with her and to see a great juror in action!

Also thanks to Professor Stacy Slaten, our 2-D Fine Arts lead faculty for organizing and heading the show!  Stacy is thrilled to have worked with many of the students and to see everyone’s creativity!  She wanted everyone to know that, “seeing your artwork polished and displayed beautifully is a joy as well as bearing witness to the growth and achievement of the past year, culminating in this annual exhibition. It is also a pleasure to see your friends, family, and peers come together to likewise celebrate this accomplishment”

Visiting Artist Catherine White

Catherine White’s Workshop at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus on October 19th, 2023. Photo by Britt Conley.

Artist Catherine White came to NOVA Alexandria ceramics department on October 19th for a wonderful day of workshops and an evening artist talk. During the day, Catherine demonstrated decorating clay slabs and  how to create thrown and altered work.

Catherine White’s Workshop at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus on October 19th, 2023. Photo by Britt Conley.

The students enjoyed hours of being able to listen to her creative process and seeing her work.  It was a wonderful learning experience! 

Catherine White’s Workshop at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus on October 19th, 2023. Photo by Britt Conley.Catherine, weaves together throwing and hand-building irregularities that intentionally reveal the touch of the hand.  She collects, and poetically uses diverse raw materials in her anagama and gas-fired kiln in Warrenton, VA.  Clay work is intertwined with extensive drawing, painting and collaging.

Catherine’s Artist Statement explains, “Seeking a poetic language of material, shape and surface, White’s plates, bowls, cups and vases abstractly refer to the landscape through the raw materials she collects and transforms by considered manipulations of clay bodies and firing effects. Each piece has markings and irregularities that intentionally reveal the touch of the artist’s hand. One recent focus on multiple series of landscape plates reveals a painterly transformation of shadow and contour—specific layerings of atmosphere, terrain and light. Clay processes are also intertwined with extensive drawing, painting, and collaging on paper.”

White has an MFA in ceramics, studied painting in Aix-en-provence, France and taught ceramics for many years at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington D.C.  She has had a commission for state gifts from President Obama and Michell Obama and is represented in both the Renwick and the Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian.  She also is has written for multiple publications in addition to writing about her own work.

For more information visit CatherineWhite.com

 

 

Trigger Warning: The Art of Debra Wright

On Display at the Alexandria Campus AFA Gallery from September 18th-October 11th (Extended to end of October).

The Trigger Warning Exhibition at the AFA Gallery. Photo by Britt Conley

Debra Wright’s current body of work reflects her deep commitment to social justice, human rights and the pursuit of personal identity.  Utilizing found objects as her primary medium, Debra’s concepts convey commentary on social issues while encouraging introspection and community engagement.

Debra arrived on September 20th, to work with our students and produce a pair of wings, created from the names of many persons who have been killed by police across the nation.   Her artistic vision shines a spotlight on various communities and current issues within them.

The making of the artwork, “Flight” as part of the Trigger Warning Exhibition at the AFA Gallery. Photo by Britt Conley

Debra explains, “I create compositions that are simple in form and yet profusely conceptual.  Incorporating provocative objects into my work elicits a dramatic initial response that in turn, opens up a safe space for deeper looking.  This gap provides a point of entry to address controversial topics and compel important conversations we need to be having with one another.”  Debra Wright.

“Flight” is currently on display in the AFA foyer.

Debra Wright hangs her work: “Flight” on September 20th, 2023 in the foyer of the AFA building. Photo by Britt Conley.

The reception offered the opportunity for students to ask questions about Debra’s  creative process, work,  and what it means to be an activist artist.

Debra Wright speaks with students at the Trigger Warning opening reception on September 20th, 2023 at the AFA Gallery. Photo by Britt Conley.

For more information about Debra’s work, visit: www.debrawrightstudio.com.

For more information about the exhibit contact professor and curator, Jessica Gardner at jggardner@nvcc.edu.

The Freedom House Exhibit

Freedom House Exhibition shows the works of NOVA Alexandria  Painting Students at Freedom House of Alexandria

The Freedom House in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Britt Conley

Our painting students and the staff and historians of Freedom House of Alexandria collaborated on creating portraits of significant African American community members to examine the African American experience in Alexandria from the 18th century to present day. The Freedom House which was once part of the headquarters for the largest domestic slave trading firm in the United States and now serves as a site of consciousness to ponder a part of our history that is complex and conflicting. We did this to honor prominent African Americans who provided significant contributions to civil liberties and social justice in the United States from the eighteenth century to the present day. Determined will showcase the tremendous courage and accomplishments of Alexandria’s African Americans.

The exhibition, Determined in Alexandria, examines our history and includes artifacts, student portraits, historical information, and statements from the students about what their participation meant to them. The exhibition has been on display for the past two years of a three-year minimum exhibition.

The initiative to partner students with the Freedom House was led by Professor Stacy Slaten, who teaches art at the Alexandria campus, along with former Dean Jimmie McClellan, in collaboration with Freedom House historian Apasrin Suvanasai and curator Michele Longo. 

Professor Slaten explains, “The Freedom House project has provided a valuable teaching tool for real-world experience for NOVA’s emerging artist’s and a platform for course discourse on diversity, equity, and inclusion…We are re-writing our future by examining the past.”

The museum sets the scene of Black experience in Alexandria by beginning with Alexandria’s history: “As a port city, Alexandria had ties to both the transatlantic and domestic slave trades. When European settlers arrived, they used enslaved labor to clear the land that would become Alexandria. Within the city, enslaved men, women, and children labored in warehouses, businesses, and homes. Plantations surrounding the city used enslaved labor for growing tobacco and, later, wheat for flour production. By the end of the 18th century, Alexandria was among the ten busiest ports in the U.S., profiting from exports created using enslaved labor.” (The Freedom House Museum).

The portraits that the students created are oil and acrylic on stretched canvas, with most using a palate knife technique, as opposed to a brush. “That technique,” Professor Slaten explained, “gives the paintings a more contemporary look than most traditional museum portraits by leaving the texture of the mark.”

As a project of the painting class, these painting were not only about drawing and painting in a painterly fashion, but also learning how to create skin tones and color compliments. The students collaborated extensively with historian Apasrin Suvanasai to reference historical documents such as newspapers, written accounts, and photos or prints spanning back to the 1800’s. The students had to discuss skin tones, mix color palettes, and invent the details and colors from the historical accounts or from their perceived imagination if we did not know.  Considering the complexities of all the nuanced knowledge the students had to learn, they managed to do it very well, despite being constrained to classes via Zoom during the pandemic.

Professor Stacy Slaten painted one of the portraits to use as teaching example. She took the portrait that had the least amount of information and created an image based off the limited knowledge that Lawrence Day was a part of the group dubbed the Secret Seven by the FBI. No other facts were available. She gave him a persona that reflected a type of secret agent or James Bond reference.

Everyone did a wonderful job managing the artistic process and learning experience which was impacted by the challenges of the pandemic. Everyone had to create and complete these paintings on zoom instead of being in person.

Lawrence Day (1911 – 2000)

“First Black Magistrate for the City of Alexandria, 1972; Charter member of the Departmental Progressive Club; Member of the Hopkins House Board.” (The Freedom House Museum).

Painting of Lawrence Day by Stacy Slaten. Part of the Freedom House Exhibit.

Stacy Slaten reflects on her artistic experience, “Lawrence Day was a part of a group known as “The Secret Seven” and documentation exists for his profound civic influence and activities. It made me think about the service of people unknown, who may impact our lives in ways we will never know. I wanted to give him an air of mystique, with a sense of humor and intelligent gaze, a debonair man so to say.”

In addition, the Freedom House used to house a trading firm that trafficked thousands of Black men, women, and children from 1828-1861. It was converted to a museum dedicated to honoring and understanding “the lives and experiences of enslaved and free Black people who lived in and were trafficked through Alexandria.”

 Determined showcases the tremendous courage and accomplishments of Alexandria’s African Americans,” said Professor Slaten. “We hope that by highlighting the past through these portraits and addressing past trauma, we change the future.”

There are many more display gems within this exhibit that help Illustrate the achievements of these historic Alexandria residents and their impact on countless lives, neighborhoods, and the City of Alexandria. Below are just a portion of the exhibit experience for those featured.

“Black Americans built the foundations of our country while they were fighting for citizenship and rights. Despite enslavement, institutional racism, oppression, and injustice, members of Alexandria’s African American community succeeded in the building families and a network whose legacy shaped today’s City of Alexandria.” (The Freedom House Museum).

Their stories can be seen and read, while highlighted in this exhibit, through the coming year.

The Freedom House Exhibit: Determined in Alexandria. Photo by Britt Conley.

Throughout the exhibit amazing Americans who fought to make change are visually remembered by paintings from Northern Virginia Community College Students.

Eudora N. Lyles 1918- 2000

The exhibit displays Eudora’s efforts toward fair and equal housing in historically black neighborhoods. The Freedom House explains, “After witnessing her parents lose their home to eminent domain, local activist Eudora Lyles made fair housing her life’s mission.”

Painting of Eudora N. Lyles by artist Caitlyn Raymond. Part of the Freedom House Exhibition in Alexandria, VA.

Student Artist Caitlyn Raymond writes, that Eudora was, “Gentle but resilient. In my painting I wanted her skin tone to be warm to show the gentleness, but I layered it with bold purples to show an authority about her. This piece was 97% done using a pallet knife technique. I feel that the rough texture represents hardships but looking at it all as one piece shows the beauty and uniqueness that comes from it.”

Other 1950s civil rights icons, include some of the following men who were part of The Secret Seven, “who collectively tackled segregation and racial injustice within the city during the 1950s and 1960’s.  They used their positions as politicians, church officials, business owners, and civic leaders to strategically improve opportunities in housing, jobs, and education for the African American community” (The Freedom House Museum).

The Exhibit also celebrates more of those who served the community at large.

Dominick Barecroft 1762-1830,

Dominick, “…was the first African American shopkeeper in Alexandria. His success allowed him to purchase his wife Esther’s freedom in 1804. By 1818, he purchased property at 315 Cameron Street for use as his tavern and growing family’s home” (The Freedom House Museum).

Painting of Dominick Barecroft, by Nicole Mullings-Pettus. Part of the Freedom House Exhibition in Alexandria, VA.

Student Artist, Nicole Mullings-Pettus, who painted the portrait of Mr. Barecroft, shared reflections on her process, “I had to learn a lot about Dominick Barecroft before I could even know where to start painting his likeness. There are no paintings of him from his time. I only had a written description…. After learning his history and hearing nothing but greatness, I saw Dominick as a Black man that overcame his obstacles and achieved his dreams. I wanted to paint him in his prime years to showcase his dignity and his pride.”

The Emancipation Tree

Mary S. Peake, 1823-1862,  became the first African American paid to teach those who came to Fort Monroe to escape slavery” (The Freedom House Museum).

The museum explains, Peak’s teaching was done under what became known as The Emancipation Tree.  Here, children of freed men were taught by day and adults during the evening. It was in this very space, under the tree’s canopy that former slaves were able to be present for the reading of President Lincoln’s Emancipation proclamation.

The Emancipation Tree, painted by Marwah Ashna.

Student artist, Marwah Ashna, reflects on the Emancipation Oak tree at Hampton University:”One of the greatest pieces of African American history lives with us today, The Emancipation Oak tree. Born from a single seed and now it stands 16 feet around with a 100-foot-wide canopy that soars 50 feet. I find it as the perfect symbol of freedom, strength, and beauty…. This tree is not only an attention grabber, but it is a reminder to my Black brothers and sisters of their freedom: the freedom of speech, and opportunity.”

Dr. Albert Johnson 1866-1949

Another determined Alexandria Citizen was Dr. Albert Johnson, who, “was the first African American physician to practice in Alexandria. segregation prevented him from seeing patients at the hospital. Instead, he opened a private practice in his home in 1894” (The Freedom House Museum).

Painting of Dr. Albert Johnson by Jerusalem Amdemichael. Part of the Freedom House Exhibition in Alexandria, VA.

Student artist and painter, Jerusalem Amdemichael reflects on her painting process, “I decided to paint Dr. Albert Johnson because he looked like he could be an uncle of mine… it was great to show respect and pay homage to these people who played a great role locally and throughout the rest of the society. To have this exhibit to show how African Americans helped move society forward is important because what they do is often overshadowed. I feel honored to help highlight Dr. Johnson’s importance to this community and the success he achieved during a time where it was difficult.”

F.H.M Murray 1859-1950.

Painting of F.H.M Murray by Anna Lee. Part of the Freedom House Exhibition in Alexandria, VA.

Anna Lee, another of our student artists, who also created an original painting for this exhibition expounds on  F.H.M. Murray, as “an intellectual, civil rights activist and journalist in Washington, D.C. and Alexandria, VA, who, “was active in promoting Black homeownership, opposing Jim Crow laws and lynching.  He supported positive representation of African Americans in public art. He was an art historian active in the early 20th century who published a series of works on African Americans portrayed in art. Freeman Murray was a forgotten pioneer for civil justice.”

Reverend Andrew W. Adkins 1884-1963,

Reverend Andrew W. Adkins led the Alfred Street Baptist Church for 43 years (1920-1963). Not only a pastor, Rev. Adkins was also a teacher at Parker-Gray School, the first coeducational school for African American children in Alexandria” (The Freedom House Museum).

Painting of Reverend Andrew Warren Adkins by Sue Williams. Part of the Freedom House Exhibition in Alexandria, VA.

Student Artist Sue Williams reflects on how he inspired her portrait of him: “He has very considerate and discerning eyes…. Seeing from the black and white picture, I could only imagine what it would have been like to be pastor where there are limited resources available yet required him his time and wisdom to do his calling. I felt certain compassion in my heart and respect although I never knew about him.”

You can read more on Reverend Adkins and on his legacy within the educational community within the exhibition tour.

Annie B. Rose 1893-1989

Annie B. Rose by Rose Bridwell. Part of the Freedom House Exhibition in Alexandria, VA.

“Rose’s activism saved the historic 19th century Alfred Street Baptist Church building and led to the creation of the Alexandria Society for the Preservation of Black Heritage” (The Freedom House Museum).

Student artist, Rose Bridwell, effuses, “Annie Beatrice Bailey-Rose was a strong Black woman with courage and compassion to do all that she could to make a white supremacist world a better place. She is described as a ‘gentle, self- effacing woman of deep religious conviction and bone deep conviction to social justice.’ She used her voice, education, talents, money, and time to speak for those who needed her voice…. I humbly pledged to her a commitment to stop complaining about racism and start taking ACTIONS to help those who need my voice and gifts.”

Thanks to the Alexandria Black History Museum, the exhibit shows more of Annie’s life, including her typewriter, an image of Annie sharing the history of, what is now The Freedom House Museum and more detailed information about her impact within the community.

Ferdinand T. Day (1918 – 2015),

Ferdinand Day was the “first black Chairperson for the Alexandria School Board; Member of the Hopkins House Board and Chairman of the Durant Civic Associations Housing Committee” (The Freedom House Museum).  Painting by Lucia Lecce.

Ferdinand T. Day (1918-2015. Painting by Artist Lucia Lecce. Part of the Freedom House Exhibition in Alexandria, VA.

Father John Davis (1907 –1990),

John Davis was Pastor of Meade Memorial Episcopal Church, 1959-1971.

Painting of Father John Davis by James Davenport. Part of the Freedom House Exhibition in Alexandria, VA.

Artist, James Davenport speaks about his process: “This was my first time using the pallet knife and with that came challenges, but also a personality in its technique. In deciding what colors to use there was a balance, looking at tone from a black and white image and extrapolating from there. The colors would need to come close to representing a life like skin, but remain faithful to the original image… I feel fortunate to be able to take part in the preservation of Father John Davis’s image.”

Melvin Miller (1931 – 2015). 

Melvin was a, “civil rights lawyer from 1958-1962; President of the Alexandria chapter of the NAACP and Urban League; Member of Alexandria School Board from 1986-1993”  (The Freedom House Museum).

Painting of Melvin Miller by Nicole Mullings-Pettus. Part of the Freedom House Exhibition in Alexandria, VA.

Artist Nicole Mullings-Pettus reflects on her work saying, “I feel that this painting best describes Mr. Miller’s character. He was a man that used his knowledge to help others out of hard situations and with that he spread joy and hope within his community, and I feel that the yellow and his humble smile reflects that.”

Nelson Greene Sr. (1914 –2014),

Painting of Nelson Greene by Painting by Hatta Oemar. Part of the Freedom House Exhibition in Alexandria, VA.

Nelson Green was the “Funeral Director of Greene Funeral Home; Member of Board of Commissioners of the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority from 1966-1969; Served on board of Alexandria Chamber of Commerce; Served on Alexandria City Council from 1979-1982; Taught at Parker- Gray School” (The Freedom House).

Col. Marion Johnson (1915-1998)

Painting of Col. Marion Johnson by Debbie Robison. Part of the Freedom House Exhibit.

Marion Johnson was the President of the Seminary Civic Association, Vice President of Alexandria Council on Human Relations, Vice Chairman of Minority Housing Sub-committee, Treasurer of Alexandria Federation of Civic Association, and Member of multiple civic Associations, including Alexandria Citizen Advisory committee and the Durant Civic Association.

Edward Patterson (1909 – 1979)

Painting of Edward Patterson by Thuy Le Chung Nguyen. Part of the Freedom House Exhibit

“Music teacher and Assistant Principal of Parker-Gray High School; Principal of Parker- Gray Middle School; Director of staff relations and student activities for Alexandria City Public Schools; Member of many Alexandria civic organizations, including the Seminary Civic Association, the NAACP, and the Northern Virginia Urban League Advisory Board” (The Freedom House).

Arthur C. Dawkins 1935-Present

Painting of Arthur C. Dawkins by Anna Lee. Part of the Freedom House Exhibit

Student Artist Anna Lee effuses, “From modest beginnings, he worked his way to the top of his profession as an educator, a teacher, and a free-lance jazz musician. Along the way, he successfully negotiated the transition from segregation to integration, and pointed out the way for others to follow. He will be remembered for touching individuals more than advocating before groups because that is the way that he worked–one individual, one student at a time, and without ever drawing attention to himself.”

In his capacity as a freelance musician, Arthur,” broke racial barriers while performing for the National Symphony Orchestra and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. He taught, mentored, and performed at Howard, and through D.C., for over 30 years” (The Freedom House).

How to see the exhibit: 

The Freedom House is located at 1315 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22314.  (703) 746-4702

  • Timed entry will be every 15 minutes during our hours of operations:  Thursday & Friday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday & Monday 1 – 5 p.m.  
  • Tickets are currently available through the Alexandria Shop.
  • As a reminder – if you are a City of Alexandria resident – you automatically receive free admission! 

Thank you for your support in creating the “Determined Alexandria” portion of our exhibit at the Freedom House Museum.

NOVA Student Participants:

Fiza Batool, Jerusalem Amdemichael, Eliana Harvey, Soon Young Williams, Rose Bridwell, Anna Lee, Marwah Ashna, Debbie Robison, Lucia Lecce, Nicole Mullings-Pettus, Hatta Omar, James Davenport, Caitlyn Raymond—— with Prof. Stacy Slaten.

 

 

2023 Fine Art Student Show

Our 2023 Alexandria Fine Art Student Juried Show was organized by Jessica Gardner, our 3-D instructor.   She chose Russ Mcintosh to be our juror.  Throughout his artistic career, Russ, has exhibited around the country.  He formerly ran the Arlington Arts Gallery and has been a graphic designer for over 25 years.

Jessica Gardner speaks to gallery attendees at the opening reception of the 2023 Fine Art Student Juried Exhibition at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College on April 13th, 2023. Photo by Britt Conley

His current company, Vision Idea Design helps small entrepreneurs in the small business community achieve their goals.  In recent years, he has hosted the SatARtday Artist Showcase which features young artists.  He also hails as a NOVA alumni!

Russ Mcintosh,(left) our juror for the 2023 Fine Art Student Juried Exhibition. Russ was thrilled to have the opportunity to hear more about all of the student artworks at the opening reception of the 2023 Fine Art Student Juried Exhibition at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College on April 13th, 2023. Photo by Britt Conley Photo by Britt Conley

This year’s 2023 Fine Art Student Show, exemplified the exceptionalism of our NOVA student’s talents, creative endeavors and passion for art.  I noticed this year offered a trend toward visual storytelling,  featuring  relationships  between  people,   concepts,  things and re-imagining  them  in  wonderful  new  ways.

Relaja La Raja by Julia Marques. 2023, Fine Art Student Show Reception. Photo by Britt Conley.

Julia Marques created a playful 3-d work titled Relaja La Raja. She incorporated children’s toys and wood to create a 3-D chair representing ideas of early life and growing up.   If you get a chance to visit the gallery, check out the chair leg collections of  toys!

Zee Blair created this epically gestured ode to Michelle Nichols who  portrayed Uhura in Star Trek.  Nichols has been an inspiration to many women over the decades.  The artwork is titled, “Curiosity.” The  glove represents  her  hand  reaching  out  to  the galaxies.   

Another poignant and bold trend  in this show is the art of the painted portrait.  Our art students provided a variety of creative approaches, from stylized to realism.  Each portrait is bold, unique and intriguing!  (L-R)  Pensive by Jennifer Wessmiller, Self Portrait by Julia Marques and Self Portrait by Lilian Tulloss.

(L-R)  Pensive by Jennifer Wessmiller, Self Portrait by Julia Marques and Self Portrait by Lilian Tulloss. 2023, Fine Art Student Show Reception. Photo by Britt Conley.

The first artwork alcove, predominantly features women portraits and the stories they tell.   Sarah Barakat painted numerous works on women.  Her work, “Sisters,” says so much to anyone who has sisterly relationships.   Yet each person is likely to have a different interpretation to the work depending on our backgrounds.  It’s an example of what we the viewer brings to our experience with art.

L-R “Women” and “Stister’ by Sarah Barakat. 2023, Fine Art Student Show Reception. Photo by Britt Conley.

“Portrait Knife Calligraphy” (below) by Raghad Elbardicy, helps us think about cultures, women, life, opportunities and togetherness. There are so many ways to interpret the artwork. Out of the grey, the pop of colors draw us immediately into each woman’s world.

“Portrait Knife Calligraphy” by Raghad Elbardicy, helps us think about cultures, women, life, opportunities and togetherness. There are so many ways to interpret the artwork. 2023 Fine Art Student Show.

Two artists created paintings featuring a pomegranate.   Nicole LaVallee’s Pomegranate visualizes an intriguing surrealistic storyline that uses on and off the canvas elements.  We are given much to consider during our evaluation of potential meaning.  I personally love the physical surface of the work.   The sky provides a rich, landscaped space where life is seemingly possible.  The color divide between the world at large and the inner world of subject matter is both delineated and connected by a single black ribbon on the left-hand side of the canvas.   The ribbon itself circles the entire canvas, acting as both frame and wrapper of the creative effort itself.

(L-R) “Pomegranate” by Nicole LaVallee, Acrylic on canvas and “Pomegranate” by Art Tucker. Oil on Canvas.

Art Tucker’s Pomegranate is technically exceptional.  She beautifully handles water soluble oils.  Not an easy feat.  The piece exudes color as though it’s the very juice of the picture plane.

Art Tucker’s “Pomegranate” Oil on Canvas.

(Below), The message of Kirsten Ponticelli’s “How’d You Vote?” is clear.  It’s a simple question provided within a direct, visual context.   This one piece illustrates our ongoing societal debate at large countered against a visual of America’s unified student experience today.

“How’d You Vote?” by Kirsten Ponticelli.

We had one portrait of a man, titled, “Random Man Portrait” by Kiara Quinto.  Kiara expertly handled the graphite and charcoal to create a work that prompts the view to consider the drawing process itself.

“Random Man Portrait” by Kiara Quinto. Graphite and Charcoal.

Every year I look forward to seeing our 3-D student submissions.  They are always highly creative, with ideas that are beautifully brought to fruition. One of my personal favorites this year is “Whale?” by James Davenport.

“Whale?” by James Davenport. Ceramic with wood and metal stand. The opening reception of the 2023 Fine Art Student Juried Exhibition at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College on April 13th, 2023. Photo by Britt Conley
“Whale?” by James Davenport.

“Whale?” is a ceramic work featuring the body of a whale with the face of a hippo.  The land/sea package beautifully evokes nature at large.

“Triangles” by James Davenport

James’ other work, “Triangles” was constructed from various triangularly-created clay shapes.  The unexpected countering of a natural and green living subject  against the variety of greens seen in the glazing of the man-made ceramic piece allows us to enjoy multiple aspects of contrasting visual elements.   The well-potted opening bring our eyes into an alluded rocky  crevice.  Our eyes are then led along the tendril growth path, ever reaching, outward and into the world.

This year’s show had so many wonderful 3-D works.  Susan Edgington paired two lovely dark ceramic works, “Dark Twist,” on the left and on the  right, Sentinel,”

Brendan Curley’s, “Worship Box” is made of foam core, plasti-dip, acrylic and wax.  The form is modern, austere and yet, with the use of candles dripping down upon the form the box has a human touch to it.

Brendan Curley’s, “Worship Box” is made of foam core, plasti-dip, acrylic and wax.

Mona Toukan’s “Left Hand” wonderfully hold’s a delicate flower.

“Left Hand” by Mona Toukan, Ceramic. Photo by Britt Conley

The submissions this year are so creative! Mona also created this wonderful Teapot.

“Teapot” by Mona Toukan.

On entering the gallery, Tuvshinbayar Zeveg’s “Mongolian Eagle” powerfully greets visitors to the gallery.

Mongolian Eagle by Tuvshinbayar Zeveg.

These four charcoal works illustrate the variety and individuality of potential approaches to the the medium.   (L to R) Vinh Ly’s “Glass and Paints”; Fran Alexander’s “Water and Glass”; Giuseppe DeLuca’s “Kitchen and Bath”; and Caroline Haggerty;s “Dirty Dishes.”

(Left to Right charcoal works) Vinh Ly’s “Glass and Paints”; Fran Alexander’s “Water and Glass”; Giuseppe DeLuca’s “Kitchen and Bath”; and Caroline Haggerty;s “Dirty Dishes.”

It’s always a joy to see how how much time students spend on their creations!  Fran Alexanders, “Water and Glass” exemplifies the beauty of working with a slow layered approach.

“Dirty Dishes” also is 

Dirty Dishes is also a wonderfully creative work.  The assignment incorporates putting kitchen items in inappropriate places.  The bathroom fits this to a T!

Caroline Haggerty in front of her work “Dirty Dishes” at the opening reception of the 2023 Fine Art Student Juried Exhibition at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College on April 13th, 2023. Photo by Britt Conley

Kirsten Ponticelli’s 3-D relief work, titled “Made with Love, Trash” is full of color, texture and story .  She incorporated found items into a swirled galaxy of visual delight.  The more one looks, the more interesting items one finds!

Kirsten Ponticelli’s “Made with Love, Trash” Mixed Media

`The reception offered a wonderful evening to learn more about art and our student artists.

The opening reception of the 2023 Fine Art Student Juried Exhibition at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College on April 13th, 2023. Photo by Britt Conley
The opening reception of the Juried Exhibition at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College on April 13th, 2023. Photo by Britt Conley

Before we knew it, it was time to announce this year’s winners of the 2023 Show!  Russ addressed our gallery attendees with an overview of the show and impressed he was with all of the students efforts and the quality of the art.

Our third place winner is Kirsten Ponticelli.  Her work (below), “How’d You Vote?” is  a clear,  simple question providing a direct, visual context.   This one piece illustrates our ongoing societal debate at large countered against a visual of America’s unified student experience today.

“How’d You Vote?” by Kirsten Ponticelli. Acrylic and glitter.

 Our 2nd Place winner is Art Tucker for her work “Overconsumption” Art has  several works in the exhibition, each using different mediums.

Art Tucker accepting her 2nd Place juror’s Certificate Award for her artwork “Overconsumption,” at the opening reception of the 2023 Fine Art Student Juried Exhibition at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College on April 13th, 2023. Photo by Britt Conley
“Overconsumption” by Art Tucker

Nicole LaVallee, our first prize winner was wonderfully surprised!

Nicole LaVallee, first place winner of the 2023 Fine Art Student Juried Show at the opening reception of the Juried Exhibition at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College on April 13th, 2023. Photo by Britt Conley

Nicole won for her beautiful work,  “Pomegranate”.   I’ve described how much this work has to offer the mind of the viewer (above).  The work is so stylistically deliberative.  The design is integral to the constructed path for our eye movement and the storyline itself.

“Pomegranate” by Nicole LaVallee, Acrylic on Canvas

Russ spoke of what he loved about her work and how powerful the piece is.  He was greatly informative and our students  are so appreciative.

Russ Macintosh speaking about Nicole LaVallee winning work, “Pomegranate” at the opening reception of the 2023 Fine Art Student Juried Exhibition at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College on April 13th, 2023. Photo by Britt Conley

We at the NOVA Alexandria campus would like to give big Congratulations to our three winners and to ALL of the students who applied to this year’s show!  We have so much talent in our midst!  All the students have much to celebrate!

Vinh Ly and our 2-D program teacher, Stacy Slaten at the opening reception of the Juried Exhibition at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College on April 13th, 2023. Photo by Britt Conley

The opening reception of the Juried Exhibition at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College on April 13th, 2023. Photo by Britt Conley

It was a great night for all and it is no nice to see all the families and friends who come to support everyone.

Ambria Everett in front of her work, “Still Life Contour.” Photo by Britt Conley

Along our long wall we have a section for line works. (L-R Below) Ambria Everett’s, “Still Life Contour”

and Kira Wharton’s “Left Foot Front.”  Both are graphite works using contour line with a variety of line widths which help the mind see infer three dimensional depth.

(Left, below) Lilian Tulloss uses line and graphic elements to show, “Henry Savage’s Cat.”  On the right is Karen Wallace’s, “Modern Mansion,” a wonderfully successful perspective work.

Another lovely graphite work is Samantha Seubert’s “Luna with a Pearl Earring.” I just love the idea of incorporating animals into art history!

Samantha Seubert’s, “Luna with a Pearl Earring.”

 

Julia Marques at the opening reception of the Juried Exhibition at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College on April 13th, 2023. Photo by Britt Conley

Thanks to all who came to this year’s opening reception and a special thanks to our Provost, Dr. Annette Haggray, our Liberal Arts Dean, Dr. Jimmie McClellan, Associate Dean Lynette Garret and our division angel, May Kim for all their support!

Student Artist Mona Toukan with our Alexandria Provost, Dr. Annette Haggray at the opening reception of the Juried Exhibition at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College on April 13th, 2023. Photo by Britt Conley

For those considering applying to next year’s show.  Anything you make for one of our fine art classes, drawing, fundamentals of design, or painting, from this semester to next Spring, may be submitted to next year’s juried show!

Visiting Artist Christine Fowler Shearer

On March 29th we were lucky enough to have curator Christine Fowler Shearer come and speak with our students about how the curation world works.  She showed us some of her recent exhibitions and discussed the artistic, legal, financial and timeline logistics of putting on a comprehensive exhibition as well as issues related to working and maintaining a traveling exhibition.

Christine runs an arts curatorial consultancy business offering exhibition development, collections research, critical essay writing and catalog design and printing for institutional exhibitions and traveling exhibitions.

Christine’s current curatorial show is titled Mirror Mirror.  The exhibition, on view at The University of Mary Washington Galleries, will be on view from March 30 through April 28 in Ridderhof Martin Gallery, with the opening reception taking place on March 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. Private tours run May 1 through June 4.  Featured artists include Erin Holscher Almazan (printmaking), Alicia Brown (painting), Jessica Calderwood (ceramics), Kristen Cliffel (ceramics), Rebecca Cross (textiles), Jessica Gardner (ceramics), Marcella Hackbardt (photography), Mabi Ponce de Leon (mixed media), Bellamy Printz (printmaking), Stephanie Rond (mixed media), Margo Selski (painting) and Babette Wainwright (ceramics).

For more information visit https://fowlerartistic.com/consultancy/ 

 

Visiting Ceramic’s Artist Margaret Boozer

Margat Boozer

Margaret Boozer is the Founder and Director of Red Dirt Studio, an artist incubator in Mt. Rainier, MD, and Co-Director and founding member of NY Urban Soil Institute’s Art Extension Service.  Over the years, her studio practice of digging native clays has led to collaborations with soil scientists and work that explore intersections of art and science.

Margaret came to speak with our ceramics students about her studio and about clay, it’s color, it’s function and out of the box creating.

Ceramics Visiting Artist Margaret Boozer speaks to ceramic class students about the scientific and environmental aspects of clay color and use at NOVA Alexandria’s Campus. Photo by Britt Conley.

“Red Dirt Studio is a warehouse studio and incubator for a small group of independently practicing artists and creative professionals, from fresh out of school to nationally known.  We share resources, offer critical feedback and push each other toward greater professionalism in our work. It’s a space for projects, community exchange and radical imagination.”

One of the wonderful aspects of Margaret’s job, working with scientists as Director at the Art Extension Service to the NYC Urban Soils Institute.  She is also passionate about found clay in situ and using various clay colorings as palette within her artistic creations.  Digging it up and bringing  it back to the studio allows her to add geographic storylines to her creative process.

For more information on Margarette visit: http://www.margaretboozer.com/

Fiber Works: The Art of Cindy Grisdela

ON VIEW NOW!

Fiber Works: The Art of Cindy Grisdela on view from November 21-December 18th, 2022 at Northern Virginia Community College- Alexandria Campus Fine Arts Building. Photo by Britt Conley.

“I think of these pieces as textile paintings–I’m drawing with fabric and thread to create my own artistic statement.” Cindy Grisdela.

Cindy Grisdela showing her work to our Provost, Dr. Haggray. Fiber Works: The Art of Cindy Grisdela on view from November 21-December 18th, 2022 at Northern Virginia Community College- Alexandria Campus Fine Arts Building. Photo by Britt Conley.
Fiber Works: The Art of Cindy Grisdela on view from November 21-December 18th, 2022 at Northern Virginia Community College- Alexandria Campus Fine Arts Building. Photo by Britt Conley.
Fractured Time, by Cindy Grisdella. Fiber Works: The Art of Cindy Grisdela on view from November 21-December 18th, 2022 at Northern Virginia Community College- Alexandria Campus Fine Arts Building. Photo by Britt Conley.
(L-R) Photography instructor Page Carr, Cindy Grisdela and Stacy Slaten (who brought Cindy to our campus). Fiber Works: The Art of Cindy Grisdela on view from November 21-December 18th, 2022 at Northern Virginia Community College- Alexandria Campus Fine Arts Building. Photo by Britt Conley.

A visual feast, this show is exciting and colorfully, powerful!  Even while initially hanging the exhibition, people were knocking on the window, asking to come in and take a look.   It’s been very well attended!

Fiber Works: The Art of Cindy Grisdela on view from November 21-December 18th, 2022 at Northern Virginia Community College- Alexandria Campus Fine Arts Building. Photo by Britt Conley.

Cindy masterfully uses abstraction with form, color and thread to create new experiences  that unfold while viewing within varying distances.  The closer one gets, the more visually chewable, the works become.

The colors first grab the distance viewer.  The forms then entice a visual journey that is a intentionally lead via directional threads, both literally and figuratively.

Fiber Works: The Art of Cindy Grisdela on view from November 21-December 18th, 2022 at Northern Virginia Community College- Alexandria Campus Fine Arts Building. Photo by Britt Conley.
Salimagundi by Cindy Grisdela. Fiber on Canvas 20 “x 16”. Fiber Works: The Art of Cindy Grisdela on view from November 21-December 18th, 2022 at Northern Virginia Community College- Alexandria Campus Fine Arts Building. Photo by Britt Conley.

The forms are then enjoyed via the threading that provides varying treats to the eye.

The swirls, mazes and bubbling of the threaded fabric offer dynamic motion, even when the eye is at rest within any one area.

Close up of Fractured Time by Cindy Grisdeal. Fiber Works: The Art of Cindy Grisdela on view from November 21-December 18th, 2022 at Northern Virginia Community College- Alexandria Campus Fine Arts Building. Photo by Britt Conley.

In her blog, she states,”

“One thing I’d like to convey with these pieces is that my art is concerned with color, line and shape, just like any other art who works in paint or another two dimensional medium.”

Kalidascope by Cindy Grisdella. Fiber Works: The Art of Cindy Grisdela on view from November 21-December 18th, 2022 at Northern Virginia Community College- Alexandria Campus Fine Arts Building. Photo by Britt Conley.

“My medium is fabric and thread, and there’s a reason I choose to create that way. The opportunity to add texture and dimension to my compositions with stitching lines is unique to textile art, and it’s that tactile component that drew me to the medium and keeps me excited about going into the studio each day.”

Town Square by Cindy Grisdella. Fiber Works: The Art of Cindy Grisdela on view from November 21-December 18th, 2022 at Northern Virginia Community College- Alexandria Campus Fine Arts Building. Photo by Britt Conley.

“I do all my own stitching–sometimes with freehand motifs and sometimes with straight or wavy lines, depending on what the composition seems to need. There’s no computer program that does that part for me and I enjoy feeling the texture coming to life under my fingers as I stitch.”

Fiber Works: The Art of Cindy Grisdela on view from November 21-December 18th, 2022 at Northern Virginia Community College- Alexandria Campus Fine Arts Building. Photo by Britt Conley.

So much thought goes into each piece..  At the opening Cindy explained the mental work takes the longest time.  This if followed by the physical configurations.  Once they are complete, the stitching can being.

Going My Way by Cindy Grisdela. Fiber on Canvas, 12″ x 12″ Fiber Works: The Art of Cindy Grisdela on view from November 21-December 18th, 2022 at Northern Virginia Community College- Alexandria Campus Fine Arts Building. Photo by Britt Conley.

Even the novice viewer can see the slow and steady care and attention to detail of her cleanly laid out stitching.  The precision is exquisite.

Fiber Works: The Art of Cindy Grisdela on view from November 21-December 18th, 2022 at Northern Virginia Community College- Alexandria Campus Fine Arts Building. Photo by Britt Conley.

“If you are going to do something, you should do it well.” she explained to attendees.  It’s true and quality from this care makes the works highly memorable.

Neon Fizz by Cindy Grisdela. 32″ x 32″ Fiber Works: The Art of Cindy Grisdela on view from November 21-December 18th, 2022 at Northern Virginia Community College- Alexandria Campus Fine Arts Building. Photo by Britt Conley.
Fiber Works: The Art of Cindy Grisdela on view from November 21-December 18th, 2022 at Northern Virginia Community College- Alexandria Campus Fine Arts Building. Photo by Britt Conley.

My personal favorite work is 3 Friends: 67″ x 80″ to 12″

On View at the Alexandria Fine Arts Building on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. from November 21st-December 18th. Artist reception, November 30th from 5-6:30pm. Photo by Britt Conley

The three main center panels can be construed a variety of ways.  To me, on first glance they have a boat-like motif with seemingly tall sails.  It immediately reminded me of traveling adventures with friends.  The beautiful nuance lighter, background colorings are like a sea. On second look, the motifs took shape as chairs, with legs that widen below.  They feel like the steady and firm foundations that lifelong friends have to offer.  The adventures are a-fixed a top of that grounding.  Cindy told us how much she enjoys every viewer finding their own meaning and how it can be enlightening.

I also really love Aquarius.

Aquarius by Cindy Grisdela, On view at the Alexandria Fine Arts Building on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. from November 21st-December 18th. Artist reception, November 30th from 5-6:30pm. Photo by Britt Conley

Although her works are open in design along the external edges and tend not to have a border, this piece wonderfully shows the exceptionally configured dynamic entry and exits the eye travels through. In art we often are taught to either give our boarders an end point or put the subject mater within the central part of the piece so that our eye circles with the center areas and thus does not lead off the page.

Fiber Works: The Art of Cindy Grisdela on view from November 21-December 18th, 2022 at Northern Virginia Community College- Alexandria Campus Fine Arts Building. Photo by Britt Conley.

Cindy, however, does this while also doing the opposite.  The yellows and greens along the top and bottom capture our brains first..  they are vividly saturated and light.  Our brain’s enter here and are thrust toward the center by not only contrasting black pathways but also the stitching of them.  All roads lead to what looks like DNA.

Fiber Works: The Art of Cindy Grisdela on view from November 21-December 18th, 2022 at Northern Virginia Community College- Alexandria Campus Fine Arts Building. Photo by Britt Conley.

Cindy told us the story of her first show in High School, where she coincidently won $5, for her artwork of a double helix.  The other wonderful surprising aspect of the piece are the offsetting of left and right desaturated neutral areas that move into lighter bluish whites that work as backlit glass.  Although the eye goes here first, the center design pushes forward and we arrive clearly on the subject matter that is fish like and has a character all to itself.

Fiber Works: The Art of Cindy Grisdela on view from November 21-December 18th, 2022 at Northern Virginia Community College- Alexandria Campus Fine Arts Building. Photo by Britt Conley.

Overall, the show is also calming and provides a surprisingly active zen.  The mark of a phenomenal mental artistry.   Perhaps it the repetition and unity of the stitching or the rhythm of the line work that is never equidistant but full of human origin and voice.  Perhaps its the areas where ones eyes can rest and yet still have a full meal to visually enjoy.

Of course the artist knows… the artist always knows how they want to imbue their work and how to send us on our experiential journey.

Fiber Works: The Art of Cindy Grisdela on view from November 21-December 18th, 2022 at Northern Virginia Community College- Alexandria Campus Fine Arts Building. Photo by Britt Conley.

To find out more about her work and learn from the master herself, visit https://cindygrisdela.com/

Fiber Works: The Art of Cindy Grisdela on view from November 21-December 18th, 2022 at Northern Virginia Community College- Alexandria Campus Fine Arts Building. Photo by Britt Conley.
Fiber Works: The Art of Cindy Grisdela on view from November 21-December 18th, 2022 at Northern Virginia Community College- Alexandria Campus Fine Arts Building. Photo by Britt Conley.
Fiber Works: The Art of Cindy Grisdela on view from November 21-December 18th, 2022 at Northern Virginia Community College- Alexandria Campus Fine Arts Building. Photo by Britt Conley.
Fiber Works: The Art of Cindy Grisdela on view from November 21-December 18th, 2022 at Northern Virginia Community College- Alexandria Campus Fine Arts Building. Photo by Britt Conley.

Cindy Grisdela is a Contemporary quilting artist, teacher and author of Artful Improv: Explore Color Recipes, Building Blocks & Free Motion Quilting, as well as her new book, Adventures in Improv Quilts: Master Color, Design & Construction.  She has a BA in Fine Arts from the College of William and Mary and an MBA from George Washington University.

Fiber Works: The Art of Cindy Grisdela on view from November 21-December 18th, 2022 at Northern Virginia Community College- Alexandria Campus Fine Arts Building. Photo by Britt Conley.
Fiber Works: The Art of Cindy Grisdela on view from November 21-December 18th, 2022 at Northern Virginia Community College- Alexandria Campus Fine Arts Building. Photo by Britt Conley.

NOVA/Mason Innovation Exhibition Reception 2022

INNOVATION: 2022 NOVA/MASON FOUNDATIONS JURIED EXHIBITION

Juried by Babette Pendleton – Exhibition & Programming Associate, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, The George Washington University

To see all of the art from the exhibition, visit:

masonexhibitions.org/exhibitions/innovation

This years NOVA/MASON show was a huge success!  Our collective arts foundations  students, who  are Foundations level students (Freshmen or Sophomore) currently enrolled NOVA and Mason students. showed us how exceptionally talented they are!

George Mason Sculpture teacher, Brian Davis takes a picture of the Innovation Reception at the NOVA Alexandria Campus, October 27th, 2022. Photo by Britt Conley.

This exhibition explores the dual challenges faced by Foundation Level art students: learning about a new medium and honing their craft within the structure of the class assignment. Innovation celebrates those works that expand on, push the boundaries of, and go beyond those in class assignments. Whether in craft, design, or concept, developing technical skills and an artistic voice is not an easy task. Innovation is an exhibition dedicated to the students working on building their skills and finding new approaches. All works exhibiting personal growth or an innovated approach to classroom work will be considered

The Innovation Reception at the NOVA Alexandria Campus, October 27th, 2022. Photo by Britt Conley.

There are a variety of positive aspects to bringing our students together in one exhibition.  NOVA students get to see the level of art by their student  colleagues at Mason and learn about the arts program from them and their professors as well.   Often Mason students are prior NOVA students and having alumni return to see their friends is rewarding for all!

Innovation Reception at the NOVA Alexandria Campus, October 27th, 2022. Photo by Britt Conley.

Each year the exhibition toggles between NOVA and George Mason.  This coming year everyone working to have the exhibition in a professional arts venue to help provide an extraordinary learning experience for how galleries work and provide a broader community experience and  access to seeing everyone’s art!

This year’s Juror is Babette Pendleton, the current exhibition and programming curator at George Washington’s Corcoran School of Art & Design in DC who also teaches within the Curatorial Practice program at MICA.  She holds a BFA in Dance & Choreography from Cornish College of the Arts, and an MFA in Curatorial Practice from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) with a minor in Critical Theory.

Experimentation, intentionality, and collaboration are central aspects of Babette Pendleton’s multidisciplinary work as an artist, curator-producer, and researcher. Her national and international curatorial work manifests in forms of collective and collaborative organizing, project management, visionary and strategic consulting, and exhibition/performance producing. Babette is the director of Yellow Fish, a durational performance art festival which aims to bring awareness to the significance and study of time through cultural practices and artistic mediums, while facilitating community involvement in historical and contemporary thought surrounding Durational Performance. Notable past work includes, director and founder of the Pendleton House—a twenty-five person interdisciplinary art collective; director of the experimental gallery space, New Tomorrow; and producer and project Manager for Sarah Cameron Sunde’s global series, A Durational Performance with the Sea. She most recently worked as a consultant with Robert W. Deutsch Foundation in Baltimore, MD and Coffey Street in Brooklyn, NY.  Her current research focuses on reconfiguring contractual agreements inside collecting and commissioning initiatives with specific emphasis on putting care practice and performance methodologies at the forefront of contract law. Babette

The works she chose are inspirational and often tell a personal story or stories of others or experience itself.

Proud family taking photographs during the Innovation Reception at the NOVA Alexandria Campus, October 27th, 2022. Photo by Britt Conley.

This year’s show is headed by Jessica Gardener and Brian Davis.  Jessica head’s our NOVA Alexandria Ceramic’s and 3-D Arts program and Brian, teaches New Media and Sculpture at George Washington University and George Mason University.

Jessica Gardner speaks to exhibition attendees at the Innovation Reception at the NOVA Alexandria Campus, October 27th, 2022. Photo by Britt Conley.
George Mason professor Brian Davis, Juror Babette Pendleton and our NOVA Alexandria Provost Dr. Annette Haggray, at the Innovation Reception at the NOVA Alexandria Campus, October 27th, 2022. Photo by Britt Conley.

The reception was offered time for students and families to dive deeply into our student’s intentioned-artwork.

Innovation Reception at the NOVA Alexandria Campus, October 27th, 2022. Photo by Britt Conley.

School shows are often the first experience our young students have with exhibiting to the public.

Art admirers at the Innovation Reception at the NOVA Alexandria Campus, October 27th, 2022. Photo by Britt Conley.

The rewards are immediate, as art-goers have a huge appreciation for technique and process.

The Innovation Reception at the NOVA Alexandria Campus, October 27th, 2022. Photo by Britt Conley.

It’s also a wonderful moment for our artists to explain their work to others.

The Innovation Reception at the NOVA Alexandria Campus, October 27th, 2022. Photo by Britt Conley.
The Innovation Reception at the NOVA Alexandria Campus, October 27th, 2022. Photo by Britt Conley.
Jessica Gardner speaking with reception attendees at The Innovation Reception at the NOVA Alexandria Campus, October 27th, 2022. Photo by Britt Conley.

Before long it was time for Jessica to gather everyone together to begin the awards ceremony.  First, our Provost, Dr. Annette Haggray was kind enough to give a wonderfully inspiring thank you to all of the students, for their creativity, confidence and  talents.

Dr. Annette Haggray speaks to students at the Innovation Reception at the NOVA Alexandria Campus, October 27th, 2022. Photo by Britt Conley.

Babette spoke about all of the works and the extra-ordinary creative ways the students went beyond the classroom assignments and used highly innovative creative thought.

First award of the night was our Honorable Mention , which went to MJ Gomez-Salazar!  Congratulations!

Our Third Place Winner, Ian Dermott! Congratulations!

Ian Dermott and Babette Pendleton at at the Innovation Reception at the NOVA Alexandria Campus, October 27th, 2022 Photo by Britt Conley.

Brian Davis, 3-D professor at George Mason, proudly took pictures of all of the winners!  It’s a rewarding moment!

Brian Davis at the Innovation Reception at the NOVA Alexandria Campus, October 27th, 2022. Photo by Britt Conley.

Our Second Place winner went  Faani Tabrizi Nezhaad’s.  She could not be there but her family was!

Babette Pendleton handing out our Second Place Award for Faani Tabrizi Nezhaad’s work at the Innovation Reception at the NOVA Alexandria Campus, October 27th, 2022. Photo by Britt Conley.

Our first Place winner’s award went to Pasindu Weeramunda! Congratulations!

Finally, Congratulations to our People’s Choice winner, Ryan Funkhouser!

Babette Pendleton and Ryan Funkhouser at at the Innovation Reception at the NOVA Alexandria Campus, October27th, 2022. Photo by Britt Conley.

Students from all of our arts came in to see the works and learn from them!

Innovation Reception at the NOVA Alexandria Campus, October 27th, 2022. Photo by Britt Conley.

Dr. Nicole Munday, Associate Dean for the Social Sciences, enjoying Vicente Figueroa’s Artwork.

Dr. Nicole Munday, Associate Dean for the Social Sciences, enjoying Vicente Figueroa’s Artwork at the Innovation reception at the Alexandria Campus, October 27th, 2022. Photo by Britt Conley

Vicente Figueroa discussing her artistic Book artwork.

Vicente Figueroa discussing her artwork at The Innovation Reception at NOVA’s Alexandria Campus, October 27th, 2022. Photo by Britt Conley.

Jessica takes a picture of Robbyn Smith and her incredible artwork: Barking Mad Blue.

Jessica takes a picture of Robbyn Smith and her incredible artwork: Barking Mad Blue at the Innovation Reception at the NOVA Alexandria Campus, October 27th, 2022. Photo by Britt Conley.

It’s an exciting show and everyone really enjoyed the works and meeting other students!

A wonderful exhibition at the Innovation Reception at the NOVA Alexandria Campus, October 27th, 2022. Photo by Britt Conley.

Sofia Vazquez-Espada enjoyed explaining her work : Color is a Concept.

A wonderful exhibition at the Innovation Reception at the NOVA Alexandria Campus, October 27th, 2022. Photo by Britt Conley.
Color is a concept by Sofia Vazquez-Espada.

Students enjoying Ariana Barbery-Cornejo’s work: Perception Features.

Students enjoying Ariana Barbery-Cornejo’s work: Perception Features at the Innovation Reception at NOVA’s Alexandria Campus, October 27th, 2022. Photo by Britt Conley.

Rachel McGrath and Bethany Davis’ photographic images were wonderfully well recieved.

The Innovation Reception at NOVA’s Alexandria Campus, October 27th, 2022. Photo by Britt Conley.

Yesenia Garcia in front of her lovely piece: Izanami.

Yesenia Castaneda Garcia in front of her piece: Izanami.

A special thanks go out to Brian and Babette for ALL their hard work and creativity in making this show happen.

Stacy Slaten, the head of our 2-D  Department proudly enjoying the student work from her and others classes.

To see all of the art from the exhibition, visit:

masonexhibitions.org/exhibitions/innovation

Congratulations to all for being so creative and taking the courageous steps to let your work be seen!

 

 

Chinese Landscape Exchange

Chinese Landscape Exchange

By Stacy Slaten, Acrylic on Canvas. Completed as a demonstration example along with the project.

The Chinese Landscape Exchange is a collaborative project between Northern Virginia Community College and Hebei Vocational University of Technology and Engineering (formerly Xingtai Polytechnic College). Professor Stacy Slaten spearheaded the organization of the project with her visual arts students and those of Visual Arts Prof. Matt Pinney with the translation help of Chinese language professor, Prof. Dali Tan and her students. Students in Xingtai, China, worked with Wei Wei, Director of Office of the CPC HVUTE Committee and Administration, and Prof. Yang, professor of Media Arts.

Prof. Slaten’s artist statement, corresponding to the painting above says, “Coordinating the collaborative exchange between China and NOVA was interesting as there are always new things to learn and consider with another culture, although also reassuring that we are not much different. I loved this image of the person by the water with their back to the viewer, very still. I wanted to emphasize the scene’s peacefulness by harmonizing the colors to more analogous with the yellows, yellow-green, blue and blue-green but slightly activating the texture with a palette knife, which not only forces me to economize the shapes but add a slight energy and movement. Hopefully, there is also a feeling of happiness.

协调中国和 NOVA 之间的合作交流很有趣,因为总是有新的东西需要学习和考虑另一种文化,尽管也让人放心,我们并没有太大的不同。 我喜欢这幅画面,水边的人背对着观众,非常安静。我想强调这个场景的平和,把颜色调和到更类似的中性的黄色、黄绿色、蓝色和蓝绿色,但用调色刀稍微激活了纹理,这不仅迫使我节省形状,而且增加了轻微的能量和运动。 希望也有一种幸福的感觉。

我对这次交流的希望是,我们可以更清楚地看到彼此,而不是“另一个”,我们可以瞥见来自世界各地的观点,这种联系在精神上确实不是那么遥远。 我要感谢这个项目的所有参与者,希望你们能很好的把这美好的记忆带着。Chinese translation from Prof. Tan

My hope for this exchange is that we see one another clearer, and not as “other,” that we get to glimpse a view from across the world, with a connection that is really not so far in spirit. I want to thank all participants in this project and hope you carry the memory well.”

Chinese language, Prof. Dali Tan used Prof. Slaten’s artist statement as an example for her classes and translated into the Chinese below. All of the NOVA student artist statements were then translated into Chinese as a experiential language assignment by Alexandria’s Chinese language students. It was a fantastic learning experience between Chinese language students and Fine Arts students as well as being a cross-collaboration between Alexandria and Manassas campuses.

NOVA and XPC students photographed and documented the rural and/or urban landscapes from each location and country to exchange for the interpretation and creation of artwork and designs, using the exchanged reference material. The project provided a cultural trade and interpretation of the reference materials to insure useful learning experiences for all the students.

Documentation included the photographs and often an initial statement from the students. Students had the opportunity to engage in collaborative international dialog while experiencing a major project and exhibition. The visual arts students also wrote their first artist statements, a common approach in the visual arts to connect the viewer closer to the visual artwork. Then, our Chinese language students at Alexandria translated the artist statements into Chinese for a further cross-disciplinary approach to provide meaningful social and learning experiences. Each respective institution will have an in-person or virtual exhibition for the community as desired.

  1. Goals:

Provide meaningful real-world experience for international collaboration, exchange, and community into the classroom.2. Students get to “see” the other side of the world from each institution.3. Discussion of each culture and country between students.4. Exchange of visual ideas and interpretation of the original reference material for furtherdiscussion.5. Engagement of the greater community in online exhibition.6. Further student engagement of critique and feedback on created images for exchange anddialog.

Project Timeline-Planning started in 2020 with execution of the Project in Fall 2021 into Spring 2022

Creation of artwork during Fall 2021

Translation of NOVA student artist statements during Spring 2022

Formatting for online exhibit 2022-2023

Professor Stacy Slaten, who connected and planned with the Chinese colleagues at Hebei University for this project, said, “This has been a wonderful project that helped the students in my classes ‘see’ a world and a view that is different and yet like their own and create a sense of connection across the globe. I believe these exchanges foster education and academic freedoms, even though it may be a tiny seed.”

The following images were created in ART 122: Drawing II and ART 241/241: Painting I and II with student artist statements. The NOVA artwork is paired with the Chinese reference photograph with both the original Chinese reference statement and the NOVA student Chinese translation.

“This has been a wonderful project that helped the students in my classes “see” a world and a view that is different and yet like their own and create a sense of connection across the globe. I believe these exchanges foster education and academic freedoms, even though it may be a tiny seed.” Stacy Slaten

Kymberly Brooks – Artist from Design class with Professor Stacy Slaten .

By Kymberly Brooks
Original photograph from a student from the Department of Arts and Media, Hebei Science and Technology Engineering Vocational and Technical University.

“I wanted to keep the intensities and richness of the warm foreground, while contrasting it with a faded blue sky and mountain range. The orange terrace farmland was what caught my eye in this image and I wanted to make sure they held the focus. The natural texture of the pastels helped to create atmospheric perspective as the mountains moved further into the background. This scene is one of serenity and peace and I wanted my piece to portray that as well.” Kymberly Brooks

我想保持温暖前景的强度和丰富性,同时与褪色的蓝天和山脉形成对比。橙色梯田农田在这张照片中引起了我的注意,我想确保它们保持焦点。随着山脉进一步进入背景,粉彩的自然纹理有助于创造大气透视。这个场景是宁静祥和的场景之一,我希望我的作品也能描绘出这一点。

Diego Moore – Artist from Painting class with Professor Stacy Slaten.

by Diego Moore, Acrylic

“This specific project we worked on, was very fun for me. I am so happy with the results and honestly didn’t expect it to turn out this nice. At first, I was a bit nervous because I’m not used to doing watercolor with Acrylic, however it was not as hard as I initially thought it would be because It ended up being very smooth and easy to get details on the canvas. But I didn’t want the painting to have many details because I still want that simple feel when looking at it in person. When painting, I wanted to get the likeness of the original photograph to make it as identical as possible, and even though it didn’t turn out extremely identical, it still turned out similar enough to the picture.”

Original photograph from a student from the Department of Arts and Media, Hebei Science and Technology Engineering Vocational and Technical University. “Photography is to find that in fact, many times, there are beautiful things and decisive moments in ordinary life, only in. Whether you are willing to press the shutter at any time”.
Department of Arts and Media, Hebei Science and Technology Engineering Vocational and Technical University.  Dong Liangxin of Jianzhuang Class 2001

我们从事的项目对我来说非常令人兴奋。 我对结果非常满意,老实说,没想到结果会这么好。 起初,我有点紧张,因为我不习惯用丙烯画水彩,但它并不像我最初想象的那么难。它最终变得非常流畅,很容易在画布上获得细节。 但是我不希望这幅画有很多细节,因为我希望这幅画在亲自看时有一种简单的感觉。 在作画时,我想得到与原照片相似的地方,使其尽可能地相同。 尽管它并没有完全一样,但它仍然与图片相似。

我最大的挑战是画树和树叶。 将它与图片进行比较时,它是不同的,但我仍然喜欢它的外观。 总的来说,我喜欢画这幅画,而且我发现它与实际照片的相似程度很有趣。

 Elizabeth Johnson  – Artist from Painting class with Professor Stacy Slaten. 

“This is Zijin Mountain, Hebei Province. Zijinshan Scenic Tourism Area is located in taihang, Shandong Province, The Xindu District, 66 kilometers from the central city. Zijin Mountain averages more than 1300 meters above sea level, and the highest peak, Sky Ridge, is 1747.5 meters above sea level. Scenic area of 28 square kilometers, forest coverage of more than 90%, vegetation coverage of nearly 100 percent. Wild animals such as, mountain chickens, rock pigeons, magpies, red-beaked crows and so on are active all year round. The average summer temperature here is 5-10 degrees lower than in the city.
Zijin Mountain rises from the middle of the eight hundred-mile Taihang ridge, revealing extraordinary reiki. The mountain is east-west, the mountain stone is mostly purple, belongs to the middle section of Taihang Mountain Great Wall red quartz sandstone development to the “youth” of the “rock formation” type. Cliffs or cliff sills at the waterfall pool in a series, forming a large water body characteristics of Zijin Mountain landscape. Ghost-axe work the country’s rare “tianjing earth”, Han Xiangzi ancient house “Han Xianzhuang”, flying waterfall rock “seven-star pool”, “YuXian pool”, “water slide”, looking across the mountain side into the peak of the board mountain community and “Xiantao Mountain”, “Camel Peak”, “Grass Hat Mountain”, “Turtle and Rabbit Race” and so on, in different forms, into interesting. The endless “holy water cave” of the millennium is connected with Wu’an Longevity Spring, and the life of drinking is increased. tudent from the Department of Arts and Media, Hebei Science and Technology Engineering Vocational and Technical University..

Original photograph from a student from the Department of Arts and Media, Hebei Science and Technology Engineering Vocational and Technical University. From the Chinese student who took this photograph above:
By Elizabeth Johnson, Acrylic

This is a 16×20” acrylic painting of Zijinshan Scenic Tourism Area at Zijin Mountain, Hebei Province in China. What drew me to this landscape the most was the tree branches in the foreground overlapping the partially cloudy sky, as well as the beautiful Chinese style architecture with curved rooftops. I used a combination of painting styles. For the solid objects, such as the forested hills, the rooftops of the building, and tree branches in the foreground, I dabbed on thicker paint. For the reflections in the water, I used thinner paint that was watered down, and I applied the paint in layers of green and blue. The details of the building and the walkway were painted with the tiniest paint brush I own. I painted the sky with a combination of blue and white that I mixed on the canvas, while the thin, wispy clouds were applied with a sponge. I enjoy painting accurate proportions and tiny details in my artwork, as well as blending colors.” Elizabeth Johnson.

这是一幅 16×20 英寸的中国河北省紫金山紫金山风景区的丙烯画。 这片风景最吸引我的是前景中的树枝与部分多云的天空重叠,以及带有弯曲屋顶的美丽中式建筑。 我使用了多种绘画风格。 对于实心的物体,如森林覆盖的山丘、建筑物的屋顶和前景中的树枝,我涂抹了较厚的油漆。 对于水中的反射,我使用了稀释过的较稀的油漆,然后我将油漆涂在绿色和蓝色的层中。 建筑物和人行道的细节是用我拥有的最小的油漆刷画的。 我用混合在画布上的蓝色和白色组合来描绘天空,而薄薄的云朵则用海绵涂抹。 我喜欢在我的作品中绘制准确的比例和微小的细节,以及混合颜色。

Under Neon Lights 
Original photograph from a student from the Department of Arts and Media, Hebei Science and Technology Engineering Vocational and Technical Universityinserty.  “After walking along Nanjing Road in Magic Capital, I have to say that the architectural style is really beautiful, and the streets that are shot at hand are full of charm ~
I started at five or six in the afternoon and walked all the way to the Bund, recording the beautiful sunset”. From a student in the Department of Arts and Media, Hebei Science and Technology Engineering Vocational and Technical University.

Megan GerstNOVA Artist from painting class with Professor Stacy Slaten.

By Megan Gerst, Acrylic

“Cities are full of life, movement, and light. The original photograph shows neon signs and a bustling city. I chose to work from this image because it is different from my typical content. I generally work with more organic shapes. I was excited to meld my impressionistic style with the structured and bright landscape. The composition is split into three sections to keep the eye moving around the canvas and promote the sense of movement. Working with a rounded canvas provided juxtaposition to the city signs and geometric building structures. Painting with transparent acrylic paint started this piece off with a more muted color scheme. I found that I really appreciated this and opted to keep certain areas less vibrant. The closest sign has that bright neon feeling which jumps out from the rest of the painting and provides a sense of depth.

This piece involved a lot of exploration in how to approach painting and I found that I really enjoyed painting the city street and working with transparent layers. I may not include these in all future paintings, but I want to continue to explore this in aspects of my work.” Megan Gerst

城市里充满了生机、活力和光明。原本的照片显示了霓虹灯和一个繁华的城市。我之所以选择以这张图片为素材是因为它与我的典型内容不同。我习惯了在作品使用更有机的形状。我很高兴能将我的印象派风格与结构化和明亮的风景融合在一起。构图分为三个部分,以保持眼睛在画布周围移动,促进并增强运动感。用圆形的画布工作,为城市标志和几何建筑结构提供了并列的效果。用透明的丙烯酸涂料绘画,使这幅作品开始有了一个更柔和的色彩方案。我发现我真的很欣赏这一点,并选择保持某些区域不那么鲜艳。最接近的标志具有明亮的霓虹灯的感觉,从绘画的其余部分跳出来,提供了一种深度感。

这幅作品涉及到对如何进行绘画的很多探索,我发现我非常喜欢画城市街道和使用透明层。我可能不会在未来的所有绘画中包括这些,但我想继续在我的作品中探索这些方面。

This project has been especially rewarding for our students, faculty, and staff! Our former Dean, Dr. McClellan explains, “Our collaboration over the past few years has enriched the learning experience for those at Xingtai and those at NOVA. In the midst of our current project, war has erupted and it has caused our governments to fear communication between us. I hope it will not affect our relationship permanently. Cross-cultural communication and collaboration are the building blocks of understanding. They can prevent wars. It is important that we continue. Wars are disruptive. They come and go. But each destroys and halts human progress. Teaching and learning are forces that advance civilization even as people are trying to destroy it.”

Jim McClellan, Ed.D (Hon.), Ph.D. College Dean, Liberal Arts , Campus Dean, Languages, Arts, and Social Sciences Division, Alexandria  and Professor of History

 

Original photograph from a student from the Department of Arts and Media, Hebei Science and Technology Engineering Vocational and Technical Universityinserty.

Abigail Tucker  – Artist from Drawing II class with Professor Stacy Slaten.

By Abigail Tucker, Pastel

“I was drawn to this photo because of its unique composition and the man sitting alone at the bottom of the picture. While the original colors of the photo are muted, I wanted to give it more liveliness through more saturated colors. I really wanted to highlight the man, the lantern, and the window. I used warmed colors around these objects to highlight them and draw the eye to them. This was a challenging piece for me, but one of my favorites I have completed.” Abigail Tucker

我被这张照片所吸引是因为它独特的构图和独自坐在照片底部的男人。 虽然照片的原始颜色很暗淡,但我想通过更鲜艳的色彩来赋予它更多的活力。 我真的很想突出那个人、灯笼和窗户。 我在这些物体周围使用暖色来突出它们并吸引人们的注意力。 这对我来说是一个具有挑战性的作品,但我最喜欢的作品之一我已经完成了。

The beautiful scenery of West Lake, seeing this picture, reminds me of an article The beautiful scenery of West Lake, seeing this picture, reminds me of an article “The morning dew still lingered on the leaves, and the flowers were waking from their sleep. I came to the shore of the beautiful West Lake. Suddenly, a cold wind blowing, cold I shiver, I subconsciously shrink into a ball. At this time, I noticed the cool and clear lake, the lake is really big, the water is white and green, this is the color of life! The sun rose slowly in the east and the West Lake turned red. The sun hung high, reflected its smiling face, reflected the charm of the white clouds, I really have a voice from the bottom of my heart, west Lake is really beautiful”. Student from the Department of Arts and Media, Hebei Science and Technology Engineering Vocational and Technical University.

Kelly Collins – Artist from painting class with Professor Stacy Slaten.

by Kelly Collins, Pastel

“When I first saw this photograph of West Lake in China I knew that I wanted to paint this. The reflection in the water, the contrast between the bright sky and the darkened trees, it was beautiful to me! I was eager to start the painting right away, and I knew I wanted this painting to be in a painterly style which has a contrast between my normal style.

I took my own artistic liberties with the colors in this painting, going for a dominating blue, followed by a deep but not distracting green, and bright vivid oranges. I chose this color scheme because I wanted to emphasize the colors to be more saturated to show how beautiful the colors in nature can be, even if it’s as simple as a sunset. I find that I take a lot of inspiration in my art for things in the moment, and sunsets often catch my attention. I wanted this painting to be gorgeous but simple. This style is quite different from my own personal style, but I feel that this piece really let me experiment with trying this style. I personally believe that I achieved my goal of trying to get a beautiful painting with the technique used for this piece.” Kelly Collins

当我第一次看到这张中国西湖的照片时,我就知道我想画这个。水中的倒影,明亮的天空和昏暗的树木之间的对比,对我来说太美了!我渴望马上开始画,我知道我希望这幅画是一种与我正常风格形成对比的绘画风格。

我对这幅画中的颜色采取了自己的艺术自由,选择了占主导地位的蓝色,然后是深沉但不分散注意力的绿色,以及明亮生动的橙色。我之所以选择这种配色方案,是因为我想强调色彩更加饱和,以展示大自然中的色彩是多么美丽,即使它像日落一样简单。我发现我在艺术中为当下的事物汲取了很多灵感,日落经常引起我的注意。我希望这幅画华丽而简单。这种风格和我个人的风格有很大的不同,但我觉得这件作品真的让我尝试了这种风格。我个人相信我已经达到了我的目标,即用这件作品所使用的技术来获得一幅美丽的画作。

Mariah Stearman  – Artist, from 2D Design class with Professor Stacy Slaten.

By Mariah Stearman, Pastel

“For this project, my thought process was picking an image that made me feel good on the inside, and I connected with it the most. In this image, what caught my attention was the warm sunlight peeking through between the two mountains. That effect created a feeling of warmth and looking beyond the horizon. Essentially the idea of looking forward to what is on the other side. There could have been an even more beautiful sunset on the other side of the image that I selected – who knows. That same principle can also be applied to life; you never know what can be on the other side. My main intention was to capture the warmth and vibrance of that light peeking through, so all my choices were focused on that idea.” Mariah Stearman

对于这个项目,我的思考过程是选择一个让我内心感觉良好的图像,并且我与它联系最紧密。在这张照片中,引起我注意的是从两座山之间窥视的温暖阳光。这种效果创造了一种温暖的感觉,并超越了地平线。本质上是期待另一边的想法。在我选择的图像的另一侧可能会有更美丽的日落——谁知道呢。同样的原则也可以应用于生活。你永远不知道另一边会发生什么。我的主要目的是捕捉透进来的光线的温暖和活力,所以我所有的选择都集中在这个想法上。

Mustafa Mohammed – Artist from Painting class with Professor Stacy Slaten.

Reflection 

By Mustafa Mohammed, Pastel

“My work has primarily focused on improving my skills and enhancing my knowledge of the materials. I can’t help myself but choose pieces that seem challenging. You could say it is my competitive side wanting to compete against myself by always taking more considerable challenges. This piece stood out to me as a challenge to take on, but it also reminded me of the colorful spectacle of New York city from ‘Spider-Man into spider-verse,’ which is one of the many reasons I chose it. I have used 42 by 30-inch canvas for this painting, and a heavy body acrylic paint, thinned down with water to make it more like a watercolor. Overall, I had a lot of fun exploring the various ways of expressing the colors on the canvas and trying to find ways to give out the city’s vibes. Admittedly, I wish I had more time with this piece, and if I’m being honest, that’s the case with every piece that I make. Nonetheless, I’m happy with how it mostly came out and certainly learned a lot from it.” Jeanine Jimenez

我的作品主要集中在提高我的技能和加强我对材料的了解。我无法控制自己,只能选择那些看起来相当有挑战性的作品。你可以说这是我好胜的一面,想要通过更可观的挑战来与自己竞争。这幅作品对我来说是一个挑战,但它也让我想起了《蜘蛛侠:平行宇宙》中纽约市的多彩奇观的景象,这是我选择它的众多原因之一。我在这幅画中使用了 42 x 30 英寸的画布,以及厚重的丙烯颜料,用水稀释后使其更像水彩画。总体而言,我在探索画布上的各种色彩表达方式,并试图找到散发城市气息的方法让我获得了很有乐趣。诚然,我希望我有更多的时间来制作这件作品,如果我说实话,我制作的每一件作品都是如此。尽管如此,我对它的结果很满意,当然也从中学到了很多。

Jose GaliciaArtist from Painting class with Professor Stacy Slaten.

Original photograph from a student from the Department of Arts and Media, Hebei Science and Technology Engineering Vocational and Technical University. “Qingfeng Building is located in Xiangdu District, Xingtai City. Standing downstairs in the breeze, looking up at the red old building; reaching out and touching every green brick of the city wall, it is like returning to the long river of history, engraved with the changes of historical development from ancient times to today”. Student from the Department of Arts and Media, Hebei Science and Technology Engineering Vocational and Technical University..
By Jose Galicia, Pastel

“This Project was one that I will not forget, from the picture chosen to the technique used. I decided to paint the Qingfeng Building in Xingdu district, Xingtai City. The painting is done in a transparent wash acrylic technique in which we water down the acrylic with medium and water to give it a watercolor feel. The canvas is an 18×24” and took about 17 hours to complete with all the layers I had to build up in order to get the colors to become more solid. We were sent pictures from Chinese students to pick from and this picture I chose captivated me because of the glow that the building had during the night scene. I tried to capture that glow in the painting by building up the different colors on top of each other working from light to dark. The moon was another reason that I chose this picture. I liked how it had to compete with the building since they both gave their own light. The whole composition captured my interest when it was shown to me. The building itself has so many different colors from a range of yellows and oranges to green on the front. This piece was fun to make, and I hope that whoever sees it can get a sense of the lit building.” Jose Galicia

从选择的图片到使用的技术,这个项目是我不会忘记的。 我决定画邢台市邢都区的庆丰楼。 这幅画是用透明的水洗丙烯酸技术完成的,在这种技术中,我们用介质和水冲淡丙烯酸,给它一种水彩的感觉。 画布是 18×24 英寸,花了大约十七个小时来完成我必须绘制的所有图层,以使颜色变得更加坚实。 我们收到了来自中国学生的照片供我们挑选。这张照片让我着迷,因为建筑物在夜景中散发出的光芒。 我试图通过将不同的颜色从浅到深绘制在彼此之上来捕捉这种光芒。 月亮是我选择这张照片的另一个原因。 我喜欢它如何与这座建筑竞争,因为它们都有自己的光芒。 整个场景在展示给我时引起了我的兴趣。建筑物本身有许多不同的颜色,从黄色和橙色到前面的绿色。 这件作品制作起来很有趣,我希望任何看到它的人都能感受到这座灯火通明的建筑。

Anna Carey – Artist from Drawing II class with Professor Stacy Slaten.

By Anna Carey, Pastel

“I chose this photo because I liked the feeling of being high up and being able to see these mountains almost eye to eye. I wanted to focus on lighting and to recreate the subtle transition of greens within the tree line. I ended up putting a final layer of green on top to create a sense of texture and to replicate the look of leaves.” Anna Carey

我选择这张照片是因为我喜欢高高在上的感觉,可以从上面看到群山。 我想专注于照明并重新创造树木中绿色的过渡。 最后我在上面放了最后一层绿色,以创造纹理并复制树叶的外观。

Kathleen Slotten – Artist, from painting class with Professor Matthew Pinney.

By Kathleen Slotten, Pastel

“I am participating in the Relational Aesthetics project with art students in China. We exchanged photos of places that are near us. I sent them pictures of Mount Vernon, Blue Ridge Mountains, Sunset over a Street near me, and the Reflecting Pool in Washington DC.

I picked a picture of West Lake, China. I painted the photo for the exchange project but also wanted to do a separate project for the class assignment. I asked my family to also draw the same picture I was painting. They could pick from crayon, pencil, markers, pastels, or digital art. My family ranges in age from 2 years to 55 years. Most of my family are math/science people. So, it was almost more interesting to see how the math/science side approached the drawing compared to two who were more creative. I think everyone had fun.” Kathleen Slotten

我正在与中国的艺术系学生一起参与关系美学项目。我们交换了我们附近地方的照片。我给他们发了弗农山、蓝岭山脉、我附近街道上的日落以及华盛顿特区的倒影池的照片。

我选了一张中国西湖的照片。

我为交换项目画了照片,但也想为课堂作业做一个单独的项目。我让我的家人也画我正在画的那幅画。他们可以从蜡笔、铅笔、记号笔、蜡笔或数字艺术中挑选。我的家庭年龄从 2 岁到 55 岁不等。我的大多数家人都是数学/科学人士。因此,与两个更有创造力的人相比,看到数学/科学方面如何接近绘图几乎更有趣。

我想每个人都玩得很开心。

Matthew Powers  – Artist from Painting class with Professor Stacy Slaten.

By Matthew Powers, Acrylic

“I selected the birds in flight photograph because for me the photo represents freedom, speed, and living in the moment. My submission is a pastel painting with the sky drawn with diagonal strokes to create the illusion of energy and to represent the wind lifting the birds.

The photograph has a monochromatic color. A simple color scheme is not always present in nature which makes the photo unusual. I tried to remain true to the photograph with my selection of colors and the placement of birds and trees.” Matthew J. Powers

我选择了飞行中的鸟类照片,因为对我来说,这张照片代表了自由、速度和活在当下。我提交的作品是一幅粉彩画,天空用斜线画出,营造出能量的错觉,并代表风举起鸟儿。

照片是单色的。自然界中并不总是存在简单的配色方案,这使得照片与众不同。我试图通过选择颜色以及鸟类和树木的位置来忠实于照片。

Jiali Liang – Artist from Drawing II class with Professor Stacy Slaten.

Jiali Liang, The Lake of Baiyangdian,  

Soft Pastel, 22 x 30 inches, 2021

 

By Jiali Liang, Pastel

“The reason I chose this landscape image to draw is the similarities between China and the United States. I have seen many sunset views like this in Northern Virginia, the U.S. The only difference might be those flat-bottomed wooden Chinese boats. It reminds me that when I first lived in the U.S., I have always found the difference, however, the similarities appear more often than differences over time. For example, either some of the Chinese and Americans are put their family at first, the fast pace of life, and even the phenomena manipulated by media. Sejal Badani says, ‘The same blood runs in every human on the earth. You just have to see past the variations in skin and culture.“  Jiali Liang

我之所以选择这张风景图来画,是因为中国和美国的相似之处。 我在美国北弗吉尼亚见过很多这样的日落景观。 唯一的区别可能是那些平底木中国船。 它提醒我,当我第一次住在美国时,我总能找到不同之处。 然而,随着时间的推移,相似之处多于差异。 比如,要么是一些中国人和美国人都把家人放在首位,生活节奏快,甚至媒体或多或少操纵的现象。 Sejal Badani说: “地球上的每个人都流着同样的血。 你只需要超越皮肤和文化的差异。”

Painting by Professor Stacy Slaten.

By Stacy Slaten, Acrylic

Coordinating the collaborative exchange between China and NOVA was interesting  as there are always new things to learn and consider with another culture, although also  reassuring that we are not much different. I loved this image of the person by the water with  their back to the viewer, very still. I wanted to emphasize the scene’s peacefulness by harmonizing the colors to more analogous and neutral with the yellows, yellow-green, blue  and blue-green but slightly activating the texture with a palette knife, which not only forces  me to economize the shapes but add a slight energy and movement. Hopefully there is also  a feeling of happiness. 

My hope for this exchange is that we see one another clearer, and not as “other,” that we get to glimpse a view from across the world, with a connection that is really not so  far in spirit. I want to thank all participants in this project and hope you carry the memory  well.

协调中国和 NOVA 之间的合作交流很有趣,因为总是有新的东西需要学习和考虑另一种文化,尽管也让人放心,我们并没有太大的不同。 我喜欢这幅画面,水边的人背对着观众,非常安静。我想强调这个场景的平和,把颜色调和到更类似的中性的黄色、黄绿色、蓝色和蓝绿色,但用调色刀稍微激活了纹理,这不仅迫使我节省形状,而且增加了轻微的能量和运动。 希望也有一种幸福的感觉。

我对这次交流的希望是,我们可以更清楚地看到彼此,而不是“另一个”,我们可以瞥见来自世界各地的观点,这种联系在精神上确实不是那么遥远。 我要感谢这个项目的所有参与者,希望你们能很好的把这美好的记忆带着。

Jeanine Jimenez – Artist, from Drawing II with Professor Stacy Slaten.

By Jeanine Jimenez, Pastel

“The main reason why I chose this beautiful sunset in the middle of the road was because of the pleasant sensation that I got at first sight. Seeing this photograph, I felt the same peaceful sense and satisfaction that nature brings along with the closeness and familiarity of society. This image is ideally between the urban and the rural, and the scenery transports me back in time. After being entertained for a while with that picture, I imagined what I would do if I were physically there, concluding that I would do nothing but enjoy it. I’d just be there… enjoying the view, enjoying the moment, enjoying the journey.” Jeanine Jimenez

之所以选择路中间这片美丽的落日,主要是因为第一眼就有一种美好的感觉。 看到这张照片,我感受到了大自然与社会的亲密和熟悉一样的平静和满足。 这幅画面兼具城市和乡村的特色,风景把我带回了过去。 在被那张照片逗乐了一段时间后,我想象着如果我身临其境我会做什么。 我决定除了享受它什么都不做。 我会在那里……欣赏美景,享受当下,享受旅程。

Juan Manuel Lucas Temoche – Artist from Drawing II with Professor Stacy Slaten.

by Juan Temoche, Pastel

“Even though I’ve barely done landscapes, I really enjoyed this project. It was fun to use pastels. I did two totally different landscapes, it was hard to manage my time between the two of them but after getting the first one done, with all that experience it was easier to do the second one faster. I had a clear idea of what I wanted to do with the first one, but I did not realize that making details was going to be hard.”Juan Manuel Lucas Temoche

尽管我几乎没有做过风景画,但我真的很喜欢这个项目。使用粉彩很有趣。我做了两个完全不同的风景,很难在他们两个之间管我的时间,但是在完成第一个之后,有了所有这些经验,第二个更容易更快地完成。我很清楚我想用第一个做什么,但我没有意识到制作细节会很困难

Grace Williams – Artist from Drawing II class with Professor Matthew Pinney.

(Left, Reference from Hebei Vocational University of Technology). (Right), artwork by Grace Williams from Northern Virginia Community College

“When I first saw this image, I automatically knew I wanted to paint it. My choice was cemented when I read the beautiful paragraph the student had written describing the scene and what it meant to them. The aspect that caught my eye was the adorable dog in the foreground. The first sentence of their description, ‘People who have never had a dog can hardly imagine living with one, and people who have owned a dog can’t imagine living without one’ really resonated with me, because I really can’t imagine life without my dog, Sugar.“ Grace Williams

当我第一次看到这张图片时,我知道我想画它。 当我读到学生写的描述场景及其对他们意味着什么的优美段落时,我的选择更加坚定了。 引起我注意的方面是前景中的可爱狗。 他们描述的第一句话,“没有养过狗的人很难想象和狗一起生活,养过狗的人无法想象没有狗的生活”真的引起了我的共鸣。这是因为我无法想象 没有我的狗,Sugar 的生活。

谢谢,

Original photograph from a student from the Department of Arts and Media, Hebei Science and Technology Engineering Vocational and Technical University. .

“A kind of leisure, a kind of prosperity, like the collision of two worlds. When I was a child living in the countryside, the alternation of spring, summer, autumn and winter was very obvious. At that time, walking on the road to school, the wind blew a sprinkle of soil, mixed with the smell of grass and trees is the most unique. Spring weeping willows thin leaves people remember; Summer is the incessant chirping of cicadas, and swimming in puddles and DAMS; Autumn is soon covered with golden harvest; Winter snow accumulation is very thick will make a snowman. Feeling the change of the old locust tree in the yard throughout the year, these are mostly childhood memories of the countryside. When I grew up, I had to travel far away from home to go to school. The bright lights and blooming flowers in the city made me see more of them. I have been to many cities, and I love the different cultural atmosphere of each city. If we have to use a line to distinguish between rural and urban areas, I think rural and urban areas are divided into fast rhythm and slow rhythm. Simple and prosperous… We can choose our own comfortable living place according to our own preferences”. From a student in the A kind of leisure, a kind of prosperity, like the collision of two worlds. When I was a child living in the countryside, the alternation of spring, summer, autumn and winter was very obvious. At that time, walking on the road to school, the wind blew a sprinkle of soil, mixed with the smell of grass and trees is the most unique. Spring weeping willows thin leaves people remember; Summer is the incessant chirping of cicadas, and swimming in puddles and DAMS; Autumn is soon covered with golden harvest; Winter snow accumulation is very thick will make a snowman. Feeling the change of the old locust tree in the yard throughout the year, these are mostly childhood memories of the countryside. When I grew up, I had to travel far away from home to go to school. The bright lights and blooming flowers in the city made me see more of them. I have been to many cities, and I love the different cultural atmosphere of each city. If we have to use a line to distinguish between rural and urban areas, I think rural and urban areas are divided into fast rhythm and slow rhythm. Simple and prosperous… We can choose our own comfortable living place according to our own preferences.” Student from Technology Engineering Vocational and Technical University.

Branden Forman – Artist from 2D Design with Professor Stacy Slaten.

By Branden Forman, Pastel

“After choosing my photo, I manipulated it in Photoshop to give it a patchy look. In the same process, I’ve also clearly identified the colors. After completing that process came the pastels. I have struggled a bit with using pastels. I focused on putting the most detail on the focal point in the back and let the rest of the buildings frame the main building.” Branden Forman

Bridget Santos – Artist from 2D Design class with Professor Stacy Slaten.

By Bridget Santos, Pastel

“For this project, I chose an image of a girl sitting on the road. I liked the energy of the girl, she seemed to be happy and alone. I feel I struggle with the use of pastels, but I did enjoy making this. I chose to edit this to make it look like her energy and all the energy around her radiated up towards the sky. I think we all have our different auras and energies that contribute to the overall energy of the earth, and I like that.” Bridget Santos

对于这个项目,我选择了一张坐在路上的女孩的照片。 我喜欢这个女孩的能量。 她似乎很孤单,但很开心。 我觉得我在使用粉彩时很挣扎,但是我喜欢做这个。 我选择对其进行编辑,使其看起来像她的能量,并且她周围的所有能量都向天空辐射。 我认为我们都有不同的光环和能量,它们为地球的整体能量做出了贡献,我喜欢这样。

Rosa Kamara Artist from 2D design class with Professor Stacy Slaten.

By Rosa Kamara, Pastel

“As an artist who focuses mainly on photography and fashion, I found it rather interesting to attempt to create a still life painting. I enjoyed creating different colors rather than what was depicted in the actual photo and using my imagination and creativity to depict the subject in a different way than it was presented. I gained experience working with different mediums and working with different kinds of techniques such as. creating a sense of lighting, casting shadows, highlights etc. and it also helped me strengthen my ability to work with pastels rather than with photos and photo collages. This landscape piece was very interesting to create an interpretation of and I am glad that as an artist whose area of expertise is photography, I am able to gain experience in becoming an artist who works with different mediums and  techniques to create compelling pieces of art.” Rosa Kamara

作为一个主要专注于摄影和时尚的艺术家,我发现尝试创作一幅静物画是一件相当有趣的事情。 我喜欢创造不同的颜色,而不是实际照片中所描绘的颜色,并利用我的想象力和创造力以不同于呈现的方式来描绘主题。 我获得了使用不同媒介和使用不同种类技巧的经验,例如: 创造一种光感、投射阴影、高光等,这也帮助我加强了使用粉彩而不是使用照片和照片拼贴的能力。 这幅风景作品的创作诠释非常有趣,以摄影为专业领域的艺术家我能够获得成为一名使用不同媒介和技术创作引人注目的艺术作品的艺术家的经验。

Ashley Gabales – Artist from 2D Design class with Professor Stacy Slaten.

By Ashley Gabales, Pastel

“Living in the suburbs of Virginia, I have gotten used to the sight of residential areas, strip malls, and an endless horizon. In its own way, it’s beautiful; however, I missed the silhouette of the mountains that I saw back in the Philippines. When I saw this image, it just took me back to living in a small town near the mountains with my grandparents. It is an image of a village in China, so it was foreign yet familiar, which is what I tried to capture. Viewers that have lived in the suburbs or urban areas may feel foreign in an area free of the bustle, but some sort of architecture might be able to offer some sort of familiarity or comfort to them. I wanted to explore the duality of a single area, how one area can have both natural and artificial, and how that plays into what is foreign and familiar to us.” Ashley Gabales

住在弗吉尼亚的郊区,我习惯了住宅区、商场和一望无际的地平线。 以自己的方式,它是美丽的。 然而,我错过了我在菲律宾看到的山脉的轮廓。 当我看到这张照片时,它让我想起了我和祖父母一起生活的那个山区小镇。 这是一个中国村庄的形象,既陌生又熟悉,这就是我试图捕捉的。 居住在郊区或城市地区的人们可能在一个地区感到陌生,但某种建筑可能能够为他们提供某种熟悉或舒适。 我想探索单个区域的二元性。 我想展示一个区域如何既是自然的又是人造的,以及它是如何影响我们陌生和熟悉的东西的。

Toni Maschler – Artist from 2D Design class with Professor Stacy Slaten.

Xian art museum

By Toni Maschler, Pastel

 “I was drawn to the cheerful red and gold tones of this art museum set against the night sky. I  tried to accurately capture the pleasing curves of the roof and balcony, although I simplified the  composition. What a lovely home for artwork; maybe I will see it some day!” Toni Maschler

我被这个与夜空相映的艺术博物馆的红色和金色的色调所吸引。 尽管我简化了构图,但我试图准确地捕捉到屋顶和阳台令人愉悦的曲线。 多么可爱的艺术品之家; 也许有一天我会看到它!

Dyanna Saravia – Artist from 2D Design class with Professor Stacy Slaten –

By Dyanna Saravia, Pastel

“I chose this picture because I really liked the cool colors, and all the tree branches It wasn’t my first choice but I’m happy with the results. It wasn’t easy to paint this, I actually at some point regretted choosing this because at the moment of painting the landscape with the pastels and especially the tree branches were very hard for me to do so. I really tried my best and I do feel that even though I am not great with pastels I could do a good job.” Dyanna Saravia.

我选择这张照片是因为我真的很喜欢冷色调和所有的树枝。 这不是我的第一选择,但是我对结果很满意。 画这个绝对不容易。 事实上,有一次我后悔选择了这个,因为用粉彩画风景和树枝对我来说很难做到。 我真的尽力了。 我觉得,即使我不擅长粉彩,但我画得很好

Adam Busch – Artist from 2D Design class with Professor Stacy Slaten.

By Adam Busch, Pastel

“I am creating a pastel landscape based on my edited Photoshop landscape shown. I’m using pastel sticks to create such a piece. I used the sticks in conjunction with paper. I aimed for a feeling of warm comfort and familiarity, even though the statue shown is in another land entirely. I very much enjoyed the outcome of this piece and feel I did what I set out to do.” Adam Busch

我根据显示的已编辑景观创建了一个柔和的景观。 我用粉彩棒创作了这幅画。 我用了棍子和纸。 尽管所展示的雕像完全在异国他乡,但我的目标是一种温暖舒适和熟悉的感觉。 我很享受这幅画的成果,并觉得我实现了自己的目标。

Will Stryker– Artist from 2D Design class with Professor Stacy Slaten.

“Towers of Potala Palace,” 19 x 28 in., cold-press paper, soft pastels

by Will Stryker, Pastel

“When I was looking through the Chinese photographs, my aim was to find something with enough structure and balance to help me push the abstraction without it becoming completely non-representational. I ended up on the photo of Potala Palace, which is beautiful with lots of interesting angles and geometry to pick from; but I was really drawn to these parallel towers that overlook the road below. I thought by pushing the distance between the towers, and breaking the rules of atmospheric perspective a little, I could draw the eye to the furthest tower with a push-pull effect. Even though the first tower takes up almost half of the paper, it just exists to better inform the texture and feeling of the second tower. I chose a bright red-orange because I thought it would be eye-catching, and the lilacs and magentas lend to the dreamlike and surreal feeling of the work.” Will Stryker

当我翻阅中国照片时,我的目标是找到具有足够结构和平衡的东西来帮助我推动抽象,而不会变得完全不具代表性。 我最终选择了布达拉宫的照片,它很漂亮,有很多有趣的角度和几何形状可供选择; 但我真的被这些俯瞰下面道路的平行塔所吸引。 我想通过推动塔之间的距离,并稍微打破大气透视的规则,我可以通过推拉效果将视线吸引到最远的塔上。 尽管第一座塔几乎占据了纸张的一半,但它的存在只是为了更好地传达第二座塔的质感和感觉。 我选择了明亮的红橙色,因为我认为它会引人注目,而丁香色和洋红色则为作品增添了梦幻和超现实的感觉。

Other Artists without Artist Statements from Stacy Slaten’s Drawing II Class:

By Young-Eun Na, Pastel
Original photograph from a student from the Department of Arts and Media, Hebei Science and Technology Engineering Vocational and Technical University.

“This is our city market doorway, now sharing the tram many here, before our city travel is a single, only public transport and private cars, taxis, in recent years, more than a group of sharing our city electric bicycle and sharing, the car can solve the problem of some of our travel, is a scenery line in our city.” Student from the Department of Arts and Media, Hebei Science and Technology Engineering Vocational and Technical University.

By Yeitzareth Perez, Pastel

 

Original photograph from a student from the Department of Arts and Media, Hebei Science and Technology Engineering Vocational and Technical University.

“In Changshu, the four seasons are always distinct, and each season has its own characteristics. Rain, in different seasons, will also show its different beauty. The rain washed the bricks and tiles in Changshu City. The bricks and tiles were washed bright. The rain slowly fell to the ground from the roof. In short, the home watered by the continuous drizzle is a beautiful scenery.<br />
Hebei University of technology and Engineering<br />
In Changshu, the four seasons are always distinct, and each season has its own characteristics. Rain, in different seasons, will also show its different beauty. The rain washed the bricks and tiles in Changshu City. The bricks and tiles were washed bright. The rain slowly fell to the ground from the roof. In short, the home watered by the continuous drizzle is a beautiful scenery”. Student from the Hebei University of technology and Engineering

Artist: Victoria Sprankle, Pastel

By Victoria Sprankle, Pastel
By Toni Maschler, Pastel
By Rin Hernandez, Pastel
By Nicholas Kelley, Pastel
By Nasim Haque, Pastel

“Thank you to all that participated in this unique project to forge communication and connection between different cultures and countries.” Stacy Slaten