This year’s Student Fine Art Show was absolutely wonderful!!! On the evening of February 26th we gathered to celebrate all our Fine Art Department Students and those who were juried into the 2020 Student Fine Art Show. A special thanks goes to Professor Stacy Slaten, for organizing the entire show!
At 5:00pm, people began pouring in to check out all the amazing artwork. Anya peering out to say Hi!
The artwork is incredible this year. The technical prowess is evident.
It’s always an joy to have our gallery to show how creative and talented our students are!
The reception evening also offers a great opportunity for students to discuss their work with an engaged audience.
Of course it’s also a night for creating memories for their time, here at NOVA.
Our Provost, Dr. Haggray is always in attendance and a big supporter of all our Alexandria Arts Departments.
The reception is also a great night for parents, friends and family to see the work of all those they’ve been supporting. Many of the students quietly work away until the pieces are ‘show ready.’
Dr. McClellan, our Dean for the Liberal Arts Department, fully invests time and efforts to help make sure our Fine Arts Programs are supported and that our students, faculty and staff are appreciated. We are thrilled to have him in our corner : )
We were also lucky to have our new Northern Virginia Community College President, Dr. Kress, in attendance.
She gave a truly inspiring speech that touted the talents and efforts of every student in the Arts who has been working hard to become the great artist they are destined to be. There are many who may not have gotten into this years show, or even won awards this year, but who are tremendously talented, creative and worthy a huge applause for being bold enough to put themselves out there by being visually expressive and sharing their creative efforts. I have to agree whole-heartedly. So many talents in our department who have amazing futures ahead 🙂
We were also fortunate to have a phenomenal juror, Sarah Hardesty. Sarah’s drawings, paintings, and installations have been included in numerous exhibitions including VisArts, Rockville, MD; Metro Micro Gallery, Arlington, VA; ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, NY; Davidson Contemporary, New York, NY; MPG Gallery, Boston, MA; Wheaton College, MA; the Tucson Museum of Art and MoCA Tucson, AZ. She has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Wassaic Project, the Carriage House at Islip Art Museum, Santa Fe Art Institute and Vermont Studio Center. Grants include the Joan Mitchell Foundation, a Leon Levy award, and a VFIC Mednick Fellowship. She received her MFA in Painting from the University of Arizona in 2005, and her BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College in 1998. She was born in Strong, Maine and currently lives and works in the Washington DC area. She is an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Marymount University and a resident artist at the Arlington Arts Center
She really enjoyed being able to work with us and found it difficult to chose from all the wonderful work submitted. That said, she put together an amazing show that showcased well.
Everyone is always surprised when they win and Thuy was surprised to win for her honorable mention and then to win again later!
The awards ceremony is a great time to support those who win the top prizes. Especially when we know all that went into becoming the artists they are.
Congratulations to all the winners!
It’s a proud moment for everyone.
Of course the students are the most surprised!
Professor Stacy Slaten, who heads our 2-D department loved meeting with the students and their families.
It’s great to see the students who have worked so hard to be amazing artists, get some recognition. Congrats Iana and Sam!
Some of the works were so technically amazing, you just had to take picture!
Anthony, Thuy and Diana, are some of our amazing artists!
Congratulations to Noria for winning 2nd place!
Amy and Simon showing each other their latest artistic projects.
Thumbs up indeed! Matthew and Thuy having a great time!
I walked by and overheard a gallery-goer say this was their favorite piece.
Looking at Miranda’s amazing conte crayon with our juror.
Mary Higgens, curator for the Rachel M. Schlesinger Center Concert Hall and Arts Center speaking to Thuy.
Yep, Thuy received two awards and both are well deserved.
Stacy is a very proud teacher!
Moustafa was thrilled to get into this years show!
Lucy and Emu enjoyed the night.
So many proud families.
Happy Students are my favorite moment to capture 🙂
It’s hard to find happier students and Marjorie and Franny!
All is all the Student Fine Art Show is a great moment in time for all our students.
Congratulations to everyone’s creative endeavors and to those being able to show this year.
Looking forward to see what more they are working on this semester!!!
We are so fortunate to have a Ann Barbieri’s work in our gallery! She is a color abstractionist who generally works with florals and landscapes. she site explains,
Ann Barbieri is an exceptional visual player of texture, color and light. She spent her evening explaining her thoughts on the creative process. “I like color and texture. my work has been called exuberant and sensual. I do like moving paint around, the thickness and gooeyness of it. Using collage gives me the texture that I like.”
Ann also answered questions about, When did you know you wanted to be an artist? Where do you get your ideas?, and of course, Can you make a living at it?
To contact Ann in order to see her work or get prices, visit http://www.annbarbieri.com/
Ann’s Studio resides at the Torpedo Factory at Studio 322.
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
I was fortunate to get an opportunity to curate a show at The Workhouse Arts Center for July and August. I decided to feature our over 50 community who are in the Arts at Northern Virginia Community College.
We are lucky enough to have adult learners in nearly every class at NOVA. Older students come with a tremendous amount of experience and where-with-all. They are generally very creative and passionately jump into projects. This mindset is shared to the younger students by their simply being in the room with them. Their art is often at a high level of quality, craftsmanship and most importantly, concept. For this reason, it was easy to pull out some examples of what this community has to offer.
The exhibit features the art of JoAnn Ackerman, Britt Conley, D’Arcy Dean, Ireen Cleaton-Jones, Stephen Kohashi, Miyuki Matsuoka, Elizabeth Noguchi, Amy Reed, Tuyen Stricker, Wesley Walker and Dick White. This is a mix of students and varying art department assistants from Ceramics, Fine Art and Photography.
The show will be up for another second Saturday art walk night in August. Please come down to see the show and all of the other artists at The Workhouse Arts Center.
To contact any of the artists email Britt Conley at email@example.com.