VVC Spring 2021 Student Art Show online now through Aug. 21

By Staff Reports

(Victorville)– Victor Valley College’s Student Art Show has now made its online debut for the Spring 2021 semester.

With about 230 student participants, there are more than 240 pieces of student artwork being displayed at www.VVC-Art.com from June 3 to August 21.

The Student Art Show, generally held every Fall & Spring semester, has since moved virtually following the COVID-19 pandemic, and features a wide array of artworks such as 2D/3D Design, Drawing/ Life drawing, Photography, and Painting.

“The show builds community and allows us to see what everyone has worked on throughout the semester,” said VVC art instructor Anna-Marie Veloz. “There have been benefits to creating an online art show, for students gain experience in the technological aspects of photographing and formatting their artwork for digital display, which is a necessary skill for submitting portfolios to universities, galleries, personal websites and grants proposals. I am so proud of our students—they have worked so hard.”

Despite the last few semesters being held in an unconventional manner, the VVC Art Show has remained an avenue that connects VVC art students with the community at large, while showcasing a diverse selection of art.

“The creativity of the VVC Art Students never changed since we transitioned onto an online format,” said art student Chelsea Recinos. “We still utilize some of the same tools from our classes to create our beautiful pieces that can be presented in an online Art Show. The only difference is our workspaces.”

The judges for this Spring 2021 art show are Rosemary Rivas, former VVC Fine Arts student and CSU San Bernardino transfer; Thom Bond, local artist and business owner of American Art & Frame Co.; Mary Vasquez, former VVC student and CSU Fullerton art transfer student; Elnaz Talaei, former University of Oregon graduate and current VVC instructor; and Sergey Astakhov, a director and filmmaker who co-created Northgate Entertainment.

There will be awards distributed per category with first place receiving $200, second place $100, third place $50, and the art show poster winner with $100.

The judges will be scoring on a 10-point scale within the criteria of Creativity, the use of imagination or original ideas;  Composition, the organization of visual elements in an artwork; and Craftsmanship, the quality of design and work shown in something made by hand.

VVC Art Department Chair Frank Foster described the art show as “a culmination of an entire semester’s efforts.”

“It is an essential part of the creative process … Many of our students have never exhibited their creative work,” Foster said. “Our decision to display our Student Art Show on the web means that anyone can view it from anywhere in the world. The Student Art Show informs the local community about the talents of our students.”

Veloz and Foster thanked the faculty and students in the Art, Photo and Commercial Art departments, as well as art instructor Dmitriy Astakhov, who volunteered his time to create the art show website.

Visit www.VVC-Art.com for more information on or to view the VVC Student Art Show.

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