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SE displays student art – Paintings, sculptures pop out in art corridor

Untitled, Ricky West
Untitled, Ricky West
Untitled, Amy Hartman
Untitled, Amy Hartman

By Jamil Oakford/se news editor

SE Campus students are getting eye-popping eye candy as they head to the gym or class.

Student art is now on display in Art Corridor II on campus.

The artwork displayed comes from the students of art assistant professor Dana Ferrara, featuring paintings and sculptures.

Untitled, Ricky West
Untitled, Ricky West


One assignment was a response to seeing David Bates’ artwork, featured at the Fort Worth Modern Art Museum.

Juxtaposition is the second theme that students were given, where they studied an array of artists.

“We studied selected works in which painted juxtapositions of media-related and other photographic imagery occurred,” Ferrara said.

Ferrara is happy with the talent expressed by her students, believing that this show highlights each achievement.

Untitled, Ricky West
Untitled, Ricky West

“Many of these students lacked or had very limited prior art experience before taking this class,” she said.

Instructional assistant Christopher Blay’s intentions for putting art in this hallway are similar.

“Studio-focus exhibitions are designed to highlight current works of students in fine art programs,” he said.

And though the art on display is from Ferrara’s spring class, it still serves Blay’s purpose.

The corridor is filled with art: paintings that are multi-dimensional and mixed media. That means some of those paintings are popping off the canvas with other materials.

“As usual, our TCC students really stepped up to the task of taking risks and engaging with experimental play, which I believe are essential in order for the creative process to take shape,” Ferrara said.

She said she was blessed to have had both a creative and open-minded group last spring, and they accomplished a lot.

“They walked away 15 weeks later with new knowledge, confidence in themselves and memorable experiences,” she said. “That is the highlight of my role as a professor.”

Blay features work in the hallway exhibit from all SE art classes, but when he chooses to display is dependent on a few things.

Untitled, Javier Lopez
Untitled, Javier Lopez

“It depends on what stage the class is in,” he said.

And any piece featured is sure to get a few glances because it’s a part of the main hallway going from the west side of campus to the east side.

The multi-dimensional aspect has already garnered some attention as students walk by.

“I like how it pops out,” said SE student Mikyla Smith, who took time out of her day to examine the work a little longer than just a cursory glance.

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