CCC student art show stays alive, even through a pandemic

Greenwood, Jenna Art Bourgo, Tyler Art Gallop, Mary Art Lee, Savannah art
Art by Jenna Greenwood.

Students of Clackamas Community College art programs have kept busy this year. This has been modeled by the 112 submissions to the 2021 Virtual Student Art Show. Participants displayed art of all different disciplines, such as drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, digital design, video, jewelry, and design. The annual Student Art Show gives the artists a platform for their work and an opportunity to sell their art, if they desire. Prices of the pieces range from $25 to $500. 

CCC gallery director and sculpture teacher, Kate Simmons, has written to The Print via email about how proud she is of the Show.

“Looking at the entries for the Student Art Show is inspiring to me because there are so many fresh and new interpretations of making art and getting ideas crossed.” Simmons said. “I love looking at work that allows the viewer a window of opportunity to understand how it was made, so situations in drawing where parts have been erased and re-sketched or a piece of a sculpture that leads to another section are very beautiful to me because I see the mind at work searching for the best answer.”

On May 6, guest judge Abe Zucca, a Phoenix-based art gallery owner, judged the show. A total of 21 awards were given out, including best of show, first through third place, best in category and honorable mentions. 

Third place was awarded to Tyler Bourgo with his piece, “Content Cardboard.” He used cardboard and adhesive to create his award-winning piece of art that will make you feel as if you just met a wizard under a bridge. 

Second place was awarded to Mary Gallop with her piece, “Fall Still Life with Pumpkin Pie.” Gallop’s discipline was acrylic on canvas. This piece will leave you feeling hungry, because it is almost as if you can reach out and grab the plate of pumpkin pie.

First place was awarded to Jenna Greenwood(Duck the Pigeon) with their Digital Art/Procreate piece, “I See You Are a Fellow Seussian.” The use of color in this piece will transport the viewer into an adult-like Dr. Seuss book.

Finally, Best of Show was awarded to Savannah Lee with her painting,Untitled,created using the discipline of acrylic. A simple yet captivating work of art, the texture and bold use of color is what makes this piece stand out. 

It is obvious that the pandemic has not muddled the minds of these artists. Each piece tells its own story, enticing the viewer more and more between each click through the gallery. 

This virtual art show is available for viewing until June 11. Access the virtual gallery here.

Lizzy Marine

Lizzy Marine is from Canby, Oregon. She is the Arts & Culture editor for The Clackamas Print and has been on the paper since 2020. After graduating from Clackamas Community College, she plans to earn a degree in Communications. Lizzy enjoys painting, watercolor, concerts and theater.