Juried Student Exhibition 2023

Department of Art & Design

April 19, 2023 - June 7, 2023

Self-portrait in the Style of Mickalene Thomas by artist Joli Ramos. Digital collage, 2022. 12x9 inches

“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

The Department of Art and Design is pleased to present the annual juried student exhibition; our face to the college, emerging from the studio all freshly scrubbed. Working with young artists is special in its ability to check, keep us current and renew relevance. Recently I sat a practice session and critique of 6 or 7 young musicians. The audience was a small number of students and 3 professors. At finish, comments were invited and the band’s lead, (a saxophonist) said he knew where he’d made his mistake; he’d dropped a note and missed an intro but – he knew, and he felt he’d found his way back. There was agreement among the attending profs and yes, yes it only takes two beats to get back in, good on you, and then a round of what the two, two drummers were doing right and wow a bass player with their amp set at four, curious and courteous, general kudos, and individual egos attended to. And then, a student spoke up and said he had sympathy for the band. “That sounds bad,” said the sax player, with a twinkle accompanied by eased chuckles and someone asked, did you mean empathy – sympatico? – but the student furthered; their mistakes reminded him of his mistakes and he knew how that felt so he felt bad. Maybe empathy was more accurate, but what opened was the viability of a mistake. It communicated in a way perfection could not, it made the artist human and allowed the audience in. You see a pristine work or show and you marvel and then you leave filled up. The youthful artist has a natural rawness and vulnerability inviting engagement and re-positioning and dialogue. The works here are not incomplete nor are they untended, but they represent direction and prowess in fresh responses, avenues and storehouses. Our students bring immediacy to the finessed skill and experience of the mature artists. That’s the magic that unfolds in our classrooms.

“And now,” said Max, “let the wild rumpus start!”
Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

A. Coffey 2023

Participating Artists

Emmanoelle Aguilar / Thalia Aguilar / Uswah Ahmad / Jadyn Andre / Sabi Augustin /Jenny Banegas / Aysha Benjamin / Cheyanne Brown / Charisse Callender / Justin Campoverde / Daniel Cardenas / Melissa Cardenas / Christopher Chan / Feifei Chen / Michelle Chen / Grace Clontz / Kevin Colon / Destiny Cortez / Marta Maria De Cossio De Olarte / Jigdrel Dhendup / Danielle N. Diaz / Mackenzie Dimick / Ariana Dominguez / Justin Elliott / Brianna Evans / Manoli Figetakis / Fabianna Fuentes Mosqueda / Yang Gao / Adriana Garcia de la Cruz / Ethan Garro Ordonez / Jie Gong / Eugene Han / Ameena Hassouneh /  Michelle Huh / Crystal Ian / Jagjit Japra / Altish Jawaid / Emily Kim / Eun Ju Lee / Jieun Lee / Nina Liao / Nicole Liew / Seun Lim / Raymond Marte / Judeah Martin / Oscar Martinez / Brandon Mungal / Maggie Munoz / Kymari Patterson / Charles Pisani / Marcus Pitters / Diego Ramirez / Joli Ramos / Albert Reyes / Yony Reyes Vega / Diego Robledo / Ary Rodriguez / Daniel Rodriguez / Angelique Rosado / Felix Sanchez / Julianna Sanchez / Maya Speller / Xingkang Song / Emily Sun / Jessica Toscano / Joseph Tesoriero / Kimberly Torres /  Jhoselyn Ulloa / Kyle “KC” Ulmer / Jennifer T. Velecela / Bernardo Villarreal / Sharon Whinston / Hongyue Xu / Junye Zhou