ROCK SPRINGS – The Art Gallery at Western Wyoming Community College presents “Cutting Up: Art Students’ Fall Semester Art Show,” opening Friday, Dec. 5, with a reception and ceramics sale at 4:30 p.m. at the Rock Springs campus.
“Cutting Up” exhibits the best of art students’ accomplished over the course of the Fall 2014 semester’s art program. These classes include all levels of Ceramics and Sculpture I, under the instruction of Instructor of Ceramics and 3D Design Bart Fetz; and 2D, Drawing I, and Painting I, taught by Professor of Art Florence McEwin, Ph.D. In addition, works from the Photography I courses taught by Adjunct Instructor Paul NG, and from the Workshop in Color Reduction Block Prints taught by Visiting Colorado Artist Jean Gumpper, will be included.
Photography I deals with the traditional Black and White of wet lab processing, in which the student learns to comprehend the technique and visual vocabulary of grey values. Design: 2D, the basis for any fine or applied arts major, is also achromatic and is taught almost exclusively in black and white. Drawing I introduces line quality and the multiple tools of making. Painting I begins in black and white for an understanding of value and progresses to color by mid-semester. Ceramics, which is based on the understanding of clay, consists either of wheel-thrown or hand-built construction, and sculpture involves the study of form within space.
The color reduction wood block print workshop was conducted within an intensive three-day format. Contrary to the Japanese woodblock print, which is done on multiple blocks of color and then registered, the reduction wood block print is done as one block and then, as each color is printed, that space is removed in a reduction method. The one block is then registered multiple times to complete the print.
Western offers an art program that is an equivalent foundation of study to the first two years at any four- year institution nationwide. Students continue their education after Western as majors in the fields of design or fine arts, including as education or graphics majors.
“The purpose of the program is to guide students in their future choices within the arts, develop their technique, and expand their inspirations,” McEwin said. “The end-of-semester show offers an opportunity for students to install their work in the art gallery to be viewed over an extended period of time.”
The opening reception is free and open to the campus and the community. The Ceramic sale, which will be held in the lobby next to the art gallery, offers beginning- to expert-level student works, and proceeds from the sale go to the Art Department and the student to cover expenses. Student works exhibited in “Cutting Up” will be on display until August 2015, and those artworks are also available for purchase.