ROCK SPRINGS — Artworks from first-semester art students and multi-level ceramic students will be on exhibit at the Western Wyoming Community College Art Gallery beginning Friday, Dec. 4, in “First Offerings,” the annual end-of-semester Fall show. There will be an opening reception and ceramics sale that day from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Students in this semester’s Art classes, including Design: 2D, Drawing I and Painting I, under the instruction of Professor of Art Florence McEwin, Ph.D., will display their final projects as part of “First Offerings.” Foundation students in Design: 2D learned basic layout and compositional concepts dealing with line, space, shape , texture, and value. Drawing I students explored the drawn line using a variety of tools and techniques that involve the complete graphic experience and direct visual observation. Painting I students investigated classical and contemporary approaches to oils on canvas, also through direct visual experience.
This semester featured a Gum Bichromate workshop with Guest Artist and University of Wyoming Photo Instructor Bailey Russel. This workshop offered an upper-level experience for current and former students that allowed them to explore a more advanced, non-silver, alternative photo-based technique with a guest artist.
Students studying ceramic instruction at all levels under Instructor Bart Fetz will display both wheel-thrown and hand-built processes. Works will also be displayed in the college lobby adjacent to the gallery and available for purchase at the Ceramics sale during the opening reception.
Students in Photo I classes, which are black-and-white chemistry courses taught by Adjunct Instructors Paul Ng and Dan Cheek, will display their first efforts as part of the exhibit. Digital Imaging I classes, under Cheek’s instruction, will be on display, as well. These digital classes responded to the photographic image through current and contemporary computer technologies.
Dan Cheek is new to the position of adjunct photography instructor and came recently to Rock Springs from Oklahoma, where he was an instructor at Western Oklahoma State College, Altus. He holds an MFA degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in Photography from the University of Arizona, Tucson.
Western’s Art students take art course work as majors who will advance to other fields, whether fine art, studio arts in design areas, graphics , animation, architecture, landscape architecture, or education. Their time at Western affords them a basic introduction to the foundation prior to going on to a four-year program. Western encourages students of any major to participate in these classes to fulfill their applied art requirement for their general-education studies.
The Art Department enjoys sharing the results of all students’ art efforts with the community on a regular basis.