CCC Art Student Show Opens May 5th

The 2016 Clatsop Community College Art Student Show will be on display at the Royal Nebeker Art Gallery, 1799 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, from Thursday, May 5th through Friday, June 3rd. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 5th beginning at 6:00 p.m.

During the reception, cash prizes and award winners will be announced. Thanks to the Astoria Coffeehouse and Bistro for its generous support for the student awards.  This year’s juror, Grace Sanchez, will be present at the reception to give a juror's talk.

The CCC Art Student Show is an annual juried event that showcases the talents and creativity of the college’s art students. Art students are invited to submit up to three pieces of work created in the art classes in which they have been enrolled during the past year. The show will feature a range of disciplines taught at Clatsop Community College, including graphic arts, basic design, drawing, painting, ceramics, photography and printmaking.

Juror Grace Sanchez grew up in south Arkansas in the 70’s.  She was one of seven children, and grew up with parents who were always crafting and singing in the church.

She was always encouraged to make art and music early, and studied with artists and teachers from the art department at UAPB (a historical black college in her home town).  Her Mother exposed her to Japanese art and culture through her heritage, and her father to the natural world through his training as a taxidermist and his unusual habit of rescuing wild animals and nurturing them back to health. 

Grace has studied glass, ceramics, painting, photography, and figurative sculpture. Grace’s work as a collagist and painter is primarily figurative and emphasizes the many facets of the human and animal world in ordinary settings.  By combining color and pattern, she hopes to reveal the complexities of human nature within the phenomenal world through a variety of media.  She is most interested of late in exploring family history and its connection to culture and society.

Her most recent work, included in the CCC Group show Thinking Outside the Box, is influenced by the legacy of her mother.  Her mother, a Japanese native, left Japan after the Korean War and is only recently sharing stories of her experiences as a child during World War II. Grace is working to capture those stories and bring them to light through her art and writing.

She has participated in, curated, and juried many solo and group shows over the years and currently works as a Gallery Director in Beaverton, Oregon.

The CCC Art Student Show is free and open to the public. The Royal Nebeker Art Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and weekends by appointment.

Please direct inquiries to: Kristin Shauck, 503-338-2472.


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