KCC Annual Student Art Exhibition on display through April 29 in Battle Creek

Kellogg Community College will exhibit 130 works of art created by 53 students as part of the College’s Annual Student Art Exhibition this month on campus in Battle Creek.

The exhibit opened April 12 and will run through April 29 in the Eleanor R. and Robert A. DeVries Gallery in KCC’s Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center on campus at 450 North Ave. and can also be viewed online at rosep9.wixsite.com/kccstudentartexhibit. It’s free and open to the public during regular business hours, which are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.

An awards ceremony highlighting select artists and works from the exhibit will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, at the Davidson Center to recognize student artists. That event is also free and open to the public.

Every spring, KCC Art, Photography and Multimedia and Graphic Design program students from the current academic year are invited to submit up to four entries for consideration for Student Art Exhibition awards. Media categories include:

  • 2D Fine Art (drawing, painting, printmaking and 2D mixed media)
  • 3D Fine Art (ceramics, sculpture, and 3D mixed media)
  • Digital Design (digital illustration and graphic design)
  • Photography (alternative print processes, black and white, digital, and digital composite)
  • Time-Based Digital Media (animation and video)

A faculty committee reviews and organizes all submissions and the bulk of the work is juried independently by an art professional chosen from outside of the College. The juror selects the major media category awards and honorable mentions, with cash prizes made possible through a generous donation made to the KCC Foundation by artist Kimiko Petersen and her husband Sherman Petersen.

This year’s juror is artist Joanna Learner.

About the Juror

Joanna Learner credits her curiosity and freedom to explore her world as a major influence in her becoming an artist as well as many important women artists in her life that helped her along the way. A graduate of Texas Woman’s College, Learner went on to earn her MA in Jewelry/Metal Work from Western Michigan University after moving to Battle Creek in 1971.

Among her accomplishments, she designed and created the Perpetual Trophy for the International Hot Air Balloon competition from enameled copper and wood, as well as several other enameled pieces for the City of Battle Creek. In her work as an educator, Learner has taught art education and jewelry classes at KCC and art enrichment programs for Battle Creek Public Schools.

Learner was featured in a large Retrospective Art Exhibit at the Battle Creek Art Center in January and February in celebration of the center’s 75th anniversary. She exhibited 70 pieces of work including acrylic and watercolor paintings along with enamels, clay, and metal sculptures that she created over many years.

For More Information

For more information about KCC’s Annual Student Art Exhibition, contact KCC Graphic Design professor and Art Exhibits Director Penny Rose at 269-565-7961 or rosep@kellogg.edu.

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