Los Medanos College 2021 Student Art Exhibition - 3D virtual exhibition by Carol Ladewig

Los Medanos College 2021 Student Art Exhibition

Tue, 02/16/2021 to Tue, 04/20/2021

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The works in The 2021 Los Medanos College Student Exhibition were completed by students during the Covid pandemic in 2020. This year 263 images were submitted in the disciplines of Drawing, Digital Art/Graphics, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture/Ceramics by students. The juror selected 45 works representing each of the disciplines. Each discipline had a set number representing the percentage of entries in relation to the total. The juror, Jan Wurm selected Merit Awards for each discipline and The Art Guild of the Delta (AGD) selected Scholarships award in each discipline.

The juror for this year’s LMC Student Exhibition is Jan Wurm. Ms. Wurm is an artist, educator, and curator.

Carol Ladewig
LMC Gallery Director

A Crystal Ball

As any fortuneteller will confess, the crystal ball will not tell us that our tall dark stranger will walk through our front door on February 14th at 5 p.m. and sweep us off our feet in everlasting bliss.

But there are often signs of what is to come. Often we can know something of what lies ahead on a particular path if we look closely at what surrounds us. Looking thoughtfully at the present can open a vision for the future.

The assembled selection of student artwork encompasses explorations in many media: painting and drawing, clay and sculpture, photography and computer-generated graphics. Commonly, much student work is assignment driven. Yet even with prompts and set parameters – the choices made of subject or theme, of color or tone – the individual voice can still be heard.

This wonderful array of images and materials speaks volumes. It speaks of self-examination, identity, anxiety, exuberance, struggle, energy, and concern for the social good. It speaks of a hunger for justice, a thirst for connection. It speaks of young artists looking deep within themselves and also remaining steadfastly engaged in their community. It speaks of a willingness to be vulnerable and also a readiness to remain strong.

It has been a pleasure to spend time reflecting on the work of these young artists. They have given us a privileged glimpse into the future.

– Jan Wurm 2021

Scholarship Awards by The Art Guild of the Delta (AGD)
The mission of the Art Guild of the Delta is to bring together people with a mutual interest in the fine arts while promoting camaraderie and ethical principles and practices, as well as fostering creativity among artists. Art Guild of the Delta will be of service to the community by providing a cohesive and congenial group who promote arts and advancement in all areas of artistic endeavors.
The AGD has been a strong support of the Los Medanos College Art Department and students. This year they have selected six students for their scholarship awards.

BIO: Jan Wurm
Jan Wurm is an artist, educator, and curator engaged in expanding the community forum for contemporary art dialogue. Wurm taught for UC Berkeley Extension, ASUC Art Studio, and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She served 8 years on the Committee for Undergraduate Scholarships and Honors and mentored UC Regents Scholars. She has lectured extensively as a guest artist and taught in the Sommerakademie in Neumarkt, Austria. Wurm organized and facilitated a Guest Artist Lecture Series for the Berkeley Art Center for 5 years. Her writings on art and society have been published by Routledge in WS, Women's Studies Journal of Claremont Graduate University as well as numerous exhibition catalogues. She has juried exhibitions as well as an artist residency for the National Park Service. Exhibited internationally, her work is in collections including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, the New York Public Library Print Collection, the Archives of American Art in Washington, D.C., the Archive Verein der Berliner Künstlerinnen in Berlin, and the Universität für angewandte Kunst in Vienna. Past Director of Exhibitions and Curator of Art at the Richmond Art Center, her projects included Closely Considered: Diebenkorn in Berkeley, Mildred Howard: Spirit & Matter, David Park: Personal Perspectives, The Human Spirit: Contemporary Figuration as an Expression of Humanism, Marking Space, Mapping the Uncharted, Joan Brown: In Living Color, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Face Forward: Self-Image and Self-Worth.

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