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The annual Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition includes a variety of works of art in a wide range of media. The exhibit provides a look at the aesthetic and educational philosophies advocated by El Camino College Art Department and demonstrates a diversity of concepts and techniques currently characteristic of the art world.

The majority of the works in the gallery are grounded in an academic approach to art study and training. Represented in the exhibition are traditional 2-dimensional painting - oil on canvas paintings by Willie Brownlee, Lee Kim, Binh Ngo, David Patterson and Willie Suzuki;acrylic painting by Jim Dowdalls, Larry Klepperand Harrison Storms. Peggy Marsh Ames and Linda Busch present wonderful examples of watercolor while Jack King exhibits vibrant works in colored ink on vellum with mixed media. Varied approaches to drawing in the exhibit include graphite drawing on plaster by Camille Cornelius, graphite figure drawing by Sandra Trepasso, charcoal and pastel drawing by Maggie Lowe Tennesen and prismacolor figure drawing by Beverly Bledsoe. Rodman de la Cruz combines ink jet printing with drawing and painting an paper.

Additionally, the printmaking technique of color intaglio is represented in works by Medora Wildenberg, while Robin Valle presents Iris prints and Michael Powe produces exquisite inkjet prints on rag paper. Besides the familiar technique of black and white photographic printing represented in beautiful works by Michael Quinn, Darilyn Rowan and Sandra Trepasso, the exhibition includes other methods of photographic printing such as luscious inkjet prints by Susan Einstein, digital images by Victoria Sanchez and photographic, xerographic, lithographic monoprints by Laurel Paley.

The exhibit also includes a cross section of 3-dimensional techniques taught in the department - jewelry fabrications by Irene Moriand Tina Chambers,stainless steel sculpture by James Russell, ceramic work by Neil Moss, and mixed media works by Deanna Korda and Annie Malone. Norm Looney, Susanna Meiers, Michael Miller and Terry O'Donnell have incorporated found objects into their works, recontextualizing these objects into new, more complex works. Vons/Safeway Private Lab Packaging, actual packaging done for commercial purposes by Andrea B. Micallef, demonstrates not only the diverse possibilities of art but the great diversity of the Art Department Faculty at El Camino College.

Susanna Meiers, Curator
El Camino College Art Gallery

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 Last Published 12/14/11