Monday, March 29, 2021

RVCC’s Annual Juried Student Art Show on Virtual Display

RVCC Juried Student Art Exhibition

WHEN: currently on display

The exhibition website was created by Darren McManus, RVCC Art Gallery Director and Assistant Professor in the College’s Arts & Design department. (Above: Ana Carolina Mitchell, “Bauhaus: History of Graphic Design,” digital (InDesign & Photoshop), (Class: Visual Design 1, Spring 2020) 

The virtual exhibition features work by students in the College’s Arts & Design department dating back to the Fall 2019 semester. Artwork on display highlights an array of media and disciplines including drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, video, digital media, photography, color theory, two-dimensional design, sculpture and graphic design. (Below, right: Emma Sodano, “Fauvist Painting,” acrylic on Bristol board (Class: Color Theory, Fall 2020) 

Each student was permitted to submit up to three pieces of artwork for consideration. The following students received awards for their submitted artwork: 

Best in Show: Overall 

Sofia Mokhor, "Feminine," plastic garbage bags, 72 x 48 x 60 inches (Class: 3D Design, Spring 2020) 

Best in Show: Runner Up 

Hayley Stricker, "Pomegranates," oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches (Class: Painting 1, Fall 2020) 

Best in Show: Second Runner Up 

Sarah Switlyk, "OCD," pen & ink on Bristol board, 18 x 24 inches (Class: Drawing 2, Spring 2020) 

Best in Show: Digital & Multi-Media 

Sarah Switlyk, "$200 Bounty," digital painting via Photoshop, 30 x 24 inches (Class: Digital Artmaking, Fall 2020) 

Best in Show: Drawing 

June Varkoly, "Mask: Red & Blue," oil pastel on paper, 24 x 18 inches (Class: Drawing 2, Summer 2020) 

Best in Show: Foundations 

Esteban Arias, "Black and White Collage," magazine paper on Bristol board, 14 x 17 inches (Class, Color Theory, Fall 2020) 

Best in Show: Graphic Design 

Ana Carolina Mitchell, "Bauhaus: History of Graphic Design," InDesign & Photoshop, 18 x 32 inches (Class: Visual Design 1, Spring 2020) 

Best in Show: Photography 

Morgan Strus-Allen, "Dollhouse Quarantine," digital photographs, 15 x 14 inches (Class: Alternative Photo Processes, Spring 2020) 

The guest juror for this year’s exhibition was Los Angeles-based artist Samantha Fields, Professor of Art at California State University, Northridge. Fields evaluated all the entries and made the final selections for the exhibition, including the eight pieces selected for awards. (Left: Sofia Mokhor, “Ukrainian Girl,” paper clay & mixed media (Class: Three-Dimensional Design, Spring 2020) 

Samantha Fields has received numerous awards and recognitions for her paintings, including a prestigious City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Grant. Fields has an extensive exhibition history, including shows at The California Museum of Photography; The Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, CA; Western Project in Los Angeles; Traywick Contemporary in Berkeley, CA; Melanee Cooper Gallery in Chicago, IL; Suzanne Hilberry Gallery in Detroit, MI; Lemberg Gallery in Birmingham, MI; and Galerie Enholm Englehorn in Vienna, Austria. Her work has been collected by and exhibited at noted public institutions throughout the US. She is currently represented by Traywick Contemporary in Berkeley, CA. 

Due to COVID-19, the RVCC Art Gallery’s physical space is closed for the Spring Semester. For additional information, contact the Arts & Design department, 908-218-8876, or visit 

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