Jamestown Community College hosted the first College Connections Student Art Exhibition recently in JCC's Weeks Gallery.
JCC offers drawing, ceramics, and photography courses in seven area high schools through the College Connections program. This year, for the first time, select students in each of these courses were given an opportunity to exhibit their works at JCC.
"We wanted to provide exceptional student artists the possibility of exhibiting in a professional space," said Yu Kanazawa, JCC's director of visual and performing arts who works with each of the high school teachers. "The exhibit was limited to just two students per class, so inclusion was selective."
Colin Shafer, JCC interim arts administrator, installed the show and served as a judge.
"The selection of work presented in this year's College Connections Art Exhibition highlighted not only the talent and skill of these young artists, but the professionalism and effectiveness of their instructors," said Shaffer. "It was a pleasure to install. The support from parents, teachers, and the college community truly made the event a success."
Students chosen for the exhibition included: Alexa Gross and Deanna Monroe of Allegany-Limestone (teacher Peter Goergen), Brian Higby and April Tarby of Bolivar-Richburg (teacher Gerald Brown), Megan Clark and Caragen Nichols of Clymer (teacher Cheryl Burk), Haley Searl and Alisha Williams of Cuba-Rushford (teacher Alison Feenaughty), Jenna Clauson, Stephanie Krempa, Andrew Lindstrom, and Mikela Swanson of Maple Grove (teacher Kevin Johnson), and Mekenna Hartweg and Morgan Palmer of Southwestern (teacher Mark Kirsch).
Student work was judged in visual communication, design and composition, creativity and originality and craftsmanship categories.
"Works were evaluated by exploring how effectively each communicated the subject matter or theme, used various design elements, and expressed an original idea in a creative way," Shaffer said. "We also considered how the work reflected an understanding of technique and attention to detail."
Mekenna Hartweg's work was awarded best of show while Megan Clark and Stephanie Krempa were awarded honorable mention.