Kim Stewart and Betty Kovacic unpack the College’s new student art collection.
Photos by Andrea Johnson
CNC begins student art collection
For release on April 26, 2010
CNC has purchased art from its students to create its first student art collection, comprised of works from the college’s Fine Arts students from 2007 to 2009.
The drawings and painting are an interesting cross-section of acrylic paintings, mixed media art and pencil drawings. The images include, but are not limited to, self-portraits, still life, surrealism and abstract art.
The media is invited to view the collection Monday, April 26 at 1:30 p.m. in the Deanery of the Prince George campus, Rm. 2-117 on the second floor.
“The art collection is important as a record of our students’ artistic accomplishments,” said Dr. Don Precosky, CNC’s Dean of Arts, Science and Business. “In most cases, we are the first purchasers of their art, their first professional customers. Support for the arts is an important part of CNC’s mission of facilitating the personal and educational goals of our students.”
The work will be displayed at CNC in offices, meeting rooms and other selected locations, enhancing the general ambiance of the college and provide a visual reminder of the students’ achievements.
There are several digital pieces that will be displayed on a digital picture frame. There is also an interesting digital series piece by the fine arts students from 2008-09 that was done in conjunction with CNC staff in the library, Aboriginal Resource Centre, security and administration offices.
“One of the pieces was donated to CNC by the parents of a former student who tragically passed away,” said CNC Fine Arts and New Media instructor Kim Stewart. “Alyssa Windsor was an amazing person who inspired people with her dedication to her art and this program, even though she wasn’t well. She once had her dad run her assignment down to me from the hospital because she didn’t want to hand it in late.”
Stewart and Fine Arts instructor Betty Kovacic brainstormed about the pieces that would be interesting to have in this collection and then contacted the different student artists, some of whom are at other institutions such as Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Thompson Rivers University and University of Alberta.
“I am extremely proud of the students, their art and of the fact CNC has the foresight to begin a student collection,” said Kovacic. “Don Precosky was very dedicated in his efforts to make this collection a reality. In these times when so many seem to be thinking that art is not important, the college has made a very significant statement about the vital role of art and culture in our community and the world by purchasing art. By doing that, it is also providing crucial support for its students’ dreams and ambitions.”