Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARKSDALE – Local art enthusiasts and community had the opportunity to admire and enjoy blues and rock-n-roll inspired art pieces completed by Coahoma Community College Art students during an art exhibit and reception Thursday afternoon.
CCC partnered with the Clarksdale’s Rock & Blues Museum for the event, designed to showcase Commercial Art and Fine Art pieces completed by the students after visiting the museum several times this semester for inspiration.
The project, funded through a grant from the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, offered a $200 prize to the first place winner.
Freshman Art Major Michael Hall of Ruleville, MS snagged the cash prize for his piece “Guitar Head Blues”. Hall said the event was his first time completing a piece of artwork for an exhibit.
“I came up with the idea while visiting the museum, (CCC Art Instructor Anthony Bernard) helped me map my ideas out, and here’s the finished product,” he said.
Hall plans to use the money to help save for a car.
The other three winners were Courtesy Brown, who won first place and a $100 prize; Arabia Robinson, who won second place and a $50 prize and Antonio Young, who won an honorable mention and a $20 prize.
According to Cindy Hudock of the Rock and Blues Museum, it won’t be the last time you’ll see Hall’s work; the museum plans to use the artwork for promotional material like t-shirts and posters. The proceeds will be allocated to continue this unique partnership beyond the grant.
Theo Dasbach, president of the non-profit organization that runs the Rock & Blues Museum, said he’s pleased with the outcome of the project.
“We teamed up with Coahoma because we wanted to see if the students could be inspired to create a piece of commercial art work after visiting the museum.”
Dasbach said the students visited the museum a total of three times and were able to enjoy live music during two of the visits.
“It was a lot of fun to see what the students were able to come up with. They all were very good, I think, and it was very hard to make a decision,” he said. “I hope they also walk away with a feel for Clarksdale and the music scene because this is heritage.”
CCC Art Chair Rosalind Wilcox said she hopes to continue the partnership with the museum in future.
“Our students have been working really hard this semester to complete these projects,” said Wilcox. “This is our first time partnering with the Museum for a project like this and we’re looking forward to a continued working relationship with them.”
In addition to the museum, the Art Department has partnerships in the works with Holy Moly and the Expo Center, Wilcox said.
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