Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured, from left, are CCC Art Instructors Anthony Bernard; CCC Art major Aramis Robinson of Clarksdale; CCC Art Chair Rosalind Wilcox; CCC Art major John Porter of Clarkdale, MS; Margaret and Johnny McGlown, CCC board of trustees; and CCC Art major Byron Bays of Atlanta, GA.
CLARKSDALE – From colorful festival posters, to vibrant paintings of musicians, and over-sized, self-portraits—an array of art work filled Clarksdale’s Rock and Blues Museum Friday evening during Coahoma Community College’s student art exhibit and reception.
During the annual spring competition, hosted by CCC's Fine Art Department, local art enthusiasts and community members had the opportunity to admire pieces completed by students during the semester.
In addition to showcasing the elaborate display, the museum’s Board of Directors judged the more than one dozen pieces.
CCC Art major Byron Bays (Atlanta, GA) snagged first place with his painting of John Lee Hooker. A self-portrait earned John Porter (Clarksdale, MS) second place, while Shonari McCray (Marks, MS) won third place for his piece “Biggers Inspiration #1”, inspired by artist John Biggers.
The winners received monetary awards—$200, $100 and $50 respectively.
Most notable among the collection of paintings and graphics were super-sized, black and white, Chuck Close-inspired, self-portraits.
Students said the portraits took about 3 weeks of non-stop work to complete.
“It was literally ’50 Shades of Gray’,” said the CCC Art major Aramis Robinson (Clarksdale, MS).
Looking at his finished product, Bays said he’s proud of where CCC has taken his skill level.
“Two or three years ago, there’s no way I would’ve been able to complete a project of this magnitude,” he said.
He credits that progress to CCC Art Instructors Rosalind Wilcox and Brad Anthony Bernard.
“It’s great to have professors who stay on you and don’t mind showing you their skills.”
Bernard pointed out the many of the art majors come into the program with little no previous art exposure.
“I like the experience of being able to help them develop their skills to where they can get accepted into any art program and continue on to their B.A. or B.F.A.,” he said.
Pointing to the exhibits, Bernard said the art display is proof that the students are well on their way.
“I think they’re all definitely capable of moving to the next level—and I’m not just saying this because I’m their instructor … I think they definitely realize now the hard work it takes to perform on the next level,” he said.
Many of the pieces displayed during the reception will head to Clarksdale's Juke Joint Festival's student art competition Saturday followed by another exhibition at the Crossroads Cultural Art Center on Sunday.
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