Hyde Art Gallery celebrates student art with special end-of-semester showcase

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“Nielsen Doing Lichtenstein Doing Picasso”– an art piece title created by Grossmont College student, Dawn Nielsen. The art staff at Grossmont College excelled at teaching students how to do creative titles on their art pieces.

Her piece, and others, were exhibited, and applauded, at the Fall 2018 Student Art Exhibition awards show held Dec. 4, from 4-7 p.m., at the on-campus Hyde Art Gallery.

“Nielsen Doing Lichtenstein Doing Picasso”– an art piece title created by Grossmont College student, Dawn Nielsen. The art staff at Grossmont College excelled at teaching students how to do creative titles on their art pieces.

Her piece, and others, were exhibited, and applauded, at the Fall 2018 Student Art Exhibition awards show held Dec. 4, from 4-7 p.m., at the on-campus Hyde Art Gallery.

“This is the student art show we have at the end of each semester,” said Alex DeCosta, gallery director, “We give out awards, memorial awards for past faculty, and awards of merit for exceptional pieces of art. This show has 130 pieces of art.”

One of the sponsors of two awards was Chula Vista resident, Priscilla Lazzara, who’s late son, Thomas Vincent Lazzara, was a beloved art instructor at the college.

“I sponsored two awards in his name, and I plan to continue.”

The recipient of one of Lazzara’s sponsorship awards, the Thomas Vincent Lazzara Memorial Award of Merit was Khuang Nguyen, who won in the digital Imagine and Art, NFS ART175 division.

“My nephew is dedicated to the arts, painted since he was little boy,” said Chula Vista resident Lou Bareno, who is Khuang Nguyen’s uncle. Nguyen’s art piece was titled “For Tom.”

The art pieces selected for the show spring out of 32 art teachers’ classes.

An estimated 250 guests circulated in-and-out of the awards show.

“Ceramics, drawings, paintings, photography, bronze and jewelry,” said DeCosta, of the multiple disciplines included in the end of the semester student show.

“The assignment was about using light in an interesting way. Eduardo (Eddie) Lara mixed lights – city lights, his own lights and street lights in his photo,” said photography instructor Aaron Serafino. Serafino teaches two classes – Contemporary Photographic Practice and Introduction to Photography.

“My photo is really simple, I didn’t expect it to be selected for the show,” said Ariel Simons, an undeclared major, “My family is really happy for me.”

Simons was one of five to win the Isidore Finkelstein Memorial Award of Merit, a cash prize of $50.

Art instructors and sponsors gathered to hand out 35 cash awards to students of all ages at 5:40 p.m. Of note, the President’s Award went to Chris Jones and the Best of Show went to David Lux.

“It was good to be a part of the show,” said Lux, a Santee resident, “I do a bunch of media.”

Lux won for his sculpture titled “Por Mi Sangre Maya.”

Visit: www.grossmont.edu/artgallery for more information on the gallery and shows.

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