LBCC Hosts “Community Ground v.2” Exhibit

South Santiam Hall Gallery
More than 25 art faculty from Clatsop, Mt. Hood and Linn-Benton community colleges are exhibiting their work at the LBCC Albany campus, 6500 Pacific Blvd SW, through December 6.

“Community Ground v.2” fills three galleries on campus, with over 100 works of art in a wide array of media, including painting, ceramics, metal-smithing, photography, drawing, mixed media and installation art. 

The traveling exhibit is intended to celebrate the work of teaching artists and the role their art plays as a source of inspiration to their students and the community. 

The exhibit at LBCC is the second of three shows that grew out of collaboration between the three colleges. The first show was held at Clatsop last January, and the third will be held at Mt. Hood in 2014.

According to Richard Rowland, ceramics instructor at Clatsop and the inspiration behind the collaboration, “Community Ground” reflects how community college art faculty bridge the gap between teaching are and making art—both full time jobs that require a high level of commitment and focus.

“One can see that they are doing what artists do: mythologizing nature and the world around them,” said Rowland. “In their teaching, these artists provide foundational training to their students, who can then begin to develop the tools to discover their own voices, and thus help continue to define the cultural landscape for their communities.”

A “rolling reception” will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m., beginning in the North Santiam Hall Galleries with refreshments, and continuing on to the South Santiam Hall and Calapooia Center galleries for brief remarks by the artists.

In conjunction with the exhibit, a series of workshops that are open to the public will be held on Friday, Nov. 8. Contact Analee Fuentes for workshop information, fuentea@linnbenton.edu.

LBCC gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  In addition, the North Santiam Hall Gallery is also open weekday evenings until 9.

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