City College art gallery reopens after facing pandemic challenges – City Times

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New student art exhibition until October 28

Professor Wayne Hulgin shows the intricacies of an artwork created by Sarah Ruse to students next to the Fines Arts Gallery located on campus. Photo by Christopher Tapanes / City Times Media

In March 2019, when COVID-19 closed San Diego City College, the campus art gallery had just opened a student exhibit.

It lasted a week before the art department was commissioned to close the gallery doors to the public, thus ending the exhibition.

At the height of the pandemic, all classes went online and students had to show off their artwork digitally.

Nineteen months later, the City’s Fine Arts Gallery reopened.

The student art exhibition runs until October 28 with strict security protocols in place. A reception for the artists will take place on October 27 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Only eight people are allowed inside at a time and they must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival.

Parts of City College reopened for in-person classroom instruction this fall. Among the few professors on campus are art teachers Wayne Hulgin, Anna Delgado, and Terri Hughes-Oelrich.

The three professors are also part of the committee that oversees the gallery’s success, with Hulgin being the curator and general animator.

Among Hulgin’s students featured in the exhibit is Studio Art major Dustin Carroll, who is exhibiting two works of art. One is a colorful collage and the other is inspired by a dime with the words “in God we trust” on it.

Carroll said he was inspired to make a political statement on words.

“The way we look at money and the symbology in it with the words ‘in God we trust’, with freedom and all that, I think those are the things that drew me to that. and the political debate about it, ”he said. noted.

In Hulgin’s class, Carroll produced his other work, which is a large abstract expressionist painting / collage. The materials for this have been gathered from ezines and National Geographic.

“I wanted to go with these strong themes of biblical and part historical art, so I used some Egyptian influence in there and a face with a profile that looks like Jesus or something,” Carroll said. , “I also used other aspects with the feminine qualities with the breasts attached and for me it was all intuitive.

Carroll said business success was not his motivation in making his art, but to produce work that he is proud of and that others can appreciate.

Hulgin said seeing art in person rather than being online is day and night.

“You have to see it in person,” said Hulgin, a professor who has taught at City College for 25 years. “It’s art, a visual that must be seen. It’s like going to a museum. You look at a book and it doesn’t do the same justice as seeing it in person. “

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