Claw Marks | Cerritos College Art Exhibition Returns

On April 28, Cerritos College’s art department opened its 2022 art exhibition after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

A ceremony to recognize the students’ work and announce awards was held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, following judging by a designated judge.

The ceremony took place in the Fine Arts Building on the west side of campus, where over a hundred students, parents and faculty gathered to witness the opening of the art exhibition, which will be open through July.

A reception for the 2022 Cerritos College Art Exhibition began at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Fine Arts Building on campus. Copyright: Clarissa Arceo

Since the beginning of the semester, a competition has been open to students from the departments of art, digital and graphic design, photography (etc.) at the university.

Students were allowed to enter their works in a competition – whether physical, digital or on paper – and were given a chance to win cash prizes and recognition for their work in the campus art exhibition.

First, second, third and honorable mentions were awarded to students from seven different categories who submitted their pieces and were shown in the exhibition.

The categories to be evaluated were for (1) ceramics/3D design; (2) painting/life drawing; (3) freehand drawing; (4) Printmaking/2D design/color theory; (5) graphic design/digital illustration; (6) 3D modeling/editing of movies; and (7) photography.

The art gallery in the Fine Arts Building featured works ranging from paintings, drawings, photographs, digital designs and more on Thursday.
Pieces ranging from paintings, drawings, photographs, digital designs and more were judged by category and received recognition when they were hung in the art gallery. Copyright: Clarissa Arceo

For the past two years, the art department had shown its exhibition exclusively online via Zoom, where students were given virtual awards for their work in online courses.

Teaching and academic support (particularly for the drama department) Ariel Hughes said she is grateful to James McDubbin for inviting her to be part of the arts community at Cerritos College this year.

“The students have submitted so many great pieces,” Hughes said, “and the craziest thing is that these are beginners, they’re just scratching the surface of their potential.”

Hughes stressed the importance of recognizing the amount of time, effort and work that each student puts into their pieces.

“Being isolated for two years and still being able to hone your skills during the semester,” Hughes said. “That’s talent! It’s so amazing that we can bring our community together again to see the beauty of art.”

Over a hundred students, parents and faculty from Cerritos College gathered at 5:30 p.m. Thursday for a reception to celebrate the opening of the Department of Arts' 2022 Art Exhibition
Over one hundred students, parents and faculty from Cerritos College gathered at 5:30 p.m. Thursday for a reception to celebrate the opening of the Department of Arts’ 2022 Art Exhibition. Copyright: Clarissa Arceo

Many students expressed their gratitude and enthusiasm for the reception and the exhibition as it allowed them to gain more confidence in themselves and their work.

Rachel Tamayo, a Graphic Design major at Cerritos College, won 1st place in the Two-Dimensionalism and Color Theory section for her blue abstract self-portrait; She hopes to transfer to California State University of Long Beach for her arts programs.

“I always knew I wanted to do something with art, and I’m still trying to decide what exactly I want to do with art,” Tamayo said. “This piece probably took me about 25 hours or more.”

Tamayo said she was prompted by one of her professors at the college to submit this piece.

“I actually didn’t think I was going to win anything at all, I was so shocked when my name was called, but it’s a great feeling, I still can’t believe it, but it makes me feel good about my work” , Tamayo completed.

Luis Artega, a photography major, received an honorable mention from his photography professor for submitting a photo of a street sign with an American flag floating in the background.

“This exhibition was suspended for two years because of COVID-19, so I don’t think many people knew about it or went there,” Artega said. “I’m just thrilled to be able to submit my work and be recognized for my efforts. I fell in love with photography in high school and I want to do the same.”

Artega said he [also] hopes to transfer to CSULB for her photography program.

Students, parents and faculty are invited to view the various artworks submitted by the college's students through July.
Students, parents and faculty are invited to view the various artworks submitted by the college’s students through July. Copyright: Clarissa Arceo

The 2022 art exhibition is open until July 14 according to college hours for students, faculty and families to view the recognized works.

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