The Norco College Art Gallery will unveil its third exhibition, “Women in Art and Animation,” next month in honor of Women’s History Month.
The exhibit will open with a special reception Friday, March 1, from 6-9 p.m.; the community is welcome.
Featured works include digital compositions, paintings and drawings by Kathy Baur of Warner Bros. and DreamWorks Animation Studios, Ashley J. Long of Fox Television Animation and Comedy Central, and Sheila M. Sofian, whose credits include the films, "10 Things I Hate About You," “The Strip” and work with MTV. Additional artists represented are Kaya Dzankich, Larissa Marantz, Toni Vian, Aglaia Mortcheva, Audri Phillips, Alina Chau, and Poli Marichal.
Karin Skiba, director of the Gallery and Norco College professor emeriti, said animation has been a male-dominated industry. In the last 25 years women have begun to emerge from the backroom and are involved in making films, commercials, movies, and cartoons.
“This is an opportunity to educate our female students about job opportunities in the arts and to educate all students about equality in the art field,” Skiba said.
Skiba says she hopes students will be encouraged by the scope of careers in art, many which are tied to Norco College’s Art degree and transfer program and Multimedia and Gaming certificate programs in 3D Animation, Environments & Vehicles and Character Modeling.
The exhibition, co-sponsored by the Lake Norconian Club Foundation, opens March 1 and runs through April 26. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. For more information, email Karin.Skiba@norcocollege.edu