The Norco College Art Gallery opened with an inaugural exhibit featuring the best of student work in art, game art design, and photography. Designed as a multipurpose gallery for visual and interdisciplinary arts, the venue offers new avenues for art exploration.
Over 120 guests were in attendance to view the show and one piece of art was sold much to the delight of the student artist. An unexpected benefit of the evening came when an attendee asked to interview several students for possible employment. “He said he needed a 3-D modeler, a graphic designer and possibly a construction manager. It is good to discover the gallery will bring the community together with the College in this way,” said Dr. Debbie DiThomas, Norco College Interim President.
“The inclusion of digital screens and other technology allows us to show a variety of new media imagery and opens the space to a wider range of arts,” said Karin Skiba, director of the Gallery and Norco College professor emeriti.
Skiba envisions using the 2,500 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility to exhibit traditional fine art, photos, and graphic works. Eight large retractable wall monitors are installed for video and DVD viewing. The open floor plan also will accommodate sculpture exhibits as well as performing arts.
Fundraising efforts are underway to support the gallery, Skiba says. In the 2012-13 academic year she hopes to stage a second student exhibit, a historical exhibit introducing patrons to the city of Norco, and two contemporary art exhibits—one featuring Hispanic artists, the other illustrating social justice issues.
The current student show closes Friday, June 1st; the gallery’s next exhibit is scheduled for September. For more information about the new Norco College Art Gallery, email email@example.com