Arts & Entertainment

2023 Annual Student Art Show

Image from Ventura College’s New Media Gallery

This coming Thursday, April 20, 2023, Ventura College will be hosting an opening of their annual Student Art Show featuring works from students during their year at VC (Fall 22/Spring 23).  The event will take place between 6:30pm – 8:30pm, during which attendees will have the opportunity to view the art pieces in the New Media Gallery and Gallery 2 at Ventura College Main Campus.

The following has been taken from the Ventura College Events page:

“This exhibition honors the work of current and recent Ventura College students. The artworks are produced in various media including: painting, drawing, ceramics, design, illustration, and photography. This juried exhibition offers many students the opportunity to have their work viewed outside of the classroom with awards of cash prizes, including the $1,000 Best in Show/President’s Award.”

VC Social had the opportunity to interview Monica Furmanski, the assistant professor of photography. She has been involved with the annual student show since 2007, which was when she first started at Ventura College. 

She informed us that the opening event will start with a ceremony that includes awards given to certain participants and a reception to follow. We also asked her some more in depth questions about her past students and her opinion on the show.

Monica Furmanski, Professor at Ventura College

Q: How do you think the Annual Student Art Show benefits the students/college?

Monica: “There are benefits for both the students and the college. For students, it’s an opportunity to exhibit their artwork in a professional gallery space, where people from the community and campus can see their work. Students get to experience what it’s like to exhibit their work and to be a part of the experience. The college benefits by showing off what our students are creating and making in the art department. A lot of what happens in the art department is in the classroom, and when we have a student show the college community gets to see what our creative students are doing. “

Q: Do you have any students that become full-time artists or make a career out of their craft?

Monica: “I do! I have had students go on to study at different universities, specifically in the arts and photography. Other students have gone on to pursue careers in the arts or they are using the skills that they developed at Ventura College to assist them in non-art careers.”

Q: What can viewers expect at the show?

Monica: “Viewers can expect a beautiful collection of art and photography created by our VC students! There will be painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, ceramics…there will be lot of art!”

We want to thank Monica for her time and on behalf of VC Social we wish good luck to those who have entered their artwork into the show and hope their future career in the arts is prosperous.

All works of art will be on display April 20th – May 4th.

You can find more information about the New Media Gallery here. 

Check out Ventura College’s various social media to keep up to date on what is happening on campus:

Ventura College

Ventura College Main Campus New Media Gallery

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