BY TODD EVANS
Vincent van Gogh once said “I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart,” and the student artists at County College of Morris displayed the products of their hearts and many hours of work at the Art Club’s Annual Art Exhibition April 2 in the Davidson rooms located in the student center.
CCM Art Club President Megan Metrock said that the goals of the exhibition were to give the student artists exposure and for students to “come together and see a bunch of artwork.” The work shown at the exhibition varied across different types of art including: acrylic paint, photography and mixed media. The majority of the submissions to the exhibition came from art majors, but a few artworks were created by non-art majors.
There was a competition element to the exhibition with all submissions being judged with three levels of winners selected. The first place winner was The Youngtown Edition’s own Mike DiCola for his photograph titled “Asbury Park.” His winning photograph was a black and white that depicted a “pier in Asbury Park that is almost completely repaired after hurricane sandy,” DiCola said. He believes that his photograph really works because he “kept it extremely simple” and that it has a “very smooth, clean finish to it” because it was printed on canvas.
An acrylic painting titled “A Child’s Imagination” came in second place. It shows a child’s bedroom in black and white with three toys at a tea party among other common childhood objects in the background. The ceiling and walls are bending and the wallpaper is rolling off exposing the sky.
The honorable mention of the exhibition went to Carlos Tobon’s “Andrea” which is an acrylic painting of a landscape going off into the distance with snow peaked mountains and a sun shining through clouds.
The exhibition gives student artists “a great way to get your foot in the door of the art world.” DiCola said. He intends to move towards a career as a freelance photojournalist and his dream to photograph for National Geographic.
In a time when many educational art programs are being cut from budgets and the demand for art has fallen because of financial concerns, CCM students can help support the arts. Many art activities such as the exhibition cost little to no money so students can help by “stopping by and checking it out” and seeing the products of what student artists “do in those big studio rooms” Metorck said. The artwork from the exhibition afterwards will be displayed in the bookstore on campus in the student center.