Students, artists, faculty and friends all gathered at the Pasadena Museum of California Art for the opening of the Tomorrow Today exhibit Friday evening. The exhibit filled a section of the museum with the art of many students. Pieces that included jewelry art, photography and intricate paintings covered the walls as Chris Miles, a renowned artist, art writer and curator judged the pieces he chose to be in the exhibit.
Twelve pieces were chosen and the winners were all given an equal award of $150. The students were as shocked to win as was the rest of the crowd. Miles kept everyone in anticipation as he held the names of the winners until the very last moment. No one but he knew the results of his decisions.
“There is so much talent here, its amazing,” said Miles. “It’s incredible to see a range of talents in one place.”
One winner, photography major Wesley Kane said, ” I felt like my work was strong, but felt nervous when I saw everyone else’s work. I’m still in shock.”
This was Kane’s first award for the art photo, Wood & Staples. “This just motivates me to do more work,” Kane said.
Another winner, art major Jamie Julian, was in the student exhibit last year and again submitted and got selected to show her wood painting works this year. Her piece, Portraits on Wood, received one of the awards.
“Last year was a nice experience,” Julian said. ” This piece is part of a series I have been working on for long time now.” After the show a viewer who took great interest in her art offered to buy her winning piece. “I am ecstatic to be finally recognized for my work,” said Julian. ” It’s a great feeling.”
Brian Tucker, Art Instructor and director of the PCC Art Gallery was pleased with the opening of the exhibit. “This has been a great night for the students, art department and the museum itself,” said Tucker. “There is a high level of energy and it all benefits the program and the students especially.”
Among Tucker and Joseph Futner, interim dean of the Visual Arts and Media Studies division, were other faculty and board members, including PCC President Mark Rocha, who seemed to be thoroughly entertained by the art.
The Tomorrow Today exhibit will be open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. until May 20. Admission is $10, $5 with student ID. This is the second year the PMCA and PCC have joined together to produce this event. Before that, the show was held on campus.
“This is a solid show and deserves to be here, in a museum like this,” said Miles.
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