By JALYNN VINSON, Ranger Reporter:
On Friday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m., Amarillo College held a reception marking the opening of the annual AC/WT Art Show. The event took place at the Amarillo Museum of Art on the Washington Street Campus.
“The AC/WT Show functions in a variety of ways–we have an opportunity to work with the AMoA, which allows students to show their work in a professional museum setting. This is an amazing moment for many students, who suddenly see how the setting changes their perception of their own work. It also highlights the great relationship between the AC and WT Art departments. Many AC graduates choose to continue their education at WT,” Stephanie Jung, visual art instructor said. “It’s also a wonderful opportunity to show off the very high level of work our students produce to the students, their families and to the community.”
The show highlights the work of emerging young artists, said associate professor of art, Steven Cost. “Students help hang the show in a professional manner–art pieces at eye level, and properly labeled. In addition, it has been a wonderful marketing tool in promoting both schools,” Cost said.
Many students were honored with awards for their pieces. AC student Aimee Miller received the Visual Art award for her pieces currently hanging inside the Amarillo Museum of Art.
“I was very excited to receive an award. This has been a new experience for me; I’ve never been to an art show before, and to have my work acknowledged like this makes me super happy, and was very encouraging,” Miller said.
Jung noted that, as a professor, one of the best parts of her job is seeing students begin to think of themselves as artists and professionals. She encourages her students to keep moving forward.
“Try new things. Don’t afraid to get out of your comfort zone–you can always go back there. Don’t commit to your first idea–brainstorm many solutions before you get started on your project. Observe the world the way an artist does–look for patterns, look for the unusual, be curious. And the old standby: Work hard,” Jung said.
The show will hang through April 15. Students can visit the museum and see the pieces hanging during the hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free.