Up and Coming Artists impress judges at the Imperial Valley College Student Art Show

The serpent, called Kokolkan, by artist Efren de la Cerda, is one of the art gallery winning sculptures


IMPERIAL – The Juanita Lowe Art Gallery opened the 4th Imperial Valley College Student Art Show Thursday afternoon for the public and the students of Imperial Valley.

The popular, annual show has grown with this year’s gallery featuring 77 pieces of art from 37 IVC students, topping the past year by at least ten pieces.  The artwork medium ranged from painting, drawing, photography, to sculpture.

For Martin Herrera it is a way to have his artwork out in the public. “I’m kind of nervous because I feel people might judge me, but it’s an honor to put my artwork out there.”

“It gives you a chance to express yourself because there’s nowhere else here,” said Alba Gonzalez about the gallery.

Visitors were treated to food and drink as they walked around the show. Live music was provided by members of the IVC Guitar Quartet and directed by Dr. Van Decker. This marked the first time live music was present since the gallery’s grand opening.

IMG_2330Seven students received $500 in art supply gift cards to stores Dick Blick and Michaels as a reward for their artwork after a blind judging by members of the gallery, Marco Vera, the curator for the Mexicali Rose Gallery, and Emmanuel Ferraes, an artist and illustrator from CSU Long Beach. Both jurors are artists and IVC alumni.

Among this year’s winners was Christine Austin, an art major student, who took away not one but four awards for each of her submitted pieces of artwork.

“It feels good because I spend so much time working on the art plus so much money,” said Austin after winning, “It’s just awesome to get these cards.”

The showcase will run from Thursday April 5 to the end of the spring semester on May 8.