Students enrolled in Durham College’s (DC) art programs prepared a glowing display for the ninth annual DC student work exhibit at the Whitby Station Gallery. The exhibition ran until May 22, with a special reception and awards presentation on May 19. Admission to the Station Gallery is free and open to all lovers of art in the community.
This year’s display featured more than 200 stunning works across a variety of mediums, spanning all three years of DC’s Fine Arts – Advanced program, and the one-year Foundations in Art and Design program. Student volunteers joined Fine Arts program co-ordinator Sean McQuay and gallery curator Olexander Wlasenko in greeting nearly 250 guests during the opening weekend and hundreds more over the course of the show.
Shows from previous years have been very popular with the public, making the student gallery a fantastic way for DC students to show their creativity and talent to the community. Every year, the event proves to be one of the best retention and recruitment tools available to each of the participating programs by showing students just how far their ability and enthusiasm will take them.
DC’s Foundations in Art and Design program acts as a stepping stone for students, introducing them to basic techniques and principles of aesthetic appeal, allowing the choice to branch into any aspect of visual art. Similarly, the Fine Arts – Advanced program offers a wide range of knowledge in visual arts by encouraging students to experiment with a variety of mediums, materials and techniques, giving budding artists the confidence and skills required to lead a successful career in arts and visual communication.