Review of Visual Art’s “The End of Year Show”

June 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm Leave a comment

Final Visual Art show of the year at Parks Exhibition Center

After a year of exciting shows,  Parks Exhibition Center closed with “The End of the Year Show”. The exhibition showcased some of the great projects, works and installations by students of the Visual Art Department.

Parks Exhibition manager Mallory Cremin said “a couple projects really stand out. Jessica Cheng wanted to try an installation which expanded the illusion of broken space she was trying to evoke in her painting. She transformed the gallery corner with black tape, and occasional boards, to make the space look alternately empty and coming out.

Detail of Jessica’s installation

Another exceptional student project was the 13 foot long drawing of an imaginary space by Sofia Villena-Araya. The graphite drawing took dozens if not hundreds of hours to create.”

The past year at Parks included two visiting artist shows – Kim Abeles & an Alumni Visual Art Show.  In the fall, highlights from the career of Kim Abeles were featured in the gallery space. Included in the exhibit were the Smog Collector Series, the Thunder of Waters video wall,  Paper Person and Frankenstein’s Heart.  The last project was expanded in a workshop with the students, where they examined their own identity, creating individual “records” and combining parts of these into a group “heart”.  The workshop was funded by an AEL Grant, giving the students an opportunity for closer dialogue with an established successful Los Angeles artist.


At the beginning of the Spring Semester Parks’ manager Mallory Cremin curated and hosted an exhibition of Visual Art by Idyllwild Arts Alumni. Participating artists ranged from Shepard Fairey ‘88, who exhibited an example of the Obama HOPE poster and other assorted works, a painting by Monica Lundy ‘91, iron sculpture by Hawkeye Glenn ‘87 and works by many other alumni. The exhibition received regional and local media coverage and the school was honored to have Shepard speak. Shepard gave a powerpoint presentation to the community about his experience as a student at Idyllwild Arts and how a field trip he took as a student inspired the entire “OBEY” campaign.

In addition to these shows the Exhibition Center held a faculty show, student theme show, a junior show, and a series of senior shows in the spring. Congratulations to all of the Visual Art students and their fabulous faculty.

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