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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

ACC Seeks Visiting Artists

While there is a lot of focus in the workforce regarding math and science skills, there has been a recent increase in demand for students with skills in the arts.

Alvin Community College Art Chair Dennis LaValley wants to broaden his students’ knowledge of the art field by hosting visitin artists, gallery dealers and those who work in the art business.

“It’s helpful for students to see how people make a living in art,” he said.

With an aim to educate students about current trends in art, the ACC Foundation awarded $1,000 to the Visiting Artists at ACC Art Studios program, which would invite painters, sculptors and illustrators to the campus to teach their unique styles. Those who work in the business of art also will participate in the Visiting Artists program.

This grant would help fund visits from artists, marketing for their guest lectures and workshops in the upcoming fall and spring semesters.

The Innovative Initiative Grants are designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize and reward innovative and creative approaches to fulfill the mission of Alvin Community College. The grants will be used for the 2014-15 academic year. The Foundation began issuing the grants in 2012.

With job growth in Fine Art showing modest growth over the next eight years, students in art programs need encouragement from practicing artists.

The National Endowment for the Arts projected that jobs in the art field will grow by 11 percent by 2018, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That rate is above the average job growth rate over all professions.

“The artist occupations with the highest projected growth rates are museum technicians and conservators, curators, landscape architects, and interior designers,” the NEA report states.

The ACC Art Department hosted three visiting lecturers in the spring including ceramic artists V.Chin, painter Vie Dunn-Harr and Galveston gallery owners Elizabeth and Steve Lanier.

LaValley said he opts for a wide variety of various artists for the program who are experts at different mediums. During the lectures the artists will demonstrate for students the particular styles they use for their work.

During his seminar in March, Chin showed students how he implemented designs into his pottery while Dunn-Harr showcased her painting techniques in April.  

“We also try to consider an artist’s approach to form and shape when selecting a visiting lecturer,” LaValley said.

The Laniers talked about how artists can introduce their work at juried art shows and to gallery owners during their lecture in February.

While the visiting lecturers are geared towards art students, the events are open to the public, LaValley said. Some of the previous visiting artists spoke to a packed studio with standing-room only.

“People love coming to them,” LaValley said.

For more information about future visiting artists, call 281-756-3605 or visit www.alvincollege.edu/art.

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9/9/2014

September 9, 2014

The Office of Student Activities will host an informational session on September 9 at 12:30 p.m. on its upcoming program called Dolphins Lead, which will teach students leadership skills. For more information call 281-756-3688.

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9/10/2014

September 10, 2014

The ACC Student Government Association will have its first meeting of the school year on September 10 at 12:30 p.m. in the Texas Room. For more information call 281-756-3688.

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9/11/2014

September 11, 2014

The Texas Gulf Coast Blood Center will host a blood drive on September 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Texas Room. The drive is open to all donors in the community. For more information call 281-756-3688.

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9/13/2014

September 13, 2014

Area students will be treated to a free lunch along with guest speakers that will share tips on becoming effective leaders at the annual Student Leadership Conference on September 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guest speaker will be Andy Stoll. For more information call 281-756-3688.

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9/15/2014

September 15, 2014

The Texas Gulf Coast Blood Center will host a blood drive on September 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Texas Room. The drive is open to all donors in the community. For more information call 281-756-3688.

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9/17/2014

September 17, 2014

Students will learn about the legislative process during the annual Constitution Day event on September 17 at 11 a.m. in the Texas Room. For more information call 281-756-3688.

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9/22/2014

September 22, 2014

Registration for the second, eight-week fall mini semester will open on September 22 and close on October 16. Classes will begin on October 20. For more information call 281-756-3500.

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9/25/2014

September 25, 2014

The ACC Board of Regents will have their monthly meeting on September 25 at 7 p.m. in the Nolan Ryan Center. Call 281-756-3500 for more information.

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9/29/2014

September 29, 2014

The Fine Arts Gallery will host an exhibit of the works of William Jones from September 29 to October 24. There will be a reception on October 1 in the Fine Arts Gallery. For more information call 281-756-3605.

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10/1/2014

October 1, 2014

The Student Government Association will have its monthly meeting on October 1 at 12:30 p.m. in the Texas Room. Call 281-756-3686 for more information.

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