By Jennifer Lugo – Collegiate Staff
Around twenty art students have been chosen from Grand Rapids Community College to exchange art with students from Delta College in the upcoming Paul Collins Gallery Exhibition.
GRCC art students will examine and give feedback on other pieces from Delta College. Led by Scott Garrard, a curator and professor of art at GRCC, the exhibition will give students a chance to get exposure for their work.
Delta College announced the program in 2011, opening minds to new works by Michigan based artists. The displays are free of charge and open to students and to the general public. Garrard was invited to put art on the campus when it opened. During this time, he was introduced to Assistant Professor Ben Clore.
“Artists struggle the most with getting their work out there,” Garrard said, who then decided to collaborate with Clore to give the art students an opportunity to showcase their works in other places.
“In the art world, it’s sort of like east meets west in Michigan,” Garrard said.
The art from Delta College will be here for about a month, and vice versa.
“I am excited to have some of my pieces on display at Delta College,” said Crystal Gail Cunningham, a GRCC art student who will be displaying two sculptures at Delta College during the swap. “This is a great opportunity for the students of both colleges to get to see what others are up to. I have an organic flow clay sculpture and a set of plates in the show. I plan to view works of peers and enjoy what others are doing as well as maybe getting some inspiration.”
Garrard shared how he feels trading pieces could benefit them.
“What I’d like is for all students to produce and exhibit their work, enter the show, giving them self-confidence,” Garrard said. “It helps build self-awareness when they get positive feedback from peers, knowing they have artistic value in the community.”
Three Dimensional Artists from the Visual Arts Department at GRCC are now proudly displaying works at Delta College. These exhibits represent student artists in the mediums of Ceramics, Sculpture, and 3D Design. Garrard said “the best of the best” have been chosen, so GRCC will be well represented.
The art exchange started Feb. 2 and runs through March 20. Student works from GRCC will be displayed are on display at Delta College February 2- through Feb. 27 and Delta College student’s artworks will be available for viewing at GRCC Feb. 16 through Mar. 20 in the Collins Art Gallery, located on the 4th floor of the main building.