ACC art students to hold show today

ALPENA – Fine arts students at Alpena Community College will showcase their hard work tonight at the Fine Arts Building on campus from 7-9 p.m. Many different styles of artwork are on display from ceramics to digital photos, to sculpture and design. Over 100 students have been busy working for the past semester completing these projects to present them to the public.

“Part of the class is exhibiting artwork,” Art Director Laurie Wade said. “They get dressed up, bring hors d’oeuvres, and show their talents. The students do amazing work.”

Graphic design student Amanda Hulsey has three pieces of art in the show with a morphing drawing, a rendition of the Three Little Pigs story using different types of lines with motion, tension and depth, and a quilted story board.

“We got to pick a story and do our own interpretation of it,” Hulsey said. “We have a lot of one-on-one time with our teachers. As an art student, it’s important to get that type of guidance.”

Hulsey’s love of art started in elementary school.

“I always loved projects and coloring,” she said. “It was the part of class I always looked forward to.”

Ceramics student Megan Ouillette said she gained her love for art in elementary school as well, and carried it with her to high school.

“I took my first ceramics class in high school,” Ouillette said. “My mom was also into photography. She wasn’t a professional, but she got me into that too.”

Both students said their teachers really make a difference in their classes by providing encouragement to students individually.

“We’re our own worst critics,” Hulsey said. “We present our artwork to the class and then we critique it.”

Students are given deadlines to complete their projects, but also given the freedom to use all areas of their imagination, Hulsey said.

The art display at ACC shows just a few of the different types of art that can be created at the college.

“Students have the option to be creative,” Wade said. “People fall back in the old saying ‘what are you going to do with a degree in art,’ and I answer that by asking them who designed the backpack they’re wearing, or their clothes. There are so many areas in art. We have past students sculpting the new 2015 Cadillac, leading design teams, and building choppers. We also have art teachers all over the country in K-12 that have all come from Alpena.

“Alpena has a lot of talents, and it shows in events like this.”

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