Art Beat reviews student work at Fall River’s Bristol Community College

With the pandemic seemingly in waning mode and for the first spring in three years, art and design students at Bristol Community College’s Fall River campus are exhibiting their work in the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery.

The students are approaching the end of the academic year and displaying work created for classes in the freshman foundation program or as part of their second year studies, on the path to receiving an associate’s degree in art. Many will likely go on to pursue a bachelor of fine arts (and beyond) at other institutions of higher learning.

It should be noted that the exhibition, described as a “capstone event of the academic year,” is an opportunity for students to participate in the professional practice of preparing works for display, navigating submission requirements and waiting to find out if their works have been accepted for inclusion. All these steps are a prerequisite learning experience on the path to becoming a professional visual artist.

With nearly 50 students included and 82 works on display, the exhibition is a peak into creative ventures and thought processes seen through the lens of the need to fulfill class assignments.

Work by Autumn King

The displayed work covers a wide range of media including drawing/illustration, painting, two- and three-dimensional design, traditional and digital photography, electronic imaging, animation and typography.

Subject matter includes interiors, the urban landscape, the nude, animals, still lifes, portraiture and characters from mythology, fantasy and pop culture.

Work by Hayley Schramm

Hayley Schramm displays a wonderfully painting of a plump and luscious lemon against a stark black background. Schramm does not reduce the fruit to a monochromatic shade of yellow but instead finds a terrific range of subtlety in yellow itself, transitioning from a radiant sunshine glow to warm amber hues to a greenish citrus take.

Work by George Bergman

George Bergman presents a four panel comic book-like illustration which is a mashup of elements from two different specific subgenres: John Kricfalusi’s “Ren and Stimpy (created for Nickelodeon) and a nameless and plodding zombie, inspired by “The Walking Dead.” Bergman ruptures the usual traditional layout of a comic book page by using triangular wedges and cocked rectangles as panels. And the use of translucent colors is inspired.

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