COS Art Gallery Presents Recent Works: COS Art Department Faculty Show

Aug 25, 2012 | 2012 Articles, Arts & Entertainment

by Amie Rangel

Featuring works by Kevin Bowman, Victor Cervantes, Richard Flores, Matt Hopson-Walker, Laura Melancon, Richard Peterson, Amie T. Rangel, Matthew Rangel, William Stuart, & Karen Taber
August 28th – September 21st

Have you ever wondered who teaches in the COS Art Department and do they still make art? The answer is: Yes they do! As a way to introduce the students and the public to their “other job,” the COS Art Gallery will be kicking off the fall semester with Recent Works: COS Art Department Faculty Show. The exhibition will run from August 28 to September 21. The opening reception is on Thursday, August 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. Come out; the faculty will be in attendance.

For students attending COS this show is an opportunity to see the work in which their instructors and/or future instructors are currently involved. Additionally, for the COS faculty, staff, and community at large it is an opportunity to see a diverse range of art that is not only relevant to the region but also relevant to trends within contemporary art.

The exhibition includes drawings and painting by Kevin Bowman, native of Indiana. Bowman recently created a series of graphite drawings during a month long artist residency at Stonehouse Residency for Contemporary Art in Miramonté. His bold mark making, up close, merge into various shades of gray curved forms from a distance.

Culturally inspired, Victor Cervantes’ works will include bold colorful paintings. Also sculptures and drawings by 3D Art Professor Richard Flores, who states his work evokes “The connectedness of one thing to another, the resulting balance between differences and the passionate exploration of human textures expressed through art.”

Matt Hopson-Walker will include whimsical screen-printed imagery of the post-industrial waste/recycling that is familiar to those who regularly drive on highway 99. Louisiana native, Laura Melancon will be showing intaglios of figurative imagery. 2D Art Professor Richard Peterson, who in large part built the two-dimensional art program into the success that it is today, will include multi-colored lithographs printed from lithographic stones.

I will be showing large drawings inspired by the obscure compound currently known as the Hatchery up in Badger. Also included will be lithographs, a drawing and a painting by Matthew Rangel, inspired by his explorations in the high Sierra and surrounding foothills. Lastly, there will be exquisitely crafted utilitarian and functional welded steel designs by William Stuart and nature inspired quilts by Karen Taber.

As a note of advocacy this program has become a vital foundation to this region for students seeking career opportunities within the arts across the nation. Since 2001 nearly 60 art majors from COS have transferred to universities receiving teaching assistantships as well as prestigious scholarships. All of these students have completed a bachelor of fine arts and/or master of fine arts degree and are currently employed in the arts. Matthew Rangel and I are proudly among these students.

The COS Art Gallery is located on the ground floor, room 214 of the Kaweah Building. Free parking is available on the night of the reception in lots 3 and 7. If coming to the gallery during the day, 20 minute parking is available in lot 3 at the corner of Meadow Lane and Mooney Blvd or in the half circle off Mooney Blvd.

Our hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For further information call the COS Art Gallery at 737-4861 or visit the COS website at Don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook to receive news on upcoming events.

Amie Rangel is originally from Dinuba. She attended COS in Visalia, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing/Painting & Printmaking from Cal State University in Long Beach, & a Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and Intermedia from the University of Alberta. She is currently teaching Drawing and Color and Design at COS, Co-Gallery Director of the COS Art Gallery, and is involved in several art events throughout the community.


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