NJC Student Art Show Runs April 25-May 6 – Sterling Journal-Advocate
Despite some challenges when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the visual arts are once again thriving on the Northeastern Junior College campus.
Starting Monday, the Pete Youngers Gallery inside ES French Hall will present the annual NJC Student Art Exhibition, which will run through May 6 with a closing reception on Thursday, May 5, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Several students with pieces featured in the exhibit showed their creations of paintings and stained glass at a meeting of the CNM Advisory Board on Thursday.
“It was a fun semester for me, coming from trying to teach art online, not the best platform, but then slowly recovering from it and then, for the first time in several years, my course painting was able to work, because we were full of students. So we had a very busy semester with a lot of people kind of using the two art rooms and coming in and out and using it as a workspace,” said Professor Will Ross.
The students showed off the first project they did for his painting class, which for some of them was their first experience with painting. Ross said the goal of the project was to give students lots of experience without having any concerns about putting marks on the page.
He started by asking them to create an imaginative design using lines and shapes and then moved on to applying color, really flat color applications. Once everything was painted, they had to do it again to cover the surface once more while starting to give the room a dimensional volumetric application of paint, “where they change the color of the paint but also the lightness and darkness. , to give it a 3D effect,” Ross said.
Students said they saw different things in their painting as they progressed and really tried to improve those images. They also noticed how simply flipping the board from a vertical position to a horizontal position could change what they were seeing.
“It just showed how many perspectives there are in abstract painting, and it taught me that I shouldn’t really judge how I paint it for the first time, maybe try rotating it a few times and see how it’s going,” Clinton Eckenrod mentioned.
The show will also feature stained glass, which is a little harder to create than you might think. Kaylee Soule first talked about creating leaded stained glass, then using Louis Comfort Tiffany’s copper foil technique, “which is much lighter, much more malleable and easier to work with. “.
“It’s very calming, who needs therapy when you have art,” she said.
Celeste Delagdo-Pelton, Chair of the Liberal Arts Department, shared that they fought very hard to be able to keep performing arts and visual arts on campus when COVID-19 restrictions began to be implemented and to allow students to create in any medium. they are passionate. It was very valuable for the students.
“A lot of students over the past couple of years have shared this, it’s really what helped them through all the hardships and we actually had a really nice explosion of students from the community who started to take painting, stained glass and ceramics and are really kind of finding the mental and physical benefits of participating in the arts,” she said.
In addition to the art exhibit, you can also enjoy the talents of Northeast performing arts students at the Spring Ensemble Concert taking place Saturday, May 7 at 7 p.m. at the Dorothy Coresberg Theater.
Delgado-Pelton also spoke about the Partnership for the Preparation of Rural Educators (T-Prep) program. Beginning in the fall of 2022, this partnership between the University of Colorado Denver and the NJC will allow students to begin taking classes at NJC toward an associate’s degree, and then they can complete the rest of their coursework in as a CU Denver student face-to-face – face-to-face classes taught by CU Denver faculty at the NJC campus in Sterling or online. Students can obtain a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, elementary education, and special education.
The program is started with a grant from CU Denver, which means students pay NJC tuition for the first two years, but then pay reduced tuition for the second two years,” so that students who do will be able to complete a bachelor’s degree roughly, depending on tuition hikes, for around $35,000, which is a bit unheard of. In addition to this, there are also scholarships available.
Delago-Pelton announced that Jenny Smock has been hired as the residency coordinator, paid for by CU Denver. She will be responsible for bonding with the students as they go out and make observations by working with the teachers in the classrooms and she will also do a lot of the class coordination.
“We’re hoping we’ll get a lot of traditional age students with this program, we already have quite a bit of interest from concurrent enrollment students, but this program is also more geared towards adult learners,” he said. she stated. “We have a lot of students who have worked as paraprofessionals in schools, because they want to be in education, they’ve done those first two years, but they have life or families or mortgages and they can’t just not picking up and moving to the Front Range, so it’s a tremendous opportunity for us to be able to offer students to participate in this program.
While they hoped five to eight students would start the program this fall, interest is so great that they already have 38 students in line. Some have just made a first survey, but others are already fully registered and have obtained scholarships.
“It’s just great and it makes me a bit emotional about how much this is going to do for this region. The teacher shortage is just terrible; we already have principals saying how quickly can we hire your graduates?” said Delgado-Pelton.
NJC President Mike White talked about some of the things he was thinking about and wanted to work on, including NJC’s sustainability registration and review and other offerings they might have for students. . He mentioned that Colorado State University contacted him to do a program similar to T-PREP, maybe for accounting.
White also shared that the college is making investments through grants to advance the precision agriculture program. While the first certificates for the program are being awarded this year, the start of the program has been hampered by COVID-19.
Additionally, he mentioned some opportunities in vocational and technical training, particularly with the new US Air Force Intercontinental Ballistic System which is expected to come into effect in 2026.
“We think they’re going to need some skilled labor so we’re talking and attending some town halls to see if maybe an electricians program or something that if we start soon would provide some skilled workforce in the future,” White said. .
Steve Smith, Vice President of Student Services, spoke about start-up plans. There will be two ceremonies on May 13, with no restrictions this year. Students in agriculture, emergency medical services, fire science, health, math, and science and nursing will be recognized at the 10:00 a.m. ceremony and students in automotive, wind, diesel applied technology and Welding, Business/Sports Management, Cosmetology, and Liberal Arts will be honored. at the 2 p.m. ceremony.
Developing Math Teacher Rachelle Davis spoke about the NJC Math and Science Competition that took place March 29-30. About 500 high school students chosen by their schools came to the NJC to take various math and science tests. The annual event is a fundraiser for the CNM Math and Science Club, this year they were able to raise $1,500.
In other matters, White announced the resignation of board member Sergio Sanchez and said they were looking for someone from Yuma to replace him and Faculty Senate Chairman Kevin Stump announced they had awarded their annual scholarship to Caliche High School graduate Macie Smock.