The art scene at Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach Gardens Campus, is a hub of emerging artistry. The Rickie Report listened to a panel of artists speak about their own journeys and offer insights to students who are pursuing a career in the arts. This article shares some of their observations and highlights the 27th Annual Student Art Exhibit which will be shown through May 3rd.
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Annual Palm Beach State College
Juried Student Exhibition
April 9 – May 3.
Looking for that unique, one-of-a-kind painting, photograph or drawing from an up-and-coming artist? The Art Gallery at Eissey Campus at Palm Beach State College will hold its annual juried student art show beginning April 9. The 27th Annual Student Art Exhibition is a showcase of artwork created by Palm Beach State College art students. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Alysha Wilcox “Grey Scale Tiger”
The variety of work reflects the many art disciplines offered at the College: ceramics, digital and traditional photography, drawing, life drawing, applied and digital design, and painting. There will be 190 pieces in the exhibition and much of the art will be available for purchase, with prices ranging from $50-$850.
Jose Casado ” Sprouts”
One of the featured student artist is Alysha Wilcox, a 21-year-old sophomore from West Palm Beach. “My style is constantly evolving. I work with ideas, and as I’m working I usually generate at least ten more,” she says. “My artwork usually reflects life and the beauty found in it. Although ceramics has been my main medium up until this point, I am interested in many media. My goal, as an artist, is to make art that people from all walks of life can appreciate.”
Rolando Chang Barrero is this year’s curator of the show. Barrero has over 30 years experience in the visual arts as a working artist, with a B.F.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago. Barrero resides in West Palm Beach and has an art studio and an emerging artists exhibition space, ActivistArtistA Gallery at the Boynton Beach Art District.
LinhPham “Lolita Cinderella”
Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. The Art Gallery at Eissey Campus is located in the first floor of the BB building, 3160 PGA Blvd. For more information call the gallery at 561-207-5015 or visit the website at: www.palmbeachstate.edu/artgallerypbg.
Serving 49,000 students annually, Palm Beach State College is the largest institution of higher education in Palm Beach County, providing bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, professional certificates, career training and lifelong learning. Established in 1933 as Florida’s first public community college, it offers more than 100 programs of study at locations in Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens and Belle Glade.
The Rickie Report recently attended a panel discussion, ” Living a Creative Life” at the Palm Beach State College – Gardens Campus. Artist and Professor in the Visual Arts Department, Jacques de Beaufort moderated a panel of five community based artists: April Davis, Amy Gross, Chris Riccardo, David Alan Sincavage and Jackie Tufford.
Jacques de Beaufort initiated the discussion by pointing out that “To be an artist is to be different in terms of a career. No artist will ever follow the same path. It isn’t a typical 9 to 5 job. It is more a way of life, an identity. Everyone has a different yardstick to measure their success.”
April Davis started as a biology major who took some art classes. In her junior year, she became an art major. She spoke about the roller coaster lifestyle and its volatility. “It’s hard to be productive when you don’t have a deadline”, she explained. She gives herself goals to keep her on track and painting. While she now has her own gallery in Jupiter, she is still active in the Art Festival scene, marketing her work at art fairs almost every weekend from December through May. She pointed out, “While you need to be true to yourself, you need to be practical. It is important to focus on the business aspect of being an artist and you must remain disciplined to produce your art work.”
Amy Gross acknowledged that, “the world will go on if you make art or if you don’t.” Her parents were artists and she felt that was her identity as she grew up. Originally working in textile design, she began creating jewelry to calm her creative needs and eventually moved to canvas. Amy ‘s acceptance at the South Florida Cultural Consortium gave her a boost and the encouragement she needed to move into 3D art. She is a great proponent of using the internet to show, share and sell your artwork.
Chris Riccardo started as a Graphic Design major and moved to Sculpture at Boston University. After graduating, he moved to West Palm Beach, FL to work in a foundry, where he could focus on his own art as well as learn new techniques. He later opened his own foundry and was very busy producing other people’s art. Needing time to focus on his own creativity, he teaches at the Armory Art Center, running their foundry and also teaches sculpting. More recently, Chris moved to one-of-a-kind clay sculpture, learning firing techniques since he is no longer casting. He told us, “Your work develops because of the struggle. You need to see yourself as a business, to make a living. Success can be measured with small indicators, not necessarily monetary. Having respect from your peers and having clients wanting commissions can be very satisfying.”
David Alan Sincavage shared that as a young child he had no plans to be an artist. He was always looking for a way to escape his abusive family. He told us, “Drawing became a habit and a hobby. I would barter my drawings for lunch in high school.” David was quick to point out that , “a life in the arts is not just about the visual arts. It includes the literary and musical arts as well.” To remain motivated when his creativity is lagging, David found that volunteering at a homeless shelter was helpful. “Creativity”, he explained,” is a self-centered process. To be involved in a self-less activity can help you experience another part of life.” He advised that the listeners could “go into an art career to make money. Art is a language. Be passionate about it. It is an expression of our humanity. Never give up!”
Jackie Tufford described herself as a multi-media artist who is involved in performance art, sculpture and video. Her current focus is on sculpture, fashion and gender. She experiments with material, space and the body. Having started as a psychology/anthropology major in college, she was interested in understanding human behavior. She teaches at Palm Beach State College (Lake Worth Campus) and FAU. She related,” I see my work as autobiographical narratives, as I am trying to understand myself and the world around me. Being an artist gives you so much freedom! You can express everything and your choices of mediums is so open-ended”. Tufford went on to say, “Life is not a set path. Changing your mind is normal. If you love to create – GO DO IT! Listen to yourself. This is an endless journey. Your art will change as you age and will change yourself.”
The audience asked questions, which included, “How do you know what art show to enter, How do you deal with rejection, How do you decide whether to create art for yourself or art that is commercial, and Are there disadvantages to putting your work on the internet.” The Rickie Report believes this is a terrific way to begin the dialogue of art as a business with these students. We look forward to future panels where some of these issues will be discussed. And we’d love to part of the dialogue!
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