Contact: Zina L. Carter
Wharton County Junior College freshman Lillian Osborn of Richmond perfects a drawing during a recent art class. The art department is hosting a student art show at 6 p.m. Monday, May 1, in the main hallway of the Duson-Hansen Fine Arts Building on the Wharton campus. The event is free of admission and open to the public.
Wharton County Junior College freshman Lillian Osborn used to consider art a hobby, but not anymore. Since enrolling in WCJC’s art classes, the Richmond native has developed a keen interest in applying her artistic skills to a career as a graphic designer.
“Through these classes we’ve been forced to get out of our comfort zones and learn more about ourselves as artists,” Osborn said. “My time here has helped me better understand art in general and its value in society.”
That value is more significant than many people could imagine, says WCJC Art Instructor Dianne Curtis. Each semester, she puts on an art show to provide students with a chance to share their talents and build confidence in the fact that art is a valid career option.
This spring show is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, May 1, in the main hallway of the Duson-Hansen Fine Arts Building on the Wharton campus. The event is free and open to the public.
“The art show is the culmination of a lot of hard work on the part of the students,” Curtis said. “We have some very talented artists at WCJC.”
Students who contribute to the show have their work judged by WCJC faculty volunteers. Top exhibitors will be offered art scholarships.
Curtis is hoping the show will stimulate interest in the program and lead to more students enrolling in art classes at WCJC. She said there is a demand for more artists.
“We’re constantly getting called by area art galleries that are screaming for original pieces,” Curtis said. “My students get all kinds of attention and offers for their work. This helps them see the value in what they are producing. An interest in art can absolutely lead to a rewarding and successful career.”