Annual Student Art Exhibition at Northwest Vista College

This year’s annual student exhibition highlights the artwork of 12 exceptional Northwest Vista College students.

The students were chosen for the exhibition from a pool of 40 applicants. NVC Instructor Rachael Bower looked at over 200 works of art by those students to narrow down the artists. The featured students span a variety of media including ceramics, collage, digital, drawing, fashion design, painting, photography, sculpture and woodworking.

Rachael has curated the student show each year since 2015. Typically there are eight students whose work is showcased over the summer months, half two-dimensional and half three-dimensional. This year there was such a wonderful variety of themes, techniques and media that it was expanded to include even more artists.

Arranging the work for installation is one of Instructor Bower’s favorite parts of the process, “it is always exciting to see how the art informs one another.” Each student’s artwork is accompanied by a brief biography and artist statement for viewers to learn more about them and their work.

Exhibit on Display Through Summer


The exhibition remains on display through the first day of classes, Aug. 27. The public is welcome to view the exhibition at any time Monday through Thursday this summer. You can find the art exhibit lining the hallway in the Palmetto Center for the Arts building. Purchase inquiries may contact Instructor Rachael Bower,

Interested in submitting your artwork next year? Look for the ‘Call for Art’ posters in the art building in spring 2019. Students do not need to be art majors to apply or enrolled in art classes-this juried opportunity is open to all Northwest Vista College students. All skill levels and media are encouraged to apply!

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NVC Student Artists Invited for Chalk-a-Lot with Fiesta Theme

Student chalk artists can take over the sidewalk and patio of the Cypress Campus Center April 23-27 for the return of Chalk-a-Lot. This year, the chalk-art event is asking artists to develop work with a Fiesta theme. The competition is a collaborative project of the NVC’s Fine and Performing Arts and Kinesiology faculty and staff, Community Development at NVC and the Friends of the Arts at NVC (FANs).

Classes and individuals may reserve sidewalk space for their chalk designs by contacting Mimi Duvall at 210.326.2622 or emailing her at Classes may reserve up to four spaces and individuals or small groups may reserve one space. Chalk will be provided.

Judging of the completed designs will take place on Thursday, April 27, between 11 and 11:30 a.m. with winners announced at noon at the completion of the NVC Staff Council’s Shortest Fiesta Parade. FANs members are serving on the judging panel.

First prize for classes is a pizza party provided by the Friends of the Arts at NVC (FANs) and free one-year Student Membership in the Friends of the Arts at NVC for each participant. The top two individual or small group designs will receive $25 NVC bookstore gift cards. Each class and individual or small group will also be encouraged to collect donations for scholarships through the FANs as votes for their design. The design team which raises the most funds will also receive a $25 bookstore gift card.

Contributed by Lynne T. Dean, Director of Institutional Advancement