By Keli Hall
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – A reception April 17 opened the annual exhibition of artwork created by students and auditing students at Camden County College.
The two-hour event was presented inside the Marlin Gallery. As visitors walked in, they could see many three-dimensional pieces displayed on columns while other pieces of art such as charcoal and oil canvases were exhibited around the perimeter of the gallery walls.
When asked about the time it took to create the artwork presented, Theresa Marlin, gallery director, said, “Most pieces were done within the semester while others were completed within the year.”
One student was very impressed by the work she saw by senior citizens. “I was amazed by their artwork,” said Linda Cummings-Lee, a music major and senior at CCC.
Marlin said senior citizens who participated in the program ranged from ages 85 to 92.
The gallery had two sections of artwork. Within the first 20 minutes, the space began to fill with about 30 people. The lobby area, located by the theater entrance in Lincoln Hall, displayed short films produced by students in the new film curriculum as well as refreshments for guests. Many students whose art was on display attended the reception along with friends and family.
One artist, Leona Negovetich, a senior at CCC, presented a black and white photograph of an old, vacant house. “I found the house in Philadelphia one night,” Negovetich said. “I liked the house because I found it to be unique because it was so dilapidated.”
Pieces were juried, which has been a tradition at CCC since 1968. Judges of the exhibit were artists Philip Carroll and Karen Chigounis. Grand prize winners received $300 while other prizes varied by age. Nick Kacic, who won best in show, displayed “Evolution II,” a limestone piece.
The 45th Annual Visual Arts Student Exhibition is on display through May 10. The Marlin Gallery is inside Lincoln Hall on the Blackwood campus. Hours are 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. Admission is free and open to the public. Students interested in the program or in submitting artwork for next year’s exhibit can contact Marlin at 856-227-7200, ext. 4201, or firstname.lastname@example.org.