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Art Program Holding Opening Reception Oct. 14 for DMC Faculty Art Exhibition

Over 50 original artworks featured with exhibit running through Dec. 7

Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso

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The varied mediums and talent among past and present Del Mar College (DMC) Art Program faculty is impressive. And, the College’s Joseph A. Cain Memorial Art Gallery will feature some of the best works produced here in the Coastal Bend as the Art and Drama Department hosts an opening reception on Friday, Oct. 14, for the fall 2022 Faculty Art Exhibit.

“This exhibit represents a crossroads of sorts,” says Gallery Coordinator Benjamin Ogrodnik, who is an Assistant Professor with the Art Program. “It brings together several generations of educators working at Del Mar College. New faculty members are featured as well as senior faculty who have been teaching here for many years.”

The free reception runs from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Cain Gallery, which is located in the Fine Arts Center on the College’s Heritage Campus at 101 Baldwin Blvd. (78404), get online directions and campus mapIndividuals can enjoy light refreshments and a cash bar while strolling through the gallery to view a mix of DMC faculty work ranging from digital photography, pencil drawings and oil paintings to ceramic and sculpture.

For more information about the reception and exhibit, contact the DMC Art Program Office at 698-1216 or art@delmar.edu.

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The exhibit features over 50 original pieces created by 14 faculty artists who are currently with the College’s program or who have retired. 

Ken Rosier, retired professor of art and department chair, and Randy Flowers, former professor, taught courses in ceramics and painting respectively. Flowers has included a series of colorful still lives and landscapes.

Nate Ditzler, a recently hired assistant professor of ceramics, grew up in Hawaii on the island of Oahu, and his work fabricates whimsical ceramic pieces that reference Minimal Art as well as Pixar Studio Animations. His “Unreal Weather” received the Art Program’s Joseph A. Cain Memorial Purchase Award during the College’s 2021 National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show. The fall exhibit features two of his works, “The New Good Old Days” and “Sneaking a Quick One.”

Assistant professor of architecture Bradford Eilering explores architecture at the intersection of fine art. His steel paintings, “Memory” and “Merge,” display rough textures and corroded metallic surfaces reminiscent of the U.S. Rust Belt while adjunct instructor Ashley Thomas brings life to mundane objects, such as seashells, through monumental and meticulously shaded drawings, such as her exhibit piece called “Seashell.”

And, associate professor of photography Kerstin Dale calls attentions to the fragility of the Grand Canyon with elegant, black-and-white photos. The exhibit includes her photo titled “Upset.”

Among other faculty artists featured this year are Loring Baker, Gerardo Cobarruvias, the late Ann Flowers, Amorette V. Garza-Morales, Diana Pena, Mike Stephens, Kitty Welsh-Dudics and Day Wheeler.

Ogrodnik notes, “Many of the works will be available for purchase, so we hope patrons will join us to view work by our esteemed studio instructors.”

The free Faculty Art Exhibit is on display through Wednesday, Dec. 7. The Cain Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays.



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