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DMC’s 53rd Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show Opens with Reception on Feb. 15

Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso

Attracting some of the most creative contemporary American artists from across the country, Del Mar College (DMC) first launched the annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show in 1966.

On Friday, Feb. 15, the College’s Art and Drama Department will host an opening reception for their 53rd Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show featuring two- and three-dimensional pieces.

The free reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Joseph A. Cain Memorial Art Gallery located in the Fine Arts Center on Del Mar’s East Campus on Ayers Street. The opening includes live music, hors d’ oeuvres and a cash bar. For more information about the reception or the national art show, call the DMC Art Office at 361-698-1216.

This year’s juried exhibit attracted 193 entries. The task to narrow those entries down to the final exhibit was completed by juror Carlton Bradford, a studio artist and art professor from the University of Arizona. Bradford selected 39 drawings and 28 sculptures for the 2019 exhibit, which represents 62 artists, representing 26 states, whose works made the national show.

During his 40-year career, Bradford has worked as an assistant to several professional sculptors in various media, including all aspects of foundry work, wood carving and fabricating as well as large-scale metal fabrication and installation. Bradford’s own artwork has been widely displayed in several group and one-person exhibitions across the country.

While on campus earlier this month, Bradford selected purchase awards for the College, which exhibit coordinators will announce during the reception. Every year, Del Mar purchases a few pieces and adds them to its permanent collections, one of which is housed with the Art Program and displayed in the Joseph A. Cain Memorial Art Gallery from time to time and the other in the William F. White, Jr. Library in the fifth-floor gallery.

Art collectors may also purchase many of the exhibition pieces.

Take the opportunity to see some of the country’s best artists’ work. The show runs through May 3 with gallery hours scheduled 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. until noon on Fridays.


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Del Mar College empowers students to achieve their dreams. We offer quality programs, individual attention, outstanding instruction through faculty with real-world experience and affordable costs to credit and noncredit students in Corpus Christi and the South Texas Coastal Bend area. Nationally recognized while locally focused, we’re ranked in the top two percent of community colleges in the country granting associate degrees to Hispanic students (Community College Week). Del Mar College focuses on offering our students programs that match current or emerging career opportunities. Whether students are interested in the fine arts, sciences, business, occupational or technical areas, students get the education they need for the future they want at Del Mar College.