As Lake Tahoe Community College prepares to open its biggest art show of the year, Art Department Chair and Gallery Director Phyllis Shafer puts the final touches on a months-long project.
“This is our big ta-da. It’s the exhibition that highlights what our students have been doing all year long,” Shafer said.
The 2013 LTCC Annual Student Art Exhibition is open to every student who enrolled in one of the college’s art classes during the past year. The event, which started about three decades ago according to Shafer, typically displays more than 450 pieces of artwork that fall into 17 categories.
On Sunday evening a guest juror will name winners for each category, which include digital and traditional photography, metal, figure and ceramic sculpture, as well as an overall Best in Show.
Voting for the People’s Choice award will continue for two weeks before college staff tallies the ballot results.
But before the gallery opens and judging begins, Shafer and her six-person team must collect hundreds of pieces of artwork and commandeer the LTCC Commons as they organize the display.
Shafer’s team, all students from her art exhibition production class, tracked down everyone who registered for a LTCC art class this school year and solicited more than $1,500 worth of donations from local businesses for the cash awards and gift certificates. The Tahoe Art League will also present two students with a $1,000 art scholarship each Sunday.
“I only had six people in the class, but they worked so hard,” Shafer said. “They’re working way more than a normal one-and-a-quarter credit course would require, but they learn to stage an art exhibition.”
Shafer and her students will prepare the gallery all day Friday and Saturday before the exhibition opens Sunday at 2 p.m. The event will include live music and food from 2-3:30 p.m.
And for any art collectors who plan on attending the event, all the student artwork will be available for purchase at a “very reasonable price,” according to Shafer.