Snowboarding artist one of many featured at LTCC
Snowboarding led Nina Aegerter to South Lake Tahoe, but it was photography and art that drew her to Lake Tahoe Community College.
After high school Aegerter completed a degree in hotel management and worked in the industry for four years before deciding to change careers. Finding herself in Tahoe for the snowboarding season, Aegerter made some new friends that shared her creative side. They were involved in the photography program at the college and encouraged her to take some classes.
Aegerter quickly became a familiar face at the college, working in the photo lab and eventually earning her photography certificate. This led to a photo internship with Tahoe Quarterly Magazine. With one goal met, Aegerter started taking more art classes in different media.
“Ceramics, Raku, metal sculpture, dimensional design and printmaking have opened a creative window to mixed media,” Aegerter said. “It’s a great way I can portray my artistic view on life. Even though my forte is photography, I love to work with other materials and explore new ideas.”
Aegerter has entered her work in LTCC’s Annual Student Art Show for several years and received multiple awards. She will be exhibiting again this year when the show opens Sunday. Besides her art, Aegerter is also finishing a nursing degree, so she can help others and “afford her art career.”
Aegerter is just one of many student artists that will showcase their work in LTCC’s 2011 Annual Student Art Exhibit. There will be more than 500 pieces in 18 different categories on display throughout the main campus in the commons area and in hallways.
The artists’ reception in the commons will be 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday and will feature free live music and food. The show will continue through June 16, and is open to the public during regular campus hours. First, second, third, and Honorable Mentions will be awarded in each category. A ribbon for Best of Show will also be awarded to an individual piece for most outstanding work. A special award is the People’s Choice Award, voted by the viewing audience within the first week of the exhibit.