JCJC sophomore art students display work in gallery

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2015-04-08 21:05:54

ELLISVILLE – Nine Jones County Junior College sophomores are the featured artists through May 8, for the Sophomore Art Exhibit currently on display in the Eula Bass Lewis Art Gallery. The public is invited to a free reception honoring the sophomores on Tuesday, April 14, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on the Ellisville campus.

This year's featured sophomores are Andrew Adams from Hattiesburg, Chip Cooley from Laurel, Lauren DePriest from Pearl, Cassie Ezzell from Laurel, Shalanda Keys from Collins, Katy Mattison from Sandersville, Harley Perdue from Laurel, Cheyenne Sketo from Richton and Shavon Young from Taylorsville.
“I am excited to have people see my work,” said JCJC graphic design major, Shalanda Keys of Collins. She added, “A couple of things I need to work on, as I prepare to graduate and transfer to the Art Institute of Tennessee, is to stop comparing my artwork with others and I need to do more abstract artwork.”
West Jones graduate, Chip Cooley said the Sophomore Art Show is an opportunity to gain some experience. The art major shared, “Before coming to Jones, I had little understanding of color theory and composition, but I feel much more knowledgeable about the two subjects.”  Cooley said he enjoyed Art History the most because of the impact it has had on his own work. “I never really had an understanding of the different art movements of the past. Now I’m much more likely to consider my own place in the art world and what I want to say as an artist.”
Graphic design major, Harley Perdue from Laurel, said it means a lot to her to be able to show some of her pieces. “Jones has definitely prepared me. All three art teachers at Jones are great and are very different from each other. They give interesting assignments that force you to think in different ways and I've benefitted from them…. With design, I love that on projects you can be really precise and detailed or somewhat loose and still produce a strong design with either approach.”
Cassie Ezzell of Laurel shared a couple things she liked about her Jones “experience.”
“I enjoyed experiencing peer critiques for the first time as well as learning my love for ceramic art.”
This is the final opportunity for these sophomores to show off their talents but as JCJC art instructor Melanie Eubanks explains, exhibiting artwork is a new experience for JCJC graduates.
“This show offer students another chance to get some experience displaying artwork and learn the best way to show art at an exhibit. There is much more to it than just hanging the artwork on the wall,” said Eubanks.
The exhibit includes various forms of artwork including charcoal drawings, paintings, graphic design, ceramics and pottery. Students learned how to do matting, mounting, and spacing of two-dimensional works, as well as lighting and arrangement of pedestals for three dimensional works as part of the learning process.
For more information about the JCJC art show contact the gallery at 601-477-4148 or visit the gallery which is open Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The gallery is closed for lunch daily from 11:30 until noon. 


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