Annual exhibition showcases student and faculty artwork

The Larson Gallery presents the annual Yakima Valley College Department of Visual Art (DoVA) exhibition. The show presents artwork, created within the past two years, by YVC students. Student work is chosen from Spring and Fall quarters of 2019, Winter quarter of 2020, Spring and Fall quarters of 2020 and Winter and Spring quarters of 2021 at Yakima Valley College.

Classes represented in the show include ceramics, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and design. In total 124 student entries were received.

Awards presented at this year’s show include:

  • Best of Show — Madeline Crowder for her drawing titled “Bodhisattva 4”,
  • Best of Clay — Azrael Wilson for an untitled piece,
  • Best of Photo — Julie Wake for her piece titled “Everyday Objects”,
  • Best of Drawing — Meghann Halfmoon for her drawing “Unpicked”,
  • President’s Awards — Sophia McDougall for a stop motion animation and Madeline Crowder for her painting “Tove Jansonn.”

Honorable mentions were presented to artwork by students Dayanara Jurado, Michael Barry, Josephine Clark and Vasti Hernandez.

“A large selection of the students’ best work makes this one of the favorite exhibitions of the year and a wonderful opportunity for community members to purchase art,” stated Larson Gallery Director David Lynx. “I am proud of the volume and variety of work that was entered despite a challenging year.”

In addition to student artwork, the exhibition features artwork by YVC art instructors demonstrating the creativity of their own personal work.

This year’s show includes artwork from artists: Colton Backer, Tiana Barnes, Michael Barry, Hannah Bendall, Jered Brown, Patrick Byers, Leonardo Calzada, Lucerito Castaneda, Josephine Clark, Maudie Clark, Cigdem Collins, Madeline Crowder, Lydia Cuyle, Mikel Dowd, Ann Emmons, Alyssa Erickson, Alec Espinoza, Faith Finch, America Flores, Cristal Garcia, Angelina Godinez, Anna Gomez, German Gomez, Jennifer Gonzalez, Juan Gonzalez-Perez, Brandi Gottschalk, Yanelly Gurrola-Anaya, Meghann Halfmoon, Clara Hamill, Tracey Harden, Makenzie Hebdon, Lucas Henning, Vasti Hernandez, Ashley Hopper, Samanta Hugill, Dayanara Jurado, Mackenzie Kitt, Maria Laguna, Kassidy Lenington, Amy Leonard, Calvin Lundgren, Kristyn Luttrell, Julia Maldonado, Haley Mallula, Baldomero D. Manzo, Emilia McCorkle, Kaitlyn McPheeters, Allen Medina, Guadalupe Mendoza, Rayanne Mills, Rebecca Mitchell, Debb Moser, Carmen Nelson, Katelyn Niebuhr, Chase Odenbach, Lauren Ottem, Kimberly Owen-Long, Melanie Ozuna, Lexi Pangle, Austin Peart, Jonathan Peralta, Anthony Perez, Madilyn Price, Alexandra Lynn Ramirez, Michelle Razo, Jordyn Rossmeisl, Megan Salaset, Beatriz O. Samano, Zackery Sanchez, Francis Sandoval, Jacob Sanford, Anjela Sevilla, Kennedy Stephens, Eli Storlie, Lacey Velasquez, Anthony Villa, Julie Wake, Azrael Wilson, Emmaleena Wood, Dean Yockey and Ashley Zimmerman.

According to YVC art instructor John Bissonette, this show “represents a small sampling of the commendable results of remote learning at YVC over the past year. It is a testament to the tireless efforts of educators and the dedication and drive of students during a time of stress and uncertainty.”

“Students have had to not only navigate the unfamiliarity and challenges of online education, but also adjust their lives and living spaces to accommodate impromptu art studios,” Bissonette said. “Faculty members, working with limited resources, have had to devise new methods of instruction to remotely communicate tactile concepts that are best demonstrated and experienced in person.”

TreeTop helped provide underwriting for student awards as well as YVC President Dr. Linda Kaminski. View the Department of Visual Art (DoVA) exhibition online.