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Exhibit features student, faculty art

Department of Visual Arts exhibit highlights the partnership between YVC and the Larson Gallery

This spring the Larson Gallery will once again present the annual Yakima Valley College Department of Visual Art (DoVA) exhibition. The show presents artwork, created within the past year, by YVC students. Student work is chosen from spring and fall quarters of 2021 and winter quarter of 2022 at Yakima Valley College. Classes represented in the show include ceramics, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and design.

“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.”

Photography Instructor Chris Otten appreciates the partnership between YVC and the Larson Gallery.

“It is wonderful that YVC has an art gallery. Students can view works by professional artists that they may not see if we did not have a dedicated space for viewing a variety of artistic media. As an instructor, it is encouraging to know that our students have access to this resource. They can expand their knowledge of the arts and how they view everyday life,” stated Otten.

Otten feels the annual event provides an important outlet for YVC students and the event highlights the value of the partnership with Larson Gallery.

“Students are grateful to have the opportunity to have their art displayed in a museum. Whether for a class project or personal endeavor, making art takes time. The process is often therapeutic as students explore strategies to express their ideas from a creative point of view. Inviting the community to view a diverse range of art means a great deal to our students and their families.” — Chris Otten, photography instructor

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

“DoVA is an exciting exhibition,” continued Otten. “It is rewarding to view student work in a professional setting. The community always looks forward to seeing what our students created throughout the year. When students put a lot of time and effort into their craft, their vision is fully realized when it is displayed to a greater audience.”

The show runs May 3 – 28. Learn more about the exhibition online.