ROCKINGHAM — The works of 60 Richmond Community College students were showcased last week at Arts Richmond, representing a semester-long project.
The art show not only displays the students’ artistic achievements but also reflects their personal journeys of self-expression and growth. Through dedicated instruction and a supportive community, these budding artists have had the opportunity to explore their creative boundaries and develop their artistic skills.
“The art show is incredible,” says art instructor Marcus Dunn, reflecting on the extensive body of work showcased by the students. “It’s not just the quantity, but the care and consideration put into each individual piece that is truly remarkable.”
Dunn also acknowledges the dedication of Morgan Idol, highlighting her ability to inspire students to produce exceptional work in ceramics.
Idol, another Instructor involved in the Associate in Fine Arts and Visual Arts program, emphasizes the significance of the art show in recognizing the students’ hard work and the community support they receive.
According to Idol, the program offers students a pathway to pursue their Bachelor of Fine Arts at a university, while some may choose to enter the workforce after completing the Associate in Fine Arts program.
“The show represents the culmination of the students’ entire semester of work,” Idol said. “It’s their end goal, where everything they have worked on is put on display.”
Idol further emphasizes the importance of community support, noting the presence of families and dedicated community members who attend each semester to appreciate the students’ efforts.
“It’s a testament to the fact that the arts are very much alive in our small community,”Idol added, “and it’s rewarding for the students to see their hard work recognized and supported.”
Aside from the artworks on display, the art show also offers an opportunity to hear directly from the students themselves.
Lori Sutton, a student enrolled in the arts program, was asked about her experience in the class.
Sutton expressed her admiration for Idol.
“Morgan’s a great teacher,” Sutton said. “She allows us the freedom of creative expression, where we can create whatever we want. We find inspiration from various sources like Instagram and other artists, but ultimately, we develop our own techniques.”
Reflecting on the significance of having her artwork showcased, Sutton expressed a sense of pride.
“It makes me very proud when people stop and look at my art and offer comments,” she explained. “It’s incredibly rewarding.”
Lanesha Williams, a graduating Early College senior, also shared her insights about her experience in the art class.
Williams described the class as a departure from her usual artistic endeavors, explaining, ‘It was very different from what I’m used to in terms of drawing. I typically work on smaller projects, so working on an 18 by 20-inch piece of paper was a new challenge for me. I had to bring in new techniques, thoughts, and practices.’
Williams faced an additional hurdle during the class due to a wrist injury.
“My wrist was kind of messed up, so I had to take breaks frequently as the pain would flare up,” Williams said. “It was a struggle at times, but I pushed forward and managed to get the job done.”
When asked about the significance of having her art showcased, Williams also expressed a sense of pride and self-fulfillment.
“It makes me feel proud of myself,” she said. “To see others complimenting my work and acknowledging that I can create something like this is truly rewarding.
“Even though it’s my second art show, I still feel a sense of nervousness and the same level of excitement as the very first one.”