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Student Invitational 2007

April 23 – May 26, 2007

Thursday, April 26, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Chaffey College and the Wignall Museum are pleased to present the Student Invitational 2007 (SI07), an annual exhibition of work by students that have excelled in the art program. Participation in the exhibition and the honors class that accompanies it is competitive. The students are selected by a jury of full-time faculty from the Art, Photography, Ceramics, and Digital Media departments. In its 30th year, this annual exhibition reflects the creative professionalism and diversity of the visual arts program at Chaffey College.

The Student Invitational, SI2007 opens on Monday, April 23 and runs through Saturday, May 26, 2007. The opening reception will be on Thursday, April 26 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. The artists will give an artists' talk and walk-through of the exhibition during the reception at 6:30 p.m. The exhibition, reception and artists' talk are free and open to the public.

The students selected to participate in the exhibition create completely new bodies of work specifically for the exhibition. They also participate in this unique, honors seminar course where ---with the support and assistance from the art faculty, gallery curators and staff---the students intensely explore their own artistic process. In addition, they also participate in many aspects of exhibition development and production. The impressive result is SI07 - an exhibition of exciting ad innovative artwork that engages the viewer at the intersection of personal obsession and social critique.

"This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Student Invitational Exhibition, the tradition of this event is older than most of the students themselves. I have witnessed at least a decade of this unique experience within the Chaffey visual arts program and have seen how the process gives each student an experience that often propels them to higher education in the Arts. It is evident to the instructors who mentor and nurture these students each year that what keeps the program interesting is the unpredictable dynamic of each year's group. In this thirtieth year, the students have displayed an ability to be wildly whimsical and yet utterly serious when it counts. This group was able to collaborate smoothly on major decisions about this show and because of that their relationships have ballooned. Their work deals with family, culture, race, gender and physical experiences. Often the work is very tactile, visceral and sensual. Technology takes a major role this year, but at the same time, one of the students uses pure earth elements to mix his own clay. This group is extremely diverse in approaches and choices of medium. They are clearly aware of their remarkable differences in culture, race and gender and have incorporated that into their point of view. This show inevitably seems to generate artwork that is in tune with the world at large. Although often unsettling, sometimes full of fear, as well as, whimsical and celebratory the work gives us physical evidence of these students' concerns, dreams and nightmares. It has been a pleasure and an inspiration to work with a group that is so self-motivated, directed and responsible for their ideas. I found myself saying that this is what teaching should be like. For them, the learning was effortless even though the work was very intense." ---Kathy Haddad, Project Coordinator


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