An Open Letter to My Students at BHC:
I will miss Black Hawk College a great deal. I worked with a lot of wonderful people over the last three years, many of whom have had a significant impact on my life. The last four months have been very challenging for me both personally and professionally, but the support that I received from my colleagues and from all of you helped me to get through it. I will never, ever forget those of you who stood up for the art department and for me. You have no idea how much that meant to my wife and I. I will carry those memories with me for the rest of my life.
I feel privileged that I was able to work with Zaiga, Melissa, and David over the last three years. I learned a lot from each of them and they have helped me grow in many different ways. Zaiga and Melissa worked incredibly hard to keep the programs alive and I truly hope that the administration will somehow find a way to keep Art and Design thriving on campus. I will miss many things about BHC, but at the top of the list is working with my fellow art faculty.
I truly hope that some of you enjoyed my teaching as much as I enjoyed having you as students. I hope that you were able to see how much I loved my job and how much it meant to me to be your instructor. I often think about how lucky I am to do this for a living. I get paid to do things like run wildly down the sidewalk, digitally blend two people’s faces together, and discuss the finer points of photographing fruit on fire. Your energy, enthusiasm, and excitement keep me coming back semester after semester. I cannot conceive of a better job to have.
You should do everything in your power to find a career that you love. There is no amount of money that is a substitute for that. After I lost my job here, I had many people suggest that I look into other fields that might be more lucrative, reliable, etc. I did not listen to those people. I am an art teacher. This is what I love, what I am good at, and what I want to wake up and do everyday. And while it has not always been easy, convenient, or simple, it has been the right decision for me.
Never let anyone tell you that you can’t make a career out of art and design. You may have to bite, scratch, and claw more than other people, but if you are passionate about what you are doing, then you can make it happen. Believe in the power of hustle. Some of you are more naturally talented than others, but ultimately your success will be determined by your work ethic and your “give a damn”. Show up when others don’t, follow through when others don’t, and keep working while others rest. Never lose sight of what you really want to do, and always be taking steps toward that goal no matter what gets in your way.
Please stay in touch and never hesitate to reach out. Good luck in all of your pursuits.
P.S. Always remember to keep mouse in the house.
For the final project in ART 232 (The Photographic Series), each student worked for approximately six weeks on one project of their choice. They had to submit proposals, write artist statements, professionally mount their images and give artist talks to a public audience.
For the final project in ART 213 (Digital Photography), each student had to create a five image series centered on one theme or topic. Check out some selected images from these projects!
Students Featured: Craig Gaul (The Elements-Wind), Saeed Ajideh (Light Painting), Shannon Smith (Pin Up Murders), Sydney Hess (Classic Cars), Danielle Frey (Sneezing), Jenna Vrombaut (Mental/Emotional disturbances), Austin Griffin (Emotion of eyes), Autumn Williams (Pressed Flowers), Wyatt Wade (Wasting Money).
For the final project in ART 217 (Digital Drawing), the students had to created "exploded view" diagrams of a futuristic invention. Check out a few of the best!
Students Featured: Landen Babeu (Teapot), Jordyn Carter (Nike Shoe), Amber Dale (Juggling), Quentin Dixon (Bass), Nick Henne (Jet Pack), Morgan Scott (Hat), Amber Straw (Coffee Toaster), Yesenia Campos (Refresherator), Danielle Frey (Flazer)
Art lab hours for Saturday the 22nd will be 11-3 with camera gear checkout and return available. The art lab will be CLOSED on Sunday the 23rd. Sorry for any inconvenience and be sure to plan accordingly.
The Black Hawk College digital photography class was recently invited to the new photography studio of Ford and Brown. Joshua Ford and A.J. Brown are architectural still photographers by trade, applying that specific skill set to video and film production created at Ford and Brown. Joshua also runs Ford Photography and A.J. runs A.J. Brown Imaging. Working together or separately, these two photographers produce great work. They were gracious enough to take time from their work to give the class a tour of their new studio in downtown Moline. Joshua and A.J. shared some of their current and past works, as well as an insightful, open talk about their careers in photography. Be sure to check out the awesome work of Ford and Brown. A big thanks to Joshua and A.J. for allowing the whole class to hangout and for making us feel welcome.
It's that time of year again to submit your work for the student show in Art Space! Each student may submit up to three pieces total. All work should be exhibition ready (framed, matted, mounted, etc.) when turned in. Artworks are due by Thursday, April 13th at noon. Submit the work to the drawing room (4-131). All media and art forms are eligible (Photography, Drawing, Graphic Design, Painting, Illustration, Digital Imagery, etc.). If you need assistance selecting works or preparing them for exhibition, contact your art faculty members. Please attach a tag to each of the pieces you are submitting (Label file can be downloaded below). Good luck!
We found out yesterday that the Art and Visual Communication programs will continue at BHC! While the faculty reductions will still take place, this is great news for current and future art students in the region. All of the art faculty worked very hard to formulate a plan that would allow the department to survive. We are grateful that the administration was willing to listen to our suggestions and find a way to make it work. I am confident that Zaiga Thorson and David Murray will work tirelessly to maintain the high quality of education we have had in our programs for so long. Thank you so much to everyone who signed petitions, attended the board meeting, wrote letters, and generally supported us during this challenging time. It means a great deal to all of us.
Image from Mr. Petersen's Digital Photography class (ART 213). Today's topic was using strobes for high speed photography.
BHC students and staff made a trip to DeKalb, Illinois to attend the 2017 Community College Exhibition hosted by Northern Illinois University’s School of Art and Design. The participating BHC student artists were
Nicole Davis, Eric Neels, Paul Lacefield, Jenna Vrombaut, Amber Dale, and Taylor Neyens (Honorable Mention Recipient). BHC staff artists were Kyle Petersen and Zaiga Thorson. The day trip included a tour of NIU’s art department, lunch, the art exhibition, and visiting with local artists. A great time was had by BHC students and staff spending an entire day immersed in the art scene of NIU.
Black Hawk College is a community college with campuses located in Moline, IL (Quad Cities) and Kewanee, IL.
Students majoring in art at Black Hawk can pursue an Associate's Degree in Visual Communication, Art or Fine Art, or a certificate in Art Technology.
ArtSpace is Black Hawk College’s art gallery. Located in the hallway of Building 4 of the Quad-Cities Campus, ArtSpace displays exhibits that rotate on a monthly basis.