The ArtSpace Gallery is filled with paintings by our very own Art Professor, Zaiga Thorson, and pottery by her good friend Lori Roderick! In their group show “Transitions”, the artist's work compliments each other in color, and organic style. When talking about their work, the two mentioned that they never planned for their pieces to compliment each other so well. Lori focused her artist talk on how she became an artist in pottery, and had a beautiful message to those who attended the reception. Lori’s message was that we use art every day in the way we think as artists even when we are not physically making art. Zaiga focused her work on the light she tries to bring on dark times in her life, and the meaning of family, especially symbolism of her Latvian parents. Besides going to art as an outlet, Zaiga closed her artist talk with emphasizing on doing what you love no matter what anyone says. Lori and Zaiga inspired many who came to the reception, and it was lovely to support our own Black Hawk Professor! Both artists gave great talks, answered questions, and even spent time chatting with attendees after the show. Thank you Zaiga, and Lori for showing us pieces of you that we can all enjoy!
The ArtSpace Gallery at the Quad-Cities Campus is exhibiting “Transitions” by Lori Roderick (ceramics) and BHC art professor Zaiga Thorson (paintings). The work will be on display from Monday, Oct. 2 through Friday, Nov. 3. Everyone is invited to a reception with the artists from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5. This is a great opportunity to ask the artists questions and gain insight on their work. The ArtSpace Gallery is located on the first floor of Building 4.
For the Fall 2017 semester, the art lab will be open Tuesday (12:30-4:00pm), Thursday (12:00-4:00pm), Saturday (9:00 am - 1:00 pm) and Sunday (12:00-3:00pm). These hours are in addition to regular business hours. You may also work in the computer lab during normal business hours when it does not interfere with the classes being held. On weekends, you will need to enter from building 3, at the entrance near public safety. Be sure to check the BHC art blog for additional art lab hours and holiday hours.
A day filled with art is a day well spent! It's even better when we get to support our very own artists from Black Hawk College! Alumni Haley Gustafson competed at the Davenport Chalk Fest and masterfully drew her famous twisted tree. Across from the Chalk Fest, our very own Professor Zaiga Thorson had her work displayed at the Bucktown Center for the Arts. Her work, "The Visitor", is a beautiful painting apart of the Out and About show. A round of applause to Zaiga and Haley!
Inspired by his Chinese culture, and calligraphy, Peter Xiao's exhibiting work "Found in Translation" at the Quad City Campus ArtSpace Gallery was brilliant and beautiful. From using unconventional and unexpected materials such as, tires found on the side of the road, socks, and more, Xiao showed us to take risks and try new things. Xiao, an Augustana professor of art, played with Chinese characters in mixed media and pushed it to another level. His message to not be afraid to fail and keep going inspired many that attended the reception. Thank you Peter Xiao for sharing your art with us at Black Hawk College!
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.
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.