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News: PCC Student Art on Display at Pasadena Museum of Art, May 5 - 20

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Pasadena City College (PCC) and The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) are proud to present Tomorrow Today, an exhibition featuring work by current art and design students at PCC, one of California’s premiere community colleges. 

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held at PCMA (490 East Union Street, Pasadena) Friday, May 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The student work ranges from conceptual projects to traditional crafts, reflecting the generational perspectives and personal idiosyncrasies of an extraordinarily diverse community of student artists. Christopher Miles, distinguished art writer, curator and artist, will jury the exhibition.

This is the second exhibition co-organized by PCC and the PMCA, a partnership that PMCA Executive Director Jenkins Shannon describes as “enriching for both organizations. We are proud to recognize these artists and designers who we hope will continue to contribute to the field after they leave PCC.” Joseph Futtner, interim dean of the PCC Visual Arts and Media Studies Division notes. “Much is made of the importance of mentoring students and providing them with professional models. This exhibition is the type of experience that provides exactly that. This opportunity offers our programs a level of visibility and legitimacy that is unparalleled for an institution of our kind, particularly in such an arts-rich and culturally committed community as Pasadena.”

The PCC Art program attracts students of all ages and backgrounds from throughout the region, including many who are the first in their families to attend college. It is the home of what art critic Doug Harvey described as “a remarkably strong art department,” where students produce works that are “equal to or better than anything out there.” Many PCC art students successfully complete their baccalaureate and graduate studies at top-ranked art schools, including UCLA, CalArts, Art Center College of Design and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

“This exhibition comes at a decisive moment for public higher education,” says Brian Tucker, associate professor of Art at PCC and the director of the PCC Art Gallery. “PCC, like all public colleges in California, has recently been buffeted by reductions in staff, course offerings and extracurricular programs. The museum exhibition is an inspiring opportunity for our students as they move forward in their studies. It also serves as an argument for the value of a community college program that invites students from all economic backgrounds to engage art with the same rigor that one finds at top-notch universities and art institutes.”

For more information, call (626) 568-3665 or visit www.pmcaonline.org.

Release Date: 05/01/2012
Contact: Juan F. Gutierrez , Director, Public Relations
Phone: (626) 585-7315
Email: jfgutierrez@pasadena.edu