VPAM’s ‘New Voices’ emerges in Art Exhibition

By Grace Wong

“New Voices” showcase became a significant part of the 2022 District Wide Juried Student Art Exhibition arranged by the Vincent Price Art Museum and Los Angeles Community College District. 

East Los Angeles College art students have exceptional artwork produced throughout the academic year and displayed hundreds of student artwork in the Vincent Price Art Museum. 

The museum has five art galleries that can accommodate temporary rotating exhibitions, student shows, and artist and community projects. 

This year, the exhibition community invited all LACCD art students to join the “New Voices” exhibition event to demonstrate student artistic achievement and engagement in contradictory propositions. 

The artists use various techniques to create their works. Such as acrylic on canvas, charcoal on paper, oil on canvas and aluminum foil. 

The subject included the cross-individual and collective narratives, local geographies, and emotionalism and social justice issues. 

Acrylic paint is bright colors, sharp brushstrokes and fast-drying paint. It uses synthetic resin to bind pigments; it can dilute with water light or thick. It depends on the artist’s needs.  

Charcoal on paper is a solid drawing stick that produces a black line when stroked across the paper. The medium is prized for its ability to create an interplay between light and shadow, known as chiaroscuro.  

Oil on Canvas – oil paint is made by sling color in oil. The mixture remains a vibrant color and makes it dries slowly. The artists have time to work on details.

Aluminum foil is used in acrylic paint; it is best though any craft paint will also work.

Eighty-one art students participate from 9 different campuses of the LACCD, which include ELAC, Los Angeles City College, Los  Angeles Harbor College, Los Angeles Mission College, Los Angeles Pierce College, Los  Angeles Southwest College, Los Angeles Trade – Technical College, Los Angeles Valley College and West Los Angeles College.

The artwork categories are granted to artists. Jury Prizes, Individual Juror awards and Museum Staff Picks. 

The Art critics have been selected by the arts professionals’ jury of leading art: June  Edmonds, Jennifer Frias, and Hamza Walker.  

Kyla Kim from Los  Angeles City College, and her “Bloody, Not Rotten” (2021 Oil) piece, on canvas won the jury Prize  second place. 

Donara Vardanyan from Los Angeles City College and her “Destroyed Peace” (2022 acrylic) on canvas won the jury prize first place. 

The “New Voices” exhibition started on November 5, 2022 and will continue to January 21 in Vincent Price Art Museum. 

The exhibit is open from noon till 4 p.m., from Wednesday to Saturday. 

Sarah Resendiz says that admission is free and reservations are recommended to ensure prompt entry into the museum when arriving. 

Walk-up access is on a first-come, first-served basis until the museum reaches  capacity. 

To make a reservation, please get in touch with (323)-265-8841 or info@vpam.org.

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