Upcoming Art Gallery will feature student art work

Naomi Volcy – Central Bureau Chief

The Rosemary Duffy Larson gallery at Central Campus hosts an exhibition focused on Broward College students that are taking Studio Art courses. The student exhibition occurs every year during the springtime, and this year will occur April 14. The student exhibition is an opportunity for students to showcase their talents and the skills they have acquired within the classroom. 

Angel Clyman, Director at the Rosemary Duffy Larson gallery, provides her sentiments on the exhibition. “The Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery shows work from professional artists from all over the world, but our annual student exhibition is one of the most exciting shows we put on. It really is a pleasure to showcase our amazing Broward College art students and the energy they bring to the exhibition and opening reception is like no other. For our students, it is a great opportunity to have their work viewed in a professional setting, and it is also a resume-building activity as these young creators build towards their careers in art.”

For students that are interested in being apart of the exhibition, you must have taken Studio Art courses this previous fall and summer semesters, or currently enrolled in spring courses. Further, there are three important dates/deadlines you must be aware of. 

The applications are available this month (January) and can be obtained by one’s professors or at the Rosemary Duffy Larson gallery. Artwork must be submitted between March 21- 26. In this timeframe, it will be juried for the exhibition. 

A guest juror is chosen each year to help in evaluating students’ work, and this year it will be Meghan Kent, Curator of Exhibitions at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood. 

“We always bring in a guest juror, so it is a blind juried process, so that each exhibition has a different point of view, and it is a great opportunity for an art professional outside of Broward College to see student work,” said Clyman. 

Lastly, to find out if your artwork is chosen for the exhibition, you must return to the gallery between March 30- April 2. 

Yuneikys Villalonga, a Curator at the Coral Gables Museum of Art, was last year’s guest juror. Villalonga shared her experience and sentiments of the exhibition in her juror statement,” The 42nd edition of the Annual Student Exhibition, “You Are Here,” launches at a historic time. It is to be noted that, unlike in previous years, the conception and production of these works took place under the stress of a merciless pandemic that subverted life, as we knew it. …the quality of this year’s submissions, the creativity and mastery of the different techniques in the works, speak of the extraordinary effort and commitment of these students. They bring us a message of hope and remind us of the important role of art in individual and collective healing…”You Are Here” is a call to confront, outsmart and celebrate our present time and place, through the endless avenues of art.”

Submissions are awarded prizes as followed:  Best in Show, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, Honorable Mention, a prize for exemplary painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, conceptual art. There are prizes for digital art and printmaking, though this is only if there are enough submissions in this category. Lastly, an artwork is purchased to be a part of the Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery permanent collection.

Rossiny Llopiz was last year’s Best in Show winner for her artwork “Gifts and Opportunities.” The artwork displays an Asian albino child reaching out into a space-like background. 

“The child being the main element and everything around her felt like the gifts and opportunities that a child has within them and in their future… The space background represents the infinity that gave birth to the child and lies ahead of the child, the child representing new life,” said Llopiz.

Llopiz was encouraged by her professors to submit artwork to the exhibition but decided to do so to see if her artwork would be chosen and thought it would be exciting to see her work alongside her peers. She is glad that she submitted her work, as she had a positive experience being within the exhibition. 

For more information or any questions on the student exhibition, you can call the gallery at 954-201-6984, or email Clyman at aclyman@broward.edu. For more information or any questions for the Best in Show winner, Rossiny Llopiz, you can reach her at richrossiny@gmail.com.

Rossiny Llopiz’s piece, “Gifts and Opportunities,” was awarded Best in Show winner.
Photo courtesy of Broward College.


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