Volunteer State Annual Art Exhibit brings fresh perspectives

By Danielle Salvato

On Tuesday, April 16, the first floor of the SRB building was filled with students and faculty. Everyone gathered around the array of sketches, 2D and 3D design, photographs, paintings, graphic design pieces, and ceramic works created and submitted by students.

According to the Volunteer State Community College Campus Events web page, “The Exhibit is free to the public and open Apr 11– 25, at the Vol State Gallery, first floor, Steinhauer-Rogan-Black Humanities Building (SRB), Gallatin campus.”

Anyone interested can see the exhibit for themselves between these dates.

Student Ally Davis with her photograph. Photo by Danielle Salvato

Student Ally Davis with her photograph. Photo by Danielle Salvato

The Volunteer State Community College Annual Art Exhibit is an event designed to show off the works of students and recognize their efforts. The teachers and students involved support this tradition.

Pictured is Ally Davis, a student at Volunteer State under the Middle College High School program, who has her photograph “In the Woods Somewhere” featured in the art exhibit.

“It’s a pretty big honor,” she said, “I’m thankful for the opportunity to have been a part of this, and I’m grateful for the range of classes offered here that made this possible.”

Abigail Felber, a Vol State instructor of art and the humanities, served as the planner of the art showing and the awards ceremony.

“The main reason I think these shows are so great is because these students get to show off the art they’ve been working so hard on. They also get to see it in a more professional light; they get to see their work in a more detached way, and it’s exciting to see it all cleaned up and finished,” she said.

On the subject of students seeing their work in a more detached way, Felber stated that when artists spend excessive time on their works, they get too close to their work to judge its quality.

She believes that art exhibits are important because, among many other reasons, they allow students to appreciate the true quality of their work through the perspectives of others.