The Cypress College Gallery class has been working on a new art gallery honoring former staff member Dan Stephens.
Professor Ed Giardina of Fine Arts came up with the idea to create a gallery in the Fine Arts building in Stephens’ name, to honor and thank him for all of the hard work he did for the Cypress College Art Gallery.
“This is the first art exhibit made by students, showing off Cypress College students’ artwork.” said Giardina.
The gallery space is 8 feet high, 4 feet in width and has a depth of 12 feet. It was once a mixed use space, located to the left of the stairs in the Fine Arts Building.
Giardina’s two gallery classes are in charge of making the Dan Stephens Gallery. The first gallery class consists of 15 students in charge of moving walls, building walls, and painting.
Mallory Roa, 21, Photography major, said, “I love the idea behind this gallery. I never knew building a wall would be this hard.”
The Gallery 2 class is four students in charge of the mission statement: curation, exhibition, policies, design, budget and overseeing the construction of the gallery. Currently they are still working on creating the policy and mission statement, which helps visiting student understand the mission behind the Dan Stephens Gallery.
“I never knew it would need to be this tedious. It’s very policy heavy, but we want to do this for Dan,” said Crisean Cabellon, 20, Advertisement and Design major.
The Dan Stephens Gallery is set to open in April.