STORY By PIXIE IWATA STAFF WRITER
On Thursday, April 28, 2022, the Cypress College Arts Department held an opening reception for their annual Students’ Show in the Cypress College Art Gallery.
The previous reception the department held was for “Adaptive Vision II,” the online Students’ Show that showcased works via Zoom. This year’s show was the first in person student gallery that the department was able to open.
The doors opened at 6:00 PM for friends and family to begin to walk through the gallery. The department provided refreshments such as pizza and drinks to enjoy outside of the CCAG.
Students were excited to finally share their work in a physical gallery for their friends and family to see.
Richard Nguyen, a photography major, was featured in the Students’ Show with his self-portrait work based on his experience of being pulled over and questioned by the police.
“It was great to see the enthusiasm for my and other students’ work shown by the many attendees at the opening reception. I’m flattered to have been a part of it,” said Nguyen.
At around 7:30 PM, the heads of each department led everyone toward the entrance of the gallery to announce the scholarship recipients. Many students were recognized for the scholarships they received. A couple of those being Wilson Kwon, Magdalena Oliveros, and Jessica Guillen.
On the same night, the Photography Department held its first-ever Student Show in the Technical Education I building.
To start off the night, they conducted an award ceremony celebrating students who were the best in the show. The students who placed first, second, or third in their category were awarded with a certificate and a camera for their efforts.
The rest of the night was open for friends and family to walk around the gallery and look at all the students’ work. They also had refreshments to enjoy such as chips, charcuterie, water, etc. The work varied from students who have been in the department for years and those who are finishing their first semester.
This year’s students’ shows created excitement for future fine art events and in-person galleries.