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Visual Arts Center’s Annual Student Art & Design Exhibition goes virtual

Jacqueline Kay wanted to capture a playful, vibrant image celebrating femininity and a black woman being confident and beautiful in her own skin.

Her image, “Fashionista,” won the President’s Award at the 49th  Annual Student Art & Design Exhibition at Tidewater Community College’s Visual Arts Center. The show is virtual due to COVID-19.

“My aspiration is to become a fashion photographer and continuing to work toward my goal of making black women feel seen, uplifted and represented in the contemporary fashion industry,” said Kay, who will graduate in May with an associate degree in Photographic Media Arts.

Monika Chuchro’s photograph “Withering Away” won the Purchase Award. Chuchro’s piece reflects her daughter, “a young lady who is too engrossed in her electronics to notice the beauty and passage of time that is happening around her,” she said. “The passage of time is represented by the withering flowers and rotting fruit.”

Withering Away

Chuchro, attending TCC to earn a Career Studies Certificate in Photographic Media Arts, hopes to open her own photography business and continue to create fine art images that can, one day, be on display in galleries and museums. She plans to eventually work toward a master’s in photography.

Jessica Clampet’s “Shadows of Suburbia” oil painting earned the Provost’s Award. The studio arts major has always admired her neighbor’s home in Churchland. “One night when I was driving home, there was a light casting the most amazing shadows through a tree on the house. I was in love and wanted to play with that,” she said.

Shadows of Suburbia

After TCC, Clampet plans to transfer to ODU and work toward a bachelor’s in fine arts with a teaching license.

See a complete list of winners.

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