2014 National Art Show Features Works by 84 Artists from 25 States

Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso

Attracting some of the most creative contemporary American artists from across the country, the annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show was first launched at Del Mar College in 1966. On Friday, Feb. 21, the DMC Department of Art and Drama will host the opening reception for their 48th Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show.

“This year’s exhibition is unusual in that there are three times the number of pieces on display, three times the variety of expression, three times the art and three times the fun,” says Randy Flowers, DMC Professor of Art. “You can characterize the artists as individualists whose work does not follow any current fashion.”

The reception begins at 6 p.m. in the Joseph A. Cain Memorial Art Gallery located in the Fine Arts Center on Del Mar College’s East Campus on Ayers Street. The event also features light refreshments and a cash bar. Admission to the reception is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Art Office at 698-1216. 

This year’s show features 114 works selected from 173 entries from across the United States with the competition attracting 81 artists from 25 states. International artist Leonard Lehrer, painter and printmaker who served as this year’s juror, chose 42 sculptures and 72 two-dimensional works.  

During the reception, curators will reveal three award winners including the $1,000 DMC Permanent Collection Award, $2,000 Joseph A. Cain Memorial Award and $2,000 DMC White Library Award. 

“When I visited the Del Mar campus, I had the privilege of seeing all the actual selected works that made me realize I was being presented with a rich assortment of images and was to choose those works deserving special attention and applause,” said Lehrer. “The sheer quality of the work was conceptually well founded, technically proficient and invariably extended a welcoming hand to enter the imaginative environment of these creative minds.”

The show will remain on display through May 2. Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. until noon on Fridays.

ARTWORK SHOWN: Artist Richard C. Hoff’s graphite pencil on paper, “Safe Crossing,” is among the 114 works selected for the 48th Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show on display through early May in the Joseph A. Cain Memorial Art Gallery. (The picture has been cropped in order to fit the dimensional requirements of the College’s Content Management System.)

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