Red Dot Art Exhibit To Support Purchases for Campus Art, New Works for Sculpture Garden

Article by: Melinda Eddleman

If you’ve never had the chance to see works produced by Coastal Bend artists, the Del Mar College Art Partners’ Red Dot Art Exhibit will provide art aficionados the chance to see and purchase a variety of mediums during their one-week show. Over 50 local artists will exhibit and sell works ranging from paintings, drawings and sculpture to photography, ceramics and prints in the College’s Joseph A. Cain Memorial Art Gallery in the East Campus Fine Arts Center on Ayers Street.

“A percentage of the sales will go to the Art Partners fund, which supports the DMC Art Program in the Department of Art and Drama,” says Kathleen “Kitty” Dudics, DMC professor of art and Art Partner member. “Funds will support our ‘Art on Campus’ initiative, Visiting Artists Series, art exhibits in Cain Gallery and the expansion of the sculpture garden next to the Fine Arts Center.” 

Art Partners will purchase some works for permanent display on the College’s East and West Campuses while patrons can also add to their own collections. Prices for the artwork will vary. Patrons can purchase works during the exhibit but may not remove them until after a closing reception scheduled on Sept. 12.

The one-week exhibit runs Sept. 8-12 and ends with the reception Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. The free reception not only will feature great art but also refreshments, music and a cash bar. For more information about the exhibit, art sales and the reception, contact the Art Office at 698-1216. 

This year’s event includes local professional artists from Corpus Christi, Port Aransas and Rockport, including select art faculty from Del Mar College, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Corpus Christi Independent School District. Artists include Debbie Cannatella (watercolor painting), Kitty Dudics (oil painting), Barbra Riley (archival inkjet print), Ken Rosier (ceramics) and Ricardo Ruiz (oil painting), among many other artists. To view these artists’ works on the DMC Facebook page, visit on.fb.me/1ynjPzA.

Art Partners is a patron group that supports the DMC Art Program. Their first fundraising event featured an auction to raise funds for art purchases, including the purchase of two pieces by retired DMC Professor of Sculpture Ron Sullivan to start the program’s Sculpture Garden.

Dudics says that the late Barbara McDowell was an Art Partner and a recognized artist in the community who supported the College’s Art Program. “When she died, she left the Art Program a cash gift; and with that donation, the art faculty traveled to San Antonio to select a sculpture by noted artist Danville Chadbourne.” The artist’s work was installed in the Sculpture Garden in 2009.

Of support for the College’s Art Program, Dudics notes, “We invite anyone from the community to join Art Partners. All that’s required is that they love art!” 

Art Partners members receive invitations to special lectures and events and have a personalized tile made and permanently displayed in the Fine Arts Center foyer. For more details, individuals can contact Dudics at 698-1505 or kdudics@delmar.edu.

The Art Program’s Cain Gallery features a variety of exhibits throughout the year, including the Tri Group Exhibit, the annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show and their Permanent Collection Exhibit, among others. Except during campus holiday closings, the gallery is open Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is free.

PICTURED:Archival inkjet print (14” x 19”) titled “The Mariner Dreams of Ink and Weather, No. 9725” by local artist Barbara Riley (the image has been cropped to fit CMS formatting requirements). 

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