Faculty shows they have an artistic side
An exhibit featuring local college instructors is being featured in The Bakersfield Museum of Art’s fall season.
Convergence is the product of Bakersfield College, Cal State Bakersfield and the Bakersfield Museum of Art working together to highlight the talent of local college instructors and administrators.
The show features a wide range of art forms, from video installation to sculpture, to traditional drawing and painting.
One notable series on display was done by Nan Gomez-Heitzberg. The BC administrator used cardboard coffee cup sleeves to construct a number of small altars to the Virgin Mary.
“I like the idea of using something people normally throw away,” said Gomez-Heitzberg.
A video installation by CSUB’s Jess Sugarman called “Silver Anniversary #5 (for Philip Benton)” greets patrons as they pass through the entryway into the room housing the show. The installation is made up of three televisions, each screen displaying a picture of two minivans in various positions.
One of the more popular pieces at the opening of Convergence was “Cherry Planet” by Cameron Brian.
The sculpture is a giant, green globe populated by tons of bright red cartoon cherries. The candy-colored spectacle was always immersed in a cloud of people.
“It’s so fresh for Bakersfield. I’m impressed by the selection,” said attendee Linda Hyatt.
Those who participated in the show were equally impressed.
“It’s great. It’s nice to see all our work in one place, especially with the people from Cal State,” said Kris Stallworth, who teaches photography at BC and contributed photographs to the show.
The opening for Convergence was attended by a wide range of people.
“It shows a lot of the elements of art, if people don’t know what they are. It shows a variety of everything they teach,” said Alexandra Ortiz, who is an art student at CSUB.
“There’s a lot of diversity, some traditional and non-traditional,” said Felix Adamo, an observer.
The artists that participated in Convergence drew on a number of sources as inspiration for their submissions.
“It’s more about effort. It took a lot of effort,” said Margaret Nowling about her mixed media sculpture.
Nowling stood near her work throughout the exhibit opening and encouraged on-lookers to play with the sculpture’s moving parts.
Convergence and the other presentations in the fall exhibit are on display at the Bakersfield Museum of Art until Nov. 20.