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The Panorama Invitational art exhibit was held in the Wiley and Louise May Jones Gallery inside the Grace Van Dyke Bird Library.

The exhibit showcased artwork by Kern County High School juniors and seniors.

Keegan Hampton, 29, is a student worker at BC and the employee that watches the art gallery and its pieces.

Hampton said that the gallery has different themes for each show, but the Panorama Invitational is for high school students to get a chance to showcase their work somewhere other than their school.

There are a total of 10 high school entries in the exhibit, including Bakersfield, Foothill, Garces and Ridgeview.

Hampton explained that the students and their displays of work were chosen by the instructors, and that there is a variety of art being shown at the invitational.

“Here at the gallery, we try to have cool, new and interesting things by consistently showing various artists and different styles,” Hampton said.

The different styles of art include 2-D and 3-D, sculpture, pastel and pencil that were offered by the gallery during the various showings.

The shows are usually put on by Margaret Nolan, an instructor at BC and head of the Art Gallery, and Marlene Tatsuno, ceramics instructor at BC, every year for the high schools.

“I usually choose work from Los Angeles and other surrounding cities. The idea is to show students work from outside of Bakersfield,” Nolan said.

The artists who have already had their work displayed, and the artists who are being shown in current exhibits are getting the chance to submit their applications.

The Panorama Invitational is going to be showing until April 1. Hampton encourages all of the students at BC interested in art to sign up for an up and coming exhibit for BC students.

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