May 23, 2024

California Baptist University’s College of Architecture, Visual Arts and Design opened the doors to its art gallery in Downtown Riverside March 16 as they celebrated their fifth annual honors exhibit.

The work displayed at the exhibit was a collection of artwork  spanning from last March up until this spring semester.

CAVAD student workers dedicated time to organize more than 200 pieces of artwork in the gallery throughout the building to appease to visitors at the gallery.

“A lot of hard work went into preparing this exhibit,” said Jessica Yegge, senior architecture major. “It is really impressive how all of this art was displayed because it consists of many different components.”

CAVAD professors selected the best paintings, drawings, mixed media and sculpture of students who participated in a visual arts class to dress the walls for this exhibit.

The selection of artists was not limited to CAVAD students, but anyone who professors thought produced exceptional work could be selected to win an award.

“It is really amazing to see that you don’t have to be an art major to get the chance to have your work chosen,” said Gloriana Sandoval, junior visual arts major. “The diversity of the paintings decorates this place, some assignments were the same but they were done with a unique fingerprint.”

The awards were presented in eight different categories, in which professors of CAVAD selected during the pre-ceremony at the gallery.

Gallery visitors were also given the opportunity to choose their favorite piece to win the popular vote, an idea suggested by students.

“Before the opening of the gallery, the exposure students received for their work was limited,” said Kristine Lippire, assistant professor of visual arts. “We are a small program so this gives the students an opportunity to see the many projects their peers produce.”

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