San Jacinto College students take top honors at art competition

11.10.2017 | By Melissa Trevizo

Pictured above from left to right: Daniel Longtin, art professor, San Jacinto College Central Campus; Karen Fiscus, University of Houston Clear-Lake assistant director, The Art Gallery; Jeffery Bowen, University of Houston Clear-Lake director, The Art Gallery; Matthew Napoli, first place, San Jacinto College South; Virginia Perez, second place, San Jacinto College North; Oscar G. Del Torro, honorable mention, San Jacinto College Central; Heidi aus den Ruthen, third place, Lone Star; Joe Clark, art professor, San Jacinto College North Campus; J. Todd Allison, department chair, arts and humanities, San Jacinto College Central. 

San Jacinto College South Campus art and design student Matthew Napoli took first place and a $175 prize at the 15th Houston Area Community College Student Exhibition, Wednesday, Nov 8.

“Winning is a huge honor,” Napoli said.  “I’m really surprised because so much of the work here is really incredible.”

Napoli entered three pieces for review in the competition titled, “Forthcoming Ruthlessness,” “Slouching Toward” and “Forthcoming Reduction” using oil, charcoal and graphite on paper.

“My pieces reflect relationships and how fluid they are,” Napoli said. “How quickly they can break down.”

Napoli was joined by Virginia Perez from the San Jacinto College North campus, who earned second place and a $125 prize.

Oscar G. Del Toro from the South campus and Liza Villalta from the North campus were also recognized with honorable mentions. The awards were presented at a reception and gallery opening for the exhibit at the University of Houston-Clear Lake Art Gallery.

San Jacinto College students from the North and South campuses made up 14 of the 25 gallery entries.

“This is big deal for community college artists,” said Randy Snyder, San Jacinto College North Campus department chair, fine arts, speech and education. “This particular exhibit carries weight and prestige. We’ve had several students win first place in the past.”

Juried by gallery director Jeffrey Bowen, the exhibition features 25 works by 16 artists currently enrolled in studio art classes at Houston-area community colleges. The exhibition runs until Thursday, Dec. 14 at the gallery located at 2700 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, Texas.

Students selected for the exhibit are:

San Jacinto College North Campus

  • Nithzel Barrios
  • Shavrielle Charles
  • Alexis Garcia
  • Virginia Perez
  • Liza Villalta

San Jacinto College South Campus

  • Oscar G. Del Toro
  • Matthew Napoli

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students each year benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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