December 2021

Reemerging

FRCC/BCC 5TH ANNUAL STUDENT SHOW
DEC 03- JAN 09, 2022

The Firehouse Art Center is proud to present the fifth annual juried student show from Front Range Community College’s Boulder County Campus in Longmont. The show is a continuation of an academic goal set by John Cross, Lead Faculty for the art program, and the Firehouse’s commitment to educational and professional opportunities for emerging artists and students. Students experience the challenges and joys of presenting their work professionally, from documenting their pieces to professional framing.

The show is a competitive entry open to all art students from Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and the current semester. Prizes are arranged in categories: 3D Design, Drawing, Photo, and Painting. There will also be a Best of Show prize and a VP Purchase award, in which the college purchases work for its permanent collection.

“This year, I have been honored and amazed to witness the enthusiasm and energy of our students and faculty as we reemerged from our collective isolation and returned to the classroom. We all suddenly remembered what it was like to be part of a community of learners with the common focus of creativity. The return to the classroom revealed how much we, the faculty, all missed working in-person and the students really poured themselves into the work with vigor. The work in this show reflects a renewed sense of connection and interaction that we all have craved for over a year. I couldn’t be more proud of the art program, the students and instructors alike, and how we all rebounded from this challenge.

This year, I have been honored and amazed to witness the enthusiasm and energy of our students and faculty as we reemerged from our collective isolation and returned to the classroom. -John Cross

This year the show will be juried by Brandy Coons, the Firehouse Art Center Curator.

JUROR BIO:

Brandy Coons studied photography at the University of Georgia and Louisiana Tech University, completing her BFA in 2011. Since then she has worked as a product photographer and graphic and web designer, and began working within the Longmont arts community in 2015 when she joined the Board for ArtWalk Longmont. She began working as the Executive Director of ArtWalk in 2016, where she pursued her passions in local community engagement in the arts.  As Curator at the Firehouse Art Center (since 2018) she is able to apply her interests in fine arts presentation and art history within the gallery space, continuing the Firehouse’s efforts to engage our community with thought-provoking exhibitions while supporting practicing artists in all stages of their careers.

“I’ve worked with John Cross in presenting student work for the Juried FRCC show since 2018, but this is my first year as Juror, and it’s really exciting to see the process from a different perspective. The students produce amazing work every year, and I truly enjoy the energy that burgeoning artists bring to their work. Creating and sharing a work of art is an act of profound bravery and vulnerability, and it is a pleasure to celebrate the efforts of our local students.” – Brandy Coons