Student art draws Mass Appeal

A collection of student artwork decorates a wall during a Mass Appeal exhibit several years ago in the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion.

Photo courtesy of Orange Coast College

As the two exhibits currently residing in the main and project galleries of the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion come to a close Saturday, a collection of artwork made by Orange Coast College students will replace the blank walls.

The annual Mass Appeal showcase accepts work from students all over OCC, regardless of their major, in an effort to encourage artists on campus to delve into their creative roots and expose their work to a larger audience in a professional setting.

The student show is open to anyone who considers themselves an artist and wants an opportunity to present their work to their peers, faculty and other artists in the community, according to the arts pavilion director Tyler Stallings.

Unlike the majority of exhibits at OCC and other galleries that entail weeks or often months of meticulous planning, Mass Appeal allows student work to speak organically for itself.

“In a way it’s a minimally curated show, so it’s an unusually democratic process,” Stallings said.

According to Stallings there are few limits to what students can submit in regards to the medium. However, only one piece will be accepted.

While students have the option of choosing their desired medium, Stallings said he suggests they speak with him before submitting art that may take up a large space, is not traditional, or requires additional preparation.

Stallings said he hopes to see students break out of their comfort zones and feels there is a lot of creativity on campus, not only in the arts department.

“I suggest students take advantage of this to be bold and do something that isn’t for an assignment,” Stallings said.

According to the Mass Appeal guidelines, the arts pavilion has the right to not accept work including those that involve live animals, food, organic or decaying matter, parts not properly secured or objectionable content. Otherwise, all work will be accepted as long as there is space.

“We see so much talent and you often go ‘that would be the artist to go on and do this professionally.’ This will give them that opportunity and show others that they have the persistence,” Stallings said.

Intended to create more space and a more immersive experience, additional walls were recently built down the center of the main gallery. Stallings said the new walls will play an integral role in increasing opportunity regarding the amount of work they will show.

The drop-off period for artwork will be held April 17-19 in the arts pavilion.

The Mass Appeal guidelines suggest students visit the arts pavilion before submitting work to observe the current exhibit and utilize the gallery layouts.

An opening reception will be held in the arts pavilion May 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. and will feature a guest judge who will award prizes including a $100 for the first place artist.

According to Stallings, the event will be fused with the arts pavilion’s traditional ice cream social where students, art critics and faculty can congregate, discuss their work and receive feedback.

The exhibit will run through May 17. The arts pavilion is open to the public during the week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Thursdays until 7 p.m.

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