Mass Appeal celebrates Orange Coast artists

As part of the Mass Appeal art exhibition, framed photos line the walls inside the Arts Pavilion.

The Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion at Orange Coast College is showcasing 61 student-submitted art pieces during its juried Mass Appeal art exhibition.  

This year 118 art pieces were submitted and 61 artists were selected. Organizers decided to make the exhibit it more of a competition, catering to the taste of the juror, along with cash prizes.

A number of OCC Foundation Scholarship Cash Awards will be chosen by the juror, with $500 going to the first place winner, $400 to the second place winner and $300 for the third place winner.

Director the Arts Pavilion Tyler Stallings said it was made more competitive because one gallery was occupied with the OC Review and Stallings wanted to see if cash prizes would bring out other types of work.

Rebecca Campbell, a painting professor in the art department at Cal State Fullerton and an artist represented by The L.A. Louver Gallery in Los Angeles, is this year’s mass appeal juror.

“I wanted to have someone that would have a foundation-like art point of view, and someone who students could potentially connect with due to her working at a four-year college that some students may transfer to,” Stallings said.

Any student could submit work. With a range of mediums from sculpture, jewelry, photography, drawing and textiles, the exhibition is narrated as best by theme, but being a mass appeal it was hard to organize the artwork.

With students bringing work in from all departments across campus, including a student with art made in the Maker Space, the exhibition encompasses OCC and the talented artists that attend the school.

Art history major Nicole Jolliff submitted a tapestry art piece that expresses the relationship between a water molecule and a uterus.

“That piece took about 40 hours from when I began designing the piece to when I tied the last thread, and it started off with me playing around with the two shapes,” Jolliff said. “They both have this ‘Y-shape’ to them which I thought was really cool how both things require life as we know it, and they have a similar shape.”

Intertwining Elements with the female and male reproductive systems, Jolliff combines an ode to a feminine craft with an expressive art piece.

“When I originally started doing these pieces, they started out as drawings,” Jolliff said. “I transitioned onto a texture 2-D surface, being the tapestry, and having that traditional feminine aspect of the tapestry craft was something kind of neat.”

A reception and awards will take place on Thursday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. with free admission.

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