CMC students see, and show, themselves in a different light |

CMC students see, and show, themselves in a different light

Amanda Holt MillerPost Independent Staff
Self portrait by Alex Leaming

Alex Leaming has spent a lot of time looking at himself lately.”It’s different, staring at yourself all the time,” Leaming said. “You start to think you look funny.”Leaming is not narcissistic, just fulfilling an assignment and getting work ready for an art exhibit.Photography and graphic design students at Colorado Mountain College are exhibiting their portfolio projects at the CMC gallery on Grand Avenue in downtown Glenwood Springs. The show opens today and runs through April 26.”We usually go up to the campus and take pictures of the students so people can put a face with the artist,” said Alice Beauchamp, director of the CMC Center for Excellence in the Arts. “This year we decided to have them do self portraits instead.”

The students in Nancy Stranger’s graphic design portfolio project class created self portraits in a variety of ways. Mattie Riddell used oils to paint a self-portrait and then took a photo of the painting and adjusted it in a design program.”I just took a picture of myself that I liked and messed around with it,” Leaming said.Kevin Arnold got a photo of himself looking down the barrel of a gun.”You can only see my eye,” Arnold said. “It’s kind of an in-your-face piece. I wanted to do something that would cause a little bit of discussion. It has a little bit of shock value.”The rest of Arnold’s work is geared toward business and marketing graphic design. That’s the kind of work he hopes for.Most of the students in Stranger’s class are interested in pursuing careers in print design rather than Web design. They were each asked, along with the photography students, to submit three pieces of their work.

“I think the people in our class have a lot of good pieces,” student Robin Doney said. “I had a lot of trouble narrowing it down to three favorites, so I tried to choose some pieces with regional interest that people in Glenwood would like to stop by and look at.”Doney submitted a spread for an architectural company in Basalt that would appear in a magazine for the exhibit. She also chose an artistic design of martini glasses that might hang on someone’s kitchen wall.Other students submitted posters and magazine covers among other favorite works.Most of the students’ works are for sale. Stranger’s students said they priced most of their works at about $100.”Most of these guys finish in May and then they’re off on the job search,” Stranger said.Contact Amanda Holt Miller at 945-8515 ext. 529

ahmiller@postindependent.comTake a look at yourself What: student portfolio exhibit opening and reception Where: Colorado Mountain College gallery, Ninth Street and Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. today; gallery hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through April 26

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