The Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts at College of the Desert (COD) is once again presenting its annual student scholarship exhibition. This year includes scholarships made possible by the Dumont Foundation as well as the Nancy H. Bacon Art Scholarship. In addition to work by COD students, the Marks Art Center is also hosting an exhibition of art work by students from the Palm Springs Unified School District “Unicorns and Trashcans: The Cross-Age Collaboration Project."
The exhibition opens on Monday, April 30, and there will be an artists’ reception that is free and open to the public on Wednesday, May 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. Much of the scholarship recipients’ artwork is for sale, thus providing an excellent opportunity to support students while acquiring affordable, original art. The Marks Art Center is always free and open to the public, Monday-Thursday, from 12 to 4 p.m., and by appointment; for more information, please call (760) 776-7278.
The Dumont Foundation Scholarships range from $250.00 to $2,000.00 for the academic year. Students from the Art, Architecture, and Digital Design and Production (Graphic Design) areas were awarded scholarships. This year, nineteen students qualified for scholarships: Tatiana Barbuzza, Miguel Alcantar, Salle Kirby, Mayra Cruz, Roberto Oceguera, Noe Torres, Thomas Lopez, Sasha Mondo, Virginia Santillanes, Shay Zachary, Salvador Aguilar, Karla Roman Wong, Lazaro Sanchez, Robert Medina, Brittany North, Jose Villanueva, Sandra Cissell, Jose Rocha, and Brittaney Toles.
The Nancy H. Bacon Scholarship, in memory of artist Nancy Bacon, was awarded to one outstanding Art major: Michael Navarro.