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Annual Student Scholarship Exhibition at COD’s Marks Art Center


April 21 - May 15, 2014


The Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts at College of the Desert (COD) is once again presenting its annual student scholarship exhibition. Students majoring in Art, Architecture, or Digital Design and Production (Graphic Design) are eligible for scholarships made possible by the Dumont Foundation, as well as Nancy H. Bacon, Lila Dare, and Joyce Norton. This year, nine students received scholarships: Cristian Cabrera (Dumont), Barbara Downs (Dumont, Joyce Norton), Daniel Gallegos-Sanchez (Dumont, Nancy H. Bacon), Sallé Kirby (Dumont), Hiram Guerra Moreno (Dumont), Rossy Nayotl (Dumont), Debra Rapp (Dumont), Virginia Santillanes (Lila Dare), and Dominic Serna (Dumont). Much of the students’ artwork is also for sale, thus providing an excellent opportunity to support students while acquiring affordable, original artSerna 2.jpg

Pictured right:  Photo by Dominic Serna

In addition to work by COD students, the Marks Art Center (MAC) is also featuring artwork by students from the Palm Springs Unified School District in an exhibition entitled The Glass (and Photo) Menagerie. This show consists of two elements, one of fused glass and the other of manipulated photographs. Advanced art students from Palm Springs High School participated in a series of workshops under the direction of renowned glass artist, Patrick Blythe, to create their own abstract creations with glass.  Alongside these small gems are photographic portraits of students from the Ramon Alternative Center; in a five-panel work entitled We Are the Future, teaching artist Ray Lindsey worked with the students to first make individual black-and-white photographs, which were then enhanced with color and markings to showcase the unique personality of each student. Rounding out the PSUSD exhibition are twelve prints made by Bella Vista Elementary students working with artist-in-residence Charlie Ciali.

The exhibition opened on Monday, April 21, with a free artists’ reception honoring COD and PSUSD student artists on Thursday, April 24, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Musical entertainment will be provided by DJ Alf Alpha, who has recently played the Coachella Festival, and there will be a free do-it-yourself craft table provided by The Coachella Valley Art Scene.

The Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts is a non-profit cultural and educational facility. Committed to educational excellence, MAC provides a venue for artistic exploration, experimentation and research. MAC is located at the northwest corner of the COD campus, adjacent to the Street Fair parking lot (Lot 28) and across the street from the Coeta and Donald Barker Nursing Complex.  The Marks Art Center is always free and open to the public; regular gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; City of Palm Desert 1st Weekends: Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; and by appointment.