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Student Scholarship Exhibition

 
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, Lila Dare, Joyce Norton, and the Champions Volunteer Art Scholarships.  In addition to work by COD students, the Marks Art Center is also hosting a printmaking exhibition entitled Loose Continuities, showcasing prints made by students from Palm Springs High School and Ramon Alternative Center, created in a cross-age collaborative partnership with artist-in-residence Charlie Ciali.
 
The exhibition opened on Monday, April 15, 2013. An artists’ reception that is free and open to the public is scheduled on Wednesday, April 24 from 5 to 7 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 reception will be followed by our monthly Cup of Happy Open Mic event, sponsored by SafeHouse of the Desert, which is always free and open the public, thus nicely rounding out an evening of diverse cultural and community interaction and collaboration.
 
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The reception, which is in honor of the COD and PSUSD student artists, will also serve as a closing reception for Desertscapes, a month-long collaboration of major arts and community organizations celebrating artwork inspired by the Coachella Valley landscape, including the Cities of Palm Desert and Palm Springs, Coachella Valley Art Center, Palm Springs Art Museum, Hidden Harvest, S.C.R.A.P. Gallery, Historical Society of Palm Desert, Desert Art Center, and Venus Studios Art Supply.  Local artists from the Coachella Valley Watercolor Society and the Palm Springs Chapter of the California Art Club5 will demonstrate plein-air painting techniques on the lawn in front of the Marks Art Center, and will display works created throughout Desertscapes in the courtyard, many of which will be for sale by the artists. Much of the students’ artwork is also for sale, thus providing an excellent opportunity to support students while acquiring affordable, original art. 
 
The Dumont Foundation Scholarships range from $250 to $2000 for the academic year. Students from the areas of Art, Architecture, and Digital Design and Production (Graphic Design) are eligible for scholarships. This year, ten students received scholarships: Tatiana Barbuzza (Dumont), Cristian Cabrera (Dumont Merit, Bacon, Champions), Christopher Conner (Dumont), Barbara Downs (Dumont), Hiram Guerra (Dumont, Champions), Thomas Lopez (Dumont Merit), Daniel Owens (Dumont), Virginia Santillanes (Dumont, Norton), Dominic Serna (Dumont Portfolio, Dare), and Sergio Valdez (Dumont).
 

The Marks Art Center is always free and open to the public, Monday-Thursday, 12 to 4 p.m., and by appointment; for more information, please call (760) 776-7278, and for information about Desertscapes events, please see www.desertscapes.net, or call (760) 837-1664.

April, May 2013