PALM DESERT — College of the Desert has announced the Juried Student Art Exhibition running Nov. 28 through Dec. 13 at the Marks Art Center. The installation features artwork from select College of the Desert student artists.

Student artists were selected by the Marks Art Center Advisory Committee jury panel and required to submit artwork in a similar format as other professional galleries.

“By going through the submittal process, students learned how to go about exhibiting their art in the professional art world,” Anna-Marie Veloz, interim faculty director at the Marks Art Gallery, said in a prepared statement. “We hope this helps them understand how to better market their work while giving them the confidence to branch out on their own.”

The following students were selected to display artwork in the juried show: Abel Venegas, Adam Denny, Alejandro Olmo, Alexis Carranza, Anamarina Avina, Ambriel Styve-Hector, Angel Prudencio, Ariel Suarez, Carl Schoemig, Chantel Jamail Consuelo Marquez, Courtney McLuckie, Daniel Acosta, Delilah Avena, Emmanuel Doublin, Evan Vellios, James Burns, John Guillen, Jonnathan Poblano, Jordan Castellanos, Jordan Klotz, Jorge Mendez, Jose Simo, Jose Verdejo, Justin Tecson, Kathryn Ormiston, Leeanna Rivas, Leah Woodfield, Lisa Patencio, Louis Lasarte, Marvin Garcia, Matt Hargreaves, Melissa Hasert, Noah Teran, Raquel Ralph, Ruby Gomez, Sarah Lecuyer, Steven Gutierrez, Timothy Burr, Yosselin Ramirez and Yudith Camarena.

The photo above is of one of the sculptures from the juried show. The sculpture is by student, Angel Prudencio, the piece is titled, “Done” and it is made  from stonewave 11x8x11inches. Here is his statement on this piece:


In my teenage years I always struggle to communicate with others due to a language barrier.

Overcoming this was a frustrating experience and made it challenging to have deeper and more personal conversations. Creating sculptural artwork has help me to communicate all my ideas and frustrations, where language is not required. This piece reflects all those years of struggle, where I just wanted to go home and say “I’m done.”

The juried exhibition includes a variety of art forms including short films, two and three-dimensional works in a wide range of media and styles, including photography, printmaking, ceramics and installation art, along with paintings, drawings and other sculpture.

Some of the work will be for sale, with proceeds going directly to the students. “Perfect timing for those that still have some holiday shopping to do,” Veloz said.

An opening reception will be held 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Free and open to the public, the reception will also feature local band, Black Market Jazz. Light refreshments will also be served.

The Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts is a nonprofit facility that supports arts education and enriches the cultural life of students, faculty and the Coachella valley community. The center is located at 43500 Monterey Ave., Palm Desert. The gallery is open between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and by appointment.

For more information, please contact the Marks Art Center at 760.776.7278 or visit the center on Facebook @marksartcenterCOD or Instagram @marksartcenter.