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spring 2020 exhibits dougherty arts center

The early spring of 2020 brought three lovely exhibits to the JCB Gallery at the Dougherty Arts Center. Works ranging from ceramic sriracha bottles and metal sculpture to a large scale swing set installation were found in ACC's Annual Student Exhibition. Artists Susannah Haddad and Nancy Wood both drew inspiration from the natural world and expressed what they saw through unique individual processes.

Due to COVID-19, the Dougherty Arts Center is closed to the public. Please support our exhibiting artists by exploring the virtual content on this page such as virtual exhibits, studio tours and more! Be sure to also visit their websites and Instagram accounts to discover what else each artist has to offer!

SUSANNAH HADDAD

A DECONSTRUCTED VIEW

Haddad finds verbal communication an onerous means of expression and as a result, chooses to convey emotion through the process of creating. Independent projects and work studies has lead to a broad body of work celebrating various abstract methods and mediums. Where she finds difficulty in verbalizing her thoughts, she finds peace and clarity with this multi-faceted approach to artwork. Haddad's exhibit A Deconstructed View was created specifically from photographs taken of moments during travel and exploration. They have been pulled apart, experienced, processed, and pieced back together– a physical representation of how reality is processed in her mind.

NANCY WOOD

FOREST BATHING

“Forest-bathing” refers to time spent immersed in nature. The works by Wood are “digital paintings” based on her photographs of the Texas Hill Country. She intensifies colors and abstract forms to express the mystical qualities one experiences while absorbed in the beauty of nature. Scientific studies have shown the healing effects being in wild and natural areas has. These include stress reduction, increase in immune systems, increased mental performance, creativity and better mood. Wood has created a body of work that explores whether the beneficial effects of being in nature can be produced by art works that display the beauty of nature. Wood's multi-layered process includes images that are dye-sublimation prints on aluminum and archival prints on artists’ canvas with meticulously added oils to give the final works more dimension.

AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE

ANNUAL STUDENT EXHIBIT

For over forty years, the ACC Art Department has celebrated its students during the spring by displaying exemplary work in their Annual Student Exhibition. Studio Art Faculty select artworks from their classes for entry into the exhibition held at the Dougherty Arts Center. The entries are divided into media based categories that include painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and digital arts. Each year, a prominent Central Texas artist is invited to judge the exhibition and select artworks for awards. Dr. Richard Rhodes, ACC President, also recognizes students and selects those with extraordinary work for the President's Award.

VIRTUAL EXHIBIT VIDEOS

TWO MINUTE STUDIO TOURS

ARTIST TALKS

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