Artwork by 9 students of Jackson State is currently on display in the gallery of The Ned in downtown Jackson. Their work is included in the exhibit, ‘New Horizons,’ that has been running since January 6 and will continue through February 27. It features the work of college student artists with a total of 46 pieces on display.
Carol Norman, JSCC art professor, is very active in the local art community and is the organizer of this event as well as another event known as Gathering 6. The exhibit is an opportunity for students to get their art in front of an audience. It is a chance for them to receive feedback about how others perceive or interpret their work. Norman states that, in teaching art, we work with critique. Feedback is important.
Norman is proud of the art program at Jackson State Community College. She contends that the program is on par with the first two years of any of the regions four-year university programs. She feels many people would be surprised at how good the program is at JSCC. A student can take two years at Jackson State, transfer anywhere and be at the same level as their four-year counterparts.
Opportunities for art students at Jackson State include regular trips to museums and galleries in larger cities. This could be Memphis or Nashville or even New Orleans or Chicago. Learning opportunities even include the chance to study abroad. Through association with the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies, JSCC students will have the opportunity to study in Greece this coming summer. Last year, a group studied drawing in the Galapagos Islands.
It is important to support our students and the art program at Jackson State. Everyone is encouraged to go to The Ned some evening or on the weekend and experience the budding talent at JSCC. The students will appreciate that others are interested in what they are doing.
The Jackson Sun recently featured Carol Norman in the Art Life section. Click on the link to learn more about Carol and exhibit at The Ned. http://www.jacksonsun.com/article/20140202/LIFESTYLE07/302020008/-Art-not-finished-until-someone-looks-