Summer art exhibitions showcase innovative work by national artists and EMCC faculty

Artwork by Mark Keffer
Artwork by Mark Keffer
July 25, 2017

Throughout each semester, the glass display cases in Estrella Hall and Komatke B and Komatke C Halls are utilized to present artwork to celebrate the heritage and history months. The EMCC Performing Arts Center also features a stunning exhibition area in its lobby that features a changing roster of artwork.

On display for the 2016-2017 summer semester, the Estrella Hall cases, along with the Komatke B Hall cases feature artistic and historical items that highlight EMCC’s growth and achievements over the course of its 25-year history. From photographs to news clippings to ceramic creations, this is a jaunt down memory lane that shows the expansion of the campus in all areas, from the addition of buildings to seeing the number of students, faculty, and staff rise. A fun display of T-shirts in Estrella Hall showcases school spirit, as well as creative design work by EMCC employees.

Cleveland artist Mark Keffer’s work, which includes pieces from his Future of Heads series, is displayed in Komatke C Hall. His abstract paintings are complex and explore different life structures. About his paintings, Keffer says, “I try to create a balance within various aspects of my work. I pair an existential austerity with a visual approach that flirts with the ridiculous. I create imagery that, while nearly abstract, is suggestive of both the celestial and the microscopic.”

On exhibit in the Performing Arts Center through August 15 is work by the current Fine Art Faculty. The exhibition serves as a representation of the diverse styles and approaches to art making being explored by our talented faculty members working in a wide range of media. Faculty excitedly take advantage of this opportunity to share their creative practice with their colleagues and students and to connect with the community through the realm of creativity.

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Estrella Mountain Community College is one of the 11 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation. EMCC offers academic courses leading to associate degrees, university transfer, certificates and short-term job training to more than 14,000 students annually. The flagship campus is located on Thomas and Dysart roads in Avondale and is home to the SouthWest Skill Center. Classes are also offered online and at EMCC’s Buckeye Educational Center, located in downtown Buckeye, Ariz.