Last Friday was Colorado Mountain College Rifle's 50th anniversary celebration and art show, and two of my pieces were accepted into the show! there were two parts of the show, a student side, and a juried side. The student show displayed work from ALL of the students who entered. Regardless of the piece, all students were entered into the show. The juried show was more selective, in that only the top chosen pieces were chosen to be in the show. I had a piece in both.
I'd never been to the Rifle campus before. I thought their campus was located on Railroad avenue, a small administration building. When I arrived I was shocked to see how big the campus really is, and how many people showed up for the show. I was not expecting this! There were at least a couple hundred people present. I ran into many people I knew through CMC and the area, including my high school photography teacher. She is now the Dean of the Rifle campus. When I entered my submissions via email, she sent an email back with confirmation that she'd received my attachments, and then asked if I was the same Adam that took her high school photography class. What a trip! It was really cool to see her and catch up! She was really excited to see that I was still shooting, and see some of my work. She is the one that originally taught me how to use a darkroom!
There were some really amazing pieces in this show! I felt really excited to be showcased next to some of the most talented arists in the valley. Two of my favorites included a woodburned and watercolor piece that showed the front of a steam engine coming towards the viewer. I'd never seen anything like this at all! It was so lifelike, it looked like an actual photograph. It was incredible! This particular piece won second place in the show, but in my opinion should have been first.
My other favorite piece was a collection of bones that were painted with a type of ceramic glaze to make them look like pottery, and were sculpted to look like different objects. They were very unique, and also should have placed in my opinion.
The other prizes I did not agree with at all. For third prize was a very large acrylic painting of some aspen trees in the fall. It just looked so cliche. Like the kind of painting you might see in a hotel room, or at a thrift store. Don't mean to offend the artist, but it was nothing original or spectacular. I was more impressed with the intricate frame than the piece itself. There was also a $5000 price tag on it, and I'm sure it sold like that snaps fingers.
There ended up being a tie for first. I guess the judges couldn't decided between the top two. But the weird thing is, one of the pieces that took 1st was a photograph by the old lab tech for the CMC Pro Photo program, the lab tech when I was a student. His image was used on the flyer promoting the show, and he also happened to be the one that hung up all the art pieces in the halls. Hmmmm....doesn't seem strange at all! I mean, he's a great photographer, and he definitely deserves to win, the photograph is absolutely stunning! I just think that's a little fishy...he wasn't the least bit surprised when his name was announced.
But regardless, I think this was an incredible experience and I feel very humbled to have seen my art next to so many artistic and creative individuals. This was an experience I will never forget!!
If you missed the show, the art will be up for another week or so. I believe the pieces come down May 6th. The art is hung in the main hall of the Rifle Campus, over by the airport.