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PR # 223 April 14, 2008

RVCC ART STUDENTS TO PRESENT WORKS FROM PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT CLASS

Branching Out , an exhibition of recent art works dealing with the themes of decision-making and growth, will be on display April 22-29 at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC). The exhibition features works by students in the College?s Portfolio Development Class, taught by Ann Tsubota. It will be held in the RVCC Mini-Gallery, located in the Arts Building at the College?s North Branch Campus.

The students whose works are being exhibited are all in their final year of study at RVCC and are planning to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce as professional artists. The exhibition features works in various media, including acrylic paintings; mixed media; digital/graphic design; pastels; prints; and sculptures in wood, copper, wire, clay, fabric and edible materials.

An opening reception will be held Tuesday, April 22, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., in the Mini-Gallery.

The Branching Out theme was selected by the students themselves, who are curating their own exhibition. The exhibition explores the almost endless possibilities and choices faced by everyone in life. It ponders the roads less traveled, fraught with unknown challenges and adventures, and pits them against the safer, more secure passages, that beacon the majority of life?s travelers.

Although the Branching Out title is apropos to all the artists involved, their varied backgrounds provide unique and distinct interpretations of the theme. The artists are a diverse group that includes young students preparing for their first career, as well as older students who are seeking a career change, returning to school to pursue the arts. Works by students in both College?s visual arts and graphic design programs are included.

Works by the following artists are included in the exhibition: Jerneja Alic, Vas Avramidis, Wendy Chacon, Stephen Clark, Daniel Garofalo, Gregory Gatarz, Zara Gonzales, Maki Hasegawa, Ian Laidlaw, Elizabeth LaMarca, Toni Marchick, Adriana Miguez, Darcy Mojka, Dean O'Keeffe, Eric Pellegrino, Nancy Sayre and Andrew Tyson.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, contact Ann Tsubota, 908-526-1200, ext. 8373.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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