By Tessa Oman

The Annual Juried Student Art Show has returned to Skagit Valley College! From April 9th to May 18th art students at SVC will be displaying their work in the Art Gallery, located in the Gary Knutzen Cardinal Center. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm.

This year’s exhibition was juried by Jasmine Valandani, a local artist and teacher at Whatcom Community College. Valandani earned her MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and her BFA from the University of San Francisco. Visit to learn more about her background and view some of her pieces.

On April 10th, Valandani announced the winners of this year’s Student Art Show. To find out who won, visit the Gallery today! Every piece is labeled with it’s creator and their place in the show. Students whose work is on display in the Gallery include: Hayley Bell, Gavin Brackett, Rachel Pelter, Ken Estes, Kensley Fohn, Sandra Glenn, Terry Lindsay, Mary Spangler, David Shultze, Beth Franklin, Brett Sandstrom, Dannica Bergam, Allison Lowber and Carla Cieslar (Skagit Valley College).

There is a competitive edge surrounding the acceptance of work into the annual exhibition, which makes the event even more rewarding for the student’s whose work is put in the gallery. The only requirement to submit work, is that the work was created in a Skagit Valley College art class. I spoke to Mary Iverson in the Art department of SVC about the different genres . we can expect to see in the Exhibition. The juror, along with Mrs. Iverson and Ellen Michael, the director of the Art Department, make the decisions as to which pieces are presented in the show. They “like to get work from any art class” says Mary Iverson. The classes in which these pieces were created can range from “ceramics class, drawing class, painting class and photography class” to “digital art classes from the MIT program and even pieces from the welding department.” Mrs. Iverson also stressed that non-majors and non-degree driven community education classes are welcome to submit their work as well.

The purpose of this annual art show is to “celebrate all of the students in all of our art classes, the hard work they do, and the beautiful work they create,” says Mary Iverson. We want to support the creative souls on our campus and join in on the joy they experience when seeing their work in a professional, gallery setting. It is the art department’s sincere hope that students will visit this amazing gallery and they “wish that more students would apply and get excited about it because it is such a wonderful feeling to see your work up.”

For more information regarding the Annual Juried Student Art Show contact Ellen Michael – [email protected] – or Mary Iverson – [email protected] – of the Skagit Valley College Art Department. You can also go to to find information about current and future exhibitions coming to the SVC Art Gallery.