By Alexandria Nardoni
Drawings, paintings and prints adorn the halls of the Ursa Major lobby, located at the Bronco Student Center.
Amid removal of the fine arts option, the State of Fine Art exhibit was produced to show everyone at Cal Poly Pomona the talent and success constructed by the faculty and students.
According to an announcement made in May to the Art Department, the level of state funding is insufficient to continue providing a degree-level fine arts option and the funds will be invested in more successful options.
Those who have not completed their degree are still able to finish it, but incoming students are not able to chose fine arts as a degree.
Mike Petrovich, an alumnus of CPP who graduated in spring 2012, was disappointed with the news.
“I mean, I don’t agree with it; you give a child a pencil or any medium, and they’re going to want to draw something, and it is like they’re taking away something that comes naturally,” said Petrovich. “People should have this option to choose [fine arts] as a major because it is real fulfilling to major in something you love.”
The exhibit, which was curated by Art Department Lecturers Barbara Thomason and Ann Phong, showcased amazing pieces and orchestrated an “artist talk” during the exhibit’s opening day.
The inspiration for many of the art pieces was in the spirit of how each artist felt about the decision to close the fine arts option.
Phong opened the artist talk with optimism and inspiration.
“Instead of looking at it in a negative way, we professors prefer to look at it in a positive way,” said Phong. “So we encouraged the students to work in a positive way and show everybody what they have done so they can enjoy it.”
Thomason explained the prevalence of art and why some people think it is not a successful option to major in.
“Things have changed here, but they can change again,” Thomason said. “Art is an important aspect of life that some people just don’t get because they have no imagination.”
The exhibit is meant to serve as living proof of the talent and success delivered by students majoring in fine arts.
The participating artists were given the opportunity to show attendees the inspiration for creating their artwork.
Lindsey Gable, a fourth-year fine arts student, was visibly upset while delivering her artist talk.
“I was flippin’ angry,” said Gable. “[The exhibit] can be a slap in the face showing that this is what everyone will be missing out on.”
Her art piece, appropriately titled “Major Not Found,” depicted a self -portrait of her mouth turned down in a scowl, and with piercing eyes conveying anger.
“The idea behind the show was to think about what the closing of the program meant to us, we want to show the school what we have done and can do,” said Gable.
“Without the arts, without the ability to think creatively and outside the box, any education you receive here is one-dimensional, and in the end, it all came down to money.”
The State of Fine Art Exhibit will have the current art pieces on display until Nov. 2 in the Ursa Major lobby.
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Fine Arts Exhibit
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