HCC Design students view Picasso’s
To stand just inches from a Picasso
painting is an amazing thing.
Far from just seeing it in a
magazine or online, the observer is taken into the piece and
the viewing becomes not just something one sees, but a total
experience. The same is true for a Monet, a sculpture in wax
from Degas, or a contemporary multimedia collage by a 21st
This was the very
experience of members of HCC’s Design Club on February 22,
Club members traveled to the
Virginia Museum of Fine Art to view works from Picasso. The
exhibit is on loan to the Virginia Museum from the Museé
National Picasso in Paris, and will be available for viewing
until May 15.
In addition, Design
Club members were able to take in the museum at large. The
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts consists of three floors,
featuring multiple forms of art ranging from the prehistoric
to 21st century.
The collection encompasses
traditional art forms such as paintings, multimedia collage,
and pencil/charcoal/ink on canvas works. But far from just
what we would expect as art, the collection also includes
prehistoric textiles from the Andes, pottery and tools from
native North and South Americans, a silver collection from
Great Britain, a collection of Fabergé eggs, Tiffany glass,
and even jewelry and belt buckles. Of note to the Interior
Design students were the Art Nouveau and Art Deco sections,
which contained furniture pieces and windows, some from
Frank Lloyd Wright. Graphic Design students were fascinated
by several of the 21st century pieces, including
one piece from Japanese artist Yuinori Yanagi.
His piece, titled “Dollar
Pyramid,” was constructed using colored sand, ants, plastic
boxes, plastic tubes, and plastic pipes.
Seeing these various materials used by
artists served to further expand the art perspectives of the
students. It is a marvelous thing to see how artists, from
the earliest of times to the present day, have explored the
use of every material possible to express their art.
lunch at the museum’s café and also spent time musing
through the museum’s gift shop. Admission to the museum is
free, with an additional fee for special exhibits such as
the current Picasso show. The Design Club urges HCC students
to make the trip to Richmond to visit the Virginia Museum of
Fine Arts. It is well worth the trip for such an amazing,
By: Jen Wesner, Guest Writer
Interior Design student and secretary of
the Design Club
HCC Design members who were able to go on
the trip were: Tim Archer, Christine Gray, Taylor Patterson,
Theodore Ivey, Jen Wesner, Ashley Harding, Mary Eastep,
Brandi Casey (not pictured). Adjunct Instructors: Jenne
Vaughan, Teresa Roberts. Advisor & Interior Design
Department Head: Alice Vaughan and SSS counselor: Teresa
Mayle (not pictured).