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Fullerton College Faculty Proudly Present the 2016 Biennial Exhibition

As the sun descended on Sept. 1, some of Fullerton College’s faculty members prepared to showcase their artwork for the 2016 Faculty Biennial Exhibition on the first floor of the 1000 building.

Visual Arts
Fullerton College Presents Visual Arts at the art gallery Photo credit: Joshua Miranda

Located in room 1004, the gallery doors were open from 5–7 p.m. for reception night. Food and refreshments were served in the hallway where many people gathered to socialize.

Over 300 people came to view faculty artwork that ranged from charcoal on paper to interactive pieces. The crowd that gathered Thursday evening was just as diverse as the artwork. Students majoring in child development to biochemistry and parents with children of various ages came together to admire the collection.

Among the crowd was FC President Greg Schulz. For the duration of the evening, President Schulz walked around the gallery and conversed with students and faculty alike.

President pays a visit
President of Fullerton College visits the art gallery and staff (Carol Henke, Greg Schulz, Jim Nickell, Richard McMillan) Photo credit: Joshua Miranda

Also in attendance was gallery director Carol Henke. Throughout the evening, Henke discussed the displayed talent of the campus’ faculty and acknowledged individuals for visiting.

Faculty members who contributed their artwork includes Nanci Schrieber-Smit, Tara Tavonatti, Frank J. Guthrie and Philip Dimitriadis to name a few.

With over 20 pieces of original artwork, every guest had the opportunity to indulge in their preferred medium.

Cynthia Grilli standing next to her painting titled "Clearing". Photo credit: Joshua Miranda

Columbian native Angela Gonima-Valero has a strong passion for the arts and is currently enrolled in Art 122, museum studies. This course focuses on gallery practices such as installing art, lighting and advertising.

“It is so remarkable to see the faculty participating” she said.

Gonima-Valero, as well as other museum studies students, were available during the opening reception to greet visitors and answer general questions about the artwork.

Majority of pieces are currently for sale, ranging from $50-$3,000. Gallery staff member Jim Nickell stated that 5 percent of every sale will be donated to the scholarship foundation, 25 percent to the art gallery and 70 percent to the artist. Those interested in purchasing a piece can speak to a gallery staff member or contact the artist directly.

Palm Springs
Student enjoying the painting titled "Palm Springs" Photo credit: Joshua Miranda

“Over the years we have been reminded time and time again of how fortunate our students are to work with instructors who not only inspire and lead, but who are themselves protagonists in a never-ending quest to express themselves aesthetically.” Jaime Perez said, who is an art professor on campus.

If you would like to contribute to the exhibit, a donation box can be found to the left of the gallery entrance. Any amount is appreciated and all proceeds go to the Fullerton College Art Gallery program.

The 2016 Faculty Biennial Exhibition will run from Sept. 6 – Oct. 12. Gallery hours will be Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. The exhibition will also be open on September 7, 13, 19 and 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free and students are encouraged to bring friends and family.

Student studying a piece of art at the fullerton college art gallery. Photo credit: Joshua Miranda

For more information about the 2016 Faculty Biennial Exhibition or upcoming events within the Fullerton College Art Department, stop by the bulletin board adjacent to the gallery entrance or visit

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