COM students competed in Art Bout on Friday, March 2

Posted on: March 06, 2012

College of the Mainland Art Club President Ryan Clemon of League City enjoyed competing in the inaugural Art Bout on Friday, March 2, in the Fine Arts Building.

“I like how it forced me out of my comfort zone,” Clemon said. “Usually, I work in two dimensional art exclusively.”

COM student Javier Ayala of Galveston enjoyed the event that featured 33 students from six area colleges – COM, Houston Community College (HCC) Central, HCC Southwest, San Jacinto College South, Alvin Community College and Brazosport College.

The event was co-sponsored by the Gulf Coast Intercollegiate Consortium’s (GCIC) Art Committee.

“It was a unique experience for me,” Ayala said. “I’d never taken part in an art competition. As an artist, it broadens our artistic creativity.”

COM fine arts instructors Kristy Peet, Mark Greenwalt and George Bowes supervised the event. “We had a lot more people than I was expecting and a lot of different schools, which was great,” Peet said. “Most of (the art) was sculptural, 3D material.”

Students had to pick at least one word of out of the following six -- culture, glitter, journey, nature, retreat and seclusion – for the theme of their project.

COM had eight students compete in the event including group winners, Christian Carlin and Natalie Rivas who named their project, “Media’s Retreat from Seclusion.”

Chad Pessarra of Brazosport College won the individual award for his work, “Journey of the Pen.”

The team and the individual winner each received a $100 grand prize.

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