VISUAL FINE ARTS GRADUATES EXHIBITION — SPRING 2021
Three Rivers Community College is proud to present the “Three Rivers Visual Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition,” featuring the work of 2020 graduating students. The artists graduated in May 2020 with a Visual Fine Arts, A.A. The degree provides a strong foundation in the visual arts and a broad background in general education. As a transfer-oriented course of study, it often leads to enrollment in an art school or other baccalaureate institution.
Bellana Parungao ’21
I have always had pretty lofty ambitions for my art. From the time I was young, it’s been, “I want to make a graphic novel when I grow up!”, which is an incredibly difficult, long-term goal. I haven’t given up on it yet, but until I’m ready to tackle it head-on, I’ve been winning smaller victories here and there. I’m at an experimental phase in my journey as an artist where I’m really exploring my style, preferred subject matter and themes, methods of composition, and how I like to apply the elements of art and design. In short, I’m finding my niche as an artist. For these fleeting, but impactful past few semesters at Three Rivers, I’ve enjoyed the process of exploring new ways to apply my skills.
For example, it was at the beginning of the 2020 Spring semester that I really began to delve into working with acrylics. As someone who has been in love with drawing mediums like graphite and pen & ink my whole life, learning a new painting medium has been insightful and useful in my development as an artist. I’ve created abstract pieces, still lives, landscapes, conceptual art and more in acrylics, and have learned to really enjoy working with it.
In the future however, I hope to switch gears and work toward achieving my ultimate goal of combining visual and written media to create the previously mentioned graphic novel. In pursuing this, my art will change to a more illustrative style, and I’ll get back to mediums I really love like pen & ink and watercolor.