Discover Local Artists: Student Exhibit, Eissey Campus

Art that looks real to the viewer as well as art that looks at the viewer are included in the 24th Annual Student Art Exhibition hosted by the Art Gallery at Eissey Campus at Palm Beach State College, April 13 through May 7.

“Jasmine,” by Bryan Vallejo, is a medium archival inkjet print, 24 by 18 inches, priced at $175.

The opening reception and award announcement is Tuesday, April 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The exhibit, part of a dual celebration as it coincides with the gallery’s 15th Anniversary, has something for everyone, said gallery manager, Karla Walters said. With 320 pieces, it’s the largest student exhibition to date. Artworks includes ceramics, design, drawing, painting, photography and sculpture, available for sale with prices ranging from $20 to $3,500.

A digital photograph of a Middle Eastern girl, “Jasmine,” by Brian Vallejo of Palm Springs draws the eye and is a “must see,” Walters says. “Jasmine looks directly at the viewer. The rich color purple of her clothing and the complementary color of her green eyes make this photograph interesting.”

Brian Vallejo
Brian Vallejo

Vallejo, who came to Palm Beach County from Colombia when he was 4 years old, has a passion for photography and art. Influenced by fashion and skateboarding photography, he has won numerous school awards and his work has been published in skateboard magazines.

He is pursuing a double major in political science and photography with a minor in sociology.

Sena Brickwedel of Palm Beach Gardens is captivated by the infinite versatility and creative potential of clay.

Sena Brickwedel
Sena Brickwedel

“My work explores the relationship between what is seen and what is unseen, seeking to translate the expressions evoked by that interaction into form, distilling the sacred out of the seemingly mundane,” she said.

Sena Brickwedel

One of the ceramic pieces, “1930’s Vignette,” is a real attention getter, Walter adds. “A clutch purse, hat on a hat stand and gloves, it’s technically done so well, it looks real. The glaze is shiny, which makes it look like patent leather.”

“1932 Vignette” by Georgia Novotny


The Art Gallery at Eissey Campus is located in the BB building, 3160 PGA Blvd. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon, Tues, Wed, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fri. and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays. For more information call Karla Walter at (561) 207-5015.

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