As we have paused to consider one hundred years of the Department of Art at San José State University, the view to the past is astonishing. A series of exhibitions, projects, and programs in multiple venues have been scheduled to celebrate this important milestone of the Art Department.
This year’s competition was BIG. More than 1,000 entries were received. The submissions were strong and the competition was stiff. Of necessity we were limited in the number of works we could select and many wonderful artworks were not selected, though many were stunning in their own right. In the end, 90 works were juried into the show.
Images of memory, artifacts of a familial past, and scenes of remembered nature color Russell’s paintings. A vintage purse against a cascade of paint like the running streams down a distant window, calls to mind a mother’s possession, or a can that once adorned a desk in the family home suggests hidden treasures once eagerly explored by a child.