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Monday, September 19, 2011 - 3:09pm

Works by eight members of JCC's art faculty are featured in the Homegrown Excellence II exhibition that opens October 3.

The Homegrown Excellence exhibition showcases over 42 artworks, including photography, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, prints, and new media/digital works by Gary Deckard, Debra Eck, Peter Goergen, Theresa Heinz, Mark Kirsch, Marilyn Martin, Heather Miller, and Yu Kanazawa.

Ms. Eck, whose work has been exhibited regionally and internationally, teaches courses on two- and three-dimensional design and art history. She received the JCC President's Award for Excellence in Teaching for adjunct faculty in 2010-2011. She earned an associate's degree in fine arts: studio arts at JCC, a bachelor's degree at the University of Buffalo, and a master's degree at the University of Northumbria.

Goergen, who teaches ceramics at JCC, was a functional potter before becoming an art teacher at Allegany-Limestone Central School. He earned a bachelor's degree in pottery at the State University of New York at Potsdam and a master's degree at Buffalo State College.

Deckard, who holds a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Kansas City Art Institute and a master's degree in fine arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art, teaches computer art and design courses at JCC.

Ms. Miller, who earned a bachelor's degree in painting and a master's degree in art education at Edinboro University, teaches introductory art courses at JCC. Her work has been included in national and international art exhibitions.

Kanazawa, assistant professor, joined JCC's full-time faculty in 2003. He taught previously at East Carolina University, Cayuga County Community College, SUNY Oswego, and Sinte Gleska University. He earned a bachelor's degree at Kutztown University and a master's degree at Edinboro University. Kanazawa's art has been featured in several national exhibitions.

Ms. Martin earned a bachelor's degree in fine art at SUNY Purchase. She teaches graphic design and also as a full-time graphic designer.

Kirsch, who teaches photography, is an art teacher at Southwestern Central School and maintains a freelance photography business.

Ms. Heinz, earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts and a master's degree in art education at Alfred University. She teaches painting courses at JCC as well as Olean City Schools.

The exhibition will be on display until December 9.

The Weeks Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday. The gallery is closed on college holidays. For more information, visit weeksgallery.sunyjcc.edu.

 

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