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Annual CCC Art Student Show Opens May 15

The 2014 Clatsop Community College Art Student Show will be on display at the CCC Art Center Gallery, 1799 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, from Thursday, May 15 through Friday, June 6. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 15 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

During the reception, cash prizes and award winners will be announced. Thanks to the Astoria Coffeehouse and Bistro for its generous support for the student awards. This year’s juror, William M. Ittmann, Jr., will be present at the reception to give a juror’s talk.

The CCC Art Student Show is free and open to the public. CCC Art Center Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and weekends by appointment.

The CCC Art Student Show is an annual juried event that showcases the talents and creativity of the college’s art students. Art students are invited to submit up to three pieces of work created in the art classes in which they have been enrolled during the past year. The show will feature a range of disciplines taught at Clatsop Community College, including graphic arts, basic design, drawing, painting, ceramics, photography and printmaking.

Juror William M. Ittmann, Jr. was born in 1939 in Boston, Massachusetts and throughout his early life lived in Cincinnati, Ohio; Havana, Cuba and England. Ittmann received a B.F.A. in Art History at the University of Kansas, and worked as a student curatorial assistant at the University of Kansas Museum of Art. He pursued graduate level courses at the Courtauld Institute at the University of London in 1964. In St. Louis, he studied at Washington University, worked as a curatorial assistant, and produced a catalog of lithographs by Edgar Degas as his M.A. thesis. Between 1967 and 1971, he taught at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. In 1968, he traveled to Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Cambodia and studied Asian art. In 1970, Ittmann participated in a travel course in Italy, which focused on the art of Giotto and Piero Della Francesca.

Moving to Portland, Oregon in 1974, Ittmann attended the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts (OCAC) and the Oregon Art Institute (now PNCA). In 1978 he received a C.E.T.A. grant as fine arts editor for Spectrum Magazine of the Arts, covering the Portland art scene. Ittmann moved to Cannon Beach in 1978 and has lived there ever since. He was involved in the Cannon Beach Arts Association, served on the Design Review Board for 10 years, and chaired the board for three years. He taught classes in Cannon Beach between 1979 and 1982 through the extension service of Clatsop Community College. Ittmann taught a Survey of 20th Century Visual Arts course at CCC between 1998 and 2006 and was Director of the CCC Art Center Gallery from 1999 to 2006. He has curated numerous exhibitions of regional and local contemporary art and has juried several exhibitions over the years. He is an enthusiastic collector of regional and local contemporary art.

Please direct inquiries to: Kristin Shauck, 503-338-2472; [email protected]

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