Parkway Family Mazda Kia Sponsors College Art Show

Published on: June 24, 2013

Parkway Family Mazda Kia Sponsors College Art ShowLone Star College-Kingwood’s Fine Arts Gallery will feature selected works from art students in the 2013 Annual Juried Student Art Show July 1-25. The show is sponsored by the Durdin Family, owners of Parkway Family Mazda and Kia.

The Juried Student Art Show showcases art work produced during the 2012-2013 academic year at LSC-Kingwood. The students’ art work will be judged in three categories: Photography, 2-D (design I, design III and drawing) and 3-D (ceramics). This show is a part of the studio art class curriculum. Students who win first, second and third place in each category will be receiving cash scholarships this year, thanks to the Durdin family.

“The submitted works will be judged by an invited juror, usually an art faculty from Houston,” said Mari Omori, LSC-Kingwood art professor. “This show highlights the students’ achievement in the form of visual art. Community members are invited to the show to be inspired by the creativity of these students.”

The guest juror is artist and photographer Jimmy Castillo, the civic art and design collection manager at the Houston Arts Alliance. In addition to managing the City of Houston’s Civic Art Collection, Castillo has contributed to numerous city-wide events, including collaborative projects with The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), Project Row Houses, DiverseWorks and Lawndale Art Center. His work is represented in the collections at MFAH and the Harry Ransom Center.

“We are very pleased to have Jimmy as our juror,” said Kris Larson, gallery director.  “His experience as an artist and art manager will give students and the public an overview of the wealth of opportunities that are available for emerging artists and the richness of the city’s growing art collection.”

A reception, awards ceremony, and gallery talk will be held on July 2 from 12-1:30 p.m. in the college’s Fine Arts Gallery. The first, second, third and honorable mention awards will be given in each category in addition to one best of show award.

“We are very grateful for the generosity and support of the student show sponsors, the Durdin Family and Parkway Family Mazda and Kia,” Larson said. “They are longstanding supporters of Humble ISD and education. They also sponsor higher education and the arts by providing additional financial assistance and services to students and families throughout the Humble, Atascocita, and Kingwood communities.”

For more information on the 2013 Annual Juried Student Art Show, call 281-312-1534. The Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. It is located in LSC-Kingwood’s Performing Arts Center.

Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.

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