Opening Reception: Student/Faculty Exhibition 2023 & Rendering: A Digital Discourse

Opening Reception: Student/Faculty Exhibition 2023 & Rendering: A Digital Discourse
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Date(s) - 01/27/2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Valley Art Center



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Artificial Intelligence is a hot topic in the art world and beyond – one which the Valley Art Center plans to foster a conversation. The Valley Art Center will be hosting two exhibitions, opening on January 27th from 6-8 pm. The annual Student Faculty Exhibition will showcase the talent of the VAC students and faculty in The Bowen Gallery, while local artists will explore digital and AI art in The Patron Gallery.

Each January, the Valley Art Center celebrates the talents of our faculty and students with the Student/Faculty Exhibition. Every student, staff member, and instructor who has been active at Valley Art Center in the last two years was invited to include one work of art in this exhibit. This popular annual exhibition showcases the diversity of classes and mediums offered by our talented faculty and is a platform to celebrate the successes of our students.

Over the past year, Valley Art Center has offered over 400 classes and workshops, taught by 30+ professional instructors, to over 1500 students. Please join us to experience all the wonderful ways our students and faculty make us the creative visual hub of the Chagrin Valley.

Concurrently, the Valley Art Center is fostering a discussion by bringing together five local digital and AI artists with the exhibition Rendering: A Digital Discourse. The title Rendering applies to both the term used to describe the computing involved in a digital artwork as well as the process of new understanding. “Our intention is not to take a stand on AI or conclude on its relevance or place in the arts community, but rather to open a dialogue and have relevant and current topics as a center of programming at VAC,” says Executive Director Rebecca (Bec) Gruss. VAC’s goal is to present digital art and its processes for a greater understanding and let visitors come to their conclusions.

The exhibition will culminate in an Artist Panel on Digital and AI Art on Friday, February 10th at 7 pm. These five artists – Steven Gutierrez, Greggory Hill, Matthew Pylypiv, Pam Spremulli, and Jessica Wascak – will delve into their relationship to the digital art world before taking questions from the audience.

The Valley Art Center’s two exhibitions offer a unique opportunity to explore the creative potential of both student and faculty artwork and digital and AI artwork. By showcasing both types of artwork in one space, the Valley Art Center provides a platform to bridge the gap between traditional and new art forms. This dual exhibition allows viewers to appreciate the diversity of creative expression while also sparking a dialogue about how technology can be used to create art. Additionally, it provides an opportunity for students and faculty to learn from each other’s techniques and gain insight into exhibiting in galleries once an artwork is created. Ultimately, these dual exhibitions serve as an inspiring reminder that creativity knows no bounds.

The opening reception will also be the kickoff to the annual Hot Chocolate Fundraiser, a raffle to inspire art. Proceeds will further Valley Art Center’s mission to advance meaningful art education, exhibitions, events, and partnerships. Please join us for refreshments and free caricatures drawn by local artist Ron Hill.

Contact the Valley Art Center at 440-247-7507 or VAC is located at 155 Bell Street in Chagrin Falls. While there, treat yourself or a loved one by signing up for an art class or workshop, and be sure to explore the newly re-imagined Valley Art/Shop.

Valley Art Center is member supported and receives additional support through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, the Ohio Arts Council, and several other organizations and individuals.