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On View. . . .
The Art Gallery at Collin College
Plano Campus (Spring Creek)Photo credit: Anna Boling, Shelter-In-Place Series, March 2020
Student Photography Portfolio Exhibition
View the online exhibition here
(Photos courtesy of Nick Young)
Video Tour, Interviews, and Student Statements coming soon!
The artists in this exhibition were students in the Photography Portfolio Class in Spring 2020 taught by Collin College Professor Lisa Means. The advanced studio class requires students of photography to create a cohesive series of works, preparing for a commercial photography career. In addition to the conceptual and instructional guidance for their collections, Professor Means complimented the coursework with arranged portfolio reviews from five professional advisors in the Dallas area (editors, such as photographers, and designers), assisted the students on creating a personal website for their work, advised them on effective use of social media, and collaborated with the Art Gallery at Collin College to curate and install the final photographic works in a formal exhibition. Students successfully completed the course with the added challenge of transitioning mid-semester to an online format due to Covid-19 restrictions. This inspired creative solutions for set designs or finding unique locations to shoot, then communicating remotely with lab assistants on printing specifications. Student artists in this exhibition include Peyton Mixon, Nickky Sylvester, Anna Boling, Abby Quillen, Leian Alshaer, and Celeste Galicia.
"Wall of Fame"
Former Student Spotlight
Each month, Art Gallery Director Julie Shipp interviews a former student who
worked in the Gallery, following the success and personal achievements since launching
his/her academic path from Collin College.
I am currently a student at Texas A&M University-Commerce. I recently helped the city of Farmersville by researching about Broadband Internet and presenting the results to the city council with my team.
Very grateful to God for that opportunity.
From a personal standpoint, as a student majoring in Computer Science, I had zero
knowledge of visual arts. However, working at the Collin College Art Gallery completely turned
that around (not that I know everything about an artwork but I've started to appreciate
the art a lot more). Paying attention to the details, by trying to analyze what the
artist is trying to convey, and so on are some of the things I learned over time as
Collin College Art Gallery Assistant.
When I was hired, Julie also hired two other students named Dan and Robyn. Even though
at first we were co-workers, we eventually became very good friends and still talk
to this day. Dan especially is one of my good buddies and we used to hang out after
work or classes while we still went to Collin College.
We still stay in touch and I intend to keep it that way.
Working at the Collin College Art Gallery is a very unique experience. You have tasks
that help you gain more expertise in various different aspects such as customer service,
building valuable relationships, time management and so many others that I can't even
And on top of that, working in the gallery surrounds you with positive vibes.