Profiles

Won't you be my neighbor?
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Oct. 27, 2010

In the tradition of art popularized by gritty, street artists like New York’s Jean-Michel Basquiat and London’s Banksy, City College presents a collection of paintings that challenge the campus community to discuss racial injustice and environmental activism.

“Welcome to My Global Hood: A Conversation with the Artist Milton Bowens” held Oct. 11 in the Student Center at City College featured a collection of images fusing poetry, art and history into a message of social responsibility.

Oakland native Milton Bowens is the artist responsible for bringing his images to City College.

While Bowens isn’t a student or professor, his exhibit was chosen because the Cultural Awareness Center felt his exhibit was powerful and would capture people’s attention, according to coordinator Victoria Henderson.

“He’s an artist who truly educates,” Henderson said.

Students enrolled in the Extended Opportunity Program and Services program were in attendance.

“Some of my students had worked in Milton’s program over the summer and their work, along with Milton’s, was put up on display in the library,” said Kenneth Times, a counselor at EOPS. “After the [event] the students felt that the presentation brought his work to life even more so.”

The final presentation, “Does Art Matter? with Milton…» Read More



Lights, camera, action
By | Staff Writer
Oct. 27, 2010

Every aspiring performer dreams of rubbing elbows with Hollywood hotshots and hobnobbing with top musicians.

From entertaining his classmates in elementary school to being one of the founding members of the Sacramento City Arts and Media Productions club (S.C.A.M.P.), 25-year-old City College student Maximillian De Beni is living this dream to its fullest.

“I have been a class clown since the first grade. I like the attention,” De Beni says. “I like saying something out of the ordinary and seeing people’s reactions and making them laugh and smile.”

De Beni found his inspiration for S.C.A.M.P when he moved to Los Angeles in December 2009. During his seven months in Los Angeles, De Beni hung out with R&B artists Ray J and Bobby Brakins and rapper Soulja Boy, who granted him access to the inner workings of the music business.

“I was on set of a lot of music videos and I [saw] how it was done.” De Beni says. “I thought to myself, ‘We can do this in Sacramento.’”

S.C.A.M.P, founded last month, involves anything artistic including directing films, documentaries, music videos, photography, acting, and dancing and other arts.

De Beni says he fills many roles in S.C.A.M.P., including directing,…» Read More



A helping hand
By | Staff Writer
Sept. 29, 2010

Tests, projects and research papers—a telltale sign that school is back in session.

College poses many challenges that most students are familiar with, but for those who face physical or psychological challenges, Dr. Gwyneth Tracy, coordinator of the Disabled Services and Programs for Students department, has developed many solutions.

“It’s to level the playing field,” Tracy says. “It [the program at City College] provides accommodations so that students have equal opportunity to succeed academically.”

Tracy grew up during a cross-cultural journey that included Berkeley, England and Thailand, and credits her experiences abroad in helping her understand what it is like to be “different”.

Tracy’s career helping the disabled began in Spokane, WA as a part-time speech pathologist. After pursuing several educational paths, combined her interest in community colleges, adult learners and program development for special populations into her doctorate in education from Washington State University.

Drawing on her experience evaluating DSPS programs statewide and later working in the California Community College Chancellor’s office, Tracy came to City College in 2005 and was presented an “opportunity to implement many of those best practices I had seen…all in one college.”

The DSPS at City College gives assistance to more than 1,900 students…» Read More



Mysticism in art
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Sept. 29, 2010

As he navigates through his Facebook page, Chris Daubert clicks through a number of pictures and videos that he calls his “constructions and concepts.”

Diligently searching for an image buried in a sea of photographs on the social networking website, Daubert seems perplexed.

“Don’t they arrange them a certain way, by date or something?” asks Daubert, art professor at City College.

Finally finding what he’s looking for, he settles on a video of himself testing a new construction that will debut in his art show at Blue Line Civic Art Center in Roseville Oct. 16.

The focal point of Daubert’s show is a wall 6-and-a-half-feet tall and 25-feet long, featuring 4,500 heat-seeking motion detectors Along with the motion detectors, Daubert has also wired 4,500 red LED lights and 4,500 tuned doorbells.

Hoping to feel the ghost of a person’s body heat through lighting and sound, Daubert says he wants to re-create what might be a spiritual encounter, or at least the sentiment of one.

Daubert has taught art at City College for more than 10 years and says it’s a must-have for emerging artists. “Community college is where art is,” Daubert says. “This is where it all starts.”

Daubert is…» Read More



Coming full circle
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Sept. 13, 2010

With each passing semester,the City College campus changes more and more. This semester has brought a new Fine Arts building,the beginning stages of reconstruction on the auditorium,and the addition of cutting edge new courses, among numerous other changes.

Accompanying a pair of newly offered aeronautics classes this semester is its new and highly accomplished instructor.

Scott Miller, a former City College student and long standing air craft pilot and instructor, is the newest addition to the aeronautics faculty. At 46 years old, Miller has been flying nearly half of his life.

“It all started when I was a little kid living close to Sacramento Executive Airport watching airplanes fly around,” Miller says. “I thought it would be a fun thing to do.”

Miller received his private pilot’s license from the Sacramento Executive Airport at the age of 18. Shortly afterward, he enrolled at City College for three years, before obtaining his bachelor’s in aeronautics from San Jose State University.

After receiving his degree, Miller taught light aircraft piloting part time at Trade Winds Aviation in San Jose at before taking on a job with Northwest Airlink, the regional carrier for Northwest Airlines, from 1995 to 2010. Miller says he fell…» Read More



Art apparent
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Sept. 13, 2010

A neighborhood filled with empty lots, brimful of heaping trash, cast-away toys, shards of glass and mangled plastic, sits silently in the night.

This is just one of the points of inspiration for one of the four City College art professors featured in the “Summer in the City” exhibition at the JayJay Art Gallery that ran from July 7 through Aug. 7 in East Sacramento.

“The inspiration of the garbage comes in part of the trash piles I see in my neighborhood that are there as a result of the recent housing/lending crisis,” says art professor Gioia Fonda.

Fonda’s contributions to the show also included three pieces from an ongoing project of handdrawn/painted, intricate patterns within abstract shapes, along with the black and white paintings of the garbage piles.

Fonda has been teaching at City College for several years and says she’s inspired to make art out of what occurs around her, what surrounds her and from objects collected.

Fonda says she likes to make teaching both fun and exciting, while keeping her students guessing, and she wants her students to keep an open mind along with a positive attitude.

Large etchings were Professor Emily Wilson’s contribution to the show….» Read More



Portrait of an artist
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May 17, 2010

Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, Frida Kahlo: these are just a few of the artists who would enshrine the surrealism movement of the early 20th century into the annals of art history. Their bold investigations into the symbolism of the subconscious influenced countless artists to pick up the brush and paint something more real than still life or portraiture could afford. Nineteen-year-old, City College student Hannah De La Rosa is one of these artists.

De La Rosa, an art major who’s been attending City College since the fall semester of 2008, says that her interest in art became apparent at a very young age.

“There’s a picture of me, 2 years old, in a Raiders shirt drawing on a plate,” De La Rosa says. “It was a paper plate and I was drawing on it with a big old crayon.”

Despite her young inclinations toward art, it wasn’t until she was older that she decided to truly become an artist. According to De La Rosa, an introduction to surrealism was the catalyst for her new found aspiration.

“I started really getting into Frida Kahlo and Salvidor Dali around the age of 9 and 10, and I just decided I wanted to…» Read More



A 2-dimensional surface
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May 3, 2010

Most people wouldn’t expect the following to be essential class materials: a pencil, a few erasers, a paper, and a naked person. Figure drawing class meets once a week and is a basic art class at City College. Students learn how to draw one of the most complex figures: a human body.

“It’s kind of at that point where they’ve drawn still life stuff and some landscape stuff and they’ve learned how to do perspective and all those things,” says figure drawing instructor Kathleen Noonan. “Drawing the figure pushed them to the next level having to see a 3-dimensional object and put it into a 2-dimensional surface.”

A nude model poses for a certain amount of time while students learn the techniques and build the skills to become better at drawing the human figure. Noonan says it is completely professional and educational. Most students who join the class are advanced and know what to expect, she says.

“I mean, I suppose to some extent it’s unusual the first time or so, but pretty soon it’s like drawing a still life,” Noonan says.

Computer graphics major Mary Grace Deleon says having to work with a nude model was awkward at first.

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The eye behind the lens
By | Guest Writer
May 3, 2010

From crime scenes and child prostitution to Bon Jovi concerts to one-on-one time with Flava Flav, this young photographer and City College student has seen it all — and has captured it for the world to see.

Joseph Huerta, 23, is the youngest photographer at Fox 40, and might be the youngest in Sacramento. His job at KTXL television has enabled him to go around northern California, being what he calls a “public servant,” informing people of what’s going on.

Huerta got into film at 16, shooting his friends skateboarding around the Sacramento area. He took on the responsibility of being the guy who captured the latest tricks, but like any hobby, he started at with basic camera equipment.

“My first camera was a JVC Hi-C,” Huerta says. “Over the last weekend, I heard some people call JVC junkie video camera. But there is a tape that you had to put in a VHS tape in order to play it.”

As his passion for filming grew, so did his set-up. At the peak of his skateboard filming he had two Sony VX cameras, with accompanying fisheye lenses that allow the shooter to get more in the shot within close range,…» Read More




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