VC artists have work on display at Fall Student Art Show
Fall Art Show
Victoria College student Grace Ann Howe poses by her artwork on display at the VC Fall Student Art Show.

Kathleen Jimenez’s favorite ceramic art piece at the Victoria College Fall Student Art Show is very dear to her heart.

Jimenez’s pottery creation titled “Esther” is one of the pieces of work on display at VC’s Fine Arts Building through Dec. 2.

“I named the piece after my grandmother who passed away,” Jimenez said. “My vision for the piece was a piece of pottery that was either forgotten or lost. Through time, it had little cracks in it and became weathered, but it stayed together in one piece. Wrapping around it are vines with rosebuds blooming. I know my grandmother would have been excited to see it.”

Jimenez, who has taken four semesters of ceramic art classes at VC, has 20 pieces in the exhibit and has sold five of them.

“I really didn’t think I possessed an artistic side,” Jimenez said. “I have learned that ceramics is all-encompassing. It has a lot to do with art and chemistry. You need to know math to learn how to mix glazes.”

Jimenez, who is from Victoria, said she has learned much about herself from her artwork.

“I have found how to center myself,” Jimenez said. “It’s very relaxing. You have to relax. Whatever you are feeling that day, your clay will feel. Clay will not lie. It will tell you what kind of day you are having.”

Cathleen Gordon, VC art instructor, said she was pleased with the quality of artwork on display.

“I love the diversity of the work this year,” Gordon said. “The design class has some projects that were created using very unique media, including textured painting, quilling and cut paper. These projects challenged students to work outside the box and to find creative solutions to design problems.”

One student who was stretched outside her comfort zone was freshman Grace Ann Howe of Goliad. Howe had never tried cut paper art before this semester.

“It’s something that I really like doing now,” Howe said. “I like that you don’t really have to plan out what you’re going to do. You just kind of go with the flow and start cutting out pieces. I knew roughly that I was going to do a profile of a woman, but I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do. I just let my imagination go on the paper.”

Howe completed the artwork in 15 hours without taking a break using an X-Acto knife to make the precision cuts.

“I stayed up all night,” Howe said. “You get in a rhythm and you don’t want to stop.”

The exhibit will be closed for VC’s Fall Break on Nov. 21-25 and reopen Nov. 28-Dec. 2. Artwork will be displayed Monday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m. The last day of the exhibit will be Friday, Dec. 2 from noon to 3 p.m.

VC’s Fine Arts Building faces Red River Street between the main entrance and entrance 6. The gallery is on the opposite side of the building from Red River Street, facing the Student Center.

For more information about the VC Student Fall Art Show or VC’s Fine Arts Department, contact Gordon at (361) 573-3291 ext. 3239 or email

Fall Art Show
Victoria College student Kathleen Jimenez poses by her ceramic pottery sculpture titled “Esther” on display at the VC Fall Student Art Show.
Published: Friday, 18 November 2016

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