Inaugural MCC Create! going on through Oct. 22

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:19 pm on Friday, October 05, 2012

Claudia Nielsen of Turk Lake has multiple pieces in the MCC Create! located in the North Building on the main campus. Nielsen has won many awards including the Art at the Green Jodi Dewey Award during the Danish Festival. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

SIDNEY — MCC Create! has kicked off for its first event at Montcalm Community College.

“MCC Create! is a campus-wide art competition, inspired by ArtPrize in Grand Rapids,” said Gary Hauck, dean of instruction and faculty at MCC. “All students, instructors, staff members and alumni were invited to enter works of art — both two-dimensional and three-dimensional.”

MCC Create!, which was made possible by a grant through the MCC Foundation, has 14 artists with 27 entries located mainly at the North Building on the main campus. Hauck said one multiple-piece entry is located in the south hallway of the Beatrice E. Doser Building.

Anyone in the community is welcomed to visit MCC and vote for their favorite piece now through Oct. 22.

Billie Sanders began tie dying 12 years ago and has been perfect peace signs for about three years. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Hauck said it was important for MCC to create this event because it contributes to what MCC’s mission statement is all about — “A leader in creating a learning community, contributing to shared economic, cultural and social prosperity for all our citizens.”

The ballot box is located in the Student Activity Building at the large window between MCC’s Subway and Barns and Noble Bookstore.

A winner will be announced through a ceremony at noon on Oct. 25 in rooms D303/305.

There will be three $500 prizes. Two of the award will be people’s choice, while the third is an administrator’s choice award from MCC’s leadership.

“Our desire is for this to be a community event” Hauck said. “We want to encourage the members of the community to develop an ongoing interest in art, and an appreciation of the many creative expressions of the human spirit.”

Kyle Shattuck, a recent graduate from MCC, said in his bio although his first experience in creating clay sculptures, he clung to chainsaw art when he discovered it. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

The theme of MCC Create! is “Think Globally” and pieces acquired from the competition will become a part of the permanent art collection in the Doser Building, Hauck said.

MCC professional tutor and adviser for Alpha Tau Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, Amber Jaramillo, took time to observe and take in the art at MCC Create! and really enjoyed it.

“I thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to view the work of the various artists,” Jaramillo said. “I was left feeling inspired to continue to work on improving and sharing my personal artistic interests.”

She said the event is a wonderful way for campus artists to showcase their talents and engage many in discussions about the value of art, creativity, culture, social issues and global concepts.

“I believe that through art, people can express valuable humanitarian commonalities within and between cultures,” She said. “I am excited to learn the outcome of the competition portion of the event,” Jaramillo.

Julia Blair, a MCC adjunct instructor, began creating art since she owned a crayon and attended Findlay College and San Francisco Art Institute. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

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