Student unearth DVC’s permanent collection


Left to right: DVC students Tara Baghdassarian, Mandy Wang, Elle Mitchell and Sofie Woodlee, admire the art on display at the “Eclectric Remix” collection.

Tyler Elmore, Online editor

The student-run gallery show, “Eclectric Remix,” consisted of prints from famous artists, past students, and some current students at DVC. It was curated by the ART-135 class and was displayed on Feb. 24 and 25, with the reception commencing the showing at 6 p.m. on the 25th.

Many of the pieces were taken from around the school to be put together in one cohesive setting. Besides just gathering the pieces, they also needed to be remounted, re-matted and just generally cleaned.

One of the strange ways the class cleans pieces actually utilizes the students’ saliva.

Tereese Abuhamdeh, 19, who is currently enrolled in the ART-135 class, says “You can’t mix harsh chemicals with the oil on the canvas so the only way to clean the dust off was with a Q-tip and your saliva.”

This is the first time that this class has been offered in about seven years.

“When I saw that it was on the catalog, I jumped at the opportunity to get in… This kind of class doesn’t come around that often.” says Abuhamdeh.

It allows students to dive into very specialized work with art pieces and learn the professional skills necessary to be able to obtain work within the art or museum field earlier in your career.

In this class, students have the opportunity to curate, conserve, and mount pieces. This class aims to help students who would like to work within the art community and museum community get an introduction into what the business is actually like.

“This class prepares you for every job that you could possibly have, or at least the most popular jobs, within the art/museum business,” Abuhamdeh said. “You do jobs that a preparator would do, or a curator would do by picking out the pieces to go into the actual gallery.”

The class takes place on Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 6:20 p.m., and is run by three professors: Michael Almaguer, Leo Bersamina and Kristin Koblik.

“You don’t need any prerequisites other than basic English composition classes, it is open to everyone on campus whether involved in art or not.” says Koblik. “Unfortunately, we don’t think that we will be able to hold this class every spring semester because it is such a specialized class, we are hoping that we can have it every three or four semesters.”