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DCCCD Chancellor Wright L. Lassiter and Brenda Mattioli with “Spanish Steps”

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Suzanne Bristol,, 214-378-1547

For immediate release — May 10, 2013

(DALLAS) — Thirteen of the 18 art students from the colleges of DCCCD whose paintings, photographs, sculptures and other pieces currently comprise the Founders’ Foyer Rotating Art Exhibit were recognized during a special reception on May 7 at DCCCD’s headquarters.

The Founders’ Foyer and its rotating art exhibit are made possible by a generous gift from Margaret McDermott, founding DCCCD Board of Trustees vice chair and longtime supporter of the Foundation.

Mountain View art instructor Christina Medina, center, with students Reyna Flores and Irving Segovia

“The current exhibit features an interesting and eclectic collection of art pieces created by some of our outstanding visual arts students from all seven colleges,” says Lyn McBee, DCCCD Foundation board officer who chairs the art committee that selected the exhibit’s 19 pieces out of 124 entries. “We are pleased to showcase this current collection with the endeavor to elevate the artistic vision that Margaret McDermott wished to bring through her support of the Founders’ Foyer.”

DCCCD Chancellor Wright L. Lassiter Jr. welcomed guests at the reception and presented a cash award to each art student in attendance.

The honored students (listed with their colleges) who attended the reception include:

Junko Otsu with her piece, “African Daisy V”
  • Claire Christian, Brookhaven
  • Reyna Flores, Mountain View
  • Nicolas Gonzalez, Brookhaven
  • Brian Powell, El Centro
  • Richard Martin, North Lake
  • Brenda Mattioli, North Lake
  • Cristina Nava, North Lake
  • Junko Otsu, North Lake
  • Alena Reindl, North Lake
  • Cooper Safford, North Lake
  • Irving Segovia, Mountain View
  • Robert Strauss, Richland
  • Mary Wester, Eastfield

Chancellor Lassiter also purchased Mattioli’s art piece — a watercolor painting titled “Spanish Steps” — currently on display in the exhibit.

The art faculty members and administrators in attendance included Christina Medina, Mountain View art instructor; Melodee Ramirez, North Lake art instructor and daughter of honored art student Richard Martin; and Eddie Rawlinson, arts and sciences interim executive dean at El Centro and Founders’ Foyer exhibit curator.

The current exhibit runs now through Sept. 27.

You can support student art scholarships and programs at the colleges of Dallas County Community College District by giving to the DCCCD Foundation. Read about the DCCCD Campaign for Excellence in the Arts or donate now.

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