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Blinn College District to host third annual art exhibit to raise funds for student scholarships

Freshman Hunter Woods credits scholarship for helping him get a jumpstart on a digital arts degree

April 26, 2018

Hunter Woods

Blinn College freshman Hunter Woods knows firsthand how important a scholarship can be to an aspiring artist.

The Cypress native, whose artistic passion lies in photography and graphic design, is working toward an Associate of Arts degree in Digital Arts at Blinn. His schedule is laden with design courses that require students to have access to editing software for class assignments.

Woods made use of a generous scholarship awarded to him by Blinn’s Visual Arts Department to purchase the tools he needed.

“I really enjoy learning how to work with Photoshop and Illustrator in my graphic design courses,” he said. “This scholarship has given me access to all the tools I need to succeed as a young artist.”

Woods will return the favor when he joins his fellow visual arts classmates and instructors as they put their wares on display and raise money for student scholarships Tuesday through Thursday, May 1-3, at the third annual Visual Arts Art Exhibit and Scholarship Fundraiser held in the Blinn-Bryan Campus Student Center.

The public is invited to attend a reception from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, in Student Center Room F-120, where student and faculty work will be sold via silent auction. The fundraiser will feature photos, printed digital art, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and drawings – many of which have been donated to fund art scholarships for current and prospective students at the Blinn-Bryan Campus.

Art will be marked for the silent auction or for sale at a price set by the artist.

“We are very excited about the student work we are showcasing this year,” Art Instructor Todd Overstreet said. “This is a great opportunity for students to develop an exhibit record, and for Blinn to showcase the art created during the year.”

Woods, who also serves a Blinn-Bryan Student Ambassador, will transfer to Texas A&M University next spring and hopes to pursue a career as a journalism teacher or a school yearbook designer.

“I am able to pursue my passions all because a student or instructor donated a piece of their talent and a community member gave a generous gift in support of students like me,” Woods said.

Blinn’s Visual Arts Department provides students a deeper understanding of the creative process through lecture- and studio-based classes. Art appreciation and history classes examine the creative form through the ages, and Blinn’s hands-on courses allow students to learn the fundamentals, elements, and principles of creating art in both traditional and digital mediums. Follow the Visual Arts Department on Facebook, Instagram (@blinnarts), and Twitter (@BlinnVisualArts) for updates.

The department is part of Blinn’s Division of Visual/Performing Arts & Kinesiology, which offers programs in architecture, arts, communication studies, kinesiology, music, and theatre arts.

Registration is now open for May Minimester, and the Summer and Fall semesters. For enrollment or financial aid information, visit www.blinn.edu.