Emphasizing Forms of Expression at Long Beach City College

A Look Into The Visual Arts Department

August 2, 2018

Walking around the liberal arts campus of Long Beach City College, students can observe various activities all around them, one being the visual and media arts department. This department allows many individuals to express themselves in different forms of arts, but is seen to be often underappreciated and goes unnoticed by many students.

To Jade Adams, the Administrative Assistant of the Visual and Media Department, LBCC is unique because student artwork is showcased in many student events and offers a diverse curriculum letting others find a freedom to find their career. Adams explained that exposure helps students not only to earn money, because work can be sold, but also can aid in gaining exposure. Adams also noted that the artists can express themselves freely which contributes to overall campus diversity.

“I like seeing student interactions and (being) able to talk to all different types of students,” Adams said.

Dr. Carol Roemer's final project for her students is to re purpose a book based on their own personal identity.

Wendy Diaz
Dr. Carol Roemer’s final project for her students is to re purpose a book based on their own personal identity.

Dr. Carol Roemer, an alumni of Claremont McKenna University and a professor of Art History at LBCC, described her Art 9 class as “non-threatening,” meaning that the class is exclusively taken by non-art majors. One particular project her class is working on is a book project to enable students to share their own message with two themes: emotionalistic and instrument for change.

“I hope others can see the difference in family values, (and) become united (to) get a better sense of life,” Roemer said while showing examples of an assigned project that involved students re purposing older books, to give them new life.

Students of Dr. Carol Roemer just finished making their wind chimes during their unit focusing on "space" in art.

Wendy Diaz
Students of Dr. Carol Roemer just finished making their wind chimes during their unit focusing on “space” in art.

Steve Navarro, who is the Student Assistant for the Extended Opportunity for Program and Services (EOPS) at LBCC, shares his perspective on the arts department here on campus.

“(The department) has a really nice building and complexes, (being) a room dedicated to the students’ artworks,” Navarro said.

Last semester, the arts department showcased the different types of arts created by students from the city college. “It was cool to see the promotion they had. Seeing the faculty really involved (in the art show), encouraged me to look forward to seeing more pieces of art,” Navarro said.

Wendy Diaz
Steve Navarro believes that the Visual Art Department is often underappreciated at Long Beach City College despite the awards they have won.

The statements mentioned by the interviewees, regarding the department’s overall lack of recognition, were all along the same lines. Navarro probably stated the idea most clearly when he said that the department was, “totally slept on,” meaning that this department does not receive the validation that it deserves.

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