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Art students display work in EAC Activities Center

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Art students display work in EAC Activities Center

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—The paintings and drawings of five Eastern Arizona College sophomore art students are currently on display in the College’s Activities Center until Saturday, April 30, 2011. The show is free to the public and can be viewed at any time.

“Each spring, the Art Department displays work from sophomore art majors. This work represents the best pieces the students have completed while enrolled in the program at EAC,” says EAC art instructor Kenny Rhodes. “The work is from a variety of media including etching, drawing, and oil painting. This year, the featured artists are, Elizabeth Hoeft, Heather Packer, Rebecca Streeter, Kenneth Nietfeld, and Kayleen Palmer. These five people are talented art majors who have expanded their knowledge and talents while at EAC.”

Elizabeth Hoeft, who graduated from Thatcher High School, plans to go to Southern Utah University. “After coming to EAC to participate in the art program, my art has improved drastically,” explains Hoeft. She currently enjoys all media, but works primarily with charcoal and pencil.

Art major Kenneth Nietfeld also plans to go to Southern Utah University. He loves sculpting but is more experienced with oil and acrylic painting. Nietfeld graduated from Mancos High School in Mancos, Colorado. “It’s fun to try new things, and the art program at EAC has definitely helped me stretch as an artist,” says Nietfeld.

Rebekah Streeter, who graduated from Sahuaro High School in Tucson, plans to get her Bachelor’s degree in art at Brigham Young University–Idaho. “My teachers, Kenny Rhodes, Andra Jensen, and Sandee Payne have made such a big impact on my art and on me as an individual. I am so grateful to them,” says Streeter. She plans to get her master’s and Ph.D. in art and eventually begin teaching art at the university level.

“I am impressed by the quality and variety of work accomplished by these students, says Rhodes. “They have been a pleasure to work with.”

For more information about the EAC Art program, contact Rhodes at (928) 428-8469.