May 29, 2024

Taking a bite out of student art

SWCC student Emily Strait wither her ceramic pancakes at the Restored Depot.

Southwestern Community College’s art students are showcasing their work for the second year in a row at the Creston Arts gallery in the Restored Depot. This year, the theme was “Potluck.”

“We decided to do food-themed projects. We have a variety of different food projects, ranging from ceramic objects, still-life drawings, food-based objects and then we also have our large scale cardboard objects,” SWCC art instructor Kelly Devitt said. “I was a little worried when I put the theme “Potluck” that people would think they needed to bring food, but all the food is supplied.”

SWCC student showcase "Potluck" is open to the public through May at the Restored Depot.

Since SWCC doesn’t have an art degree outside of music, many of the students Devitt teaches are pursuing liberal arts degrees. Some of the classes available are drawing, 2D and 3D design and ceramics.

Sophomore Ethan Badolato isn’t pursing art in his professional life, but he might just have a new hobby.

“This was my first ever ceramics and clay I’ve ever taken,” Badolato said. “I have some other plans after graduating, but I think it would definitely be a fun hobby to do. I really enjoy it.”

SWCC sophomore Ethan Badolato poses with his ceramic creation.

Badolato’s art piece in the show is a hot dog and ketchup ceramic pair, showcased in the center of the room along with other ceramic food items.

While he says he’s not a professional, Badolato would encourage SWCC students to explore the art programs offered.

“I think it’s just a really great opportunity, even if you’re just starting or already know what you’re doing,” Badolato said. “My instructor, Kelly Devitt, is a great teacher. She knows what she’s talking about and is willing to help and it’s great.”

The SWCC student showcase will be on display for the rest of May. The art gallery is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Erin Henze

Originally from Wisconsin, Erin is a recent graduate from UW-Stevens Point. Outside of writing, she loves to read and travel.