Published On: Fri, Feb 25th, 2011

OICA Board recognizes Student Achievements

          At its last meeting, the advisory board for the Oconauftee Institute for Cultural Arts (OICA) recognized the recent achievements of the program, including the new letterpress studio and recent student accomplishments.

OICA board members and students pause for a group photo. From left to right, front row: Juanita Wilson, Carmaleta Monteith, Nikki Nations & Amelia Haynes. Back row: Deanna Burchett, Frank Brannon & David Smith. (VITA NATIONS/One Feather contributor)

          The board recognized Deanna Burchett, Amelia Haynes and Darrin Bark for their recent artistic endeavors, including each having their work on display in the NC Community College System Office in Raleigh at the 2011 Student Art Exhibit. Board members also toured the new printmaking studio and saw students utilizing the letterpress to complete class projects.

          Juanita Wilson, board chairman, said, “We are very proud of our students and all that they have achieved while participating in the fine arts program at OICA.”

          The OICA advisory board is composed of Juanita Wilson, Carmaleta Monteith, Yona Wade, Albert Crowe, Diamond Brown, David Smith and Nikki Nations. Various and diverse aspects of the community-at-large are represented by each board member, and membership is on a volunteer basis. Although membership has changed over the years, the board continues to focus on developing a strong supporting network for the faculty and staff at OICA.

          Southwestern Community College offers an Associate of Fine Arts degree program at The Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts. The Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts is located at 70 Bingo Loop in Cherokee. For more information about the OICA, Southwestern Community College and the Associate in Fine Arts program, call Jeff Marley at 497.3945; or on the web at southwesterncc.edu/finearts/

– SCC

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