April 2020, I write this under conditions far from those present when these works were selected, or considered in my Introduction and well altered from the environ the young artists dwelled when they created them. COVID-19 has wrought change, so radically paced and extreme in face none of us has gone unaffected. It continues to test our community and its individuals. Each of us looks for a way to cope, steel against the anxiety of isolation, grieve our losses, congratulate ourselves on hurdling obstacles, direct the lost and reach out to the mired. But mostly we survive, because despite flaws in the system our nature wills it. Ironically Spring, seemingly nonplussed, trumpets its blossoms, greens the fields, and warms even as it lengthens days. I can't help but recognize these young artists are very much like Spring; willful, inevitable in their growth and embracement of life. So I invite you to view, take refuge, lol and celebrate; Portraits of young artists daring to look back, Megan Groll's single twirling lady with adjusted perspective, Sierra Slotnick's bird now ascend in triumph, appreciate Christine Jansen's prescience in her urging and finally let Shuaige He abate all of our nightmares. Art continues to be the reliable record
Well done, congratulations and thank you to all the participating artists of the 2020 Juried Student Exhibition for sharing, providing perspective and giving hope. Jin Hee Choi is especially recognized for her tireless effort in composing this digital presentation and a nod to Ken Powell for his foresight in orchestrating its online presence. Thank you to the faculty and staff of the Department of Art & Design, the QCC Art Gallery and QCC Communications.