TNCC Computer Arts Students Present Portfolio Exhibit

Published: October 7, 2009

Eleven Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) Computer Arts students will present their work in “Keyframed.” Free and open to the public, the portfolio exhibit will be held Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. in Templin Hall on the Hampton campus. This is the sixth year for the exhibit. “The show is vital to students because they are presenting their work publicly for the first time,” said Cecilia Wheeler, Associate Professor of Art and Computer Arts Department Head at TNCC.

The show is part of ART 193: Studies in Art, an elective course that allows students to concentrate on developing a professional portfolio. “The portfolios are multimedia files so they include advanced motion graphics, using our new green screen studio and the industry-standard software we teach. In addition, the students created their own DVD with the DVD authoring software as well as other promotional materials, business cards and promo packets,” Wheeler said.


Professional graphic artists are among the invited guests and will give students feedback about their portfolios. As part of the curriculum, the students planned, promoted and produced the art show. Students were chosen based on their interest in taking the additional course, work ethic and classroom performance “The job market is very competitive and having a strong professional portfolio is essential. This class provides that opportunity,” Wheeler said.

Most of the participants are recent TNCC graduates and students who will graduate in May 2010. Ben Kreicar completed his studies at TNCC this past spring. Although he had the opportunity to display sculptures and drawings at the high school level, “Keyframed” marks his first opportunity to showcase his computer art. The aspiring graphic designer draws much of his inspiration from hip-hop culture and graffiti. “Art is important to me because it is a way to communicate to the public through visual stimulation. It allows us to say something in this busy world, no matter how small the message may be,” Kreicar said.

Computer Arts major Jameka Anderson will complete her studies at TNCC in May 2010 and is also excited to display her work publicly for the first time. “Ever since I was little, I’ve been drawing in some way, whether it was writing on the walls with crayons or painting shapes on the carpet. It was a good thing my dad owned a carpet cleaning business,” she said.

Anderson allows her surroundings to inspire her work. “I’m an observer. I like to sit back and watch life happen. Artists have to be observant and aware of their surroundings. Random people, situations, TV, the internet, fellow students, family, friends, teachers, magazines and books all give me inspiration,” she said.

Anderson hopes to specialize in graphic design and multimedia motion graphics. “Both aspects of visual communications make me happy and I just want to make a living doing what I love.”

For more information about “Keyframed,” please contact the Office of Public Relations at 825-2725.


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Comment from Amanda Griffin - January 5, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I am looking to go to your college and was wondering if this also includes photography?

Comment from Thomas Nelson Community College - January 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm

We offer photography programs, please contact Cecilia Wheeler, Department Chair of Computer and Visual Arts: 757-825-3608,