New art spices up Campus Center

Tobey Veenstra

The Broadside
“Calls to Art” is a collection of four separate art pieces by professional artists from the Northwest, including Central Oregon Community College instructor, Natasha Bacca, in the campus center building.

The “calls” were advertised by Mary Beth Hamilton, an administrative assistant, in national sculpture magazines, journals and CaféWorks, the same software program used to select the local roundabout sculptures.

While COCC’s art acquisition committee was still content with the final product, the calls were met with fewer responses than expected and because of a lower than expected budget the selections were limited.

“We didn’t get tremendous amounts (of submissions) like I thought we would … because the budget was less than we expected,” said Hamilton. “We originally were going to fill up the campus center.”

“Full Circle”, by Julie Speidel, is located in front of the Campus Center.

Full Circle

The first art piece completed was Julie Spiedel’s “Full Circle,” which was installed in fall term 2009. The piece is a red, powder-coated stainless steel structure, standing 9’6” high in front of the campus center.

“A call to art is a complex process, takes a huge amount of time, and it’s a big deal,” said David Bilyeu, the art acquisition committee’s chair. “On the other hand it’s really fun … Julie Spiedel is a truly interesting person to work with.”

The budget for this piece was $24,000 and it was chosen from over 70 submissions.

“Growth Through All Seasons,” by Natasha Bacca, is one of the pieces of art that has been installed in the Campus Center as part of “Call to Art” program. It is located in the entrance to the Campus Center.

Growth through All Seasons

Bacca, who teaches photography at COCC, constructed “Growth through All Seasons.” The budget for this piece was $5,000 and it was chosen from nine submissions. It was installed in May 2010.

Bacca constructed the piece with a new technique invented by her called light painting, which uses no cameras or computers. With the technique the images are created using beams of light with a tool she invented, manipulating the color and intensity of the light onto light sensitive paper. After photochemical processing, the painting is revealed.

The call for this piece was limited to current COCC and OSU-Cascades students, faculty and staff.

“We wanted to make that one internal,” said Hamilton. “That’s what made that one unique.”

Bacca also designed the label of this year’s Jubelale, a local beer, with the new technique.

Along The Deschutes, by Joseph Bellacera

Along the Deschutes River

Northwestern artist Joseph Bellacera constructed “Along the Deschutes River,” a multi-panel wall relief made of wood and acrylic resin, using lightfast paint and a waterborne clear coat. Its design was inspired by aerial views and regional patterns of Oregon.

The budget for this piece was $12,000 and it was chosen from 32 submissions. It was installed in September 2010.

Field of Vision, by Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer, is located next to the Office of Student Life in the Campus Center

Field of Vision

The final call to art, the fiber painting “Field of Vision,” hangs between the multicultural center and the student government office.

Lori and Lisa Lubbesmeyer, two local Bend artists, constructed the piece, which was chosen from 16 submissions. The budget for this piece was $7,000 and it was installed last month.

You may contact Tobey Veenstra at tveenstra@cocc.edu

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