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Portfolio reception at Lansing Mall brings LCC artwork into community

Portfolio reception at Lansing Mall brings LCC artwork into community
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By Hannah Anderson
A&E Editor

After all the work photography and art students put into their portfolios during spring semester, they now have a place to display them.

The portfolio reception for LCC Art, Design and Multimedia and Photography students was held at Keys to Creativity on Sunday, May 7 in the Lansing Mall. There was food and live harp music at the event.

The portfolios will be displayed in the venue until May 28.

Ike Lea, the photography chair at LCC, said Keys to Creativity is a great venue.

“LCC doesn’t really have a gallery space,” Lea said. “There is no place on campus to exhibit, so we’ve always kind of battled with where to do this … this opportunity presented itself and it just seemed like a great situation for us.”

Heather Proctor, a graphic design student at LCC, said she enjoyed the venue because it gave people from other areas of the community an opportunity to see the final projects.

Lea said program faculty members are already talking about possibly returning to Keys to Creativity next year, but want to see the students’ reaction to the venue first.

Lea had good things to say about the event.

“I think it turned out wonderful,” Lea said. “The feedback’s been really, really positive. I think it’s a good place for us – it’s out in the community, (and) there’s a lot of exposure for both the art program and the photo programs.”

Daisy Simon, a photography student at LCC, said she liked the opportunity to get her and her classmates’ work out in the community.

Lea added it is unusual for graphic design projects to be displayed side by side with photography. However, he said, the exhibit looks really nice and the students did a good job.

“They’ve done great work,” Lea said. “(There’s) a great diversity of work. You know, everything from some very computer-manipulated work to some very straight, documentary kind of photography.”

Ryan Edwards, a computer graphics animation student at LCC, said he saw this event as a good opportunity.

“I’m just excited to see the work of all my fellow students, and to hopefully reach out to the community – get my name out there,” Edwards said.

For more information on the display, call (517) 657-2770 or go to www.keystocreativity.net/

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