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Professor Jessa Ciel is modern day Renaissance woman

American River College photography professor Jessa Ciel doesn't adhere to one medium of art and lets her passion for social justice guide her in her projects. (Photo by Ashley Hayes-Stone)
May 8, 2019

Jessa Ciel is an activist and an enigma. A chameleon of an artist across many mediums. The American River College photography professor’s portfolio ranges from a social justice art installation, to directing...

“Everything will Disappear” showcases unconventional photography at Kaneko Gallery

Photographer Angela Casagrande displays her exhibition, “Everything will Disappear,” at the James Kaneko Gallery at American River College on Nov. 28, 2018. Casagrande holds up a box with a picture of her on it. The box contains pieces of her hair because she said making these boxes caused her a lot of stress and made her lose hair. “Everything will Disappear” will run at the Kaneko Gallery until Dec. 14. (Photo by Gabe Carlos)
December 7, 2018

A new show at the The James Kaneko Art Gallery at American River College highlights photographs that represent a collection of memory. Angela Casagrande’s show: “Everything will Disappear,” includes...

Is a photo really worth 1000 words?

This photograph is used to question the narrative possibility in photography. Depicted in the photo are a group of people, in a barge, on a body of water, but is there really a narrative? (Photo by Patrick Hyun Wilson)
October 25, 2018

The cabin is dark; rocking on the sunbeat waves, people wait for shore. The haiku above encapsulates the entirety of the photograph that accompanies this essay. The photograph creates more questions...

Kaneko Gallery hosts renowned photographer

“Emilie in the Streambed” by Luther Gerlach sits on display in the james Kaneko Gallery on April 5. (Photo by Jennah Booth)
April 18, 2018

The James Kaneko Art Gallery at American River College is hosting its newest exhibit, “The Passion of Process,” by photographer Luther Gerlach. The exhibit opened March 19 and features examples...

Kaneko hosts renowned photographer

“Emilie in the Streambed” by Luther Gerlach sits in the Kaneko Gallery on April 5, 2018. (Photo by Jennah Booth)
April 10, 2018

The James Kaneko Art Gallery at American River College is hosting its newest exhibit, “The Passion of Process,” by photographer Luther Gerlach. The exhibit opened March 19 and features examples...

ARC printing supervisor brings eco-awareness to campus

Don Reid poses in his print shop at American River College on Nov. 28, 2017. (Photo by Ashley Hayes-Stone)
January 31, 2018

Don Reid walks into the tiny office that he plans to soon call home. The small station consists of gray barren walls, an old desk, a squeaky chair and a dusty typewriter. The fluorescent lights cast...

Kaneko hosts exhibit that celebrates the power of femininity

January 24, 2018

Saturated in its modern femininity, mythological inspiration and academic backbone, the vibrant artwork of two Chicana activists has found a temporary home at American River College. The Kaneko Gallery...

Actress lands leading role in ARC’s production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Actress Elizabeth Garbe gets ready for a dress rehearsal for American River College's production of
October 26, 2017

It starts with a golden thread through the eye of a needle. Then the steady hum of a sewing machine begins to fill the room as Nikki Niebauer, a student costume designer at American River College, carefully...

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