smc: "Llama" (Mixed media on paper, 6.5 x 8 inches, 2022), by Lynn Strother and Orange Bikes" (Watercolor on paper, 12 x 16 inches, 2021), by Janet Siegel will be shown as part of the SMC Emeritus Annual Student Art Exhibition 2021 Online — Part 2, which opens online with a live virtual reception May 26 from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at smc.edu/emeritusgallery. Courtesy photos

The Santa Monica College (SMC) Emeritus Art Gallery is pleased to present its SMC Emeritus Annual Student Art Exhibition 2022 Online — Part 2 starting May 26. This year, the popular group exhibition attracted so many participants that it was divided into two parts. Part 2 will feature more than 80 works created by 42 student artists in SMC’s noncredit Emeritus program for older adults. (A link to the online exhibition and reception video for Part 1, which opened April 21, can be found at smc.edu/emeritusgallery.)

A free, live Zoom Virtual Launch Event for Part 2 of the exhibition will be held online from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 26. A link at smc.edu/emeritusgallery goes live at event time and takes guests directly to the exhibition’s opening reception.

To see the Part 2 artworks online at any time after 5 p.m. on May 26, viewers may go to smc.edu/emeritusgallery and click the Emeritus Student Art Exhibition 2022 Part 2 link, available 24 hours a day. The link takes viewers directly to the exhibition album on a Facebook page that is open to public viewing (Facebook account not necessary).

The opening reception will be hosted by Dean of Noncredit and External Programs Dr. Scott Silverman and Emeritus Art Gallery Curator Jesse Benson, who will highlight and discuss a selection of individual artworks. Several of the exhibiting artists will also hold brief discussions about their work.

“The Emeritus art community is like a family,” said Benson. “Every year we receive more enthusiasm and support for our annual exhibitions from the student body, as well as from our fantastic faculty and staff. The contributions continue to surprise and delight, and viewers tune in online from around the globe to share in the experience.”

“I have always been impressed by the work of our Emeritus students,” said Silverman. “The talent they bring to our program, and cultivate while they are here, proves to be really striking on the canvas.”

SMC’s widely praised Emeritus program — founded by Santa Monica College in 1975 as a noncredit program to serve the lifelong learning interests of older adults — offers more than 120 noncredit adult education classes and special programs that serve more than 3,000 students each year.

More information is available by visiting smc.edu/emeritusgallery or calling 310-434-4306.

Submitted by Grace Smith