Artists with bright futures honored

OrpheumCplWebBy Cynthia Millard

Glendale Community College students made an impressive showing at the 10th Annual Artists of Promise event at the Orpheum Theater on April 9. This yearly event is an art exhibition and a gala performance that honors Chancellor Award Winners of the entire Maricopa County Community College District.
Thirteen GCC artists performed first-place winning pieces in the areas of theater, instrumental music, dance, instrumental solo, and musical composition. In addition, seven GCC art students were invited to display their creations in the lobby. One received a special award presented by Rufus Glasper, MCCCD Chancellor.

“It has been very difficult for me to get ready for this evening because I am not the type of person who seeks attention,” said GCC art student Sandra Whyman. “But it’s been wonderful. The energy is great!”


Whyman received an Award of Recognition as a student entrant to the League for Innovation for her sculpture “The Family Tree”. She, along with four other Maricopa Community College students were honored on stage. Her mixed media work can currently be viewed at the GCC Student Art Exhibit.

The evening began with an art exhibition and reception. A buffet of appetizers and sweets was available for guests to enjoy as they viewed the paintings and sculptures on display in the lobby of the historic theater. The performance program began an hour after the reception and was hosted by Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s official historian and Coordinator of Southwest Studies at Scottsdale Community College.

GCC guitar students opened the show with an instrumental ensemble played by Ricardo Araiza, Andrew Devonport, Andrew Leary, Joshua Mayo, Danny Mehmedi, Hans Nieschulz, Alex Resnick, and Armand Sanchez. Later in the evening, Michaela McGee, accompanied by Dr. Christina Eide on piano, performed an instrumental solo (flute) that won her first place in that category. Kincaid Rabb was honored for his original composition, “Scenes from the Big Top”.

Theatre and dance students from GCC made strong showings as well. Jared Queen showed his diverse acting skills when he performed a scene with acting partner Bailey Hall from “Oedipus Rex” by Sophocles and a monologue from “A Measure of Cruelty” by Joe Calarco. Dance students Katie Beechler, Shaniece Brazwell, Amber Linton, Cassandra Ortiz, and Urian Owens performed a challenging routine choreographed by fellow student Erica MacClean.

“I thought the event was wonderful,” said GCC performing arts professor David Seitz. “What great talent we have, not only from GCC, but the district as a whole. That really holds out hope for the future of arts, not only here in our city and state, but hopefully for the nation and beyond.”