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Artwork created by Hancock College students fills the Ann Foxworthy Gallery for the next three weeks, as the school's annual Fine Arts Student Show returns to campus.

With more than 100 pieces featured in the show, Marti Fast, life drawing instructor and Foxworthy Gallery director, said the program showcases the diversity of Hancock's art programs and provides something for art aficionados of all types.

"We're all about success here," she said. "Every semester we start with baby steps and, in four months, some students develop a mastery of their medium and what they're studying. With the show, we get to see how much this means to them on their growth as artists."

From paintings and ceramics to 3-D sculptures made from metal, Styrofoam or layered cardboard and concrete, Fast said this year's show marks the first-time inclusion of video clips from animation and graphics students, designs for CD covers, posters, skate decks and T-shirts. Works are selected by each instructor, Fast explained, and are subsequently delivered to the gallery for display in the show.

"It's an instructor-driven process," she said. "We open the gallery to them and they build around it."

First-time exhibitor Lilliana Garcia said she was excited to learn that some of her photographs were selected for the show, calling it a "very sentimental" experience. A newcomer to analog photography, she said the class allowed her to explore a new medium — one she didn't expect to enjoy as much as she did.

"This was my first photo class," Garcia said. "I enjoyed going outside and taking pictures with my camera, then going back into the darkroom where I could be myself, play some music and process my work."

Though she prefers to work with 3-D materials, Elizabeth Cypert, one of Fast's students and a last-minute addition to the show, said she was grateful for the opportunity to present her work.

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"This is a really cool idea — showcasing student artwork from different mediums," she said. " I wasn't on the original list of student artists, but then, when we went to our final, I found a note in my portfolio [saying I'd be in] the student art show."

Ceramics student Nellie Palacios, who is working toward completing an associate degree for transfer, said she "just fell in love with [clay]" after taking a class to complete an art requirement. A self-professed "clay addict," Palacios said the medium helped her express following the death of her grandmother.

"I use my family and nature as my inspiration," she explained. "I came in the day [my grandmother] died for four hours straight and worked on projects."

With most of her work inspired by her family, Palacios said it was an honor to have work in the show.

"I felt very complimented and inspired by it," she said.

Mathew Burciaga covers education in Santa Maria and the surrounding area for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter @math_burciaga

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Santa Maria Times reporter Mathew Burciaga covers education for Lee Central Coast Newspapers.