New exhibition kicks off National Hispanic Heritage Month at COC

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the College of the Canyons Art Gallery will present the exhibition “Carolyn Castaño: Delineando un Paisaje Femenio – Outlining a Female Landscape,” beginning Monday, Aug. 19.

Running until Oct. 10, the solo exhibition will include Castaño’s recent paintings, drawings, mixed media and videos that highlight her ongoing exploration of identity, gender and the social conditions currently facing women, according to a news release. A free public lecture featuring the Los Angeles-based artist is scheduled 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, and will be followed by a reception from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

“I feel very fortunate to be able to introduce our students and campus community to this wonderful artist,” said COC Art Gallery Director Pamela Bailey Lewis. “Two of my main goals as a curator for a campus-based art gallery are to bring the most compelling art of our time to campus, so our students will have the opportunity to engage with it firsthand; and to create relevant, inspiring programming that reflects and supports the diverse communities we are here to serve. 

“This exhibition does both those things,” Bailey Lewis added.

“By putting abstractions and patterns on the same plane as traditionally painted landscapes, I hope to not just capture the historical simultaneity of cultures and ecosystems, but also a sense of their possible futures,” said Castaño, who is the first Latina artist to have a solo exhibition at the gallery.

The COC Art Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, but residents who are unable to visit the gallery during normal hours are welcome to contact the gallery to schedule a viewing appointment.

All gallery exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public, according to school leaders.

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