When Jeannie Hua first enrolled in art classes at the College of Southern Nevada, she’d already been a criminal defense attorney for 20 years. When Juan de Dios Varela signed up, he was an immigrant from Mexico City.
They’re both part of the Inaugural CSN Art Alumni Virtual Exhibition: Seed to Seed, curated by Art Professor Wayne Littlejohn. It’s a virtual exhibition that showcases the work of former students in a program that attracts artists from diverse backgrounds and career paths.
Some of CSN’s art alumni have planted roots in the Las Vegas art community. Others have moved to different cities to follow their art careers. Here’s a glimpse at their show. To see more, visit the Seed to Seed exhibition page.
Lani McKay is originally from Hawai’i. Her trajectory took her to Las Vegas and Montana. She now lives in Colorado.
Jeannie Hua was a criminal defense attorney for 20 years before she enrolled at CSN. Now, she’s an MFA candidate in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Low Residency Program.
Ailene Pasco is a Philippine-born sculptor and small business owner who works as an art education coordinator for Clark County. After she attended CSN, she earned her BA from UNLV. Her work is also on view in the Diaspora exhibition at the Las Vegas City Hall Chamber Gallery through July 15.
Henderson artist Daniel Cope went on from CSN to Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, where he received his BFA in Sculpture and New Genres. He says the CSN courses he took with Erik Beehn and Chris Bauder introduced him to new ways of thinking about art.
Lilia Todd appreciated that at CSN, she got to study art with people in several different age brackets. It made her feel more like part of the community. She went on from to earn her BFA from UNLV.
Sarah Petkus combines illustration with robotics and makes wearable technology. Her YouTube channel, “Robohemian!” with behind-the-scenes demos in techniques like animating a felt demon and how to properly glaze pencil-eraser-sized donuts, has 16,000 followers.
Juan de Dios Varela
Zahra Bilal is originally from Kenya. She earned her AA from CSN and recently participated in her first public art project with the Guerrilla Artz Foundation.