THE ARTS Faculty Exhibition, planned for Monday, Aug. 31 ­– Wednesday, Oct. 7 at THE ARTS Gallery at Collin College’s Spring Creek Campus, serves a dual purpose.


(Above) Professor Chris Gray creates unique pieces of pottery and stoneware. (At top) Figurative artist Rex Kare brings his personality to works in multiple media.

While it is an opportunity for the faculty to show off their work, it is also a chance for potential art students to get a glimpse into their professors’ styles.

“We have this show at the beginning of the school year every year so that students can see the kind of work our faculty can create,” Art Gallery Director Julie Shipp said. “We have everything from video installations to sculpture and painting. It is intended to promote the department and to show students what they can look forward to if they take a class with us.”

Collin College’s art department is made up of artists who often show at professional galleries, so the pieces aren’t difficult to come by. This year’s show will feature an eclectic mix of styles and media.

Some of the works will include: Luke Sides’ larger-than-life-sized sculptures of 1980’s pop culture icons in a Socialist Realism style; Chris Gray’s functional porcelain and stoneware pieces, which find beauty in the object’s function and its continued use; and work by figurative artist Rex Kare, who has experimented with traditional and non-traditional media and techniques, reflecting on his experience growing up different. However, those are only a few of the pieces from faculty members of all three main campuses that will be on display throughout September.

Luke Sides Collin College Faculty

Professor Luke Sides’ works are life-sized and draw on 1980’s pop culture

The diversity of media and styles represented will provide an overview of media and art processes that students learn in the college’s art courses, including 2-D design, 3-D design, ceramics, communication design, digital arts, drawing, figure drawing, jewelry/art metals, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

A reception, with musical accompaniment by History Professor Matthew Coulter, is planned from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 24. The gallery is located in room A-175 at Collin College’s Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. The gallery’s current hours are: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

For more information about this or future exhibitions, visit the gallery’s website at or call 972-881-5873.