Arts Spotlight: Shedding Light on Visual Storytelling

Arts Spotlight: Shedding Light on Visual Storytelling


It’s like a chess game. We move one thing, it disrupts the whole thing and then we have to start making changes and something looks better next to something else. It is, the only way I could think of it, it’s a game of chess. My name is Camilo Velasquez and I teach design and drawing at Valencia College East Campus, and I’m currently the gallery director of the Anita S. Wooten gallery. I have two assistants—one is Ferran and the other is Jessica. I have multiple roles at the gallery. I distribute, I curate, I hang. We always invite students because they are the objective of the gallery. The gallery, as I see it, has to be a teaching tool and I always try to present the concept. Create that passageway of what the artist wanted to student body. That is the challenge and that’s what makes or breaks an exhibition. Future plans are (that) we diversify more. We make the gallery more like the population that we serve. To me that’s fundamental. The most fascinating thing of the gallery is after I present an artist, some people come up to you and they start speaking to you about what they understood, how I opened their eyes and that’s to me fascinating—the interaction with the public. When they give you the feedback of what they felt, what they heard, what they understood and how maybe I helped them see differently.

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