Recently, an exhibition by Cat Rigdon, TCC South artist-in-residence for the 2022-2023 academic year, was listed as a Top 5 Art Event for the entire state of Texas by online art publication, Glasstire. “This is very high praise for us, and we could not be prouder,” said Joshua Goode, Department of Fine Arts Chair. “What’s even more rewarding is that she created the artwork for this exhibition during the 2022/2023 academic year on campus working with our students, which was an incredible experience for them.”
Rigdon grew up on the island of Cyprus in the late 1990s and early 2000s. She and her siblings would sneak into archeological sites and rummage through abandoned monasteries and hotels. She drew upon those memories as she depicted ancient funerary goods in her art.
As the artist-in-residence at TCC South, she came to the campus every Monday and created the artwork for the exhibition with the support of students, faculty and staff. “Through this process, Cat was able to demonstrate a variety of art-making techniques and introduce our students to innovative approaches to exhibition creation,” said Goode. “Her exhibition opened up our students’ eyes to broader possibilities of engaging with an audience and community through active participation. Our department was so honored and excited to work with Cat. Glasstire’s Top 5 acknowledgment has been the cherry on top.
“We are delighted that Glasstire, one of the most respected art publications in Texas, selected Cat’s exhibition as one of the Top 5 in the entire state. It is a well-deserved validation of the year of hard work, ingenuity and collaboration that went into this powerful exhibition,” said Goode. “We could not be prouder of Cat and are grateful that she shared her time, work and art with our department and community. Our students have gained a true professional role model.”