New Interactive Photo and Poetry Art Exhibit Exploring the IE Opens at Crafton Hills College

By on January 28, 2019

The collaborative work of two local artists — Juan Delgado and Thomas McGovern, known collectively as JUANANDTOM – is now on display at the Crafton Hills College (CHC) Art Gallery. The photo and poetry exhibit, i.e. vistas, explores the heritage, landscape, memory and reality of the communities that make up the Inland Empire.

The exhibit features Delgado’s poetry and McGovern’s photography. The two have worked together previously and their book Vital Signs received an American Book Award in 2014. The longtime collaborators are both professors at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) — McGovern is a professor of art, while Delgado is a professor of English and the director of the MFA program in creative writing.

CHC Professor of Fine Art Renée Azenaro has indicated that the new interactive exhibit provides QR codes where visitors can listen to narratives about each specific piece. They are also posted online at: http://www.juanandtom.com/. Thus, according to Azenaro, the exhibit invites people “to consider the neighbors and neighborhoods which surround them.”

Azenaro notes that because many of CHC’s students transfer to CSUSB — and it’s also where several of CHC’s faculty and staff members earned their degrees — this was a “natural connection I wanted to explore and bring to Crafton. The artists’ work is created through collaboration, is about community, and combines art forms which opens creative avenues for our students.”

Visitors to the JUANANDTOM i.e. vistas will recognize Yucaipa, Redlands, Corona and other local cities in Delgado and McGovern’s work. Visitor to the CHC Art Gallery and i.e. vistas will be supporting local artists as well as learning more about the world around them.

“Experiencing artwork in a gallery offers visitors new perspectives and is a space that is welcoming, educational, visceral, and thought provoking,” Azenaro says.

i.e. vistas will run through Friday, Feb. 15 at the CHC Art Gallery located in the Learning Resource Center at 11711 Sand Canyon Road in Yucaipa. Although gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., it’s best to call 909-389-3353 to confirm that the gallery is open.