THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University art senior Monica Stock said coming back to school gave her confidence in her work.
Now, two of her charcoal renderings are featured in two national galleries. She created both pieces in her advanced drawing course.
The Las Laguna Art Gallery featured her self-portrait, “Chin Up,” in their “Women in Art” exhibition. The In Art Gallery gave honorable mention to her drawing, “It’s Under Control,” in the “Greatest Student Exhibition.”
“I tend to doubt the value of what I have been able to accomplish. It has helped me to feel more confident in creating more, and feeling encouraged to also want to create more,” she said. “I am excited to represent the Nicholls art program because I think it is really good.”
Stock’s work has been featured before. Her painting, “More than Just Her Hands,” was on display at the Artist Trust’s 5th Annual Figures & Faces in 2019.
Stock returned to Nicholls because her daughter wanted the two of them to take a painting course together. She did not intend to get her degree but fell in love with the program.
“I see things differently now,” she said. “They require you to take classes in sculpture, ceramics, drawing, design and printmaking, so you experience these different methods and become a better artist in putting it all together.”
Nicholls drawing’s tagline is “Capture life on paper.” The program emphasizes traditional observational and representational drawing skills. Students work with media such as pen and ink, pencil, and charcoal and with subjects such as landscape, still life and figures.