Back Stage: Gillian Hodge honored in college exhibition |

Back Stage: Gillian Hodge honored in college exhibition

Well-known sculptor Gillian Hodge will be honored in the inaugural Gillian Hodge Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. The exhibition will run from Aug. 25 to Nov. 1 at Sierra College’s Nevada County campus.

Hodge died in April 2001 from colon cancer.

The Penn Valley resident co-founded the Nevada County Arts Council 23 years ago and was founder and the first executive director of Neighborhood Center of the Arts.

A ceramics and drawing teacher at Sierra College since 1977, Hodge actively promoted the art of Sierra College teachers and students.

Hodge’s dream of establishing a sculpture exhibition on campus will become a reality as members of the G.H.O.S.E. committee, formed just for this purpose, work toward this goal.

Committee members are Margaret Brauner, Pat Chapin, JoAnn Chartier, Susan Ellenbogen, Cheri Flanigan, Patti Foster, Mel Henderson, Dick Hotchkiss, Howard Levine, Tina Ludutsky-Taylor, Su Rannells and JoLynn Samuelson. The members were friends of Hodge; several work at Sierra College.

The exhibition is open to Northern California and western Nevada artists. Entries are now being accepted, and applications must be postmarked by April 25. Entry forms are available at or by calling 274-5300.

Sculptors Yoshio Taylor of Cosumnes River College and Anna Valentina Murch of Mills College, will screen entries and choose winners. The four awards are $1,000, $500 and two $250 in cash.

The jurors’ decisions will be published June 1.

Tax-deductible donations are now being sought to underwrite the exhibition expenses, which include brochure design, printing, postage, awards and the reception on Aug. 25. Checks made payable to Sierra College Foundation can be mailed to 250 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

Call 274-5300, ext. 5334, for more information about donations or for an application.

– Carol Feineman

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