Femella - GWC Gallery Art show

“8.5 x 11”
January 30 – February 29, 2020

Curated by Suzanne Walsh & Evan Senn

Opening Reception
Thursday, January 30, 2020, 5-8pm
in the Fine Art Plaza

“8.5 x 11” is an art exhibition based on the concept of limitations, whether emotional, physical, and conceptual. Inspired by the artwork and story of incarcerated self-taught artist, Tyler Corcoran, who makes powerful and skilled works of art using very limited materials due to availability, this show will feature some of his original works of art, as well as original works of art created by other contemporary artists using similar restricted materials.

Tyler Corcoran was only allowed to use 8.5 x 11″ sheets of paper and a #2 pencil to create his artwork in prison, eventually gaining minimal freedom to use food materials as additional pigments for his creations. Surprisingly, he has found great creativity in these limited materials, helping him to expand his artistic content and emotional expression.

The contemporary artists involved in this exhibition have channeled Corcoran’s artistic process and through the use of limited materials and have utilized themes of “limits,” “boundaries,” or “imprisonment” in the pieces on view in “8.5 x 11.”

Tyler Corcoran is a fine artist that taught himself how to draw and paint while incarcerated. He is still serving out a sentence for armed robbery at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison. Making art has become not only a means of personal expression but also a constructive avenue for him to process the events of his life, his homesickness, and his connection to his family. As his art practice has progressed through years of dedication, Corcoran has “earned” the use of additional materials such as inks, watercolor, pen and different sizes and types of paper and canvas. This exhibition will include where he started and where his art practice is today.

Participating artists include: Tyler Corcoran, Cody Jimenez, Katlin Evans, Michael Harnish, Nancy Chiu, Amy Runyen, Paul Lucido, Kaela Carson, Don McKinney, Jane Bauman, Kerri Sabine-Wolf, Ana Sanchez, Michael Lierly, Jennifer King, Cynthia Lujan, Josh Stone, Holly Jackson, Anna Brittell, Timothy Robert Smith, James Thistlethwaite, Yevgeniya Mikhailik, Annie Compean, Joel Woodard, Valerie Lewis, Sarah Keliher Walsh, and more.

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Or by appointment
Contact (714) 895-8316
or gwcartgallery@gwc.cccd.edu

Gallery Location
GWC Art Gallery
Fine Arts Building, Rm 108
15751 Gothard Street
Huntington Beach, CA
(Best parking on
Gothard St., Lot “I”)

The Gallery is located in the Fine Arts building on the first floor building 29


Golden West holds six exhibits which include a Juried Student Art Show in April and May.


Volunteers are needed in the Fine Arts Gallery to greet patrons and answer questions. Contact the Foundation Office at 714-895-8316 for more information.

As a Friend of the Arts at Golden West College, you will enjoy many special benefits including complimentary refreshments at all Theater department plays, invitations to opening night festivities for various Performing and Fine Arts events, guest lectures and demonstrations, and invitations to backstage and costume shop tours.

For just $25, you can join a Friends group, or for $100, you can become a member of all five!

If you have any questions please contact the GWC Foundation 714-895-8316.