National University

La Mesa Art Exhibit Showcases the Work of Students, Alumni

National University celebrated a new generation of art through the eyes of its students at the “Art of Life 2013” exhibit on Friday, May 3 at the 214a Gallery, located within San Diego’s La Mesa Campus. 

A wide range of art projects were on display. The event was free and open to the public. Three students received honorable mention at the exhibit. They were: Marinne Gepila; Purity Waryjhi; and Monique Ramos.

This exhibition was organized, marketed, juried and installed by students in Professor Roy Rogers Art 200, Beginning Drawing class. The art on display was by former and current Art 200 students, some of whom are now alumni. The new online version of Art 200, Beginning Drawing, won a President's Awards for Excellence in Online Content in April.

Close to100 people attended, according to Assistant Professor Annette Cyr, lead faculty for art programs and Director of the 214a Gallery.

Inspired by her experience as an artist in New York City during the arts renaissance in the East Village, Professor Cyr converted a utility closet into an art gallery and hosted its inaugural show in June 2011.

Having lived and worked in Manhattan, Cyr appreciated the value of even the smallest amount of space and recognized the potential to create something special with minimal square footage and a healthy dose of creativity and vision. The 214a Gallery exhibitions have become an annual event.

To schedule a viewing of “Art of Life 2013,” please email Professor Cyr at