VCCS New Horizons 2018

VCCS New Horizons 2018

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Featured Artist


“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”
― Edgar Degas

In 2015, the VCCS Office of Professional Development began a new tradition of honoring one of our own faculty members as the featured artist for New Horizons, the premier teaching and learning conference of the Virginia Community College System. 2015 featured Autumn Over Warm Springs, a stunning work by artist Fred Nichols, former Piedmont Virginia Community College faculty. The tradition continued in 2016 with Tammy Park’s Virginia Sunrise, which encapsulated the “50 Years of Progress and Promise” conference theme.

The Featured Artist is an exciting part of New Horizons: the integration of a VCCS faculty artist’s work throughout the conference, to include most notably the coveted program cover, and the now 3nd annual official conference poster–a collectible, signed by the artist.

We are delighted to announce that Rosemary Gallick, art and art history faculty at Northern Virginia Community College, is the 2017 New Horizons Featured Artist. Rosemary’s work Raging Rapids stood out to the judging panel with its turbulent depiction of unknown new horizons and, in the words of the artist, an “emotional response to facing unknown territories.”

Raging Rapids by Rosemary Gallick

This acrylic painting expresses the passion and emotional response to facing unknown territories. I created it while learning a dear VCCS colleague, an office mate and friend had pancreatic cancer and would soon meet her own unexpected new horizons. In this 16″ x 20″ painting, I used art as therapy to unleash my own frustrations to this premature situation and try to embrace the future! – Rosemary Gallick

The artwork submitted this year reflects the diversity, scope, reach, and artistic talent in the VCCS—talent that is both evident and extraordinary. It is in the spirit of sharing the beauty and innovation of each outstanding submission that we celebrate and showcase our featured artist, as well as acknowledge and exhibit all of the wonderful submissions.

Please take a moment to visit the gallery on the New Horizons website, as each work is unique and invites contemplation, imagination, admiration, and engagement as do, we expect, those who created them.


Rosemary Gallick

Professor of Art and Art History
Northern Virginia Community College

Rosemary Gallick is a Professor of Art and Art History at Northern Virginia Community College where she has taught since 1996, and the Gallery Director at the Manassas campus of Northern Virginia Community College. She holds a B.A. from the State University of New York in Art and an M.F.A. from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. In addition, she earned a Master’s degree in Communication from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Professor Gallick has published, presented and exhibited her artwork throughout the United States.

Creating art since childhood has been an enduring passion. Professor Gallick has created a series of abstracts, musical themes and portraits that focus on popular icons, to include rock and roll musicians, political figures, and other celebrities that dominate popular culture. Gallick’s work was featured in Elan magazine (May 2011) and in the Northern Virginia magazine (November 2009). Her paintings were selected for the covers of the Northern Virginia Review (Spring 2011 and 2015). In 2016, Gallick received the “People’s Choice” award for her painting called Explosion at the Village Gallery in Fairfax City, VA. Most recently she received an Honorable Mention at the US Geological Survey Center in Reston, Virginia. Professor Gallick is the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Faculty Award for College and Community Service at Northern Virginia Community College-Manassas campus.