MUSCLE SHOALS, ALA. — Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) will have seven art students showcase their art as part of a new exhibit at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, operated by the Tennessee Valley Art Association (TVAA), beginning May 23 through June 30.

According to NWSCC Art Instructor Zack Underwood, the exhibit will be running alongside another exhibit of painter, Lori Putnam.

“It is really exciting for our students to have their art displayed alongside two well-known artists,” said Underwood. “The pieces created by our students were created this spring. It will be a show of paintings and drawings.”

Displayed artwork was created by NWSCC students Coby Fuller, Nayely Mojica, Daniel Galvez, Ismael Lopez, Emma Cole, Martha Lee and Amanda Jacobs.

To some students, this opportunity gives them the courage to turn their passion into a career. Others are excited to share their hard work with their community.

“I hope our art helps people realize how much the Northwest-Shoals Art Department impacts us (students) and the community,” said Mojica, a resident of Russellville. “I have been given the opportunity to proudly share these new pieces that I didn’t think I had the courage or skill to create.  The art pieces I selected are the ones I worked hardest on and, more importantly, had the most fun making.”

According to NWSCC student and Florence resident, Coby Fuller, the opportunity to display his work gives him validation that his passion and work as an artist can be his career.

“Having my art displayed at the TVAA is a milestone for me, and makes me feel even more confident that I can make a career out of doing what I’m passionate about,” said Fuller. “I selected these pieces because I think they represent my range as an artist, as well as my ability to learn and adapt to mediums that are new to me.”

A special reception will be held at the TVAA on Friday, May 26, to meet the artists. It will be from 2-4 p.m. and free to the community.


About Northwest Shoals Community College:
Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) is part of the Alabama Community College System and home to over 4,000 students. NWSCC offers over 100 certificate and degree programs and is committed to providing career technical, academic, and lifelong educational opportunities that promote economic growth and enrich the quality of life for the people it serves. For more information about the NWSCC, visit