To mime or to retire

It was the mid-70s and the art of miming was in. Naturally, colleges that offered arts courses would be looking for teachers to fill positions in theater arts and PCC was no exception. Whitney Rydbeck, mime and acting and directing professor, came to teach at PCC in 1975. He started as only a part-time teacher at the time but dedicated 40 years to teaching what he loved. He later moved up to the full-time position in 1997 when it became available. Most teachers hope to …

Students learn at lunch with influential LA-based abstract painter

Mary Weatherford remembers her first and most influential experience viewing art as the time she visited UC Santa Cruz at the ripe age of 5 and saw “The Fruit Room”. It was a student art exhibition in a vacant room underneath the dining hall that consisted of supermarket fruit advertisements pasted over every visible surface. “I saw it in 1968 when I was 5 years old and it really stuck with me,” said Weatherford. “As young artists, there may be things you saw when you …