FARMINGTON — When Brittini Poper was in eighth grade, her father, who was serving in the U.S. Army, was deployed for 18 months.

"Those years are some of the most critical in a girl's life," Poper said.

Her father was in the Army reserve, so Poper didn't move all the time. But her father was gone for months at a time.

This year, he retired from the Army after serving 25 years. For his retirement, Poper did a photo shoot. One picture she took Êa photo of her mother holding an American flag in front of the family's house in Houston, Texas Êis on display at the San Juan College Student Art exhibit.

Cindy McNealy, the San Juan College gallery director, said the art show is a learning experience for students and introduces them to exhibiting. In the professional art world, artists work with contracts and deadlines. The student show is no different.

Any student enrolled in an art class can enter the exhibit. Students can enter one piece of art for each class they are taking. This semester's exhibit features 168 artists and there are more than 200 pieces of art on display.

Ed Hasenbalg is one of the students showing multiple pieces of art work. As part of his technical theater degree, Hasenbalg is taking a class in two-dimensional design and in beginning drawing.

At the exhibit, he will display a photograph that looks down a road and a drawing of trees Êboth assignments from his classes. The road photo was a linear perspective assignment, and the tree drawing was a quick sketch.

In addition to drawings and photographs, the exhibit also features ceramics. Ann Fourr is one of the students displaying ceramic creations. She said that she entered a ceramics class this semester because of her passion for art.

"I've always done art and wanted to do something different," Fourr said.

When she was making her ceramic pot, Fourr said she wanted to make something with a lot of movement. So she used an ash glaze to color her pot, making it appear as if the glaze is dripping off the pot.

The show will host a reception at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Henderson Fine Arts Center Art Gallery. The art will be displayed through April 26.

Hannah Grover can be reached at hgrover@daily-times.com; 505-564-4652. Follow her on Twitter @hmgrover