News Release

A Moving Art Exhibit by Veteran Artists Comes to Santa Ana College

Aftermath: Resonance of War, Loss and Displacement

(Santa Ana, CA)—When words and photographs can’t express the internal feelings a veteran soldier holds within, art can be a powerful means of expression. Santa Ana College will feature the work of four artists: Samira Yamin, Amber Hoy, Sara Dehghan and Gerald Sheffield, when it opens the show Aftermath: Resonance of War, Loss and Displacement at the Santora Gallery on Saturday, October 1.

SAC Gallery Director Phil Marquez, invited adjunct faculty member Joe deVera, to curate this exhibition. With special thanks to the KCETLink Media Group, the featured artists reveal through their work, the very personal experiences and memories of war. DeVera explains, “War displaces lives and creates untold suffering in its wake.”

Through the lens of the four artists, using various media, the exhibition attempts to bring a multilateral view of human conflict into critical discourse. Though the artists have disparate practices, they share a similar biographical thread, in that they have all experienced the current geo-political crisis firsthand. Through intimate personal narratives told through art and art objects, the exhibition not only examines the effects of tragedy and displacement at ground level, but also aids in understanding war in a vital and contemporary light.

An opening reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Saturday, October 1, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the SAC Arts Gallery at the Santora Building, 207 N. Broadway, Suite Q, in Santa Ana. The show runs through Saturday, November 5. Gallery hours are: Fridays from noon to 4:00 p.m., First Saturday Artwalks from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and by appointment.

For more information or to make an appointment to visit the gallery, call (714) 564-5615 or visit

About Santa Ana College
Santa Ana College (SAC), which turned 100 years old in 2015, serves about 18,000 students each semester at its main campus in Santa Ana. The college prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions, provides invaluable workforce training, and customized training for business and industry. In addition, another 11,000 students are served through the college’s School of Continuing Education located at Centennial Education Center. Ranked as one of the nation’s top two-year colleges awarding associate degrees to Latino and Asian students, the college is also recognized throughout the state for its comprehensive workforce training programs for nurses, firefighters, law enforcement and other medical personnel. SAC is one of two comprehensive colleges under the auspices of the Rancho Santiago Community College District. Visit to learn more.

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Contact: Judy Iannaccone

Phone: (714) 480-7503