Joe Wyatt
Published February 28, 2019

A unique presentation of student artwork will be on display in March when Amarillo College presents the Synaesthesia Art Show in the Common Lobby Gallery.

SynaestheiaINThe show opens with an artists’ reception from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 and will remain on display through March 21.


AC’s Common Lobby Gallery is located in the foyer at the entrance to the Concert Hall Theater in the Music Building on the Washington Street Campus, and both the exhibit and the opening reception are free and open to the public.


Synaesthesia is the general name for a related set of cognitive traits, in which a person might see the color blue when they hear the word “fish” according to Steven Cost, associate professor of art and curator of the Common Lobby Gallery.


Student artists in this particular show have explored the concept of synaesthesia in their works.


“It is sensory crossover,” Cost said. “Synesthesia can be a stimuli to a sensory input. It may trigger perceptions in one or more sensory mode. For example, a person might not only hear music, but also see it. Our students have interpreted the senses of sound and visuals to create abstract paintings, some are inspired by the senses of color, smell, tastes and touch.”


For more information about the Synaesthesia Art Show, please contact Cost at (806) 206-0099 or


NOTE: the painting above is by AC student Sharon Burkett and is an acrylic on canvas titled "Solace."