Columbia College presents sabbatical art exhibition

 “The Beauty of Painting” – a collection of 14 new oil paintings by Columbia College Art Professor, Li Ching Accurso, is now on display through December 3, 2021, in the Columbia College Manzanita Building Rotunda (11600 Columbia College Drive, Sonora). The upper level of the Manzanita Building is open to the public Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This exhibition showcases work produced as part of Accurso’s sabbatical in Fall 2019. 

“The subjects of my paintings include water, trees, villages, landscapes and abstractions,” she wrote. “I love the medium of oil paint on canvas. I enjoy every characteristic of oil, the brilliant colors and sheen, how the paint runs, drips, gunks up, wet, dry, thick, thin, and everything in between. 

“I gain so much joy and excitement from painting. It might not always be easy, but it is always rewarding. I learn so much about myself through painting, what is interesting, beautiful, and important to me.” 

Accurso, a Taiwanese-American woman artist, has been a full-time art faculty member at Columbia College since 1995. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from UC Berkeley in Painting and was a Fulbright scholar. 

“This is a beautiful and impressive collection of work,” said Columbia College Interim, President G.H. Javaheripour. “We invite the community to come enjoy this exhibition.” 

For information on the artwork, contact Li Ching Accurso at 209-588-1530 or More paintings not included in this exhibition are available for viewing and purchase. Instagram: lichingaccursoFacebook, or 


  • Occurred Monday, October 11th, 2021 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm