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CSULB Art Alum Diana L. Sánchez in Los Angeles Times article

Posted on February 22, 2021 by School of Art

90CSULB Art Alum Diana L. Sánchez was represented in an article written by Julia Barajas in the Los Angeles Times entitled “How Long Beach students are turning mail into the most personal art.” Sánchez, a DACA recipient while getting her BFA at CSULB still has the bulk of her family living in the Mexican state of Querétaro and says, “To this day there is something special about seeing my parents receive letters from her grandparents after being separated for decades.” As Barajas writes, “Fittingly, Sánchez used a postal envelope as her canvas for an illustration of a monarch butterfly perched on a woman sporting ‘Abolish ICE’ hoop earrings… Monarch butterflies, which journey from the north to Mexico every year, represent ‘migration and resilience.’ She hopes her work will encourage others to re-imagine the U.S. immigration system and craft policy in which migrants cease to be ‘this imaginary threat that justifies injustices and cruelty.'” Sánchez’s artwork is part of an initiative called Couriers of Hope, which will give Long Beach Unified School District students the opportunity to exchange their artwork with professional artists, “transform[ing] envelopes into pieces expressing and exploring the emotion of hope, pointing out the beauty all around us in simple things and quiet observations.”

Congratulations to Ms. Sánchez and all those participating in this amazing show!!

CSULB Art Alumnae in Virtual 3-D exhibition at Kellogg University Art Gallery

Posted on February 12, 2021 by School of Art

st bronxvilleThree CSULB Art alumnae were in a three-woman exhibition at the Kellogg University Art Gallery in Cal Poly Pomona last year. Entitled St. Broxville Wood: Into the Thicket the show featured the artists Jennifer Gunlock, Hilary Norcliffe and Katie Stubblefield. Since the pandemic hit, they were unable to retrieve the art stuck in the Kellogg Gallery, so the gallery staff kept creating extensions and experiments off the original show culminating now with a recreation of the show virtually in 3-D!  The gallery director Michele Cairella-Fillmore will be giving a virtual tour to the virtual show next Friday, February 19, 2021 from 12pm – 1pm (PST). Register here.

The exhibition has been extended as well until August 31, 2021.

Congratulations again to Ms. Gunlock, Ms. Norcliffe and Ms. Stubblefield!

CSULB Graduating BFA Animation Artists from Fall 2020 hold virtual Senior Showcase

Posted on December 10, 2020 by School of Art

amalgamationAs the pandemic has hampered exhibitions and graduations, graduating BFA seniors in the CSULB Animation major from Fall 2020 decided to hold a Senior Showcase show in spite of everything. Entitled AMALGAMATION, the show brings together the works of 18 graduating BFA Animation senior students, (and one MFA student’s thesis film as well!)
As Professor Soyeon Kim stated, “With so many difficulties throughout this pandemic, students have gone through so many ups and downs, both physically and emotionally. However, this class has impressed me in every step of the way, proving that they are strong and willing to take any challenge in life and overcome with tenacity with full of positive spirits.”
Congratulations graduating 2020 BFA Animation students! We are very proud of you and all your work!!

CSULB Graduating Illustration / Pre-Production Artists from Fall 2020 hold virtual Graduation Show

Posted on November 23, 2020 by School of Art

cremeAs the pandemic has hampered exhibitions and graduations, graduating seniors in the CSULB Illustration / Pre-Production majors from Fall 2020 decided to hold a virtual graduation show in spite of everything. Entitled Crème de la Quaratine: Along Together, the show brings together the works of 21 artists and illustrators. As the artists stated: “Even though we do not have a formal gallery exhibition for us graduating seniors, we managed to put together this website to show case our work. Just because we are in quarantine, that does not stop us artists from creating beautiful work! Featured below, are the graduating artists of Fall 2020 from the Illustration and Pre-Production program. Welcome, and please enjoy the work that these artists present.” We couldn’t agree more.


CSULB Art History lecturer Dr. Julia Friedman on Wayne Thiebaud’s 100th Birthday

Posted on November 19, 2020 by School of Art

100 year old clownCSULB Art HIstory lecturer Dr. Julia Friedman has been evolved in many celebrations of artist Wayne Thiebaud and his recent 100th birthday. She has written an article for the New Criterion entitled “Past continuous which speaks on Thiebaud’s centennial and a painting he just finished, cheekily titled One-hundred-year-old Clown. This essay was a continuation of other essays based on this series of Clown paintings Thiebaud has been painting for the past five years, based on his memories of a circus he saw that rolled through Long Beach in the early 1930s. Dr. Friedman also contributed an essay to the catalog that accompanies the exhibition Wayne Thiebaud 100: Paintings, Prints, and Drawings on view now through January 3, 2021 at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. Dr. Friedman will also be participating in an online panel discussion entitled Three Takes on Thiebaud along with painter and Professor Hearne Pardee, and the artist’s daughter, model, and writer Twinka Thiebaud. This Zoom event is hosted by the Crocker Art Museum and will be at 2pm on Saturday, December 5.

Wayne Thiebaud: Clowns, an exhibition on the Clown Series of artworks (including One-hundred-year-old Clown) will be on view at the Laguna Art Museum from December 6, 2020 through April 4, 2021.


Congratulations Dr. Friedman!! Happy 100th birthday Mr. Thiebaud!!!!!

CSULB Printmaking Alum Guerra in exhibition at Angel’s Gate Cultural Center

Posted on November 6, 2020 by School of Art

Guerra_Aztlan_(Santa_Maria)Alejandre_Board-Member-IXCSULB Printmaking alum Guerra along with Abel Alejandre are both in the exhibition entitled Raised as roosters: Relief prints and drawings by Abel Alejandre and Guerra at the Angels Gate Cultural Center. Curated by our own Curator of Exhibitions at the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum Kristina Newhouse (for the record, also an alum), the exhibition coincides with the 30-year anniversary of the groundbreaking historic survey, Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation, 1965-1985 (CARA.) Alejandre and Guerra will showcase a selection of new and recent works on paper which provide an opportunity to reflect upon themes of Xicano identity, masculinity, and traditional Mexican visual motifs. The exhibition has been opened virtually since September 19, 2020 and will continue through December 5, 2020. There will be an artist’s talk, Gallery Conversations: Raised as Roosters on November 12th from 6:30 pm – 7:30pm, please register here, it is free!

Congratulations Mr. Alejandre and Mr. Guerra!!!

CSULB Art History Professor Heather Graham to host digital roundtable

Posted on November 4, 2020 by School of Art

aurther thenCSULB Art History Professor, Dr. Heather Graham and the CSULB Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites students and faculty to attend our sponsored digital roundtable entitled Race, Nationalism, and Fantasies of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The roundtable will be on Monday, November 30th at 11:00am-12:30pm. (Zoom link to follow.)

Register in advance for this webinar here.

Popular western media often claims inspiration from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and the results are famously inaccurate in representing the past. Scholars have addressed this disconnect first by cataloguing inaccuracies and then by engaging with the cultural contexts that engender these mis-representations. In response to recent resurgences of white-supremacy, scholars have revealed the many connections between race-based nationalism and enthusiasm for an imagined European past.

This panel asks scholars working in this field to consider more deeply the connection between medievalism and white supremacy, and to interrogate some of the assumptions that have driven the conversation thus far. In what ways does “White Supremacy” fail to describe the groups whose nationalism often uses the Middle Ages as their origin?  In what ways does the spectre of the “White Supremacist” provide a scape goat for more popular fantasies of race-based nationalisms? To what extent does scholarly focus on stereotypical types of medievalism ignore more feminist or socially progressive reproductions of the past? This panel seeks to further the discourse on popular medievalisms while identifying the current cultural function of various reproductions of the past.

Roundtable Participants: 

Esther Cuenca, History, University of Houston Victoria

Rene Ward, English, University of Lincoln

Usha Vishnuvajalla, English, Cardiff University

Jason Thames, English, PhD Student, Harvard University

18th Annual 24 Hours Animation contest forges on!

Posted on November 3, 2020 by School of Art

Logo of contest with the number 24 inside a stopwatchNow in our 18th year, the 24 HOURS Animation Contest for Students challenges its participants to create a 30 second film based on a given theme in a designated 24-hour period. Teams work from their home school and submit a Youtube link of their films before the deadline, which are judged by industry artists. This year’s theme was: “How this pandemic effected you.”
This has been such a successful event with the student’s attendance rapidly growing each year. This year we had 197 teams from 64 schools (colleges and high schools) from 11 countries (Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and United States!) compete.
This contest teaches our students much about working together, meeting deadlines and making creative decisions under pressure. Although it is quite a bit to do in such a short time, every year we always have completed, 30-second colored films AND they all have a lot of fun and return for more each year – so it’s a proven model they really enjoy.

Congratulations to team AU REVOIR HANDS of Sheridon College, from Ontario, Canada for their first-place prize for their film entitled A Ray of Hope! We will be sharing all of this year’s films on Youtube for everyone to enjoy. We look forward to seeing students back to compete again next year. See you in 8736 HOURS!!!. Sincerely, Aubry Mintz, 24 HOURS Contest Creator


CSULB Painting Professor Daniel Dove in solo show at Philip Martin Gallery

Posted on October 23, 2020 by School of Art

philipmartingallery-daniel-dove-nu-jaune-2020CSULB Painting Professor Daniel Dove has a solo exhibition at Philip Martin Gallery in Los Angeles. Entitled Frolic, the show of new oil-on-canvas, highly-rendered, surreal landscapes explore painting and the paradoxes of modern life. These paintings envision solitary moments of contemplation and repose. They offer clarity and concealment: glimpsed figures and oblique messages, crisply illuminated. These works specifically derive from Dove’s past while living in Texas, where he experienced a rapidly expanding urban landscape that seemed to grow in all directions, to boom and then to bust, entropically folding in on themselves. One particular fascination for Dove in these places was monumental public sculpture, placed by well-meaning civic organizations or corporations, graffitied and standing lonely in the landscape. All the hope as well as all the failure lay the groundwork for yet something else – new beginnings and new possibilities for human experience. The exhibition will run from October 16, 2020 through December 11, 2020.

Congratulations Professor Dove!!!!!

CSULB Art Alum Rhiannon Aarons’ MFA thesis included in upcoming book

Posted on October 19, 2020 by School of Art

9780814214480CSULB Art Alum Rhiannon Aarons‘ MFA thesis, entitled Rabbit Hole: Remains of an Illegal Operation (2017) (which was a gallery show in the Gatov Gallery) will be included in the upcoming book RatedRX – Sheree Rose with and After Bob FlanaganEdited by Betta Howard, the book is about Sheree Rose, the oft-overlooked partner of the late “supermasochist” performance artist Bob Flanagan, and it seeks to recuperate and showcase Rose’s contributions as performer, photographer, writer, and cultural innovator. Curated with attention to queer-crip subjectivities and transgressive feminisms, Rated RX includes essays by and interviews with collaborators with Ms. Rose, as well as scholars and artists (of which Ms. Aarons’ efforts within count for all three: fellow collaborator, scholar, and artist.) On December 9, 2020 from 5-6:30pm there will be an online conversation with editor Yetta Howard with the artist Sheree Rose, Ms. Aarons and other book contributors through the University of Southern California.


Congratulations Ms. Aarons!!!