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CSULB Sculpture Professor Katie Grinnan exhibition review in Los Angeles Times

Posted on June 15, 2018 by School of Art

WYPBRVFXBJDHRJAOHLAGFTRAAMCSULB Sculpture Professor Katie Grinnan has a solo exhibition at Commonwealth and Council entitled Electric Data Wave Seranade. The exhibition cuts across bodies and land, from Death Valley earth to human bodies performing across the landscape to the realm of dreamscapes and sleep data. In a review by the Los Angeles Times, David Pagel writes, “Women’s bodies and nature have long been linked in art. In a brilliant two-gallery exhibition at Commonwealth and Council, Katie Grinnan suggests it’s high time we start thinking of nature in terms of women’s minds.” The exhibition runs from May 12 through June 23, 2018. Congratulations Professor Grinnan!


CSULB art students included in Now Trending exhibition at Palos Verdes Art Center

Posted on June 8, 2018 by School of Art

NOW-TRENDING_square_600CSULB art students Anh Huynh, Jordan Sabolick, Nick O’Connell, and Oscar Pearson are all participating in the exhibition Now Trending at Palos Verdes Art Center. The opening reception will be on Saturday, June 9 from 6-9pm, and the exhibition will run from June 9 through July 8, 2018. The exhibition features current art students from leading Southern California art programs, who are invited to mine the cultural landscape of Los Angeles for inspiration leading to the submission of dynamic new work to be showcased in PVAC’s Third Annual Alpay Scholarship University Student Juried Exhibition. Congratulations artists!


CSULB Painting Professor Domenic Cretara memorial retrospective up through June 9, 2018

Posted on June 1, 2018 by School of Art

UnknownIn our CSULB Art Galleries, we are having a memorial retrospective to the career of late Professor Domenic Cretara. The exhibition entitled Domenic Cretara: A Painter’s Journey showcases not only his paintings, but also large drawings, prints, and studies. The exhibition has been lengthened and will run through June 7, 2018.  The hours daily are from 12:00 – 5:00pm, with closing day June 7th extended hours from 12:00-7:00pm, and by appointment (562) 544-3834.

Please come by and enjoy the wonderful testament to an amazing career in paint!



CSULB Art Alum Michael Nannery final harvest at Grand Central Art Center

Posted on May 3, 2018 by School of Art

TheFountainSystemSince July 2017, CSULB Art Alumni Michael Nannery has transformed and tended to an aquaponic garden entitled The Fountain inside Grand Central Art Center.  Over the past year, Mr. Nannery has  helped the plants and animals living in the system to flourish. Furthermore, he has hosted numerous interactive events and workshops in conjunction with the downtown Santa Ana art walk: from collaborative murals, vegetable stamping, to a salad bar, making herbal teas, even worm composting, and other iterations of the themes of regeneration and recirculation. There will be a closing reception this Saturday, May 5th, 7pm-10pm, where Mr. Nannery will make one final vegetable harvest and then dismantle the system.    This is a very special project – join the celebration!


CSULB Painting Professor Marie Thibeault in group show at Huntington Beach Art Center

Posted on April 27, 2018 by School of Art

marie_t_cover-1CSULB Painting Professor Marie Thibeault in group show at Huntington Beach Art Center entitled Color Vision.  The exhibition brings together scientifically and culturally engaging aspects of how we perceive and utilize color. Featuring a group of contemporary artists who use color not only as a medium, but as an element of their message. Presented in three dynamic groupings: The Architecture of Color, Color Theory, and The Practical Applications of Color.​ The exhibition will run from May 5, 2018 through June 16, 2018.


CSULB Ceramics Professor Tony Marsh in Los Angeles Times article

Posted on April 27, 2018 by School of Art

tonymarsh2CSULB Ceramics Professor Tony Marsh was in a Los Angeles Times article on the ceramics arts in Los Angeles.  As Prof. Marsh says in the article, “I’ve never seen this level of interest in clay in L.A. before…This fanning out into almost every gallery. That’s a new phenomenon and is changing the landscape seriously. That’s got me excited. That was unimaginable 10 years ago.” As Leah Ollman also writes, “Cal State Long Beach has become a leading incubator of talent in the field and this fall will inaugurate its Center for Contemporary Ceramics. The CCC formalizes the university’s long practice, spearheaded in the 1980s by Marsh, of inviting artists from across the globe to work experimentally alongside students in the extensive facilities on campus — ‘not to teach,’ he says, ‘but to model.’ Students can have an academic experience in the classroom, he says, but they also need the real-life experience that can come through assisting artists in residence, collaborating with them or simply observing them at work.” Keep up the great work Ceramics!


CSULB Metals and Jewelry lecturer Rachel Shimpock in exhibition and magazine article

Posted on April 10, 2018 by School of Art

Rachel ShimpockCSULB Metals and Jewelry Lecturer Rachel Shimpock will be in an Sculptural Jewelry exhibition entitled Hot Stuff at the Manhattan Beach Art Center opening on April 13, 2018 through May 17, 2018. “Rachel’s work is an exploration of formal elements that address the essence of the sensual encounter with comfort food. Rachel defines herself both as a metalsmith and a proud foodie. She is part of the gastronomic population that knows carrots are better; but would rather wear her cheeseburger and eat it too.” This exhibition also features two other female artists – Jill Gower and Jessica Calderwood, who also use alternate approaches to jewelry making.

Last year Ms. Shimpock won the Best in Show Award for Excellence for booth design at the 2017 American Craft Show in San Francisco, and from that experience Ms. Shimpock talks about Best Practices in Craft Shows in American Craft magazine. Congratulations Ms. Shimpock!


CSULB Photography Professor Todd Gray awarded 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship

Posted on April 5, 2018 by School of Art

Todd-Gray-Fine-Arts-2018_250x250The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded CSULB Photography Professor Todd Gray as a 2018 Fellowship in Fine Arts. There were over 3000 applicants in the Foundation’s ninety-forth competition, and only 173 individuals received grants. Congratulations Prof. Gray!


CSULB Ceramics Professor Jay Kvapil in collection of Musée national de la céramique

Posted on April 2, 2018 by School of Art

20161024__L6A7035CSULB Ceramics Professor Jay Kvapil has just had three works purchased into the permanent collection of the Museé national de la céreamique (National Ceramic Museum of France,) in Sèvres, France. The pieces were from his second exhibition at Lefebvre et Fils in Paris from November 2017. Prof. Kvapil is also currently showing work at Galerie Dumonteil, in Shanghai, China. Congratulations!


CSULB Ceramics Professor Tony Marsh has a new exhibition at the Peters Projects of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Posted on March 28, 2018 by School of Art

Marsh+2CSULB Ceramics Professor Tony Marsh has a new exhibition at the Peters Projects of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The show is entitled American Jars and Crucibles and will be running from March 23, 2018 through May 25, 2018. The exhibition at Peters Projects will premiere the newest body of work by Marsh. For this exhibition, the main forms are cylindrical shapes with surfaces that include glazes, slips, englobes, raw powdered materials, mineral concoctions and occasionally refractory cement. Marsh puts these ingredients to use intuitively with no notes and may fire the work 5-8 times. The protrusions, short shelves with fossil-like offerings, take the work back to the internal earth and its own creations over centuries of time. The artist states “There are real and imagined allusions to the physical sciences, earth formation, geographic phenomenon, force, time and landscape in my work. Ceramics is a transformational art which is dynamic in every phase of the process and I fully embrace that phenomenon. I set up conditions wherein unexpected results occur that lead to discovery which stimulates curiosity and innovation.”