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CSULB Art Students and Faculty work together to help get FA-4 Building Fixed

Posted on December 5, 2018 by School of Art

IMG_5216In a series of articles from the Daily 49er written by Hannah Getahun, depicts the challenges both students and faculty have with dealing with an aging and failing FA-4 building. While there are challenges for all parties involved: woeful budgets, understaffing, aging infrastructure, it makes it even more important that the University as well as  our Art community do what we all  can to help all of us on campus bring our buildings into the 21st Century.

CSULB Ceramic Professor Jay Kvapil exhibition at Gallerie Lefebvre & Fils in Paris, France

Posted on December 3, 2018 by School of Art

IMG_6354CSULB Ceramic Professor Jay Kvapil will be having a solo exhibition of new ceramic work at Gallerie Lefebvre & Fils, in Paris, France. Entitled That Obscure Object of Desire, the show explores the tension between nearly classical ceramic pottery forms wed to goopy, gloppy, cratered, and lava-like surfaces. The exhibition will run from November 22, 2018  through January 5, 2019.

Félicitations Professor Kvapil!

51st Annual Holiday Art Sale!!! December 2-6, 2018

Posted on November 29, 2018 by School of Art

51st Annual Holiday Art Sale 
December 2-6
CSULB Student Art Galleries

Free Admission

The 51st annual Holiday Art Sale will occupy all the School of Art Galleries. The sale will feature an array of amazing handcrafted, hand-printed, and wonderfully inspiring one-of-a-kind pieces. All are available for purchase. Gallery hours are:

Sunday from 4-7pm,

Monday & Tuesday 12noon-5pm,  

Wednesday from 12-7pm,

and Thursday from 12noon-5pm.

CSULB Sculpture Professor Brittany Ransom chosen to be 2019 American Arts Incubator

Posted on November 8, 2018 by School of Art

brittany_ransom_headshotCSULB Sculpture Professor Brittany Ransom was chosen to be a 2019 American Arts IncubatorAmerican Arts Incubator (AAI) is an international new media and digital arts exchange program developed by ZERO1 in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. AAI was created to support the collaboration of American artists and underserved communities abroad to create impactful, community-driven public art projects that address local social and environmental challenges. Professor Ransom will be working in Mexico “as cultural envoys, using artistic collaboration to foster new relationships built upon common social values and the collective exploration of difference. They will travel abroad to collaborate with local communities in each exchange country during a month-long incubator, transferring skills in art, technology, and entrepreneurship. Through a digital and new media art workshop, they facilitate dialogue and explorations of a locally relevant social challenge.”

Congratulations Professor Ransom!!!!!

CSULB Painting Professor Marie Thibeault has solo exhibition at Launch LA

Posted on November 6, 2018 by School of Art

Marie-Thibeault_15_Clipper_60x57-570x600CSULB Painting Professor Marie Thibeault is in a solo exhibition at Launch Gallery in Los Angeles. The show entitled By Water, By Fire “examines the power of natural forces pitted against the vulnerability of architectural structures. In this ongoing conflict between man and nature, both our natural and built environments exist under the strain of environmental collapse.” The exhibition will run from November 10 through December 22, 2018.  Congratulations Professor Thibeault!

CSULB Ceramics alum Matt Wedel has solo show at LA Louver

Posted on October 30, 2018 by School of Art

matt wedel painted thangCSULB Ceramics alum Matt Wedel will be having an exhibition at LA Louver Gallery. Entitled Everything is everything, the show will feature new work that as the artist says, “are an extension of exploring paint as sculpture, as well as sculptural action. As these parameters collapse, you enter this way of thinking: ‘Everything is painting, and at the same time, everything is an act of sculpting.'” The exhibition will run from November 14, 2018 through January 5, 2019.

Congratulations Mr. Wedel!!!

CSULB Art History Lecturer Dr. Julia Friedman publishes article on Bob Ross in The New Criterion

Posted on October 25, 2018 by School of Art

xBobRoss4.jpg.pagespeed.ic.HBQhCm4fpfCSULB Art History Lecturer Dr. Julia Friedman has published article on Bob Ross in the October 2018 edition of The New Criterion. Entitled “Happy trees” and culture-death, Dr. Friedman writes on a recent attempt to instate Bob Ross into the artistic canon. “Bob Ross’s sharp instinct led him to use television as the vehicle for disseminating his gospel of joy. He recognized television’s potential for allowing a single person (or parson) to grant the wishes of a multitude while maintaining an illusion of one-on-one interaction, making everyone feel like the special person in the room.”

CSULB Painting Alum Narsiso C Martínez exhibition at the Long Beach Museum of Art

Posted on October 24, 2018 by School of Art

detail-narsiso-450x600CSULB Painting Alum Narsiso C Martínez has a solo exhibition at the Long Beach Museum of Art. Entitled FARM FRESH, the show explores and portrays the people who bring all our produce to us. From field workers to those in the processing plants, Martinez depicts these subjects with a dignity rooted in his experiences with these overlooked citizens and neighbors. Through a mixed-media technique using drawing. collage, painting to even sculpture, Martinez weaves decoration and portraiture into powerful and beautiful objects. The exhibition will run from October 5, 2018 through January 6, 2019.

Congratulations Mr. Martinez!!!



CSULB Fibers Professor Deidrick Brackens wins $50,000 prize from the Studio Museum in Harlem

Posted on October 19, 2018 by School of Art

Wein Prize winner!CSULB Fibers Professor Deidrick Brackens was awarded the 2018 Joyce Alexandar Wein Artist Prize from the Studio Museum in Harlem. “The Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, one of the most significant awards given to individual artists in the United States today. Presented each year at the Studio Museum’s fall Gala, the $50,000 award recognizes and honors the artistic achievements of an African-American artist who demonstrates great innovation, promise and creativity.” CONGRATULATIONS Professor Brackens!!!!!!

School of Art Response to Events Surrounding American Monument & Dismissal of University Art Museum Director

Posted on October 16, 2018 by School of Art

In response to the recent dismissal of CSULB University Art Museum Director Kimberli Meyer and the disruption of the American Monument project at the UAM by artist lauren woods [the lower case “l” and “w” are preferred by the artist], and in the context of ongoing dialogue and concern among School of Art students, staff, and faculty, and the steady stream of comments from parties to the UAM situation, we feel compelled to issue a public statement. As the Director and Associate Directors of SOA, we have decided to issue this statement with only our names attached because we cannot assert that this statement reflects the sentiments of all within our learning community or that all within our learning community have “signed off” on this statement. However, based on multiple discussions and meetings, we are confident that this statement reflects the concerns and hopes of many. For more details please download the full statement.