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CSULB Sculpture Professor Katie Grinnan in conversation on Ree Morton’s work at the ICA

Posted on August 6, 2020 by School of Art

UnknownCSULB Sculpture professor Katie Grinnan participated in a conversation of artist Ree Morton’s work that took place through the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Entitled “An Artist Conversation: Ree Morton” Moderated by Director of the Institute, Anne Ellegood, the talk involved Grinnan, as well as artists Jade Gordon and Evan Holloway. The work of Ree Morton continues to inspire many artists since her untimely death in 1977 at the age of 41, and in this conversation, these artists focus on her work and legacy. This talk was in conjunction with the exhibition Ree Morton: The Plant That Heals May Also Poison that took place at the ICA.

School of Art Statement to recent events

Posted on June 23, 2020 by School of Art

We have now crossed the threshold of over 110,000 deaths in the United States and 400,000 deaths worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to extend our condolences to our students, staff and faculty who have, or will, face the tragic nature of this disease – either with family members, friends, or co-workers. This crisis and the steps we’ve had to take as a society to mitigate its impacts have disrupted family and work life. They have also dramatically impacted the educational experiences of all of you, and have further affected you and other participants in our learning community via loss of employment and income, intensified food and housing insecurity, tolls taken on both physical and mental health, isolation and separation from places and networks of support, difficulties in accessing resources and services, and a variety of other stresses on families and communities.

The COVID-19 pandemic also has further exposed, via the grossly disproportionate numbers of deaths among people of color, the intersection of systematic racism and public health. This has coincided with a nationwide upwelling of protest brought to the forefront by the Black Lives Matter movement and driven by the tragic deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, David McAtee, and Breonna Taylor, among so many other Black Lives lost at the hands of law enforcement, vigilantes, and murderous groups and individuals, making all too clear that we also are at the breaking point of a crisis that has been building for a very long time at the intersection of systematic and societally ingrained racism, policing, violence, authoritarianism, incarceration, and the management and distribution of resources and services in communities across our country… [for complete statement or campus resources, please click links below.]

CSULB Students respond to Covid-19: Photovoice Project 2020

Posted on June 23, 2020 by School of Art

photvoice projectStudents Respond to the COVID-19 Crisis: A Photovoice Project was created to give voice to a generation of students who, while navigating what in normal times would be the most transformative years of their lives, confront an even greater challenge in economic and social upheaval brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Organized by CSULB’s Dr. Brian Trimble, Assistant Professor in the School of Art, and Dr. Beth Manke, Interim Dean for Student Success, the project offers students a creative opportunity to reflect upon and document, through photographs and narratives, how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting them, their families, and their communities.  Based on a method developed in the 1990s for community-based participatory research, this Photovoice project has the potential to create awareness and initiate change.  The Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum is hosting online gallery space for the students’ work, which will be updated biweekly with new entries through the fall 2020 semester. The wide range of responses thus far, both positive and negative, shows how profoundly students have been affected. One of the researchers’ goals is that students’ photos and narratives will also inform campus discussions about how best to support students during crises.  

Important Campus Updates Regarding COVID-19

Posted on May 2, 2020 by School of Art

The health and safety of our School of Art community, our campus colleagues, and our friends and family are of paramount importance to us, as is the clear and current communication of news and information regarding the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. Please visit the university’s COVID-19 update page for the most current campus information, and the university’s academic continuity plan page to find out more about ongoing virtual instruction:

CSULB Art Alum Hillary Norcliffe in online exhibition at Shoebox Projects

Posted on May 1, 2020 by School of Art

norcliffe-jugcity06CSULB Art alum (and adjunct professor) Hillary Norcliffe is taking part in an online exhibition at Shoebox Projects.  The exhibition entitled “Home/Front” was originally conceived as a physical show curated by Kristine Schomaker, but because of quarantine, it became an online exhibition, (which as the curator adds, “is even more relevant.”) “Home / Front” is a collection of artists who use everyday objects as the medium, subject and narrative in their work. As we are all more focused on our domestic settings, this show reminds us how creative these spaces can still be for inspiration!



CSULB Art Professor Fran Siegel in Los Angeles Times article

Posted on April 30, 2020 by School of Art

ST9CSULB Art Professor Fran Siegel is in Los Angeles Times article entitled “Artists spend months, even years on a gallery show. What if no one sees it?” by Leah Ollman. As the pandemic closes down businesses and cultural outlets, artists are feeling the pain of not having their works be accessible to the eyes of those who make their work count: the viewers. “Art galleries stand darkened, empty of viewers. Like time capsules, their contents give evidence of the present day, sealed away like relics. Most shows cannot be visited, but they also aren’t coming down. They remain, like so much else, in a state of suspension.”

Professor Siegel fully installed a show at Wilding Cran, with British artist Paul Scott, which had been planned since December 2018. It was fully installed in mid-March, during a week of pandemic limbo, and never opened. But with unforeseen events comes unforeseen connections, as Siegel states, “the show itself was about translocation, pattern moving from one culture to another in the 1700s…And now the pandemic is moving from culture to culture, a virus of pattern. On a conceptual level, it’s so bizarre.”

While hers and many other shows have been paused, Professor Siegel knows artists will continue to work in spite of things, “One thing about artists being sequestered — we all know what to do with our time.”




CSULB Art Alum Devon Tsuno in Los Angeles Times article

Posted on March 22, 2020 by School of Art

90CSULB Art Alum Devon Tsuno was included in an article in the Los Angeles Times on how artists are coping with working during coronavirus quarantining. Entitled Experimentation. Reflection. Wild ensembles. Photos show 5 L.A. working under quarantine, and written by Carolina A. Miranda the article explores all the creative avenues and solutions artists are coming up with to continue during this pandemic. As Ms. Minda writes,  “As Tsuno says he feels lucky. He has a steady job (as a professor at Cal State Dominguez Hills) and a home studio. ‘But I miss my students, I miss my colleagues,’ he says. ‘I’m thinking about what it means to be a painter isolated in that space — and how it’s different when you are forced to do it. Being out in the world, that affects the decisions I make in the studio.'”

Good luck to Mr. Tsuno, and all the artists out there trying to stay safe and creative through these times.

CSULB Ceramics Professor Emiritus Jay Kvapil in solo exhibitions

Posted on March 9, 2020 by School of Art

Mindy_Solomon_Install_5_Sept_2019-1030x687CSULB Ceramics Professor Emeritus Jay Kvapil had two one-person shows in the fall: September at Mindy Solomon Gallery in Miami, Florida, entitled Memesis; and November at Diane Rosenstein Gallery in Los Angeles, entitled Lost Words, as well as featured his work at Untitled Art Fair in San Francisco in January.  His next exhibition will be this fall at Gallerie Lefebvre et Fils in Paris.

Congratulations Professor Kvapil!!

CSULB Sculpture Professor Brittany Ransom featured in Disney TV Show

Posted on February 6, 2020 by School of Art

shopclass_logo_008_382de105CSULB Sculpture Professor Brittany Ransom will be featured in a new Disney television show entitled Shop Class. A new competition series featuring teams of young builders, who are tasked with designing, building, and testing unique creations. In each episode, a panel of experts will evaluate and test their work based on design creativity, and build functionality. Prof. Ransom will be one of the “talented” teachers who will be leading a team through this competition for creative and skilled kids. The show premieres on the Disney Plus network this month, and Professor Ransom’s episode will air in March 2020 (although you can see her in the trailer about 00:32 giving high fives to her team!)


Congratulations Prof. Ransom!!

CSULB Painting Professors Marie Thibeault and Daniel Dove in exhibition together

Posted on January 22, 2020 by School of Art

Break Down Build UpCSULB Painting Professors Marie Thibeault and Daniel Dove are in an exhibition together at the Great Park Gallery at the Palm Court Arts Complex in Irvine, California. Entitled Break Down, Build Up the exhibition featuring large-scale paintings “utilizing themes of landscape and modern America to reflect ideas relating to consumption, industrialization, ruin, and the natural environment.” Furthermore, the exhibition’s title further reflects each artist’s opposing approaches to painting while alluding to the related themes found in each of their work. The exhibition will open on December 1, 2019 and will run through February 9, 2020, and there will be a conversation with the artists and art critic Peter Frank on Sunday, January 26, 202 from 1-3pm.

Congratulations Professor Thibeault and Professor Dove!!marie t painting