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CSULB Professor Chris Miles review in Sculpture magazine of solo exhibition at UC Santa Barbara

Posted on August 12, 2019 by School of Art

UnknownCSULB Ceramics Professor Chris Miles had a solo exhibition at The College of Creative Studies Gallery at UC Santa Barbara and was titled In Form – Sculpture by Christopher Miles. There is a review of the show in Sculpture Magazine by Kay Whitney. “Miles uses a medium that registers touch and produces visceral results; specifically, he’s interested in the idea that the product records the physical effort of the making. His use of clay appeals intensely to the senses.”

Congratulations Prof. Miles!

CSULB Animation students make cartoons with City of Long Beach

Posted on July 3, 2019 by School of Art

IMG_2428-a-1Cartoon videos by CSULB animation students, District 3 fireworks committee aim to stop people from using the explosives on July 4 in the city of Long Beach.

A short animated film called “Sparkie the Firework” is one of three videos in a new series called “The Safety Squad,” by Cal State Long Beach and the city’s District 3 Fireworks Committee, a partnership that aims to discourage youth from playing with fireworks. Ken Weiss, a member of the fireworks committee, said he hopes the videos will reduce fireworks usage in Long Beach.Long Beach prohibits fireworks, but many folks still set them off – which, Weiss said, makes the city a “war zone” on July 4.

That’s why Weiss approached Cal State Long Beach’s animation department to create the “positive” videos, meant, he said, to teach children from a young age about why they shouldn’t play with fireworks.

“We wanted to target kids so they can get exposed to safety,” said Soyeon Kim, a professor at the university’s animation department. “So when they grow up, they’ll remember this and be able to share with their families.”

“Sparkie the Firework” — a story of an anthropomorphized firework who, when he touches the ground, turns into flames and scorches the area —  will air on the Long Beach Convention Center’s billboard until the Fourth of July.

Three groups of about five students each created the videos over the span of a few months. The two other cartoons focus on keeping pets safe during fireworks season.

“Be Pawpared!” features cartoon animals interviewing one another at the city’s shelter about how scary fireworks can be. The other, “DogVlog,” is about a girl keeping her dog safe as Independence Day fireworks go off.

Congratulations Professor Kim and CSULB Animation students!!

CSULP Sculpture Professor Katie Grinnan featured in Los Angeles Times

Posted on June 21, 2019 by School of Art

la-1559076877-dme0unptqi-snap-imageCSULB Associate Professor of Sculpture Katie Grinnan is part of the COLA 2019 exhibition being held from May 23 through July 14, 2019 at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Galleries. Prof. Grinnan’s work “5 Seconds of Dreaming (instruments)” from 2019 was featured in Christopher Knight’s review of the COLA 2019 show in the Los Angeles Times.  As Knight noted, “The design of ‘5 Seconds of Dreaming (instruments)’ is based on an electroencephalogram. A brief jolt of electrical activity inside the artist’s brain was used as a template to carve the hills and valleys of a circular landscape sculpture from laminated sheets of wood…The sculpture, elevated in a ring atop pedestals that take the shape of communications towers, is affixed with strings to be plucked. It’s also punctured by sound holes to amplify the sonic vibrations.

Grinnan filtered the dreamworld of Surrealist tradition through contemporary channels of Conceptual art, unplugging calculation from the instrumental lay of the land. Mind, matter and music merge.”

Christopher Knight further notes, “Professor Grinnan is one of 11 artists included in ‘COLA 2019,’ the latest iteration of a distinctive program sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs. COLA, short for City of Los Angeles, is a competitive individual fellowship in which midcareer artists, most in their 40s, are chosen by a committee of arts professionals to create work for an annual exhibition. The program has been an invaluable contribution to the city’s cultural life for the last 22 years.”

Congratulations Prof. Grinnan!

CSULB Art History Professor Dr. Kendall Brown essay in The Routledge Companion to Art Deco

Posted on May 28, 2019 by School of Art

9781472485144CSULB Art History Professor Dr. Kendall Brown has written an essay included in the in The Routledge Companion to Art Deco. His essay, “Powerful Dragons and Radiant Suns: Art Deco and Japanese Militarism” breaks ground on the subject of the politicization of Art Deco as used in Pre-War Japan. This volume focused on Art Deco is part of the Routledge Art History and Visual Studies Companion worldwide series.

Congratulations Prof. Brown!

CSULB Printmaking Professor Emerita Roxanne Sexauer to speak at LACMA

Posted on May 15, 2019 by School of Art

la printCSULB Professor Emerita in Printmaking, Roxanne Sexauer will be part of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s ninth installment of L.A. Print, a program that explores current trends in printmaking and print publishing in Los Angeles. Entitled L.A. Print: Edition 9 – Celebrating Women of the L.A. Print World, the talk will be moderated by Leslie Jones, Curator of Prints and Drawings, who will discuss about women artists, publishers, and dealers of the L.A. print world. Alongside Professor Sexauer, will be panelists print dealer Tobey C. Moss, Mary Sherwood Brock artist and printmaker from L.A. Printmaking Society, Suzanne Felsen and Ayn Grinstein from Gemini G.E.L. The talk will be on Tuesday May 21, from 7 to 8pm in the Brown Auditorium at LACMA. Tickets are free!

Professor Sexauer, the 2018 Beisinghoff International Printmaking Resident in Diemelstadt-Rhoden, Germany has also been busy as a juror for the exhibition Body and Soul at the Westmont-Ridley-Tree Museum of Art in Montecito, CA, which will run from May 16 through June 22, 2019.

Congratulations Professor Sexauer! (featured here with Ms. Barbara Besinghoff)barbara-beisinghoff_und-roxanne-sexauer_atelierhaus-beisinghoff_foto-franz-goder-545

CSULB Sculpture Professor Brittany Ransom chosen for LACI Artist in Residence Program

Posted on May 1, 2019 by School of Art

brittany installationCSULB Sculpture Professor Brittany Ransom has been selected as one of 3 artists from the greater LA area to participate in the LACI (Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator) Artist in Residence Program from June through November 2019. This residency is for local artists whose creative work addresses environmental issues. This residency will allow Prof. Ransom to use a state of the art digital fabrication and science lab to support her art practice and a new project she is working on that studies the effects on bark beetles and the correlation with wild fires in California. It will culminate in a final exhibition in LA sometime around Thanksgiving.

CONGRATULATIONS Professor Ransom!!!

CSULB Art History Professor Kendall Brown and students curate show for USC Pacific Asia Museum

Posted on April 26, 2019 by School of Art

98066001CSULB Art History Professor Kendall Brown and Fall 2018 Art History 497 seminar students curated an exhibition for USC Pacific Asia Museum. Entitled Tsuruya Kōkei: Modern Kabuki Prints Revised & Revistedthe show celebrates the 30th anniversary of this contemporary artist’s first solo show—held at the Pacific Asia Museum in spring 1989—by displaying 89 woodcuts and drawings by Kōkei, widely celebrated as one of Japan’s leading contemporary print artists. Furthermore, the exhibition was reviewed in the Los Angeles Times by art critic Christopher Knight who wrote, “Considered thought is conveyed through an artist’s manual proficiency, and [Kōkei] offers it to a curious viewer.” The exhibition will run from February 8 through July 14, 2019.

Congratulations Professor Brown and students of Art History 497!


CSULB Art History Professor Nizan Shaked wins award from Smithsonian Museum

Posted on April 26, 2019 by School of Art

UntitledCSULB Art Historian Nizan Shaked was awarded the 31st annual Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art for her book The Synthetic Proposition: Conceptualism and the Political Referent in Contemporary Art  from The Smithsonian American Art Museum. Shaked examines the impact of civil rights, Black Power and the student, feminist and sexual-liberty movements on conceptualism and its legacies in the United States between the late 1960s and the 1990s. The jurors wrote in a joint statement, “Shaked’s book demonstrates… a broad interdisciplinary approach that is shaped by modern and post-modern philosophy, linguistic theory and social history; the author posits a rethinking of the methodologies that have been employed to engage in discussions of minimalism and conceptual art.”

Congratulations Professor Shaked!!

CSULB Sculpture Professor Brittany Ransom heading to Mexico for American Arts Incubator

Posted on April 16, 2019 by School of Art

CulturalIdentity-1Professor Brittany Ransom, head of Long Beach State’s Sculpture Program and an artist with a penchant for mixing physical media with high technology, will travel to Pachuca, Mexico this month as the campus’ first faculty member to provide mentorship abroad through the American Arts Incubator project.

Pachuca is the capital city of the Mexican state of Hidalgo, about 60 miles north of Mexico City. While there, Ransom will help participants use technology as means of artistic expression to address topics related to cultural identity and inclusion.

“I will lead four different workshops while working with CITNOVA (a Mexican agency). One example is a project that explores audible stories through e-textiles where participants will use materials like conductive thread, microcontrollers and programmable audio recorders to create and explore personal narrative and histories through wearable technologies and garments,” Ransom said.

CITNOVA, which is based in Hidalgo and boosts science and technology, is supporting Ransom’s work in Pachuca. Ransom also is receiving support from U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which sponsors American Arts Incubator missions to several countries, as well as ZERO1, an arts nonprofit that manages the program for the State Department.

ZERO1 compares its approach to arts education to the way business incubators support start-up companies. In this sense, ZERO1 awards small amounts of funding to workshop participants to foster works that blend technology with their respective artistic visions.

Ransom’s visit is being billed as an opportunity for participants to work with modern fabrication technologies such as e-textiles, laser cutting and CNC machining, and that “the overall goal of these workshops is to allow participants to use these new methods to create narrative-based projects that focus on cultural identity.”

Ransom works in different physical media while creating her own artworks. She uses advanced technologies, such as 3D printers, laser cutters and CNC milling machines to produce materials, and has created multiple works involving living insects.

“I am someone who works between a number of materials and evolving digital tools and processes,” Ransom said.

Ransom’s oeuvre includes Primitive Borders, a large ant habitat in which, according the artist’s website, insects and their interactions invite viewers to think about human social relationships and conflicts; Fossilized Guilt, which includes a CNC-milled replica of a fossilized tooth that was discovered on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard; and Jaw Jabblrs, a collection of electronic dog toys designed to help dogs communicate to people.

CSULB Photography professor Mark Ruwedal has archive acquired by Stanford University

Posted on April 5, 2019 by School of Art

eiStanford University has acquired CSULB Photography professor Mark Ruwedel’s archive for its Libraries’ Department of Special Collections. The Stanford Libraries launched a new program within its Department of Special Collections focused solely on developing a rich photographic research and teaching collection. The Photography Initiative will acquire and preserve works from diverse groups of photographers, including Arthur Tress andMark Ruwedel, who recently placed their archives at Stanford. “The Photography Initiative demonstrates an institutional commitment from Stanford Libraries to our community and art form,” said Ruwedel, winner of the Scotiabank Photography Award (2014) and a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2014). “In the past year, my prints have already been incorporated into classes. It is reassuring to know your work will be cared for and actually studied.” The distinguished artist recently received the Scotiabank Photography Award, a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and is one of four finalists for the prestigious Deutsche Borse Photography Foundation Prize. Other artists whose archives are at Stanford include Carlton Watkins, Laura Aguilar and Allen Ginsberg.

Congratulations Prof. Ruwedal!!!