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CSULB Art Alumnae in exhibition at Kellogg University Art Gallery

Posted on January 15, 2020 by School of Art

Screen Shot 2020-01-10 at 11.08.50 AMThree CSULB Art alumnae are in a three-woman exhibition at the Kellogg University Art Gallery in Cal Poly Pomona. Entitled St. Broxville Wood: Into the Thicket the show features the artists Jennifer Gunlock, Hilary Norcliffe and Katie Stubblefield. Curated by Michele Cairella-Fillmore St. Broxville “is an immersive, interactive installation... that evokes many of Nature’s unpredictable behaviors and dwells on our human response: from awe, celebration and song or story-creation, to domestication, callous disrespect and destruction.” The exhibition will open on January 21 and will run through March 26, 2020 (with opening 2-5pm on Saturday February 1, 2020.)

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

CSULB Ceramics Professor Christopher Miles in exhibition at Patricia Sweetow Gallery

Posted on January 6, 2020 by School of Art

miles sculpture 2020CSULB Ceramics Professor Christopher Miles is in an exhibition at the Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco. Paired with painter Brad Brown, Miles will be showing a suite of recent sculptures which “suggest the architecture of biological systems, with mysterious interstitial passages forming mutable interior and exterior contours. His painterly glazing presents an amalgamate of thick, fleshy colors, dipped, poured, oozing over and through the clay body. With elongated trunks and spreading appendages, the sheer physicality and balance of the forms is striking.” The exhibition will run from January 11 through February 22, 2020.

Congratulations Professor Miles!

CSULB Animation Professor Aubry Mintz writes about working with late great actor Danny Aiello

Posted on January 6, 2020 by School of Art

nothing-to-sayCSULB Animation Professor Aubry Mintz writes about working with late great actor Danny Aiello in the recent article in Animation Magazine. Professor Mintz worked with Mr. Aiello in Mintz’s animation short Nothing to Say in which Mr. Aiello was the voice of the main character, a Zoo Keeper. “I had the honor of joining Danny Aiello at the Hoboken International Film Festival for the premiere of an animated film that had been a life’s journey,” says Mintz, “Little did I know the release of this film 18 years later would be one of Danny’s final creative works before he passed away in December.” Mr. Aiello passed away in New Jersey on December 12, 2019. He was 86.



Posted on December 5, 2019 by School of Art


52nd Annual Holiday Art Sale

December 8-12
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 – 3-7pm
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – 12noon-5pm 
Wednesday from 12-7pm

CSULB Art History Professor Nizan Shaked quoted in Los Angeles Times

Posted on November 8, 2019 by School of Art

marciano-Steven-WCSULB Art History Professor Nizan Shaked was quoted in a Los Angeles Times’ article entitled “What’s next for nonprofit museums after the closing of the Marciano Art Foundation?” Written by Carolina A. Miranda the article explores the rise and fall of the Marciano Art Foundation, which had recently opened in 2017, but shuttered its doors this week, and showed the tensions between those at the top of the museum hierarchy with those  workers at the bottom. Writes Miranda, “Shaked…notes that small, private art foundations like the Marciano are frequently founded by a collector, run by that same collector and showcase the collection of that collector — all to their financial benefit.

‘The American nonprofit sector doesn’t account for the way in which art has become an asset,’ [Shaked] explained. ‘There needs to be more scrutiny of how these institutions are benefiting private individuals,’ she said. ‘We need to think about how we regulate these institutions. And maybe ask, why are they tax exempt to begin with? Are the benefits outweighing the costs to the public?'”

CSULB Printmaking alum Lindsay Buchman art featured in Hyperallergic review

Posted on October 4, 2019 by School of Art

grey cover of book with upside down numbers and letters with title LA - A Document printed over CSULB Printmaking alum Lindsay Buchman‘s art book Los Angeles: A Document  was featured in Hyperallergic review of Printed Matter‘s NY 2019 Book Fair. As the artist states, the book “archives the Arts District (561 Mateo Street)—the former site of an Italian fabric store and the neighborhood of [artist]’s studio—over the course of 2015. It contains still images sequenced cinematically: trapping time, moving through space, and fading in-and-out of darkness. An achromatic volume, LA: a document serves as an artifact for the ongoing transition, demolition, and displacement of communities within the district. The review says Buchman’s book “read[s] like a time-lapse flip book, documenting the demolition, displacement, and transition of 561 Mateo Street in downtown LA. These urban explorations feel like necessary reflections at a time when more than half the global population is living within cities.”


Congratulations Ms. Buchman!!!


CSULB Art Alumnae in group show Outside Us at Seaver Gallery

Posted on September 6, 2019 by School of Art

Screen Shot 2019-09-06 at 7-1.58.40 AMFour CSULB Art Alumnae are in an exhibition at the Seaver Gallery at Marlborough School in Los Angeles. The show will be called Outside Us and is curated by first CSULB MFA Alumane in Drawing & Painting, Arezoo Bhathania, who also is one of the artists as well. The other artists included are Dawn Ertl and Kimberly Morris, both MFA Sculpture graduates; and Diane Williams who is a BFA Drawing & Painting graduate.

The artists in Outside Us recognize their identity is manufactured through a filter of Western culture. Their art examines the pressure imposed onto them to conform to societal norms such as the Western obsession of the ideal female through constrictive body casts and elaborate weavings referencing the daily routines of women. The idea of deconstructing cultural stereotypes of gender and sexuality is introduced. This is conveyed through the manipulation of recycled materials into a loosely woven, “fluid” and mutable identity, unraveling the origins of biological traits that become observable. The artists also use specific found objects that resonate from their cultural experiences and connect them to their memories. They seek the origins and narratives of what makes them an individual.



CSULB Animation student Trilina Mai Student Academy Award finalist

Posted on August 14, 2019 by School of Art

pushCSULB Animation student Trilina Mai has been nominated to be a Student Academy Award finalist in the Animation (Domestic Schools) category for her film Push. The Student Academy Awards are a branch of the Oscars, and were created in 1972 by the Academy to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level. The lovely short film documents the life of a Grandfather and Grandson from childhood through old age, and the different roles we play in helping each other through life. The Student Academy Awards will take place on Thursday, October 17, 2019.


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!!