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CSULB Fibers Professor Deidrick Brackens and Photography Lecturer Alison O’Daniel both in Made in LA exhibition at the Hammer Museum

Posted on July 10, 2018 by School of Art

diedrick brackens bitter hammerCSULB Fibers Professor Deidrick Brackens and Photography lecturer Alison O’Daniel both are in the exhibition Made in LA 2018 at the Hammer Museum. In this exhibition, Brackens uses calculated woven algorithms that stem from the cultural histories of African, American, and European textiles to generate his intricate tapestries, seeking to highlight the complexities of African-American identity while also focusing on the loom and its significance to cultural production. For example, his work entitled bitter attendance, down jubilee is based on a real-life event that took place during a Juneteenth celebration on a lake near Brackens’s hometown, before he was born. Three young black men were arrested for possession of marijuana and loaded onto a boat by the police. The boat capsized and the young men, who could not free themselves from their handcuffs, drowned. The police were brought to trial but were acquitted, and the tragic event has had a lasting effect on the community, tainting its relationship with the lake and heightening racial tensions.

alison odaniel film stillAlison O’Daniel’s The Tuba Thieves was inspired by an unlikely crime: a spate of tuba thefts from a number of high school marching bands in Los Angeles. The slowly unfolding feature-length film, which she has been shooting since 2013, is a portrait of music and silence built around events both historic and mundane.

On August 18th at 3pm both artists will take part with a tour and talk along with artist Carolina Caycedo. The Made in LA exhibition will run from June 3 until September 2, 2018.

Congratulations Professors Brackens and O’Daniels!!


CSULB Photography Professor Todd Gray in L.A. and London exhibitions

Posted on June 26, 2018 by School of Art

ef79c764a270c1b200b84a7ace8185d6CSULB Photography professor Todd Gray is in a solo exhibition at the Meliksetian Brigs gallery in Los Angeles, entitled Portraits. “In this new body of work, Gray continues to re-contextualize photos from his own archive, structuring images to both conceal and reveal simultaneously.” This exhibition runs from June 15 through September 15, 2018. Prof. Gray also is in the group show Michael Jackson: On the Wall at the National Portrait Gallery in London. This landmark exhibition explores the influence of Michael Jackson on some of the leading names in contemporary art, spanning several generations of artists across all media, including Gray’s work as Michael Jackson’s first official photographer. Curated by Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, the exhibition will open June 28, 2018 and will coincide with what would have been Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday (on August 29, 2018). Congratulations Professor Gray!


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!