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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.

CSULB Art Alumni Lena Wolek and Manny Krakowski display artworks at Long Beach Airport

Posted on October 16, 2018 by School of Art

wolekCSULB Art almuni Lena Wolek and Manny Krakowski both have sculptures on display at Long Beach Airport. In a project entitled, CSULB Soars @LGB, CSULB has now partnered with the airport to supply them with outdoor artworks, that will remain on display in the public plazas of the airport terminal’s on a six-month rotation, when it will be replaced with new student work.

Wolek’s piece Luggage for Native Soil has thematic ties to the state of California, boasting a set of suitcases with desert plants growing around and inside of them. Wolek described her piece as testimony of the mountainemigrating from one place to another and opening her mind to new possibilities. Krakowski’s The Mountain is a welded and steel cut geometric piece that provides a different perspective on what “space” means in today’s internet-based age.

Congratulations Ms. Wolek and Mr. Krakowski!!

CSULB Animations students compete in 24-hour contest

Posted on October 11, 2018 by School of Art

Logo of contest with the number 24 inside a stopwatchNow in our 16th year, the 24 HOURS Animation Contest for Students challenges its participants to create a 30 second film based on a given theme in a designated 24-hour period. Teams work from their home school and submit a Youtube link of their films before the deadline, which are judged by industry artists.
This has been such a successful event with the student’s attendance rapidly growing each year. This year we had 219 teams from 49 schools (that’s 1095 students) from 9 countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, USA, Thailand, Czech Republic, Germany and the UK!) compete.
This contest teaches our students much about working together, meeting deadlines and making creative decisions under pressure. Although it is quite a bit to do in such a short time, every year we always have completed, 30-second colored films AND they all have a lot of fun and return for more each year – so it’s a proven model they really enjoy.

Congratulations to TEAM HIBAJI from the Ringling College of Art and Design, from Sarasota, Florida, USA for their first-place prize for their film! We will be sharing all of this year’s films on Youtube for everyone to enjoy. We look forward to seeing students back to compete again next year. See you in 8736 HOURS!!!. Sincerely, Aubry Mintz, 24 HOURS Contest Creator


CSULB Art Education lecturer Mary Anna Pomonis exhibition at Nan Rae Gallery

Posted on October 3, 2018 by School of Art

10ula75ezeeqa-2CSULB Art Education lecturer Mary Anna Pomonis has a solo exhibition at the Nan Rae Gallery, Woodbury University in Burbank. Entitled Into Her, the show of Pomonis’ airbrush paintings exist where mysticism, abstract painting, geometry and popular culture intersect. Her source materials are quilt squares, sacred painting, geometry, abstract painting, and digital media. Her solo show at Nan Rae Gallery will feature more than twenty works and include two ritual performances during the opening Sunday October 14, 4-7pm (Performances at 4pm and 6:30pm respectively.)

The exhibition will open on October 14, and will run through November 10, 2018, and there is also a limited edition poster featuring essays by Doug Harvey and Annie Wharton.  Congratulations Prof. Pomonis!


CSULB Painting Lecturer Siobhan McClure curates group exhibition “Sewing Circle”

Posted on September 13, 2018 by School of Art

seing circle logoCSULB Painting Lecturer Siobhan McClure has curated a group exhibition entitled “The Sewing Circle” at the Seaver Gallery at Marlborough School in Los Angeles. The exhibition will open from 5 – 8pm on Saturday, September 22nd, and will features new work by ten artists in Los Angeles. The artists included in the show are Lavialle Campbell, Rebecca Campbell, Phung Huynh, Laura Krifka, Tidawhitney Lek, Kelly McClane, Siobhan McClure, Stephanie Mercado, Andrea Patrie and Kate Savage. The artists will be working in many disciplines, from painting to printmaking, even quilting, but all of these artists speak to the narratives of femininity and moreover to the collective thought of the conversations, interactions, and polite intimacy that occurs in sewing circles. While there is a point to the sewing, it is in the community and in sharing of information that the true power of the gathering reveals itself. The exhibition will run from August 27 through September 28, 2018.

CSULB Art Historian emerita Dr. Lora Sigler publishes book on Medieval Art and Silent Films

Posted on August 29, 2018 by School of Art

Medieval Art and Silent FIlmCSULB Art Historian emerita Dr. Lora Sigler will be publishing a book entitled Medieval Art and the Look of Silent Film. This book will focus on how the medieval arts influenced both the Costumes as well as the Set Design during the Silent Film era. “In the wake of World War I, designers overthrew the artifice of prewar style and manners and drew upon what seemed a nobler, purer age to create an ambiance that reflected higher ideals.” Dr. Sigler looks not only at film stills and archival materials, but also through the fashion shots and trends of the day.

Congratulations Dr. Sigler!

CSULB Alum Narsiso Martínez to have exhibition at the Consulate General of Mexico

Posted on July 27, 2018 by School of Art

37752260_2139797959599363_2773542931745734656_oCSULB Painting Alum Narsiso C Martínez will be having an exhibition at the Centro Cultural Cinematográfico Mexico located in the Consulate General of Mexico, located across from Macarthur Park in Los Angeles. The exhibition is entitled The Harvest, and Martínez uses the technique of collage onto cardboard boxes, and then overlays these elements with his drawing or painting in ink, gouache and coal. The artist juxtaposes the brands of agricultural products registered in boxes collected from supermarkets and portraits of the rural workers drawn in the same boxes, trying to create compositions that allow reflecting on the inequalities of the social lifestyle, while at the same time weaving patterns and colors, sophisticated rendering techniques, and showing the souls and human spirit that went into every box (which we now just throw away.) The exhibition opens on August 1st, 2018 at 6:30pm.

Congratulations Narsiso!

CSULB Ceramics Professor Jay Kvapil is in a group exhibition at Diane Rosenstein Gallery

Posted on July 24, 2018 by School of Art

_thumb_jay-kvapil_large-vessel-crater-glazes_2018-web_1000x1000_detail_q98CSULB Ceramics Professor Jay Kvapil is in a group exhibition at Diane Rosenstein Gallery in Los Angeles. “Transfigured. is an exhibition with Jay Kvapil, Sarah Mikenis, Lionel Sabatté, and Evan Whale, with each of the four artists in four rooms, and include paintings, ceramics, photographs, and sculpture made in Southern California in the past year. The show’s title alludes to each artist’s process of metamorphosis from one form to another, pushing formal traditions in service of the sublime and the subversive.” The exhibition will run from July 28 through August 25, 2018.

CSULB Fibers alum Lesley Kice Nishigawara in exhibition at Irvine Art Center

Posted on July 10, 2018 by School of Art

Exhibition Program - Current Exhibitions.jpgCSULB MFA graduate in Fibers Lesley Kice Nishigawara is in solo exhibition entitled Lesley Kice Nishigawara:Repeat at the Irvine Art Center. The exhibition examines systems of order in our daily lives through visual and formal articulations. Exploring how patterns and structure emerge from the relationship of the natural and manmade, this work expresses those complex relationships. Kice Nishigawara extracts ideas from her surrounding environment that she reexamines and abstracts through intricately constructed paper and textile works, weavings, drawings, and installations. The exhibition will run from June 16 through August 11th, 2018. There will be an artist talk and reception on July 14 from 2:00-6:00pm. Furthermore, the artist will be having a weaving workshop on Saturday July 21 from 10am to 1pm, and the fee is $59.oo.