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Archive for April, 2014

CSULB Professor Mark Ruwedel wins 2014 Scotiabank Photography Award

Posted on April 30, 2014 by School of Art

CSULB Photography Professor Mark Ruwedel won the 2014 Scotiabank Photography Award,  celebrating excellence in Canadian contemporary photography. The prestigious award includes a $50,000 cash prize, a solo Primary Exhibition at the 2015 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and a book of the winner’s work to be published and distributed globally by world-renowned art publisher Steidl. Edward Burtynsky, Chair of the Scotiabank Photography Award jury and co-founder of the Award said of Ruwedel, “He is a master of seeing and printing and has inspired countless landscape photographers. Mark’s eye for detail and his subtle perceptions about the intersection of – and commentary upon – the historic versus contemporary in landscape photography remains matchless.” For more information, please click here.

Congratulations Professor Ruwedel!

April 30th – Deborah Sussman

Posted on April 28, 2014 by School of Art

Deborah Sussman is recognized as a pioneer of environmental graphic design for creating arresting visual imagery and designing its highly imaginative applications for architectural and public spaces. Her passion for the marriage of graphics and the built environment, fueled by her early career at the Eames Office, has led to collaborations with planners, architects and clients.

Deborah’s work, informed by perceptive observation and rigorous documentation of communities and cultures, has found its place in projects for cities, arts and entertainment venues, commercial developments and the private sector around the world. She began to work with architects in the late sixties and seventies; then incorporated as Sussman/Prejza & Co., with husband Paul Prejza. Deborah has led the firm in designing an array of notable projects. S/P has, and continues, to design venues in the cultural and civic sectors.

Selected Honors Include: Laureate, Art Directors Global Hall of Fame New York, (ADC), 2012, Golden Arrow Award (SEGD), 2006, Medalist, American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), 2004, Doctor of Humane Letters (Bard College), 1998, First woman to exhibit in New York’s School of Visual Arts’ “Master Series”, 1995, Fellow, Society of Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD), 1991, Honorary Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), 1988, Elected Member, The Trusteeship, International Women’s Forum, 1987, Elected Member, Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), 1987, Fellow, AIGA /LA, 1986, Founder, AIGA/LA, 1986.

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CSULB Photography Professor Todd Gray will be participating in Carrie Mae Weems LIVE: Past Tense/Future Perfect at the Guggenheim Museum

Posted on April 23, 2014 by School of Art

CSULB Photography Professor Todd Gray will be participating in Carrie Mae Weems LIVE: Past Tense/Future Perfect at the Guggenheim, New York in conjunction with the exhibition Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, on view at the museum through May 14.  Ms. Weems will be hosting an all-star cast on April 25–27 for a weekend of programs focusing on contemporary cultural production in the areas of dance, film, literature, music, theater, and visual art. This multidisciplinary performance-salon features musicians, artists, activists, writers, and other renowned guests throughout a three-day celebration of spirit and ideas.  Poet, playwright, and recording artist Carl Hancock Rux will join Carrie Mae Weems as cohost on Friday and Saturday, and artists, poets, and writers Elizabeth Alexander, Theaster Gates, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Todd Gray, Aja Monet, and Sarah Lewis will punctuate the proceedings with poetry,  performances, and readings of manifestos. Prof. Gray will screen video and digital images of his most recent art projects. For more information, please click here.

Art and Social Media Symposium – Sunday April 27, 2014

Posted on April 21, 2014 by School of Art

The Drawing and Painting program presents “Art and Social Media Symposium” featuring a lecture from Sharon Butler, author of the book “Two Coats of Paint” at 2pm in PH1 room 140; and a panel discussion featuring Ms. Butler as well as Art Critic and Curator Doug Harvey, and artists Kio Griffith, Julia Schwarz, Grant Vetter, with moderater Dane Klingaman from 3:30-5:30. From 5:30-6:30 there will be open studios to the MFA painting program as well as gallery openings in our campus galleries. Please join us!



CSULB Professor Mark Ruwedel wins 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship

Posted on April 15, 2014 by School of Art

CSULB Photography Professor Mark Ruwedel was awarded a 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in the Creative Arts category, for his both beautiful and epic photographic work of the American West. Founded in 1922, the prestigious Fellowship program is intended to “add to the educational, literary, artistic, and scientific power of this country, and also to provide for the cause of better international understanding.” The Fellowship supports individuals in mid-career‚ “who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.” For more information, click here.

Congratulations to Prof. Ruwedel!


April 15, 2014 – Edgar Heap of Birds

Posted on April 10, 2014 by School of Art

Internationally acclaimed artist, Edgar Heap of Birds, will lecture about his work on
Tuesday, April 15, at 7:00 pm in the William Link Theater (UT-108). Heap of Birds has shown internationally, in major museums and galleries worldwide, and will be discussing his work, from his paintings and sculptures to his public art interventions. There will also be a book signing afterwards, of Heap of Birds’ book from the 2007 Venice Biennial including a DVD will be available for purchase and a book singing will take place immediately following the lecture. For more information, please click here; or for artist’s website here.

CSULB Professor Todd Gray in exhibition at Otis College of Art and Design

Posted on April 10, 2014 by School of Art

CSULB Photography Professor Todd Gray will be in the exhibition at the Ben Maltz gallery Freeway Studies #2: Inside the Quad, featuring the work of thirty-one artists whose studios are located inside the area bordered by four major interstates: I-405, 10, 110, and 105. The impetus for this curatorial endeavor continues to be an effort to survey, one studio at a time, the neighborhoods and networks of artists working in Los Angeles. For this exhibition, Prof. Gray will exhibit (Exquisite)Terribleness in the Mangrove, a photo installation created from the reexamination of his extensive photographic archive of images he’s made in Los Angeles and Ghana. The exhibition will open April 12 and continue until July 27, 2014. For more information, please click here.