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Archive for October, 2018

CSULB Ceramics alum Matt Wedel has solo show at LA Louver

Posted on October 30, 2018 by School of Art

matt wedel painted thangCSULB Ceramics alum Matt Wedel will be having an exhibition at LA Louver Gallery. Entitled Everything is everything, the show will feature new work that as the artist says, “are an extension of exploring paint as sculpture, as well as sculptural action. As these parameters collapse, you enter this way of thinking: ‘Everything is painting, and at the same time, everything is an act of sculpting.'” The exhibition will run from November 14, 2018 through January 5, 2019.

Congratulations Mr. Wedel!!!

CSULB Art History Lecturer Dr. Julia Friedman publishes article on Bob Ross in The New Criterion

Posted on October 25, 2018 by School of Art

xBobRoss4.jpg.pagespeed.ic.HBQhCm4fpfCSULB Art History Lecturer Dr. Julia Friedman has published article on Bob Ross in the October 2018 edition of The New Criterion. Entitled “Happy trees” and culture-death, Dr. Friedman writes on a recent attempt to instate Bob Ross into the artistic canon. “Bob Ross’s sharp instinct led him to use television as the vehicle for disseminating his gospel of joy. He recognized television’s potential for allowing a single person (or parson) to grant the wishes of a multitude while maintaining an illusion of one-on-one interaction, making everyone feel like the special person in the room.”

CSULB Painting Alum Narsiso C Martínez exhibition at the Long Beach Museum of Art

Posted on October 24, 2018 by School of Art

detail-narsiso-450x600CSULB Painting Alum Narsiso C Martínez has a solo exhibition at the Long Beach Museum of Art. Entitled FARM FRESH, the show explores and portrays the people who bring all our produce to us. From field workers to those in the processing plants, Martinez depicts these subjects with a dignity rooted in his experiences with these overlooked citizens and neighbors. Through a mixed-media technique using drawing. collage, painting to even sculpture, Martinez weaves decoration and portraiture into powerful and beautiful objects. The exhibition will run from October 5, 2018 through January 6, 2019.

Congratulations Mr. Martinez!!!



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!