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Archive for April, 2019



CSULB Sculpture Professor Brittany Ransom heading to Mexico for American Arts Incubator

Posted on April 16, 2019 by School of Art

CulturalIdentity-1Professor Brittany Ransom, head of Long Beach State’s Sculpture Program and an artist with a penchant for mixing physical media with high technology, will travel to Pachuca, Mexico this month as the campus’ first faculty member to provide mentorship abroad through the American Arts Incubator project.

Pachuca is the capital city of the Mexican state of Hidalgo, about 60 miles north of Mexico City. While there, Ransom will help participants use technology as means of artistic expression to address topics related to cultural identity and inclusion.

“I will lead four different workshops while working with CITNOVA (a Mexican agency). One example is a project that explores audible stories through e-textiles where participants will use materials like conductive thread, microcontrollers and programmable audio recorders to create and explore personal narrative and histories through wearable technologies and garments,” Ransom said.

CITNOVA, which is based in Hidalgo and boosts science and technology, is supporting Ransom’s work in Pachuca. Ransom also is receiving support from U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which sponsors American Arts Incubator missions to several countries, as well as ZERO1, an arts nonprofit that manages the program for the State Department.

ZERO1 compares its approach to arts education to the way business incubators support start-up companies. In this sense, ZERO1 awards small amounts of funding to workshop participants to foster works that blend technology with their respective artistic visions.

Ransom’s visit is being billed as an opportunity for participants to work with modern fabrication technologies such as e-textiles, laser cutting and CNC machining, and that “the overall goal of these workshops is to allow participants to use these new methods to create narrative-based projects that focus on cultural identity.”

Ransom works in different physical media while creating her own artworks. She uses advanced technologies, such as 3D printers, laser cutters and CNC milling machines to produce materials, and has created multiple works involving living insects.

“I am someone who works between a number of materials and evolving digital tools and processes,” Ransom said.

Ransom’s oeuvre includes Primitive Borders, a large ant habitat in which, according the artist’s website, insects and their interactions invite viewers to think about human social relationships and conflicts; Fossilized Guilt, which includes a CNC-milled replica of a fossilized tooth that was discovered on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard; and Jaw Jabblrs, a collection of electronic dog toys designed to help dogs communicate to people.


CSULB Photography professor Mark Ruwedal has archive acquired by Stanford University

Posted on April 5, 2019 by School of Art

eiStanford University has acquired CSULB Photography professor Mark Ruwedel’s archive for its Libraries’ Department of Special Collections. The Stanford Libraries launched a new program within its Department of Special Collections focused solely on developing a rich photographic research and teaching collection. The Photography Initiative will acquire and preserve works from diverse groups of photographers, including Arthur Tress andMark Ruwedel, who recently placed their archives at Stanford. “The Photography Initiative demonstrates an institutional commitment from Stanford Libraries to our community and art form,” said Ruwedel, winner of the Scotiabank Photography Award (2014) and a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2014). “In the past year, my prints have already been incorporated into classes. It is reassuring to know your work will be cared for and actually studied.” The distinguished artist recently received the Scotiabank Photography Award, a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and is one of four finalists for the prestigious Deutsche Borse Photography Foundation Prize. Other artists whose archives are at Stanford include Carlton Watkins, Laura Aguilar and Allen Ginsberg.

Congratulations Prof. Ruwedal!!!


CSULB Design students place 2nd and 3rd in Adobe Creative JAM UX/UI design competition

Posted on April 5, 2019 by School of Art

thumbnail_image002 In March, students from CSULB ended up winning the 2nd and the 3rdprizes for Adobe Creative JAM which was a multi-campus online UX/UI design competition. This specific Creative Jam challenge involved a mobile product that would better the life of immigrants in the United States, be it finding immigrant-friendly service providers, getting assistance with legal paperwork, or simply forming a community and a support network. One of the Creative Jam’s main requirements is a multidisciplinary nature of the teams, ensuring that there are students coming from various college career paths, including design, psychology, computer engineering, and a multitude of others. Because design problems are not reserved solely for designers anymore. Along with students from CSULA and Cal Poly Pomona, CSULB had 54 students participating who were handed out the brief and by the end of the day had to present to their peers and a panel of judges how they plan on tackling the issue at hand. After the first day of the competition, 12 teams (6 from CSU Long Beach, 3 from Cal Poly Pomona, and 3 from CSU Los Angeles) made it through to the finals and got to continue working on their proposed solutions. After a long night of hard work, brainstorming, lively discussions, and relentless yawning, the teams presented to a second panel of judges–and the winning teams were announced.

Congratulations to all students involved!!!

2nd Place: Cal State Long Beach
Don Manalo
Emily Duong
Oscar Hernandez Ortega
Chanel Villanueva

3rd Place: Cal State Long Beach
Su Moe
Hector Garcia
Yuji Shiraiwa
Rip Kal
Evan Heenan


CSULB Wood Professor Ryan Taber in solo exhibition at Torrance Art Museum

Posted on April 1, 2019 by School of Art

1500wCSULB Wood Professor Ryan Taber is having solo exhibition at Torrance Art Museum. Entitled Auratic Geometries: A Grammar of Period Furniture and Periodic Eversion the show features works from a number of Taber’s ongoing projects that explore the cultural and economic significance, mythologies and representations of historic furniture and decorative objects. Throughout the exhibition, these works reference designs from the 1790s through the 1960s that have played an important role in defining the design history and cultural identity of the Americas from the colonial occupation through the end of the Modern period. Some of these pieces are based on designs that originated in other geographies and cultures and were adopted and ideologically repurposed in new colonial territories. Others are the product of individuals and groups searching for a new design language to define a different way of living in a new world. The works in this exhibition consider conditions and processes that imbue furniture objects with ideologies through the intention of designers and patrons, historical narratives and mythologies. The exhibition will run from March 30 through May 17, 2019.

Congratulations Prof. Taber!