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CSULB Illustration Lecturer Gary Musgrave paints mural at Long Beach City Hall

Posted on November 7, 2016 by School of Art

lb city hall muralCSULB Illustration Lecturer Gary Musgrave is part of a muralist team called The Draculas; with fellow artist Jeff McMillan, the two have been responsible for a number of murals around Long Beach. They now have another mural completed, this time inside Long Beach City Hall! A short documentary entitled “Paint It Forward” (made by CSULB alumni Scott Nichols) showcases Musgrave and the Long Beach mural program. Congratulations Profs. Musgrave (and McMillan aka The Draculas) on your beautiful work!


CSULB Graphic Design Professor Andrew Byrom to lecture at the Art Institute of Chicago

Posted on October 19, 2016 by School of Art

Metal sculpture spelling word True in green field.
CSULB Graphic Design Professor Andrew Byrom will be giving a lecture on his latest body of work – including projects produced on his recent sabbatical – at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on Thursday October 27th, 2016. During the Spring 2016 semester Byrom was artist-in-residence at The University of Cumbria, he produced several designs that took inspiration from farmland on the England/Scotland border.

CSULB Art History Lecturer Tatiana Sizonenko curates photography exhibition at UCSD

Posted on October 12, 2016 by School of Art

romeo and juliet books on shelfCSULB Art History Lecturer Tatiana Sizonenko curated an exhibition at the University Art Gallery at UC San Diego entitled Extensions of Photography. The exhibition will run from October 7, through December 9, 2016. Extensions of Photography will highlight artistic practices by former and current UC San Diego-affiliated artists and alumni who redefined the photographic medium and contributed significantly to the cultural life of San Diego and the United States. The exhibition also includes the work of Katie Grinnan, who teaches sculpture at CSULB!


CSULB Painting Professor Fran Siegel in exhibition at ACME Gallery in Los Angeles

Posted on September 28, 2016 by School of Art

ApparatusCSULB Painting Professor Fran Siegel has a solo exhibition entitled Reconstruction at the ACME Gallery in Los Angeles. The show runs from September 17 through October 22, 2016. Prof. Siegel continues her investigations of place through the activity of drawing on a massive scale. Shifting perspectives generate a sense of motion and time, and multiple viewpoints are pieced together by combining a cyanotype photographic process with layered collage and drawing. Through these works, she explores the evolution of settlement, migration, and exodus within the borders of the Los Angeles metropolis, and how this constant shuffling creates geographical space. Congratulations Professor Siegel!


CSULB Art History Lecturer Julia Friedman curates show of artist Forrest Solis

Posted on September 9, 2016 by School of Art

artwork of two sleeping womenCSULB Art History lecturer Dr. Julia Friedman curated an exhibition of artist Forrest Solis at Jamie Brooks Fine Art. The exhibition entitled Sleepers Redux is based upon a Gustav Courbet painting entitled “The Sleepers”, with Solis recreating the masterpiece as an allegory between art practice and art history. The exhibition will run from September 9 through October 23, 2016.


CSULB Animation Professor Aubry Mintz interviewed by Animation Career Review

Posted on July 7, 2016 by School of Art

Professor Aubry MintzCSULB Animation Professor Aubry Mintz was interviewed by Animation Career Review,  entitled “Rooted in Fundamentals: Q&A with Aubry Mintz, CSU Long Beach.” Prof. Mintz discusses the progress and creativity of the Illustration/Animation program and our students!


CSULB Art History Professor Peter Holliday reviews exhibition “Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World” at the Getty Museum

Posted on June 17, 2016 by School of Art

Bronze Hellenistic sculpture of young maleHistory of Art and Classical Archaeology Professor, Dr. Peter Holliday wrote a review of the exhibition “Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World”which was at the Getty Museum this spring. “Today only two hundred large-scale bronzes of the Hellenistic era survive, and Power and Pathos assembles some fifty of them in one place, including loans from thirty-four museums in twelve countries, many national treasures. Seeing them together gives a fleeting sense of what residents of ancient cities experienced everyday. It is the first show of its kind, and will probably be the last in our lifetimes.”


CSULB Animation students team up with CSULB Orchestra to score student films

Posted on May 17, 2016 by School of Art

IMG_1535Here’s how magic happens: Two people meet in training when they start teaching at CSULB and they both have ideas to better their student experience. Over 9 years those ideas are shared, supported and made into reality by the hard work of many parties; three professors (Perry LaMarca, Aubry Mintz and Johannes Muller-Stosch) realized their students could all benefit from working together. With the help of two very supportive departments (Music and the School of Arts) they paired two classes of talented animation and film score students and a highly skilled 60-piece orchestra and set out to make magic.  Animation students working on their Senior Projects are paired with Music students taking an Advanced Film Scoring Project class. “It would cost thousands and thousands of dollars to rent an orchestra for a film out in the real world,” says Prof. Mintz, “and now our students have music that is specifically tailored to their films advancing their stories to a whole other level for everyone involved.” Films of recent award-winning alumni Alex Balaban and Rodrigo Tello were both scored with the help of the CSULB Musicians, and as these collaborations continue, there will be many more awards and accolades to come!


CSULB Illustration/Animation Alumni win Animation Awards from Society of Illustrators

Posted on May 16, 2016 by School of Art

CSULB Illustration/Animation alumni Alex Balaban and Rodrigo Tello both won Animation Awards at the Society of Illustrators 2016 Student Scholarships Competition, held in New York City. Mr. Balaban took home “First Place in Animation” for his film “Shimai” which was completed while he was a senior at CSULB. In addition, CSULB alumnus Rodrigo Tello won 1st runner up for his film “The Waiting Game.”

Congratulations Alex and Rodrigo!!!animation still of Waiting Gameframe of animation of Shimai


CSULB Art History Lecturer Julia Friedman in conversation with Dave Hickey at Hammer Museum and Hauser Wirth & Schimmel

Posted on May 2, 2016 by School of Art

DaveHickeybyTobyKamps-968x656CSULB Art History Lecturer Julia Friedman will be taking part in UCLA Hammer Conversations: Art Critic Dave Hickey & Art Historian Julia Friedman at the Hammer Museum, on May 11, 2016. For the UCLA talk, Mr. Hickey and Dr. Friedman will present Hickey’s new books Wasted Words: The Essential Dave Hickey Online Compilation and Dustbunnies: Dave Hickey’s Online Aphorisms, which Dr. Friedman both compiled and edited. Between June 2014 and April 2015, Dave Hickey posted almost 3,000 digital comments on social media, prompting nearly 700,000 words in response from art lovers, acolytes, and skeptics. Wasted Words is an unedited comprehensive transcript of these exchanges. Its pendant publication, Dustbunnies, distills Hickey’s richly aphoristic comments, extracted from various discussion threads. Unlike Wasted Words, which is inherently contextual and discursive, Dustbunnies stresses the timeless character of Hickey’s unique authorial voice. Always provocative and often shocking, Hickey’s pronouncements are perfectly suited for the jab-like nature of the social media platform. In a delightfully ironic twist of fate, some two decades after the onset of the digital revolution, a critic known for his paragraph-long verbal riffs blasts away at digital natives in the under-140-character idiom they understand. Dr. Friedman will also be participating in another talk with the celebrated Art Critic on his book 25 Women: Essays on Their Art which “constitutes a body of work that reflects Hickey’s deep and prolonged engagement with influential contemporary artists.” The event will take place at the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel courtyard, in Los Angeles on Thursday, May 12.