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CSULB Art Alumni document Gerald Desmond Bridge in Art exhibition

Posted on April 6, 2021 by School of Art

Babcock-on-West-rampFour CSLUB art alumni are in an exhibition that documents the entire construction of the new Gerald Desmond bridge that was recently opened just off downtown. The exhibition entitled Under Construction: The Long Beach Port in Paintings and Photographs at Long Beach Creative Group Gallery showcases four alumnae painters: Sarah Arnold, Kathryn Babcock, Helen Werner Cox, and Liz Talbot, as well as two photographers Nick Santa Ana and Paul Trinidad. (The Long Beach Creative Group Gallery also has CSULB Art Department roots through its President Marka Burns and Art/Design Director Dortje Christiansen, who were both graduates of CSULB College of art in the 1960s, and now are very dedicated to showcasing art in Long Beach!)

The four artists all had access to document the three-year process of building the second tallest cable-stayed bridge in the United States, and their works showcase the beauty and complexity of such an undertaking. Said Babcock, “There was a rhythm in the work on how the bridge progressed, the daily coming and going of the men and women who were building it…So every day we came to it, we were trying to capture something new and specific about what it was that they were doing at the time.” The exhibition will be up from April 3 through May 1, 2021, Saturday and Sundays from 1-4pm, and the Virtual Gallery is up right now.



CSULB Professor Emeritus Todd Gray at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Posted on March 13, 2021 by School of Art

CSULB Photography Professor Emeritus Todd Gray has a solo show at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut. The exhibition Todd Gray / Matrix 186 which opened on March 4, 2021 and will run through July 18, 2021, was curated by Patricia Hickson. As Carolina S. Miranda of the Los Angeles Times writes in her article “Essential Arts: Todd Gray turns colonialism and the art of photography on its head”, “In these works, imperial gardens are turned on their side and embedded alongside photos of wetlands in Nigeria and a grove of palms in Ghana. Photographs of European statues are turned upside down and shown alongside a ghostly Nigerian Eyo. Ships — those great conveyers of exploration and the slave trade — intrude on the landscape. These are worlds turned upside down, then spun right side up again.” The show also features Gray’s largest piece to date (at 34 feet long!), entitled Sumptuous Memories of Plundering Kings (2021). As Miranda writes, “The work is history writ in visceral, photographic form: the landscapes that fed the slave trade are juxtaposed with the people who amassed wealth from it, along with the ghosts that remain.”



CSULB Art Alum Francisco Palomares in Los Angeles Times Article

Posted on March 8, 2021 by School of Art

90CSULB Art Alum Francisco Palomares is in a Los Angeles Times article this week written by Julia Barajas. Entitled “Why L.A. artist Francisco Palomares peddles paintings on a fruit cart“, Barajas writes “From a distance, Francisco Palomares’ fruit cart looks like all the other ones that dot Los Angeles…But step closer. Instead of a man expertly slicing through mangoes or watermelon, you’ll find an artist leaning before a tiny easel, a brush and palette in his hands….It’s all part of ‘Francisco’s Fresh Paintings,’ an art installation and mobile gallery/studio through which Palomares aims to disrupt the customary distance between art maker and art buyer, mediated by a dealer. Every 30 minutes, he completes an affordable oil painting, transforming the process of creating and selling art into a type of performance.” Every Saturday on the corner of 3rd Street and Traction Avenue in the Downtown L.A. Arts District, Palomares sets up his cart – the Palomares Art Gallery – and turns out paintings (for only $39.99 each.) Go check it out!



CSULB Art Alum Diana L. Sánchez in Los Angeles Times article

Posted on February 22, 2021 by School of Art

90CSULB Art Alum Diana L. Sánchez was represented in an article written by Julia Barajas in the Los Angeles Times entitled “How Long Beach students are turning mail into the most personal art.” Sánchez, a DACA recipient while getting her BFA at CSULB still has the bulk of her family living in the Mexican state of Querétaro and says, “To this day there is something special about seeing my parents receive letters from her grandparents after being separated for decades.” As Barajas writes, “Fittingly, Sánchez used a postal envelope as her canvas for an illustration of a monarch butterfly perched on a woman sporting ‘Abolish ICE’ hoop earrings… Monarch butterflies, which journey from the north to Mexico every year, represent ‘migration and resilience.’ She hopes her work will encourage others to re-imagine the U.S. immigration system and craft policy in which migrants cease to be ‘this imaginary threat that justifies injustices and cruelty.'” Sánchez’s artwork is part of an initiative called Couriers of Hope, which will give Long Beach Unified School District students the opportunity to exchange their artwork with professional artists, “transform[ing] envelopes into pieces expressing and exploring the emotion of hope, pointing out the beauty all around us in simple things and quiet observations.”

Congratulations to Ms. Sánchez and all those participating in this amazing show!!

CSULB Art Alumnae in Virtual 3-D exhibition at Kellogg University Art Gallery

Posted on February 12, 2021 by School of Art

st bronxvilleThree CSULB Art alumnae were in a three-woman exhibition at the Kellogg University Art Gallery in Cal Poly Pomona last year. Entitled St. Broxville Wood: Into the Thicket the show featured the artists Jennifer Gunlock, Hilary Norcliffe and Katie Stubblefield. Since the pandemic hit, they were unable to retrieve the art stuck in the Kellogg Gallery, so the gallery staff kept creating extensions and experiments off the original show culminating now with a recreation of the show virtually in 3-D!  The gallery director Michele Cairella-Fillmore will be giving a virtual tour to the virtual show next Friday, February 19, 2021 from 12pm – 1pm (PST). Register here.

The exhibition has been extended as well until August 31, 2021.

Congratulations again to Ms. Gunlock, Ms. Norcliffe and Ms. Stubblefield!

CSULB Graduating BFA Animation Artists from Fall 2020 hold virtual Senior Showcase

Posted on December 10, 2020 by School of Art

amalgamationAs the pandemic has hampered exhibitions and graduations, graduating BFA seniors in the CSULB Animation major from Fall 2020 decided to hold a Senior Showcase show in spite of everything. Entitled AMALGAMATION, the show brings together the works of 18 graduating BFA Animation senior students, (and one MFA student’s thesis film as well!)
As Professor Soyeon Kim stated, “With so many difficulties throughout this pandemic, students have gone through so many ups and downs, both physically and emotionally. However, this class has impressed me in every step of the way, proving that they are strong and willing to take any challenge in life and overcome with tenacity with full of positive spirits.”
Congratulations graduating 2020 BFA Animation students! We are very proud of you and all your work!!

CSULB Graduating Illustration / Pre-Production Artists from Fall 2020 hold virtual Graduation Show

Posted on November 23, 2020 by School of Art

cremeAs the pandemic has hampered exhibitions and graduations, graduating seniors in the CSULB Illustration / Pre-Production majors from Fall 2020 decided to hold a virtual graduation show in spite of everything. Entitled Crème de la Quaratine: Along Together, the show brings together the works of 21 artists and illustrators. As the artists stated: “Even though we do not have a formal gallery exhibition for us graduating seniors, we managed to put together this website to show case our work. Just because we are in quarantine, that does not stop us artists from creating beautiful work! Featured below, are the graduating artists of Fall 2020 from the Illustration and Pre-Production program. Welcome, and please enjoy the work that these artists present.” We couldn’t agree more.


CSULB Art History lecturer Dr. Julia Friedman on Wayne Thiebaud’s 100th Birthday

Posted on November 19, 2020 by School of Art

100 year old clownCSULB Art HIstory lecturer Dr. Julia Friedman has been evolved in many celebrations of artist Wayne Thiebaud and his recent 100th birthday. She has written an article for the New Criterion entitled “Past continuous which speaks on Thiebaud’s centennial and a painting he just finished, cheekily titled One-hundred-year-old Clown. This essay was a continuation of other essays based on this series of Clown paintings Thiebaud has been painting for the past five years, based on his memories of a circus he saw that rolled through Long Beach in the early 1930s. Dr. Friedman also contributed an essay to the catalog that accompanies the exhibition Wayne Thiebaud 100: Paintings, Prints, and Drawings on view now through January 3, 2021 at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. Dr. Friedman will also be participating in an online panel discussion entitled Three Takes on Thiebaud along with painter and Professor Hearne Pardee, and the artist’s daughter, model, and writer Twinka Thiebaud. This Zoom event is hosted by the Crocker Art Museum and will be at 2pm on Saturday, December 5.

Wayne Thiebaud: Clowns, an exhibition on the Clown Series of artworks (including One-hundred-year-old Clown) will be on view at the Laguna Art Museum from December 6, 2020 through April 4, 2021.


Congratulations Dr. Friedman!! Happy 100th birthday Mr. Thiebaud!!!!!

CSULB Printmaking Alum Guerra in exhibition at Angel’s Gate Cultural Center

Posted on November 6, 2020 by School of Art

Guerra_Aztlan_(Santa_Maria)Alejandre_Board-Member-IXCSULB Printmaking alum Guerra along with Abel Alejandre are both in the exhibition entitled Raised as roosters: Relief prints and drawings by Abel Alejandre and Guerra at the Angels Gate Cultural Center. Curated by our own Curator of Exhibitions at the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum Kristina Newhouse (for the record, also an alum), the exhibition coincides with the 30-year anniversary of the groundbreaking historic survey, Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation, 1965-1985 (CARA.) Alejandre and Guerra will showcase a selection of new and recent works on paper which provide an opportunity to reflect upon themes of Xicano identity, masculinity, and traditional Mexican visual motifs. The exhibition has been opened virtually since September 19, 2020 and will continue through December 5, 2020. There will be an artist’s talk, Gallery Conversations: Raised as Roosters on November 12th from 6:30 pm – 7:30pm, please register here, it is free!

Congratulations Mr. Alejandre and Mr. Guerra!!!

CSULB Art History Professor Heather Graham to host digital roundtable

Posted on November 4, 2020 by School of Art

aurther thenCSULB Art History Professor, Dr. Heather Graham and the CSULB Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites students and faculty to attend our sponsored digital roundtable entitled Race, Nationalism, and Fantasies of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The roundtable will be on Monday, November 30th at 11:00am-12:30pm. (Zoom link to follow.)

Register in advance for this webinar here.

Popular western media often claims inspiration from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and the results are famously inaccurate in representing the past. Scholars have addressed this disconnect first by cataloguing inaccuracies and then by engaging with the cultural contexts that engender these mis-representations. In response to recent resurgences of white-supremacy, scholars have revealed the many connections between race-based nationalism and enthusiasm for an imagined European past.

This panel asks scholars working in this field to consider more deeply the connection between medievalism and white supremacy, and to interrogate some of the assumptions that have driven the conversation thus far. In what ways does “White Supremacy” fail to describe the groups whose nationalism often uses the Middle Ages as their origin?  In what ways does the spectre of the “White Supremacist” provide a scape goat for more popular fantasies of race-based nationalisms? To what extent does scholarly focus on stereotypical types of medievalism ignore more feminist or socially progressive reproductions of the past? This panel seeks to further the discourse on popular medievalisms while identifying the current cultural function of various reproductions of the past.

Roundtable Participants: 

Esther Cuenca, History, University of Houston Victoria

Rene Ward, English, University of Lincoln

Usha Vishnuvajalla, English, Cardiff University

Jason Thames, English, PhD Student, Harvard University