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Visual Arts Events

The CSULB School of Art features a large, five gallery exhibition space devoted to showcasing student work. Exhibitions open on Sundays during the academic year and remain on display through the following Thursday. Gallery hours are Sunday 5-7pm, Monday-Thursday from 12noon-5pm, with extended hours on Wednesday until 7pm. The Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum is located in the CSULB Horn Center and is open Tuesday-Saturday from 12pm-5pm. Wednesdays from 12-8pm, and is closed Sunday-Monday, along with any University holidays.

 

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Greater Los Angeles MFA Exhibition (GLAMFA): Double Play

January 22-29; Opening Reception: Sunday, January 26 from 6-8pm

CSULB Student Art Galleries   Free Admission
The Greater Los Angeles Master of Fine Arts (GLAMFA) Exhibition is a representation of the next wave of contemporary artists. This year GLAMFA moves beyond a conventional juried exhibition, and instead focuses on fostering a community of artists interested in collaboration. GLAMFA 2020: Double Play is the culmination of that effort. This year’s exhibition features a range of conversations between MFA students from UC Santa Barbara, Claremont, USC, UC Irvine, Otis, CSU Northridge, ArtCenter College of Design, and UC San Diego. The Artists Reception on Sunday evening, January 26 immediately follows the CSULB School of Art MFA Open Studios on Sunday, January 26 from 4-6pm. Q&A with select GLAMFA artists takes place that evening at 7pm.

 

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GLAMFA: Double Play Visiting Artists and Curator Panel

Tuesday, January 28 at 5pm
CSULB University Theatre  
Free Admission

 

CSULB School of Art

Kubiak Group, Drawing & Painting/ Tara O’Gorman & Josh Kawahata, Drawing & Painting / Marissa Espiritu & Kale Huang, Illustration & Animation/John Fingerhut, Graphic Design /Torres Group, Illustration

February 2-6
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

The Kubiak group show will highlight 4 painters and their work focusing on the transformative power of light. Tara O’Gorman and Josh Kawahata will present abstract and realist paintings focusing on mundane subject matter, referencing pop culture in celebration and critique of American society. Marissa Espiritu and Kale Huang’s exhibition features a collection of printed illustrations and concept art for two different stories that parallel in themes of loyalty and vigilantism. John Fingerhut’s exhibit is a photographic exploration of the metaphysical and visceral relationship one has with the ocean. The Torres group will present a collection of art from members of the Society of Student Illustrators and Animators that focus on a theoretical animated series and exist in dialogue with one another.

 

Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum

Gyre

February 4-March 28

Kleefeld Contemporary presents a series of eight, one-week, one-work exhibitions. Like the center point of a gyre, each work of art will be the locus of an encircling current of activities designed to encourage mindful looking and careful engagement with art. Gyre embraces the notion that artwork is at the center of what the museum co-creates. Art is the source, the material, and the inspiration for what we do as a community. During this rotating exhibition series, all visitors will be asked to put away their phones, join in quiet individual looking or guided group viewing exercises, and consider this weekly sequence of individual artworks and the ideas they bring to mind. Featured artists include James Griffith, David R. Harper, Phung Huynh, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Eugenia Vargas Pereira, Bill "Whisky" Tjapaltjarri, and Keith Walsh.

 

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Metals Group Show/ Molly Champlin & Amanda Quinlan, Drawing & Painting and Photography/ Chanmealea Huy & Jean Iwohara, Pre-Production & Illustration / Estabrook Group, Ceramics /KSBDA Group

February 9-13
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

The metals group show will present a variety of works by artists in the metals and jewelry program. Molly Champlin and Amanda Quinlan’s collaborative works explore the theme of fog and its ability to defamiliarize, obscure, and alter perceptions. Huy and Iwohara present a mixed media show in the style of pop surrealist illustrations that create tension between the individual and our technologically advanced environment. The Estabrook ceramics group show highlights the amount of care and information put into miniature sculptures. 

 

CSULB School of Art

Photo Collective, Photography/ Maria Abrahamian, Ceramics/
Muñoz Group Show/ Diaz Group, Drawing & Painting/
Doan Group, Animation

February 16-20
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

The Photo Collective comes together for a curated dialogue to showcase the diversity of process and vision within the photography community. The Muñoz group consists of BFA students from ceramics, painting, sculpture, printmaking, illustration, and graphic design form an exhibit about cultural identity and cross-disciplinary relationships at CSULB. Maria Abrahamian creates sculptural work with ceramics, weaving, and food to explore female sexualization through childhood experiences. Vida Diaz, Fabiola Sillas, and Madeline Taylor will exhibit paintings that address organic and bodily forms. The Doan Group of fourteen artists will showcase the visual development for a narrative in a simulated studio setting.

 

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Sculpture Group, Sculpture/ Corona Group, Pre-Production/
Nuccio Group, Drawing & Painting/
Kenna Dworsky & Marina Weiner, Ceramics & Fiber & Sculpture

February 23-27
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

Every spring the BFA sculpture program, organizes a group exhibition in which the students curate and create work to participate in a critique exchange with another institution. The Corona Group (Ricardo Corona, Kelsey Steuernagel, Ana Alvarez, and Elias Rodriguez)use digital illustrations and installations to show pre-production work involving fantasy and wild-west themes. The Nuccio Group (Melanie Nuccio, Oscar Pearson, Benjamin Kaita, and Melissa Flores) create representational, figurative, drawings and paintings that address content about relationships in life that are both near and far in intimacy and proximity. Marica Weiner and Kenna Dworsky’s exhibit will explore interior space that examines how mysterious or clandestine interiors reveal themselves through structural composition.

 

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Advancement, MFA Studio Art/ Jacob Choto, Wood/
Kincanna Group, Printmaking /McRaven, Metals /Destiny Randall, Fiber

March 1-5
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

The MFA Advancement exhibition features varied work from advancing MFA candidates. Jacob Choto uses wood and metal to explore the relationship between furniture and art. The Kincanna Group will showcase political prints. Destiny Randall’s BFA fiber exhibition will display the concerns of influencer ideals on social media through satirically performative photography and videography.

 

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Giselle Daneshmand, MFA Sculpture/ Sophia Grecco & Ashley Anderson, Illustration /Mark Hertzel, BFA Sculpture/ Fengwan Qing, BFA Sculpture

March 8-12
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

Giselle Danshemand’s MFA exhibition makes the visible invisible and the visceral intangible through sound and space. Sophia Grecco and Ashley Anderson will critique, restructure, and illustrate folktales in their exhibition by using the power of these stories to explore a more true sense of themselves. Mark Hertzel’s BFA sculpture exhibition combines traditional techniques and mediums with advanced fabrication methods to explore the boundaries between humans and technology. Fengwan Qing’s BFA sculpture exhibition will break the boundary and trace back to the essence of Chinese contemporary art.

 

Interior Design Program

Interior Design Works in Progress Exhibition

March 9-13
Duncan Anderson Design Gallery     
Free Admission

 

CSULB School of Art

Ashley Estabrook, Ceramics/ Bailey Walters, Ceramics/ Lexis Gomez, Ceramics/ Sara Pennington, Sculpture / Cecilia Leonard, Sculpture

March 15-19
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

Ashley Estabrook’s BFA ceramics show emulates public gardens and considers the notion of these spaces as monuments to the ideals of balance and order. Bailey Walter’s BFA ceramics exhibition uses clay to invoke a domestic space that recognizes the intersections of memory, inheritance, epigenetics, and phenomenology. Lexis Gomez’s BFA ceramics exhibition makes use of the human figure to explore issues relating to the feminine experience. Sara Pennington’s BFA sculpture show is a multimedia installation that explores gender fluidity through Plato’s Allegory of the Cave as a means for teaching. Cecilia Leonard’s BFA sculpture exhibition features an installation that examines gender, pop culture, and technology in relation to the niche “gap” generation known as the “zillenials.”

 

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Museum Studies Symposium
Forms of Reparations: The Museum and Restorative Justice

Wednesday, March 18
CSULB University Theater and Student Union Ballrooms  
Free Admission

Pressure is mounting for museums to become self-critical about the ways in which they perpetuate institutional trauma on underserved communities. Activist groups and artist collectives, as well as intellectuals, scholars, and community members are demanding more tangible acts of restitution.  But, how are the institutions themselves responding? Forms of Reparations: The Museum and Restorative Justice, is a symposium focusing on the present state of decolonization within museums; identifying and articulating the many subtle ways by which cultural institutions sustain white supremacy, imperialism, and exploitation. This symposium invites leading scholars, activists, and artists to present lectures, workshops, and participate in panel discussions, addressing questions such as: What exactly does it mean to decolonize the museum? Has the recent currency awarded to the term decolonization taken away its original revolutionary intent? Can institutions and activists work together, or are they doomed to occupy opposing sides? Is it possible to genuinely decolonize museums?

 

School of Art

Macie Group, Printmaking/ Thomas Macie/ Christopher Suarez, Ceramics/ Edith Conteras, Printmaking/ Grace Ha, Ceramics / Jenny Rask, Sculpture

March 22-26
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

The Macie Group exhibition highlights works on paper by BFA printmaking students. Christopher Suarez’s BFA ceramics show is a mixed media installation that addresses the themes of home, family, and love in relation to location. Edith Contrera’s BFA printmaking show consists of prints and fiber media works that explore issues related to US Latinx identity and culture. Grace Ha’s ceramic’s BFA show is a sculpture installation that explores and brings attention to the psychological and physical manifestations of emotional trauma. Jenny Rask’s MFA sculpture exhibition Self Help ‘Contraptions’ features semi-automatic analogue contraptions intended to help those seeking inner peace.  

 

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Erika Barrios, Sculpture/ Pilar Valdez, Sculpture/ Sage LaRae Monroe,
3D Media Fiber/ Ya-Chu Hu, Graphic Design/ Shima Taj Bakhsh, Sculpture

April 5-9
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

Erika Barrio’s MFA sculpture exhibition is an immersive mixed media installation that simultaneously explores elements of destruction and transformation. Pilar Valdez’s MFA sculpture exhibition is a layered multimedia sculpture that includes video works and delves into virtual reality. Sage LaRae Monroe’s BFA 3D media-fiber exhibition communicates mantras of self-care through weavings and dyed and embroidered fiber works. Ya-Chu Hu’s MFA graphic design show is a mixed media installation creating a guide to self-improvement that takes viewers on a journey towards inner peace. Shima Taj Bakhsh’s MFA sculpture exhibition uses aspects of architecture and cartography to playfully engage with historical, collective, and personal memory.

 

CSULB School of Art

Brianna Miyoko Stanley Lane, Drawing & Painting/
Daniela Barbani, Printmaking/ So Im Park, Ceramics/
Cathy Le, Illustration/ Caitlin Canchola, Printmaking

April 12-16
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

Briana Miyoko Stanley Lane’s MFA drawing and painting exhibition is a massive installation consisting of three different sections that individually address issues of contemporary environmental trauma. Daniela Barbani’s MFA printmaking exhibition addresses the plight of Los Angeles’ urban mountain lion population through a series of prints on unconventional and found material. Cathy Le’s MFA illustration exhibition features digital illustrations based on a fantasy world and characters that deal with themes of colonization, fetishization, and exploitation. Caitlin Canchola’s MFA printmaking exhibition examines and critiques divides created by the human gaze and systems of valorization within the context of museum practices and commercial packaging.

 

Industrial Design Program

Industrial Design Junior Works in Progress Exhibition

April 13-17
Duncan Anderson Design Gallery     
Free Admission

 

CSULB School of Art

Jillian Thompson, Metals/ Alvaro D. Marquez, Printmaking/
Benjamin Lin, Illustration & Animation/
Aaron Brown, Illustration & Animation/ Sulki Kim, Sculpture

April 19-23

Jillian Thompson’s MFA metals exhibition is an immersive mixed media installation that focuses on themes of Black womanhood through the lens of contemporary Black culture. Alvaro D. Marquez’s MFA printmaking exhibition consists of print-based installations and traditional works on paper that reference the development of the Los Angeles Basic. Benjamin Lin’s MFA illustration exhibition Die Kornmutter is a film on an allegorical fairytale based on German changeling myths. Aaron Brown’s MFA illustration & animation exhibition explores the malleable relationship between stop-motion animation, sculpture, and interactive experiences. Sulki Kim’s MFA sculpture exhibition, Sorry If I Failed You, consists of four mixed media installations that deal with the uncanny of domestic life.

 

Industrial Design Program

Industrial Design Sophomore Portfolio Exhibition

April 20-24
Duncan Anderson Design Gallery     
Free Admission

 

CSULB School of Art

Rodolfo Montalvo, Illustration/ Sara Hassan Khani, Illustration/
Animation BFA Group Exhibition

April 26-30
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

Rodolfo Montalvo’s MFA illustration exhibition includes works that reinterpret Mexican folk-art and explore the artist’s disconnections to cultural heritage. Sara Hassan Khani’s MFA Illustration exhibition consists of mixed media drawings, paintings, and prints that address the theme of immigration and its relation to the concept of home. The Animation BFA group exhibition features senior films from graduating students.

 

Interior Design Program

Interior Design Sophomore Portfolio Exhibition

April 27-May 1
Duncan Anderson Design Gallery     
Free Admission

 

School of Art

Illustration & Animation Group Exhibition/ Andrew Velasquez, Printmaking

May 3-7
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

The Illustration & Animation BFA group show features work from graduating students. Andrew Velasquez BFA printmaking exhibition Just Kidding depicts dogs as immortalized figures through a variety of printmaking techniques.  

 

Industrial Design Program

BA Senior Show

May 4-7
Duncan Anderson Design Gallery     
Free Admission

 

School of Art

Drawing & Painting Group Exhibition/ Photography Group Exhibition

May 10-14
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

The Drawing and Painting BFA group exhibition features work from graduating Drawing and Painting BFA students.  The Photography BFA group exhibition features work from graduating Photography BFA students. 

 

CSULB School of Art

Graphic Design Group Exhibition

May 17-21
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

The Graphic Design BFA group exhibition features work from graduating Graphic Design BFA students.

 

Design Department

Senior Show & Exhibition

May 19-22      
Duncan Anderson Design Gallery and Design 112
Free Admission