Flight takes Flight in Canada and Colorado this Summer, After a Critics Choice award in San Diego
Flight - the inventive physical theatre work based on the international children's classic The Little Prince, continues to tour - with an expanded CSULB-based company. Flight was originally conceived by CSULB faculty member Ezra LeBank, and workshopped extensively on campus and in his Long Beach studio. It originally starred LeBank, as well as recent CSULB alumni Cynthia Price and Taylor Casas. Using exceptional acro-yoga based shapes, movement, and acrobatics - the trio of performers take audiences on a magical journey in the world of the Little Prince - using not much more than music, words, and movement. The play was a hit at its first Fringe Festival in Edinburgh in 2015, earning a number of festival kudos and critical acclaim. In 2016, Flight journeyed to New York, where it was selected as a Fringe Favorite, and brought back to the east coast at the close of the festival, for a limited off-off Broadway run. This summer - with Christian Sullivan stepping into the role of the Pilot, originated by LeBank, and Kayla Manuel joining the cast as a swing/understudy - Flight was named Best of the Fringe at the San Diego Fringe Festival, and is selling out its houses in Winnipeg, where the show recently received a 5 star review from the Winnipeg Free Press and is selling out their performance venue. Flight is scheduled for a brief run in the Boulder, Colorado area in August. Then the company returns to focus on a new adaptation of Wonderland, part of the 2017-18 Department of Theatre Arts season.
CSULB's Sue Ann Robinson in Residence at the Long Beach Museum of Art through August 10
CSULB Fiber Lecturer Sue Ann Robinson is the Artist-in-Residence in the Ralston Family Learning Center at the Long Beach Museum of Art for six weeks beginning Thursday, July 6 through August 10, 2017. Robinson will be working on book series entitled, “The Walking Fools.” Robinson’s artist’s books are in many public and private collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Getty Research Institute, UC Berkeley, and Yale University among many others. During her residency, Sue Ann Robinson will have free, drop-in workshops demonstrating different book art structures. They will be offered on Thursday evenings from 5PM to 8PM in the Ralston Family Learning Center. These book making workshops are supported in part by the Arts Council for Long Beach and the City of Long Beach. The first workshop on Thursday evening July 6 will be instruction in single sheet books. Subsequent Thursday evenings will include pamphlet stitch, multi-signature stitched binding, long stitch book binding, dos-a-dos book, and a flag book workshop. Workshops are free, materials and equipment will be provided. No book binding experience needed. Space is limited, first come, first served. Admission to the Museum is free on Thursday evenings.
The Carpenter Performing Arts Center – named for CSULB alumni Richard and Karen Carpenter – is the premiere venue for live performance in the Greater Long Beach area – showcasing such diverse and eclectic performers as Garrison Keilor, Mummenschanz, Lee Rocker, the Doo Wop Project, Sandra Bernhard, Jessica Lang Dance, and Jeffrey Toobin. It is also the performance home of Long Beach’s beloved Musical Theatre West, and the community outreach program “Arts for Life.” (More on this story)
Design Trio wins 2017 Color Experience Challenge
Benjamin Moore and the LA Mart Design Center at The Reef recently held their 2017 Color Experience Design Challenge. This event was created as an opportunity for local design students to explore how this year’s color trends can be creatively expressed in interior spaces. Student teams designed interior vignettes with furnishings supplied by the LAMDC showrooms and Benjamin Moore’s Color of The Year. CSULB sophomore Interior Architecture Design students Kelly Kim, Phuong Lam, and Arghavan Ozmaie were the three-person team that won the Grand Prize, awarded by a jury of professional designers and design professionals.
Trio of Design Students win Benjamin Moore Design Challenge
Benjamin Moore and the LA Mart Design Center at The Reef recently held their 2017 Color Experience Design Challenge. This event was created as an opportunity for local design students to explore how this year’s color trends can be creatively expressed in interior spaces. Student teams designed interior vignettes with furnishings supplied by the LAMDC showrooms and Benjamin Moore’s Color of The Year. CSULB sophomore Interior Architecture Design students Kelly Kim, Phuong Lam, and Arghavan Ozmaie were the three-person team that won the Grand Prize, awarded by a jury of professional designers and design professionals. (June 2017)
CSULB Chamber Choir Named "Choir of the World 2016"
The Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir, the premier student choir at CSULB, won the Choir of the World Competition at the recent Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales. After winning the Choir of the World competition in their first ever trip to the event, the choir received the prestigious Pavarotti Trophy. Jonathan Talberg, head of Choral, Vocal, and Opera Studies at CSULB – and the director of the Chamber Choir – said, "Winning the Choir of the World at the Llangollen Eisteddfod was a dream to me and to many of my students. In my 16 years at CSULB, I've never seen the choir more focused, more energized, or more committed to a singular goal." (Summer 2016)
CSULB School of Art Hosts 24 Hour Animation Contest (2016)
The 24 HOURS Animation Contest for Students 2016 kicked off at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, when participants were asked to create a 30-second film that included a wall, in one form or another, metaphorical or physical. Students around the world then set out to work in teams of five to create a 30-second animated film from scratch. In the end, 136 five-person teams from the U.S., Canada, Australia and Mexico competed with a total of 690 students from 29 participating schools. Contest winners were announced via YouTube on Oct. 11.
Interior Design Students Win Biomimcry Global Design Challenge (2016)
Students from the Industrial Design program - Jimmy Huynh, Brian Mar, Matthew Ulery, and Patrick Soriano received a $1,500 First Place award for their AquaCity Garden entry in this year’s Student “Living Product Challenge,” a new initiative of the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, created inpartnership with the International Living Future Institute. The goal of the prize isto highlight designproducts that mimic nature’s design principles and function as elegantly as anything found in the natural world. The project began in David Teubner’s Design Methodology class and continued over to Steve Boyer’s studio in both the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters. CSULB Design Students have placed highly in this international competition for the past three years running.
CSULB Jazz Wins Five Downbeat Awards (2016)
In Downbeat Magazine's 38th Annual Student Music Awards, the CSULB Jazz Studies program received five top recognitions this year. For the second consecutive year, the Concert Jazz Orchestra (CJO) was named Best Large Jazz Ensemble in the Gracuate College category, and Pacific Standard Time won for Outstanding Performance in the Graduate College division, making it the sixth year in a row, that CSULB's top vocal jazz group has won either Outstanding Performance or Best Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
CSULB Alumnus Brian McDaniel was named this week as one of the five California “Teachers of the Year"
CSULB Alumnus Brian McDaniel was named this week as one of the five California “Teachers of the Year,” and was chosen to represent the state of California in final selections for the National Teacher of the Year for 2017-18. The National Teacher of the Year (NTOY) Program began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching. The NTOY is chosen from among the State Teachers of the Year by a National Selection Committee representing the major national education organizations. Each spring, the NTOY has been introduced to the American people by the President of the United States.
California State University, Long Beach’s (CSULB) Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir picks up the top honors at the 54th Annual Internationaler Chorwettbewerb in Spittal an der Drau, Austria.
Winning with the second highest aggregate score in the competition’s history, the Bob Cole Chamber Choir swept all categories in which it competed. This win - at one of the world's most competitive and prestigious vocal competitions is reminiscent of last year’s outstanding win at the 2016 Choir of the World Competition at Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales. After winning the Choir of the World competition in their first-ever trip to the event last year, the Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir received the prestigious Pavarotti Trophy, and apparently used that trophy to inspire them for more “Best in the World” performances. Only 10 choirs were invited to compete at this year's gathering in Austria, and the Bob Cole Chamber Choir was the only American ensemble chosen to participate.
Robert Irwin: Site Debertmined
Robert Irwin: Site Debertmined reveals the artist's process and demonstrates how Irwin used landscape as muse and upheld observer as collaborator. Curated by CSULB School of Art faculty member Dr. Matthew Simms, this new exhibition makes clear through the viewing of a multitude of the artist's plans, that Irwin sees plays of light and spatial shifts as opportunities for a particular type of discovery: from visual perception, to environmental participation, to situational revelation. The story of Irwin's growth is laid out in this new examination of the practice of an extremely significant artist. Irwin's contributions to the art world are highly personal to CSULB. His first outdoor project was "Window Wall," created in 1975. It has recently been conserved and is located just west of the art store in the School of Art FA buildings complex.
School of Art's Tony Marsh named 2018 US Artists Fellow
United States Artists (USA) announced its 2018 USA Fellows this week, and CSULB School of Art faculty member and alumnus Tony Marsh, was one of the recipients in the discipline of Visual Art. This year, 45 artists and collectives across nine creative disciplines will receive unrestricted $50,000 cash awards. The Fellowships honor their creative accomplishments and support their ongoing artistic and professional development, however the recipients choose to spend them. For more than 20 years, Tony Marsh has been teaching ceramics and focused on growing both the ceramics program within the CSULB School of Art and the boundaries of ceramics as an art form. He has been instrumental in establishing the CSULB School of Art as one of the top programs in America for the study and exploration of Ceramics as a visual art form.
USA Fellowships are awarded to artists at all stages of their careers, and from every corner of the United States, through a rigorous nomination and panel selection process. Spread across all creative disciplines including Architecture & Design, Craft, Dance, Media, Music, Theater & Performance, Traditional Arts, Visual Art, and Writing, the Fellows represent a broad cross-section of the best of American arts and letters. To date, USA has distributed over $22 million to a diverse group of more than 500 artists and collaboratives. USA’s 2018 Fellows were selected by a panel of experts in each discipline, then approved by the organization's board. They were drawn from a peer-nominated pool of over 500 outstanding applicants.This year’s Fellows come from Alaska and Puerto Rico, from New Mexico and Maine, and everywhere in-between. Among their number are luminaries in their fields and rising stars, emerging voices and long-heralded experts. What unites them is the profound respect of their peers and the excellence of their work.
Among past awardees are film director and writer Miranda July, composer David Lang, novelist Annie Proulx, playwright David Henry Hwang, choreographer Bill T. Jones, and visual artist Kara Walker.
"I could not be more thrilled with the 2018 USA Fellows, or with the tremendous artistic output, and potential, they represent,” said United States Artists President & CEO Deana Haggag. “They produce some of the most moving, incisive, and powerful artistic work in this country, and it is our privilege to honor them. Collectively, they are a reminder of the beauty produced by hardworking artists on a daily basis, too much of which is often overlooked.”
"Our 2018 USA Fellows represent the remarkable breadth and depth of the American cultural landscape," said United States Artists Board Chair Steven H. Oliver. “We are thrilled to be able to make these awards possible and to provide a windfall to help support artists so that they can continue to be keepers of our collective humanity."
For more information or a complete list of the United States Artists Fellows for 2018, please visit http://www.unitedstatesartists.org/fellow/tony-marsh/