Arts Facilities Named for Alums
Through the generosity of friends and patrons, two university arts facilities were recently named in memory of CSULB’s College of the Arts alumni.
The CSULB Art Department designated one of its five student galleries in September to recognize Dennis Dutzi, famed for his colorful and pop art-inspired portraits. He earned his B.F.A. in drawing and painting in 1992 and died in 2005.
Two subjects of Dutzi’s portraits, Congresswomen Linda and Loretta Sanchez, attended the dedication. Linda Sanchez represents the 39th Congressional District of California and Loretta Sanchez represents California’s 47th Congressional District.
“I’m glad that CSULB now has a permanent piece of Dennis here on campus. I hope that the students who come through here will have the same passion for their life,” Linda Sanchez said.
After moving from New York, Dutzi embraced the upbeat, sun-drenched aesthetic of Southern California. His paintings including commissioned portraits, explorations into popular culture and realistic, highly stylized urban California landscapes.
The Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery joins the Merlino, Gatov and Werby galleries, each named in honor of a former artist, teacher or patron.
The lobby of downtown Long Beach’s Edison Theatre, home of CSULB’s California Repertory Company, was named last fall in honor of Laura R. Marchant, who earned her B.A. in theatre arts in 1999. She died in April 2006 at age 30.
The co-founder of the Loud*R*Mouth Theatre Co. was known in Southern California theater circles for advancing women’s issues. (The Edison Theatre currently is closed until seismic retrofitting can be undertaken.)
Marchant also was among the “Faces of Long Beach Artists” in celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month last October, presented by the Arts Council for Long Beach. Photos and quotes of Long Beach artists were emblazoned on street banners in high-visibility locations throughout the city.
The banners included CSULB arts faculty members—Design’s Dorothy Ottolia, Art’s Domenic Cretara and Craig Stone, Music’s Carolyn Bremer and Christine Helferich, and Film and Electronic Arts’ José Sanchez-H.
Lynn Foster, who earned his CSULB MBA in 2003, is donating all proceeds from his new textbook, Nanotechnology: Science, Innovation and Opportunity, to fund a new scholarship for CSULB engineering students.
Foster is director of emerging technologies at the law firm of Greenberg Traurig LLP. He is a member of the advisory board for CSULB’s College of Engineering and has committed at least $20,000 to fund a year of full tuition for eight students. Thirty-six people contributed to Nanotechnology, which was edited and compiled by Foster. The textbook has been adopted at several universities.
"This scholarship seemed like the right thing to do, especially given the importance of education in cutting through all of the hype about nanotechnology," Foster said. "Hopefully, the book helps a number of deserving students achieve their dreams in engineering while bridging the gap between the business and scientific communities in this field."