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INSIGHTS 2021: The Annual School of Art Student Exhibition

The virtual exhibition opened May 6
View full virtual gallery here: 
See more works on Instagram @soa_insights and @thekleefeld

insights promo image for socialThe CSULB School of Art (SoA) presents the annual student exhibition, INSIGHTS 2021. INSIGHTS is the annual juried School of Art student exhibition, produced in collaboration with Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum. INSIGHTS 2021 is presented as an online exhibition that celebrates exceptional works produced by students.

INSIGHTS 2021 will be accessible on the exhibition hosting platform Kunstmatrix (, with all works being posted on the INSIGHTS Instagram account @soa_insights throughout the run of the exhibition. The virtual gallery will also be linked on the Museum’s exhibitions webpage. Follow #insights2021 on Instagram to see all featured works. Engage with the talented CSULB SoA artists on social media, join conversations, and share favorite works. Featuring work from both graduate and undergraduate students in the SoA, INSIGHTS 2021, highlights work from several studio programs:  Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, Fiber, Graphic Design, Illustration/Pre-Production/Animation, Metals/Jewelry, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, 4/D, and Wood. Students were asked to submit three works for review by a SoA Faculty jury.

Bonny Jackson Santiago Linocut with monotype Insights selection from Printmaking
Bonny Jackson, Santiago. Linocut with monotype. Selection from Printmaking.

INSIGHTS 2021 brings students, faculty, and public communities together in recognition of student artists. The online exhibition invites participation, social connection, and encourages engagement between emerging artists and campus and public communities. As COVID-19 restrictions limit in-person exhibition production on Cal State Long Beach campus, students persist in art making, and their works and talents deserve to be seen.

INSIGHTS 2021 - Selected Artists by Program Area

Animation: Chinh Mai, Hui Tan

Ceramics: Heather Browning, Geffry Flores, Daniel Garcia, Susan Kim, Lizbeth Roque, Chin Yi Tai, Kyunghee Valdez, Marina Weiner

Drawing & Painting: Dana August, Kim Bañuelos, Molly Champlin, Amy Doyo, Dede Falcone, Meredith Freeman, Benjamin Kaita, Francisco Lopez, Masie Love, Ivo Makianich, Tiffany Meier, Oscar Pearson, Javier Hache M. Ruiz, Jiayu Wang, Mirabel Wigon

Fiber: Steven Amado, Mina Kanenami, Elise Vazelakis

Graphic Design: Nicole Xu

Illustration: Stephanna Bennett, Nayeli Buffi, Sophie Lin, Jose Loza, Shelby Holmes, Ian Hung, Nhi Pham, Melissa Ramli, Margo Tumashyk

Metals & Jewelry: Jack Evenson, Ziyue Hu, Le Pham, Nicole Pincek, Scarlet Sidwell, Alyssa Stroud, Chin Yi Tai, Kyunghee Valdez

Photography: Rejeana Black, Sammi Bryant, Elizabeth Chavarin, Gabriel Gonzalez, Alexander Macey, Austin Mendoza, Lauren Patt, Ramirez Cruz, Fabian Rubio, Christina Villamor

Pre-Production: Zackery Adame, Ana Alvarez, Xueying Cai, Katerina Coronado, Jenna De La Paz, Tamsyn Martins, Melissa Ramli, Hui Tan

Printmaking: Bobbi Bosson, Valerie Castanon, Eunice Chae, Cherianna Crary, Aaliyah Etheridge, Bonny Jackson, Thomas Macie, Nare Mnatsakanyan, Zahra Ojani, Robert Porte, Alex Shapiro, Sarah Smith

Sculpture/4D: Brianna Aguilera, Heidi Fernandez, Jay Gonzales, Lawrence Lee, nicola lee, Maria Dawn Lewis, Nicole Li, Andy Phillips, Shima Taj Bakhsh

Wood: Jonathan Godinez, Noah Michelon, Lizbeth Roque

Questions? Contact Michael Nannery, CSULB School of Art Coordinator at



Project by TBM Designs (Doris Sung, Scott Horwitz, Karen Sabath)
Installed on Cal State Long Beach campus from December 2020–2022
Curated by Kristina Newhouse
View Curatorial Essay and other additional resources in the sm[ART]box Linktree

sm[ART]box by TBM Designs, 2020–2022. Photo by TBM Designs. Courtesy Doris Sung, Karen Sabath and Scott Horwitz.
sm[ART]box rendering by TBM Designs, exterior by Yaloo (Mike and Arline Walter Pyramid by Donald Gibbs in background), 2020. Courtesy of TBM Designs (Doris Sung, Karen Sabath and Scott Horwitz).

Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum presents the newest sustainable design to be installed on Cal State Long Beach campus: sm[ART]box. The structure, which repurposes a 20-foot steel shipping container, sparks imagination with self-cooling technology. Inventor Doris Sung designed the kinetic InVert™ Self-Shading Window System (InVert) to index time and temperature; the museum embraces its multidisciplinarity and ingenuity to prompt discussion of an integrated and sustainable future.  Standing apart from other smart technology—sm[ART]box tracks the sun and responds to the changing temperature of the air—all without computers or human intervention. Besides its impressive passive technology, the structure expands thinking about the function of materials, our environmental experience and even our sense of time and space.

sm[ART]box will soon be installed within the built environment on campus. Although temporary, its stay on a grassy quad next to a busy pedestrian thoroughfare will last for two years. Its inventions, instruments and design innovations will activate communal space. As an art object and an architectural structure, sm[ART]box will be perceived as a "place" over time. The unique building element of thermostatic bimetal (tbm) in the InVert shade system will attune observers to the visible presence of time; indeed, the structure’s function brings to mind philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin’s concept of a chronotope, the awareness of time as it “thickens, takes on flesh, becomes artistically visible.” With the movement of the sun overhead, individual tbm pieces bend or flatten, alerting visitors to perceptions of time: personal or collective, biological, seasonal and geographic, among others. Through awareness of time, Bakhtin believed “space becomes charged and responsive to the movements of time, plot and history." His concept of the chronotope aligns with Sung’s description of sm[ART]box as a sundial of sorts.

Sung’s self-cooling technology is inspired by organic forms. The gentle yet marvelous diurnal movement of its tbm components calls to mind the heliotropic activity of plants, like flowers that open and close or leaves that rotate in relation to the passage of the sun through the sky. This activity is a subtle index of ambient changes in atmospheric conditions.

Learn more about the sm[ART]box project through Doris Sung's Material Concerns lecture linked below. 

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Material Concerns | Doris Sung: sm[ART]box and Sustainable Design (YouTube Preview. Click to watch.)

In its first phase, limited faculty, students and campus community will be able to view sm[ART]box. Once campus re-opens, the art installation and architectural case study unit will become an observation site and educational hub for students, researchers, designers and scholars. The structure’s simple response to the warmth of sunrays proposes a novel way to view, sense and feel air, light, and space in the built environment. In this, perhaps it helps us to imagine a future less dependent upon energy consuming creature comforts like air-conditioning. Sensing and absorbing the project’s potential impact may seed new insights about sustainable collective responses to climate change. We all must commit to significantly alter the trajectory of the Anthropocene. We cannot exist outside the environment, and it is our charge to think meaningfully and creativity about our position on the planet.

The exterior walls of sm[ART]box will incorporate eye-catching visual design by Yaloo Ji Yeon Lim, a South Korean contemporary digital artist who relishes the opportunity to collaborate on site-based installations. Yaloo, the mononym she goes by, recently inaugurated the first ever Korean Media Art Series in September at the Korean Cultural Center in Washington, D.C.

Design History
As an architect in the early 2000s, Sung thought of exterior walls as "skin." Walls are an essential aspect of the human environment, which architectural critic Sibyl Moholy-Nagy once described as a "shield between withinness and withoutness." Investigating the boundary between interior and exterior, Sung deeply examined how permeable and responsive materials could transform the future of energy efficiency and sustainable building methods. She was especially drawn to "smart materials" that react "flexibly to external conditions physically or chemically in response to changes in the temperature, light, electric field or movement." Computational advances followed material innovations and soon digital modeling accelerated to such a degree that the construction-based "low-tech" side of architecture yielded new capacity for innovation. The technology used in sm[ART]box epitomizes Sung’s belief that cost-effective, responsive architectural systems will help us keep up with changing ecological dynamics in an ever-changing and ever-warming world.

InVert tbm matrix close-up. Courtesy TBM Designs.
InVert's thermostatic bimetal (tbm) matrix close-up view. Courtesy TBM Designs. Click to see in motion!

About the InVert™ Self-Shading Window System 
Doris Sung and Karen Sabath named their firm, TBM designs, after the material used in their InVert™ Self-Shading Window System—environmentally responsive thermostatic bimetal (tbm). The innovative technology has the potential to improve window design and make high rise buildings less dependent upon air conditioning. These design and engineering feats are one step in the road to a greener and more arts-integrated future.

Activated by solar heat, the tbm pieces inside the sm[ART]box insulated glass unit flip and reflect heat away from buildings. Assembled in interlocking shutter systems, tbm pieces bend and curve as temperatures change throughout the day. Their movement lowers sunlight exposure, shades interior spaces and cools structures passively—without any manual intervention, mechanical support, or added energy use. This dramatically reduces solar heat gain, lowers need for artificial cooling and cuts greenhouse gas emissions.

Cal State Long Beach research opportunities
This project offers distinctive interdisciplinary learning opportunities for Cal State Long Beach. The TBM Designs team aims to collect quantitative data to measure the efficacy of the InVert system and survey-based qualitative data to assess visitors’ attitudes about the technology, including its appeal and thoughts on potential future applications. Faculty and students from a variety of disciplines will be encouraged to experience sm[ART]box to spark discourse and discuss creative solutions to bring about societal and environmental change.

Sustainability and community impact
sm[ART]box calls attention to Cal State Long Beach’s environmental goals named in the President's Commission on Sustainability (PCS). These goals were established in 2018 with the mission of integrating sustainability, defined as the intentional and simultaneous focus on environmental, social and economic health—into all aspects of university life. sm[ART]box also offers opportunities to engage Cal State Long Beach students, Long Beach residents and Southern California communities in dialogue about sustainability and urban planning.



banner image: sm[ART]box rendering by TBM Designs, exterior by Yaloo (Mike and Arline Walter Pyramid by Donald Gibbs in background), 2020. Courtesy of TBM Designs (Doris Sung, Karen Sabath and Scott Horwitz).