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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 Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum is located in the CSULB Horn Center and is open Tuesday-Saturday from 12-5pm, and is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

 

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Lillian Babcock, Ceramics/ Mirabel Wigon, Drawing & Painting/
Thomas Macie, Printmaking

September 1-5 
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

Lillian Babcock’s BFA exhibition features ceramic pieces that reflect the Arts and Crafts Movement, in turn critiquing factory-made ceramics and pottery. Mirabel Wigon’s oil paintings feature semi-representational, narrative scenes that explore the city as labyrinth. Thomas Macie’s photography and printmaking work prompt the viewer to question the omnipresence of cellphones and mediated forms of communication which simultaneously abstract and fragment the concept of connection.

 

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Sylvan Streightiff, Drawing & Painting/ Sienna Browne & Hannah Brimer, Drawing & Painting/ Bryson Keough, Studio Art/ Pennington, Sculpture/ Cantoran Group, Drawing & Painting

September 8-12
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

Sylvan Streightiff’s figurative paintings explore the biblical narrative within the book of Genesis, while critiquing western society through a contemporary feminine perspective. Sienna Browne and Hannah Brimer exhibit oil paintings that address themes of psychological repression, eating disorders and trauma due to sexual assault. Bryson Keough presents a collection of painting and sculptural work in a pop-surrealist style evoking nostalgic childhood creativity. Sara Pennington’s metal, wood, string structures explore self-imposed, societal constrictions that define how much space our bodies take up. The Cantoran group exhibition explores drawing and painting that focuses on Chicano identity and cultural assimilation in the United States.

 

Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum

B.A.T. State III: Women Artists in Conversation with El Nopal Press

September 9-November 14
Opening Reception, Sunday, September 8, 4-6pm – Free and open to the public
Museum Admission: Free | Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 12-5pm; Closed Sunday-Monday

B.A.T. State III is a group exhibition co-curated by Anita Bunn and Francesco X. Siqueiros. In printmaking, the French phrase Bon à Tirer (good to go) refers to the final trial proof that an artist approves before the master printer begins production. The artist gives this approval by initialing the proof with “B.A.T.” and signing it. In B.A.T. State III, prints by 37 women artists are featured, produced over a span of 30 years at Siqueiros’s El Nopal Press. 

 

Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum

Tuesday Musings – Curatorial Tour

Tuesday, Septembner 10 from 12-1pm

Join curators Anita Bunn and Francesco X. Siqueiros for a tour the group exhibition B.A.T. State III. Learn about some of the 37 artists and 87 artworks on display, many of which were produced out of creative exchanges between artists from Mexico City and Los Angeles. Get to know how issues of identity, representation, and political activism shaped the curatorial vision during this walk through.

 

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Shima Tajbaksh & Giselle Daneshmand, Sculpture/ Barrett Group, Illustration/ Fengwan Qing & Hanjialin Bao, Graphic Design/
Mark Hertzel, Andy Phillips & Scarlet Sidwell, Sculpture

September 15-19
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

Shima Tajbaksh and Giselle Daneshmand present a collaborative installation piece that seeks to decode the everyday violence that disenfranchises our liberties via the negation of individualism, lack of equal opportunity and covert government agendas. The Barrett group exhibition features drawings and paintings that explore visual and auditory overstimulation, overconsumption and dependence on media, and the dissolution of privacy. Fengwan Qing and Hanjialin Bao explore traditional myths and cultures relevant to their shared Chinese heritage. The sculptural work of Mark Hertzel, Andy Phillips, and Scarlet Sidwell explores systems surrounding the body in space within the construct of memory and experience.

 

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David Hennage & Vivian Wenhuey Chen, Painting & Sculpture/
Kubiak Group, Drawing & Painting/ Grace Ha, Ceramics/ Kaitlyn McCowin, Ashley Rhyne & Jean Iwohara, Illustration/ Huy Group, Pre-Production

September 22-26
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

David Hennage and Vivian Wenhuey Chen exhibit painting and sculpture to recreate the Chinese Scholar Garden. The Kubiak group exhibit, Inside and Out, focuses on the different interpretations of spatial relationships between the inside and outside of the body. Grace Ha’s sculptural work is based on the psychological effects of marginalization as she explores the intersections of her social identities. Kaitlyn McCowin, Ashley Rhyne, and Jean Iwohara exhibit in the group show Eldritch, which exposes the unusual side of the mundane through illustrations of the eerie, weird, and unsettling. The Huy group exhibition explores our bodies through the layers of fashion and style via photography, painting and textile.

 

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Sierra Harris & Kristy Still, Photography/ Henriquez Group, Printmaking/ Eris De La Torre, Studio Art/ Rubio, Christofaro & Torres, Illustration/
Tijera Easley, Elijah Condon Gaines & Jayshawnd McWilliams

September 29-October 3
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

Sierra Harris and Kristy Still’s digital and installation work explore boundaries of digital communication and obsessive documentation in contemporary culture. The Henriquez group show is a collection of work from current BFA Printmaking students. Eris De La Torre presents an immersive, ceramic sculptural installation that simultaneously confronts and addresses his family history as myth. Fabian Rubio, Melanie Cristofaro, and Alexis Torres showcase illustrations that explore feminist power, resilience and independence in the face of heart break. Tijera Easley, Elijah Condon Gaines, and Jayshawnd McWilliams utilize a wide range of media to address topics and occurrences that affect the African Diaspora.

 

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Adam Sabolick & Sylvan Streightiff, Drawing & Painting/ Jillian Thompson, Metals/ Estrada, BFA Printmaking/ Katherine McRaven, BFA Metals/
Rask Group, Sculpture

October 7-11
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

Adam Sabolick and Sylvan Streightiff explore color, form, and the figure to personify and reflect contemporary social experiences within western societies through oil paintings. Jillian Thompson’s sculptural objects and printed work explores the process of braiding styles and tradition in African American culture, focusing on the theme of natural hair associated with black women in hip hop culture. Christopher Estrada’s BFA exhibition features various printmaking techniques emphasizing feelings of inaccessibility and the isolation of his youth. Katherine McRaven’s BFA exhibition features metal sculpture and jewelry work inspired from biological forms. The Rask group exhibition explores different perspectives on the concept of ‘Fun’ and living within a ‘Fun’ oriented culture through sculpture.

 

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MFA Advancement Group Exhibition/ INK 23, Printmaking/
Briana Miyoko Stanley, Drawing & Painting

October 13-17
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

The MFA Advancement exhibition features varied work from advancing MFA candidates. Ink 23 is a group printmaking exhibition themed and curated by BFA Printmaking students. Briana Miyoko Stanley presents a projected installation with drawn substrates based on two separate sites on two different continents to engage viewers in a visual dialogue concerning the implications of natural disasters.

 

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Mathews Group, Sculpture/ Cecilia Leonard, Sculpture/ Sandra Olagues, Destiny Randall & Sage Monroe, Fiber/ Erika Barrios, Sculpture/ Suarez Group, Ceramics

October 20-24
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

Sandra Olagues, Destiny Randall, and Sage Monroe explore their struggles with mental health through fiber and how process becomes self-care. The Mathews group exhibition is a cross disciplinary collaboration resulting in a Halloween themed group show. Cecilia Leonard’s multimedia exhibition explores the impact and ultimate consequences of images on sexuality and their influence on rape culture in our society. Erika Barrios presents a mixed media installation where subtractive and additive processes are made visible suggesting sensual pleasure, transformation, and decay. The Suarez group show exhibits found objects, stucco paintings, and ceramics to criticize the alienation and exploitation of labor in development and construction sites.

 

CSULB Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Climathon

October 25-26
Duncan Anderson Design Gallery     
Free Admission         
 

Climathon is a 24-hour global event that brings together individuals with a variety of skills and knowledge to work collaboratively to come up with innovative ideas for solving local climate challenges. The Long Beach Challenge will focus on solutions to meet the objectives set out in the city’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. Any member of the campus community as well as the outside communities are welcome to attend this free event.

 

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Graphic Design Group/ Diana Yesenia Alvarado, BFA Ceramics/
Heidi Fernandez & Briana Fragoso, Sculpture/ Yucen Liu, Metals/
Yi-Chih Wang, BFA Metals

October 27-31
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

Graphic Design Group exhibition includes all the BFA Graphic Design students representing the entirety of the Graphic Design program. Diana Yesenia Alvarado’s BFA exhibition features clay sculptures inspired by colors and advertisements found within the urban environment that invites the viewer to examine their relationship spatially with the materiality of the objects. Heidi Ferandez Saavedra and Briana Valeria Fragoso’s sculptural work explores their shared Mexican American heritage emphasizing on the division between honoring culture and tradition, whilst simultaneously struggling to break free. Yucen Liu’s metal work explores animal forms that evoke memories from childhood, with each form carrying a specific personal narrative. Yi-chih Wang explores metal, wood and other materials to address her dual identities as an immigrant from Asia to America.

 

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Graduate Critique Week

November 3-7
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

Graduate Critique Week features diverse work from graduate students in Printmaking, Fiber, Photography, Drawing & Painting, Sculpture, and Metals. This graduate showcase includes critique sessions by visiting artists and critics that are open to the public.

 

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Yulia Gasio, Drawing & Painting/ Pilar Valdez, Sculpture/
Hailee Ricardo, Printmaking/ Hilary Pool, Sculpture/
Justin Rightsell, Photography

November 10-14
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

Yulia Gasio’s MFA exhibition features drawing and painting work depicting the ongoing war in Eastern Ukraine by transcribing the trauma of these events using figuration, symbolism, and iconography to prompt critical thought and discussion. Pilar Valdez’s MFA exhibition explores identity shaped by shifts in perspective due to trauma through an immersive, interactive sculptural installation. Hailee Ricardo’s BFA exhibition consists mainly of relief prints focusing on equine portraiture emphasizing the beauty, power and sensitivity of the horse. Hilary Pool’s BFA exhibition features a projected installation alongside sculptural pieces reminiscent of bodily forms, thus creating a sensory experience grappling with memory and mental illness. Justin Rightsell’s MFA exhibition showcases camera-less photography techniques that highlight material exploration and chance procedures accompanied by a satellite, video-based installation piece.

 

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Illustration & Animation BFA Group Exhibition

November 17-21

The Illustration & Animation BFA group exhibition features work from graduating Illustration and Animation BFA students.

 

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Drawing & Painting BFA Group Exhibition/
Photography BFA Group Exhibition

December 1-5
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

The Drawing & 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. 

 

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52nd Annual Holiday Art Sale

December 8-12
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

The 51st annual Holiday Art Sale will occupy all the School of Art Galleries. The sale will feature an array of amazing handcrafted, hand-printed, and wonderfully inspiring one-of-a-kind pieces. All are available for purchase. Gallery hours are Sunday - 4-7pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – 12noon-5pm. Wednesday from 12-7pm.

 

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Wood Group Exhibition/ Rejeana Black, Photography/
Crystal Mitchell, Ceramics/ Charlie Mathews, Sculpture

December 15-19
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

The Wood group exhibition includes the work of all BFA students representing the techniques developed and refined in the Wood program. Rejeana Black’s photography and video series, Psych, focuses on mental health and the human psyche. Crystal Mitchell’s BFA exhibition conveys the experience of being trapped using an installation of ceramic chains and netted, wooden frames. Charlie Mathew’s BFA exhibition explores the dualities of trans-queer existence through the character of a sheet ghost in a mixture of sculpture, installation, photography, and performance art.