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Visual Arts on Campus

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 University Art Museum is located in the CSULB Horn Center and is open Mon, Tues, Thur from 12-5pm, Weds from 12-8pm, Sun from 12-5pm. Closed on Fridays, Saturdays, and all CSULB holidays.

Design events are generally held in the Duncan Anderson Design Gallery, a multipurpose space within the Design building, on the corner of State University Drive and Deukmejian Way.


University Art Museum

Call and Response, When We Say…You Say

Through April 14

Call and Response, When We Say… You Say is a multi-disciplinary exhibition focused on selective works from UAM’s permanent collection guest curated by Slanguage Studio founders Karla Diaz and Mario Ybarra, Jr. The exhibition will ask Slanguage artists and other community art organizations to respond to these pieces. The intent of this exhibition is to find intersections, value and resonance with the collection of artwork with new generations of audiences and the student population. The meaning of the exhibition title, Call and Response…, is inspired by this act in many cultures such as in tribal and indigenous, traditional religious, cultural rituals or in most contemporary practice in music genres such as Hip Hop. The act of call and response most importantly asks for an active participatory engagement of both the “caller” and “the responder” and it renders a democratic forum for discussion and civic engagement. It also creates an individualistic but also collective language of communication. The curatorial drive for the exhibition has been to select works that engages the six pedagogical points that Slanguage has developed in their organization: Intent, content, context, production, distribution and documentation and that is uses diverse use of genres. 


CSULB School of Art

Ruth Holladay,
Drawing and Painting/ Jesse Parrott,
Printmaking/ Corrie Willie,
Ceramics/ Kelly Campanella,
Drawing and Painting/Amy Williams,

April 7-11
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

Ruth Holladay’s MFA thesis show features portraits in a range of painting styles surrounding a life-sized bust depicting the artist, thus creating a dialogue about the female and millennial experience. Jesse Parrott’s MFA thesis exhibition explores new forms of displaying prints and print-objects that focus on modularity and fragmentation. Corrie Willie’s BFA exhibition is an immersive installation meant to facilitate a psychedelic experience. Kelly Campanella’s MFA thesis exhibition investigates the connection between self and home transformations by deconstructing interior furniture and décor and creating a new interior space. Amy Williams’s MFA exhibition addresses themes of accumulation, disintegration, and connection by presenting separate large-scale multimedia installations that reference organic and bodily forms.


CSULB School of Art

Jennie Jieun Lee,
Ceramics/ Katie Marshall,
Drawing & Painting/ Megan Macuen,
Fibers/Stevean Dupus,
Drawing & Painting/ Talin Tanielian,

April 14-18
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

Jennie J. Lee’s MFA exhibition explores themes of inhabitation and neglect in suburban spaces by presenting an array of ceramic pieces that emulate an overgrown lawn. Katie Marshall’s MFA exhibition is a site-responsive installation of paintings that addresses the collision between the cosmic and the earthly, as invoked by the Arizona Meteor Crater. Megan Macuen’s MFA exhibition uses video and text to represent a visual and musical production simultaneously taking place elsewhere. Stevan Dupus’s MFA exhibition presents paintings that capture the social interactions between LGBTQ individuals under the influence. Talin Tanielian’s MFA thesis film follows the story of Mango the Red Panda—an immersive viewing environment will augment the film screening.


CSULB School of Art

Siobhan Keenan,
Illustration-Animation/ Christina Mott,
Illustration-Animation/ Kyu-Yeon Jung,
Illustration-Animation/ Jincong Ni,
Graphic Design/ Sergio Rodriguez,

April 21-25

Siobhan Keenan’s MFA exhibition, A Little Magic, features illustrations that incorporates magical elements within a modern setting. Christina Mott’s MFA exhibitions explores existential questions and subconscious impulses through experimental mixed-media animation and immersive visuals incorporating traditional and digital artmaking techniques with natural and surreal themes. Kyu-Yeon Jung’s MFA thesis film consists of four stop-motion animations consisting of trash to explore environmental issues in relation to waste. Jingcong Ni’s MFA exhibition uses visual effect and interaction in design projects to increase awareness about mental health issues, particularly depression on campus. Sergio Rodriguez’s MFA exhibition features many different forms of media in the exploration of what it means to be human in today’s society.


CSULB School of Art

Illustration/Animation/Pre-Production BFA Group Exhibition

April 28-May 2
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

The Illustration, Animation, and Pre-Production BFA group exhibition features work from graduating Illustration, Animation, and Pre-Production BFA students.


School of Art

Drawing & Painting Group Exhibition/ Photography Group Exhibition

May 5-9
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. 


Industrial Design Program

BA Senior Show

May 6-10
Duncan Anderson Design Gallery and Design 112  
Free Admission


The School of Art and the University Art Museum

Insights 2018: The Annual Student Exhibition

May 9-25; Opening Awards Ceremony
Reception – Thursday, May 9 from 6-8pm
University Art Museum

The exhibit features work by both graduate and undergraduate students from the CSULB School of Art. Juried by faculty members and distinguished alumni, the exhibition highlights work by students in programs including Art Education, Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, Fiber, Graphic Design, Illustration/Animation, Metal, Photography, Printmaking, and Wood.


CSULB School of Art

Lillian Babcock,
Ceramics/ Althea Fultz,
Ceramics/ Javier Martinez,
Ceramics/ Joshua Thomen,
Sculpture/ Kristen Negron, Ceramics

May 12-16
CSULB Student Art Galleries  
Free Admission

Lillian Babcock’s BFA exhibition will consist of multiple sets of themed pottery collections based on historical and cultural pottery and as seen through the lens of the Arts and Crafts movement. Althea Fultz’s BFA exhibition shares ceramic work drawing on the ethoi of Mediterranean antiquity and other obscurity of form. Javier Martinez’s BFA exhibition features high-fired ceramics, thus initiating a conversation surrounding clay and glaze chemistry. Joshua Thomen’s BFA exhibition uses soft sculpture and performance to disrupt the grid—an oppressive structure that exists throughout the modern art world.  Kristen Negron’s BFA exhibitions utilizes clay, bricks, string, and fabrics in the exploration of the phenomenon of memory and the way it shapes personhood despite its transience and fallibility.


Design Department

Senior Show & Exhibition

May 21-24      
Duncan Anderson Design Gallery
and Design 112  
Free Admission