Fine Arts Gallery


Fine Arts Gallery

The mission of the Fine Arts Gallery is to serve the needs of an urban and diverse university community and to provide a forum for the investigation of a wide range of visual cultures. 
The Fine Arts Gallery presents cultural exhibits, professional artists, Cal State LA faculty, and graduate and undergraduate students.

Exhiition Committee Chair, Professor Richard Wearn

Tel. 323.343.4040

2016-2017 Fine Arts Gallery

Senior Project Exhibition

Opening Reception:
Thursday, May 18th from 4-8pm
Fine Arts Gallery
Exhibition Dates:
May 15 - May 25, 2017

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Spring 2017Undergraduate Exhibition

Opening Reception:
Thursday, 03/23/2017 @ 4pm -7pm
Fine Arts Gallery
Exhibition Dates:
March 20 - April 5, 2017

Undergraduate Exhibition

Soñando en East Los

Opening Reception:
Saturday, 02/18/2017 @ 6PM
Fine Arts Gallery
Exhibition Dates:
February 18 – March 10, 2017

Soñando en East Los is an exhibition curated by
Cal State LA alumni Bridgette Candice and Roxy Gonzalez in collaboration with the artist and fellow alumnus Frank Romero and Edward Hayes, Curator of Exhibition at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA). This exhibition was organized in conjunction with
Dreamland: A Frank Romero Retrospective on view at MOLAA February 12 through May 21, 2017.

Frank Romero

Holiday Sale
Art Students

Holiday Sale 2016

Senior Project
Graphic Design Visual Communication
Openning Reception Tuesady December 6 - 8 PM


Thesis Exhibition
Fall 2016


Sympathetic Resonance

Richard Durado, Artist and Master Printmaker, Modern Multiples
October 3 - November 2, 2016
Opening Reception October 10, 4-8PM
Closing Reception November 2, TBA

Richard Durado


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Spring Events 2016

Spring Events


June 6 - June 11
Fine Arts Gallery, Fine Art Building
Opening Reception:
Monday, June 6, 4 - 7 p.m.
Closing Reception: (Family & Friends):
Saturday, June 11, 12 - 5 p.m.

May 11 – May 25, 12 – 5 p.m.
Fine Arts Gallery
Opening Reception:
Saturday, May 14, 4 – 7 p.m.


Fine Art Gallery 2015 - 2016

Fine Arts Gallery 2015-16 Schedule

  • "Welcome"
  • April 11 to April 29, 2016
    Closing Reception @ Fine Arts Gallery Patio April 28, 2016 @ 4-8PM
  • Welcome
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  • "Undergraduate Exhibition"
  • Opening Reception @ Fine Arts Gallery Patio February 18, 2016 @ 4-7PM
  • undergraduate Exhibition
  • "The Language of Perpetual Conditions"
    curater by Ching Ching Cheng and Brandon Hudson
    Janyary 16 - February 4, 2016
    Opening Reception @ Fine Arts Gallery Patio January 16, 2016 @ 4-7PM
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  • "CLIQUE" Senior Project Exhibition, Graphic Design and Visual Communication
    December 7 - 12, 2015
    Opening Reception @ Fine Arts Gallery December 7, 2015 @ 12-5 PM

  • Senior/GDVC

  • Better Far Pursue a Frivolous Trade by Serious Means than a Sublime Art Frivolously
    Exhibition October 5 - October 29, 2015
    Opening Reception @ Fine Arts Gallery Patio October 10, 2015 @ 4-7 PM

  • Better Far...FrontBetter Far... Back

  • Senior Project Exhibition and Senior Fashion Show
    Graphic Design and Visual Communication, Studio Arts and Fashion and Textile

  • Exhibition June 8 - June 14, 2015
    Opening Reception @ Fine Arts Gallery Patio June 8, 2015 @ 4-7 PM

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  • Senior Project Studio Arts post card


  • Fashion Show June 8, 2015 @ 5-6 pm Music Courtyard


  • MA/MFA Thesis Exhibition
    by Rouzanna Berberian (MFA), Beatriz Jaramillo (MFA),  Lauren Over (MFA), Albert Vitela (MFA) and Stephanie Hibbard (MA)
    May 14 - May 30, 2014

  • Opening Reception 
    with MA and MFA Open Studios 
    May 16 @ 4 - 7pm

  • Rouzanna BerberianBeatriz H. Jaramillo invitationLauren Over invitationAlbert Vitela invitation

  • invitations by Rouzanna Berberian (MFA), Beatriz Jaramillo (MFA),  Lauren Over (MFA), Albert Vitela (MFA)

Eternal Realms of Revelry
The MAW Collection of Pre-Columbian Art

curated by John M.D. Pohl
Exhibition Date: April 10 - May 2, 2015
Opening Reception
Friday April 10, 2015, 7 - 9pm


Graduate Thesis/Project Exhibition
Carlos Chavez (MFA), Olga Ponomarenko​ (MFA), Ceng Ma (MA)

The Fine Arts Gallery would like to invite you to the Opening RECEPTION on Saturday, March 14 from 5 – 8 p.m.

March 9, 2015 – March 21, 2015


Between the Two Worlds
February 12 - February 28, 2015

Opening Reception
Saturday February 14th 4-7pm

Undergraduate Exhibition 2015
January 15 - January 31, 2015

Opening Reception
Thursday, January 15th 4-7pm

MFA Thesis Exhibition
"Totems" by Toby Bresson

November 24 - December 13, 2014
Opening Reception December 6, @ 5-8pm


Totems by Toby Bresson invite the viewer to consider the broader concepts of beauty through his surface manipulation and the juxtaposition of materials.  Each form strikes an emotional balance between the beauty that surrounds us and the ‘ugliness’ that pervades contemporary society.

By imposing tensions between the vitrified clay and the soft hand-felted wool, Bresson is able to give a formal articulation to these enigmatic objects and allude to an anthropomorphic presence.   Although references to the human form exist, Totems are abstracted to a point where they begin to dissolve, leaving the viewer with a subtle but incomplete recognition of their final manifestation.   Seducing the viewer to engage in the work is an overarching concern for Bresson.

Faculty Exhibition 2014

October 27 - November 15, 2014,
Opening Reception October 27, @ 4-7pm


Undergraduate Senior Project Exhibition

Graphic Design/Visual Communication, Studio Arts
Fine Arts Gallery
June 9th, 2014 @ 5-8pm

Senior Project, Design Exhibition postcard

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Senior Project Studio Arts Exhibition post card

Fashion and Textile

Fashion Show @ 6pm

Senior Project Fashion and Textile Exhibition Poster 

Graduate Thesis/Project Exhibition

Kelly Blunt (MFA), Lauren Becker (MA), Jessica Gutierrez (MFA), Michelle Lopez (MFA),

Lisa Diane Wedgeworth (MFA)

The Fine Arts Gallery would like to invite you to the CLOSING RECEPTION on Saturday, May 31 from 5 – 8 p.m.


May 19, 2014 – May 31, 2014


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by Kelly Blunt

Kelly Blunt has an eye for the good times and an eye on the future of art as depiction of flux. Over the last few years she has taken many photos and videos, which display her experiences in Los Angeles.


by Lauren Becker

Lauren Becker’s Graduate Thesis Exhibition, entitled Object Memory is an installation of experiments using personal garments each of which represents a memory. Becker transforms these memories through an intervention with the material that allows for a visual examination of the outward manifestation of memory itself. Each artwork is a representation of how memory and nostalgia function as social and psychological components in an individual’s process of collecting. Nostalgia is a perpetual act of remembering and forgetting, and we use the past in a re-constructionist manner to produce comfort and safety in the present and future. With this in mind, these works construct a narrative for self-reflection and then act to dismantle the treasured objects tied to memory, sentimentality, and nostalgia. In exploring her own collection, Becker seeks to discover how the functions of nostalgia and the collected/ or saved garment acts to represent remembrance, loss, and self-identity. Her experiments with these objects (burning, dissecting, burying, encasing) hope to raise questions about the construction of memory itself.  Becker asks: can one emancipate oneself from the bonds of memory through the removal or destruction of the memory-object? In this first incarnation of Object Memory, Becker focuses on a collection of dresses has a direct relationship to the culturally engendered views of femininity that have informed her personal identity and development. The embedded memories found in each garment are important components to expressing the psychological power that exists in the act of collecting and what happens when the object acting as a talisman to nostalgia is destroyed.


by Jessica Gutierrez

Undulation explores the juxtaposition of a private domestic setting of the bedroom and the public setting of the ocean. Undulation is a two-part piece; one half documenting the physical repetitive action of getting out of bed every day for a year and parallel to that, a reduced time-lapse video of ocean waves reaching the shore. The recurrence of the instant photographs of the bed sheets, mimic the undulating waves, as they both refer to movement. The correlation of a private domestic space to a public natural space initiates the dismantling of the barriers between them and brings to light the vulnerability, strength, and perseverance of the human spirit.

Offerings of the Flesh

by Michelle L. Lopez

Michelle L. Lopez presents her newest work Offerings of the Flesh. Her artwork is a visual exploration of identity through memory. This project embraces the notion that the mind is the creator of our identity and the force behind the body; it is what drives the body. It has the power to alter our perception, create meaning, and protect the physical body. The mind like the physical body can also be wounded and scared and sometimes the wounds never heal.



Contemporary Iranian Photography Exhibition Poster

Contemporary Iranian Photography

At the Fine Arts Gallery of California State University, Los Angeles

April 12th - May 7th 2014

Opening Reception April 12, 2014 5pm - 8pm

Every contemporary expression hangs in the balance until an inexplicable judgment of history either validates or rejects it. The contemporary arts of Iran, therefore, have yet to live across many zones of criticism, debate, and philosophical understanding on the way to more widespread and long-term notice. Nevertheless, at this crossroads, I believe that Iran’s contemporary arts––especially photography, the genius of its artistic expression––bespeak a wholly different frame of vision and production than that of any other time or place. Although a great deal of research and work is necessary to determine the aesthetic and historical significance of this current display, we may be assured that the so-far-generated polemics regarding its place and meaning have laid the foundation for its enduring significance not only in Iran but also worldwide.   

The phenomenon of contemporary  Iranian photography is quite surprising for rarely has so much of a period’s art appeared so simple yet turned out to be so complex. Mohammad Ghazali’s “Where the Heads of the Renowned Rest” and Shirin Aliabadi’s “Miss Hybrid,” among many others presented in this exhibit, prove this point. Ghazali’s urban images appear at first to be ordinary, quotidian photography, until after some scrutiny, one enters the horizon of his profound metaphysical subversions. Aliabadi, who may be viewed as playful and even superficial, represents one of those interstices of play where the paradox of desire and control, of simulation and dissimulation, have made transparent both the microcosm and macrocosm of Iran’s culture. Her images are filled with remembrances of past psychologies that can be measured, albeit subtly, beneath the façade of the work’s modern females. 

Parastou Forouhar is another example of contemporary photography whose significance is more than surface deep; her references to earlier historical signs are more about the instability of such signs than their assumed values. Parastou is a master at displaying the paradox in theocracy and aesthetics by deftly communicating the beauty in horror and the god in abuse and exploitation. She exemplifies a phenomenal ability to implement through subjective aesthetics the objective and concrete matters of state and history. In fact, contemporary Iranian photography, for the most part, exhibits an anti-historical and anti-metaphysical stance that makes it distinct from so much else occurring in the Middle East. 

It is amazing that within the strictest of institutional proscriptions, the contemporary artists of Iran have, for the most part, managed to chart new aesthetic and iconographic paths. Examples are such semiotic photographs as the “Moustache” and “Hand and Belt” series of Peyman Hooshmandzadeh, wherein the images are phenomenological acts of bracketing those signs that illuminate the various economic and cultural strata of Iran through fragments and fragmentary embodiments of value.

The complexity of Iran’s contemporary life and thus its photography is necessarily sodden with tensions and conflicts that, given the State’s rigid proscriptions, have produced a theatre of signs, evading and avoiding official obstacles. Therefore, as in the works of Tirafkan, Forouhar, Javadi, Kowsari, and Golshiri, though they demonstrate a variety of methodologies, we find a radical reformulation of signs as theatrical symbols. In these works the epistemology of cognition is bypassed so that meaning, highly discursive, may not be easily codified. Though political repression has vitiated freedom of expression, new tactics and strategies of communication have both overcome the State’s demands and enriched the various arts and their meanings.   

Abbas Daneshvari, PhD

Professor of Art History

Contemporary Iranian Photography Exhibition Poster




Graduate Studios in Fine Arts Building #9

5151 State University Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90032
Suggested parking in Lot C, $1hr

American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music,

Fine Arts Gallery – California State University, Los Angeles

November 16, 2013 - February 9, 2014

Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday from 11 am - 5pm

Gallery closed: November 28-30 and December 23 - January 5, 2014

For more information , call (323) 343-4040 or e-mail
Gallery Director Karin Lanzoni or


Graduate Thesis Exhibition
May 18 - June 1, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 23rd
4 - 7 pm

Gallery hours: Monday - Thursday & Saturday, noon-5 pm
For more information, call (323) 343-4040 or e-mail
Gallery Director Karin Lanzoni at or

Past Exhibitions

April 11 to May 7, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 11th
4 - 7 pm


Graduate Thesis Exhibition
March 9-23
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 14th
4 - 7 pm


Design / Studio Art Option, Graduate Walkthrough
January 17 - 31

Graduate Thesis Exhibition
November 26 - December 8

Undergraduate Art Exhibition
Fine Arts Gallery
October 29 - November 14

Staring Intently at a Sound: In Studio Pratice of Mac MsClain
Curated by
Oliver Sanchez-Brown

Fine Arts Gallery
September 27 - October 18


The Fine Arts Gallery is pleased to present a retrospective of Malcolm (Mac) McClain’s artworks, representing a studio practice that spanned 65 years and covering a prolific career spent working in a wide range of mediums, including ceramics, sculpture, painting, poetry, photography, prints, and postcards. Seen together for the first time, this small but strong selection of work demonstrates his shrewd experimentation with style and approach, which always manages to allude to, or connect with, the personal.

In 1965, Mac McClain began teaching at California State University, Los Angeles as an Assistant Professor of Art in Ceramics and Sculpture, and later became Chair of the Department of Art. His tenure culminated as Dean of the School of Arts and Letters from 1985 to 1988. McClain was an effective and dedicated teacher and his influence was clearly felt at CSULA. In 2007, McClain was honored with the creation of a sculpture scholarship in his name, by his former student Robert Bailey.

I’m Not Thinking About it:
New Works by Haitian Sculptor Ronald Bazile
Fine Arts Gallery (Back)
September 27 - October 18


The Fine Arts Gallery is pleased to present a new body of work produced in Southern California by Haitian Sculptor Ronald Bazile aka Cheby. Cheby is the second generation of artists trained in the apprentice style by the master sculptors of the Grand Rue. His work references a shared African & Haitian cultural heritage, a dystopian sci-fi view of the future and the positive transformative act of assemblage. His use of readymade components, which are driven by economic necessity, combined with creative vision and cultural continuity.

Gallery hours: Monday - Thursday & Saturday, noon-5 pm
For more information, call (323) 343-4040 or e-mail
Gallery Director Karin Lanzoni at or

Senior Projects Exhibition
June 11-15
Opening Reception: Monday, June 11th 4 - 7 pm

Gallery hours: Mon - Thu & Sat, noon-5 pm
For more information, call (323) 343-4040 or e-mail
Gallery Director Karin Lanzoni at or

Luckman Gallery
Infinite Encores

mechanical alphabets


Dreams of the Future from the Collection of The Wende Musuem
February 11- March 2

Milca Adamczyk
Eseraele Alemu
Sarah Barnard
Shawna Burger
Deborah Cansler Waters
Alexzandra Granath
Jessica Gutierrez
Alex Lemke
Karin Mayr
Arturo Mejia
Nicole Samson
Martin Sturm
Konomi Takezaki
Solomon Terringer
Susan Varghese
Yiheng Yu

June 14 - 30, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 14th
7 - 9 pm

Curated by the visiting artists, Karin Mayr and Martin Sturm.

The Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90032

California State University, Los Angeles || Phone: 323-343-6600 |

Graduate Thesis Exhibition
Justine Bae
Robert Lee
Dominic Quagliozzi
Leonard Rusch
Zoee Sciarrotta
Paul Wilkens
Yuki Toy

May 19-June 2

The Art of Ancient Iran: from 5000 B.C. to the Arab Conquest
April 14-May 9

Diana Madriaga
Pouneh Ordibehesht
Qian Yu

MARCH 16 - 24, 2012

FEBRUARY 13 - MARCH 1, 2012

January 19 - February 1, 2012

According to several sources both in print and online, the color blue is currently the “favorite” color of the predominantly Western world on several continents (not, however, in Asia or South America), and it has been for more than a century. Some argue that this color is more neutral and less associated with symbolic signs than is red or green. Many designs and logos in the Western world involve some shade of blue. Psychologists report that people are more productive in an environment that has blue color because they are more relaxed. Why is this so?

In attempting to uncover “the semiotics” of blue, a group of 340 Practicum students including an art historian, a graphic designer, and several artists, researched and selected this eclectic group of images, objects and materials that are in the exhibition cases located along the outside wall of the gallery. This is by no means a comprehensive study, philosophical argument or treatise on the color blue. Instead, the attempt here is to identify blue in different mediums (paint, ceramics, textiles dyes, and photography) and observe how these blues can carry cultural meaning.

Curated by: Debra Bianculli, Kelly Khalaf, Adria Klora, Alex Lemke, and Instructor, Karin Lanzoni.

BLUE: An Idiosyncratic History of a Color is located in the display cases along the outside wall of the Fine Arts Gallery.

November 16 - December 10
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 19th, 6-8 pm
Gallery hours: Mon - Thu & Sat, noon-5 pm
For more information, call (323) 343-4040 or e-mail Gallery Director Karin Lanzoni at

Circinus & Horologium is a three person exhibition featuring new works by Daniel Ingroff, Lia Lowenthal and Danielle McCullough in various media: drawing, painting, textile and photography.

The space created by documenting a constellation is a two-dimensional linear drawing, but the space being referenced is three-dimensional and impermanent. Circinus and Horologium, two modern constellations, were thought to resemble 17th century instruments for constructing star patterns and named after the drafting compass (Circinus) and the pendulum clock (Horologium Oscillitorium) by their discoverers. Symbolically, these constellations are a representation of constellations themselves and how we perceive them in time and space.

The artists in this exhibition investigate this synergetic relationship between time and space. Using various types of temporal spaces – immediate, meditated, or historical – with drawing as a foundation, they interpret the bounds of dimensionality by exploring how passages of time construct form.

The exhibition opens on November 16th and there will be a cyanotype workshop for students in the morning and afternoon, followed by an artists’ lecture from 7-9 pm.

The opening reception will be on Saturday, November 19th from 6-9 pm.

Graduate Thesis Exhibition
October 29 - November 9

Subvert: Subversion through Absurdity
Thesis Exhibition for Courtney Howerton

Subvert comments on the experience of something appearing to be one thing but actually being another. It consists of four large works of which each deals with a different and varied level of deception. The topics range from coerced statements, to lyrical misconceptions, spam email and colorless flipbooks. It speaks to the increasingly difficult task of locating the correct and true in a system that is bloated with the inaccurate information. Subvert contributes to the dialogue of falsehoods perpetuated in all communication. The pieces are a visual exploitation of the absurdities that can occur in communication. Subvert comments on the importance of effective and truthful visual design by exposing these frailties in communication.

Word is...
Lisa Anne Auerbach
Andrea Bowers
David Bunn
Alexandra Grant
Mark Robert Lewis
Monique Prieto
Rebecca Ripple

Text and images have had a complex relationship in the visual arts. In Southern California, this history is especially rich in the 1960s and 1970s, where artworks often infused images and text to provoke analytical thinking but also pointed to the materiality of the word itself. Following in this vein, these seven Los Angeles artists have developed their own unique approach to language.

Working in a variety of media: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, knitting, quilting, and book-making, these artists employ their specific visual strategies with text as they engage the viewer. Some of the works use language as part of an abstract visual experience and do not rely on the linguistic aspect of the word itself. Other artworks create a tension or disjunction through an unlikely pairing of text and material. Words, in some pieces, can be markers of a specific urban experience or can point to the rhetoric of newspapers and the politics of representation. Several artworks play with meaning and institutional texts. Others present a visual image of poetry.

“Word is…” can be abstraction, provocation, or ruse, as the artists in this exhibition redirect our thinking by their command or subtle placement of words and words as image. To quote Robert Smithson in 1967, this is “language to be looked at and/or things that need to be read.”

Curator, Karin Lanzoni, Director of the Fine Arts Gallery

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow Exhibition
June 4 - July 2, 2011
Opening Reception: June 4th, 6 - 8 pm

Ryan Copriviza
Vanessa Garcia
Kit Hoffman
Jennifer Lee
Michelle L. Lopez
Diana Madriaga
Wayne Michels
Betty Pietak
Dominic Quagliozzi
Michael Rascon
Zoee Sciarrotta

The Luckman Gallery
Fine Arts Bldg. 5151 State University Drive, LA 90032.
Gallery Hours: Mon-Thurs 12-5pm,Closed Fri & Sun
Gallery Phone: (323) 343-4040
Park in structure C or lot 5

Graduate Thesis Exhibition
May 14 -28

Fine Arts Gallery, CSULA
Fine Arts Bldg. 5151 State University Drive, LA 90032.
Gallery Hours: Mon-Thurs 12-5pm, Sat. 12-5pm. Gallery Phone: (323) 343-4040
Park in structure C or lot 5

Joe Bautista

Debra Bianculli

Stacey Kalkowski

Georgia Love

Yothsaran Rermraksakul

2011 Undergraduate Art Exhibition
April 25 - May 7

Graduate Thesis Exhibition
James Cotner
Graphic Cues and Personal Folktales
March 5-19
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 5th, 6-8pm

Universe City
A group video show organized by Jim Ovelmen and Barry Markowitz
January 29th - February 26th

CSULA, Fine Arts Bldg. 5151 State University Drive, LA 90032.
Gallery Hours: Mon-Thurs 12-5pm, Sat. 12-5pm. Gallery Phone: (323) 343-4040
Projection on Palmer Wing 5:50-7pm, Mon-Thurs.

There will be over 80 videos being projected in multiple places and situations. A model of the entire CSULA campus will be installed in Gallery A, multiple videos will projected on it. Single-channel videos will be shown in Gallery B, and selected videos will play 3 STORIES TALL outdoors, on an adjacent building. The featured videos are from artists from Los Angeles, New York, and all over the world.

Please use link below to view
the new website with screening schedule and locations.

Changing Boundaries: Historic Maps of the U.S.-Mexico Border
From the Collection of Simon Burrow
(Sponsored by The Latin American Studies Program and the Cross Cultural Resource Centers)
January 29-February 26

Studio Arts Option
Graduate Walk-Through Exhibition
January 8 - 18, 2011

Senior Projects Exhibition
December 6-11, 2010


Hazar Nevzat Bayindir
Graduate Thesis Exhibition
November 13-27, 2010

FALL 2010
Faculty Biennial Exhibition
October 9-November 4


Fine Arts Gallery, Fine Arts Building
Reception: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Monday, June 7, 2010
Gallery hours: Mon.-Thu. & Sat., noon-5 p.m.
Call the CSULA Fine Arts Gallery at (323) 343-4040 for more information.

May 15 - 29, 2010
Fine Arts Gallery, Fine Arts Building

Gallery hours: Mon.-Thu. & Sat., noon-5 p.m.
Call the CSULA Fine Arts Gallery at (323) 343-4040 for more information.

Undergraduate Art Exhibition
Spring 2010


The April exhibition included stellar new works—all made in the last year—by CSULA undergraduate students from the Animation, Graphic Design, Fashion & Textiles, Art Education, and Studio Arts Options. Juried by the CSULA Department of Art faculty, our undergraduate students present a wide range of outstanding and provocative works in many mediums.

In addition, we are pleased to present a highlights exhibition in the display cases, outside the gallery, which features the Art History option. Two budding art historians, Leslie Jacobo and Tiffany Staines re-present selections from the “Walls of Passion: Murals of Los Angeles” exhibition as well as frame selections of Los Angeles’ Murals according to traditional, non-traditional and iconic narratives strategies. The last display case features CSULA alumnus, Kent Twitchell’s archival material and documents of his Harbor Freeway Overture mural in Los Angeles.

This exhibition and display cases represents the collective and creative output of the Department of Art at CSULA and we invite the greater CSULA community to come and view the compelling work created by our current undergraduate students.

Each quarter, the Fine Arts Gallery presents one or two professionally-curated exhibitions, which are easily accessible to both the University and local community. These exhibitions not only include highly engaging works of art produced by well-known professional artists, but also include advanced cutting-edge art that many museums and commercial galleries cannot and will not exhibit.

Thomas McGovern Exhibition
Thomas McGovern Exhibition | link

An exhibition of faculty artwork is scheduled biannually in the Fine Arts Gallery. All object-making faculty are invited to submit works. During the exhibition period, faculty present lectures, workshops and other events to complement their area of specialization and to broaden the scope of the exhibition.

The Fine Arts Gallery also collaborates with off campus institutions and on campus with the Luckman Fine Arts Gallery to present special thematic exhibitions and one-person exhibitions.

15 seconds show
15 Seconds of Fame: An Online Exhibition of Art & Music | link

The Exhibition Program has an excellent history of complementing curricular programs and correlating exhibitions with concerns of classroom instruction in the visual arts. Student involvement spans a wide spectrum of activity that affects undergraduate and graduate art majors and many non-art majors.

The Fine Arts Gallery gives professors the opportunity to provide direct instruction and gives students first-hand experience with art objects. As part of the course curriculum, professors often require visits to the gallery for the purpose of critical analysis of the exhibition and specific artwork included in it.

The Fine Arts Gallery provides a professional quality exhibition space for MA and MFA students who are required to have a Creative Project Exhibition as part of the culminating experience for their degree.

Lorri Deyer | MFA Show | Spring 2009

width="550"Charles Hachadourian | MFA Show | Spring 2009

Ken Jones | MFA Show | Spring 2009

Carol Reynolds | MFA Show | Fall 2008
Carol Reynolds | MFA Show | Fall 2008

Dul Lim Park | MFA Show | Fall 2008
Dul Lim Park | MFA Show | Fall 2008 | link

Francoise Studer | MFA Show | Fall 2008
Francoise Studer | MFA Show | Fall 2008 | link

Each spring quarter, the Fine Arts Gallery hosts the annual Student Art Exhibition. The public presentation of student artwork in the gallery benefits students by broadening the range of interaction and elevating the level of scholarly expectations. Throughout the year, faculty collect representational pieces of artwork from their classes. The final selection of work to be included in the exhibition is primarily the responsibility of the faculty member who volunteers to coordinate the exhibition and/or the gallery director, and is based on available space and other installation considerations.

COMA, the Closet of Modern Art, is a small student-run exhibition space on the first floor of the Fine Arts building. Each quarter, a graduate student volunteers to organize and direct weekly exhibitions by individual students, groups of students, or faculty in COMA.

COMA | Closet of Modern Art Installation
COMA | Closet of Modern Art Installation

Other Past Exhibitions

news and events

To learn more about each of the 32 murals profiled in “Walls of Passion: The Murals of Los Angeles,” click on the links below. More details about the project and exhibit at Cal State L.A. can also be found on the Walls of Passion Lessons PDF.

Walls of Passion
The Murals of Los Angeles exhibition
Spotlight link
News Release
Walls of Passion - Lessons
Saturday, January 31, 2009 - Saturday, February 28, 2009


The Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles invited the Wall of Passion: The Murals of Los Angeles photo – documentary organizers to exhibit their research during the month of March 2009. The exhibition was curated by the Art History Society at CSULA. A discussion was moderated by Professor Manuel Aguilar-Moreno (right) and graduate student Isabel Rojas-Williams (second from left).


Graduate Thesis Exhibition | Elizabeth Mercel | Winter 2009