Master Artists Work With Students
Marnie Weber's recent multimedia exhibition at Rosamund Felsen Gallery at Bergamot Station included a series of large photographic collages and two sculptural installations incorporating sound and video. Titled Sleepy Weepy Stories, this show continued her investigation of the pathos and dark symbolism of fairy tales and children's stories and was cited by L.A. Weekly critic Doug Harvey as one of the top ten exhibitions of 2000. She has also had recent solo exhibitions in New York and Paris and her work has been included in group exhibitions in Vancouver, Stuttgart, London and Sweden.
The Visiting Artist Program at Cal State L.A. uses the region's unique art resources to augment instruction. During the 2000-2001 academic year, six Los Angeles artists functioning as master teachers will work with small groups of studio art majors in Cal State L.A.'s Department of Art. Each artist will present a slide lecture on his or her work to which the entire campus is invited, providing a broad range of students and faculty an introduction to the work and the opportunity to talk directly with the artist. Advanced students in Cal State L.A.'s art program have been selected to work on individual projects with the artists through a quarter-long process involving a written project proposal by the students, regular meetings with the visiting artist, and a final written assessment. The visiting artists will provide students with the opportunity to visit their studios. The six visiting artists who comprise the program will be selected for their currency in the field, the nature and range of their art practice and their potential for addressing the needs and interests of Cal State L.A.'s art students.
According to Joe Soldate, chair of the Cal State L.A. Department of Art, "This innovative program allows our students the unique opportunity to interact personally with an even wider variety of outstanding practicing artists. The students will have valuable expanded insights into what it's like to be a professional artist."
The program was initiated last October with a talk by internationally-known multimedia artist Harry Gamboa, who worked with a small group of selected art majors. Gamboa has been recognized with honors and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the J.P. Getty Visual Artist Trust Fund, the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and the California Arts Council.
In the upcoming months the Visiting Artist Project will be sponsoring talks by painter and Cal Sate L.A. alumna Kim Dingle, photographer Todd Gray and ceramic artist Adrian Saxe.
For more information, call Elizabeth Bryant, Art faculty member at Cal State L.A., (323) 343-4026.
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