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"Mainstreaming the Muse" by Walter Askin @ The Luckman Gallery
Exhibition Opening:  Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 6:00PM - 8:00PM

Walter Askin

This exhibition highlights the extensive career of Los Angeles-based artist Walter Askin whose multi-faceted work ranges from sardonic graphic works, large painterly abstractions, to vibrant figurative sculptures. In each of these respective mediums he creates imaginative yet satirical images whose eclectic imagery resist being defined by any distinct movement.

On View: September 12 through October 24, 2015
Gallery hours: Monday through Thursday & Saturday, 12-5 pm.
Admission to the Luckman Gallery is free of charge.

The Luckman Gallery, The Luckman Fine Arts Complex
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8116    
Phone: 323-343-6600

Cal State L.A. invites you to meet the artist
and see selected works of alumnus Mark Steven Greenfield - June 26, 2015


Looking Back in Front of Me










Image credit: Mark Steven Greenfield, Crips, Bloods and Dreams, 1989.

California State University, Los Angeles is proud to host a private reception with the artist Mark Steven Greenfield ’87

Lookin’ Back in Front of Me: 
Selected Works of Mark Steven Greenfield

Friday, June 26, 2015, six o’clock in the evening

California African American Museum. 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90037


Questions?  Please contact (323) 343-3075.


California State University, Los Angeles

Kaz Oshiro (Alumni) Book Signing @ LACMA Art Catalogue

Art Catalogues at LACMA Book Launch (and Music Lesson) for Kaz Oshiro

Sunday, January 25 at 4PM, artist Kaz Oshiro will take a private music lesson—his first—from John Wiese at Art Catalogues at LACMA. Oshiro will sign copies of his new monograph from Damiani during the reception.


Work by Kaz Oshiro   Work by Kaz Oshiro

book by Kaz Oshiro  Book by Kaz Oshiro, 2015


Jim Ovelmen: Western Skies

Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art: "Jim Ovelmen: Western Skies" by Lyle Zimskind



Artist Mark Greenfield
November 6th, 2014

Mark Greenfield lecture at the California African American Museum

Mark Steven Greenfield (Alumni) graduated with an MFA in 1987.  He was an arts administrator for the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (1993-2010); first as the director of the Watts Towers Arts Center and the Towers of Simon Rodia and later as the director of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. he joined the faculty at Los Angeles City College in 1997 where continues to teach courses in Drawing and Design. He served as the Head of the U. S. delegation to the World Cup Cultural Festival in Paris, France (1998) and he was part of the Getty Visiting Scholars program (2002). He has served on the boards of the Downtown Arts Development Association, the Korean American Museum, and The Armory Center for the Arts and was past president of the Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825.

Greenfield’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States most notably at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art and the California African American Museum. Internationally he has exhibited in Thailand at the Chiang Mai Art Museum, in Naples, Italy at Art 1307, Villa Donato and the Gang Dong Art Center in Seoul, South Korea. His work deals primarily with the African American experience and in recent years has focused on the effects of stereotypes on American culture stimulating much-needed and long overdue dialog on issues of race. He is a recipient of the L.A. Artcore Crystal Award (2006) Los Angeles Artist Laboratory Fellowship Grant (2011), the City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship (COLA 2012), The California Community Foundation Artist Fellowship (2012) and the Instituto Sacatar Artist Residency in Salvador, Brazil (2013). He is currently a visiting professor at the California Institute of the Arts.

The California African American Museum will present a retrospective of Mark Steven Greenfield from September 25 – April 4, 2015 – “Lookin’ Back ‘N Front of Me.” (Retrieved from

Studio Visit: Artist Roger Herman, Solano Canyon, Los Angeles

Roger Herman

Professor Tim Ebner featured on Los Angeles Times and KCRW.

"Wear My Other Hat" KCRW 89.9.



Accolades are to be showered on 2010 art/animation graduate Richard Gunzer; a Pixar animator, whose movie "Monsters University" is the number ONE grossing movie in America last weekend! Richard is credited as a both a "fix animator" and as contributing "additional animation" to the movie.

Since his graduation from CSULA, Gunzer has participated in many animation projects and internships around the world, including Gobelins in Paris, and Pixar Studios in Emeryville, CA. Monsters University is his first credited Pixar feature film. All eyes are on him expecting a continued world-class career in animation.

Senior Fashion Show
Monday, June 10th
Front of Dolcini's next to King Hall
Free Admission

4th Annual Senior Animation Showcase
Thursday, May 30, 2013
At the Student Union Theatre on campus

It is the long-toiled-over work of many students, and
the great leadership of the student group "Gravitas"

social fabric

Social Fabric

January 27 - May 5, 2013

Craft and Folk Art Museum
5814 Wilshire Boulevard | Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Craft & Folk Art Museum presents Social Fabric, an exhibition of seven contemporary artists who confront the problems of mass production and consumption through fiber-based art that incorporates social engagement and public interaction. The exhibition will be on view from January 27 through May 5, 2013 and has been curated by Anuradha Vikram, Curator of Worth Ryder Gallery at the University of California Berkeley, Department of Art Practice.

Fabric is a rich material for contemporary American artists who are engaged with social critique and public engagement. Textiles communicate a range of ideas that reflect personal tastes and cultural identifications; yet, they also carry implications about larger concerns related to labor, global commerce, and sustainability. The emerging and mid-career American artists represented in Social Fabric use their fabric-based art as a conduit to question global economic and labor systems.

In conjunction with this exhibition, and in partnership with Fashion and Textiles Option, FADS and ASI we will be hosting a lecture series. Please see the attached press release .

Exhibition Proposals

The CSULA Fine Art Gallery is soliciting proposals for exhibitions in the 2013/2014 academic year. We are interested in proposals that support the curriculum of the Art Department, which includes classes in studio art, graphic design, animation, fashion/textiles and art history. Please see our website: /academic/art/BA.php.

We are open to a variety of proposals and encourage innovative responses to the curriculum. Proposals might be for solo or small group shows or for larger exhibitions. The Art Department Exhibition Committee made up of faculty from across the curriculum will review proposals. Initial proposals should include a brief curatorial statement that addresses relevance to the Art Department mission along with the additional material requested below.

Working with the Gallery Director, curatorial responsibilities include development of the curatorial concept and a budget, contacting artists, providing a checklist of works to be included in the exhibition, writing a statement about the exhibition and overseeing the installation of the exhibition. If possible arranging for a lecture by an artist(s) in the exhibition or delivering a lecture about the exhibition would be appreciated.

The Gallery can provide no financial support at this time. However we can provide service support by students: preparatory crew, basic installation and de-installation of the exhibition, assistance with insurance forms etc. design and printing of promotional materials and organization of the opening reception.

The CSULA Fine Arts Gallery is 2800 square feet, a combination wall and floor space, and an extensive outdoor patio area. Artwork is insured once inside the gallery. There is a student gallery sitter during gallery hours, which are M –Th / Saturday 12:00 – 5:00 pm. The gallery is not climate controlled. Link to past exhibitions /academic/art/gallery.php

Proposals are due by Friday, March 2, 2013.
Proposals should include a brief description of your idea for the exhibition, a list of possible artists, sample images of artworks and the curator’s professional resume.

Send proposals (PDF format) to [email protected] and Cc: Jim Ovelmen, Exhibition Committee Chair, at [email protected]

The mission of the Department of Art is to serve the needs of an urban and diverse university community by providing courses in a liberal arts foundation and in undergraduate and graduate programs in art that are designed to prepare students for careers in various professional fields or for further study in visual art and as lifelong producers or consumers of art.

Carole Frances Lung (Frau Fiber) Assistant Professor is included in the following exhibition:


UNFINISHED BUSINESS: 21st Century Home Economics
Save-the-Date: Monday, December 10, 2012 – Jane Addams Day

Join us as we imagine a new era of Home Economics and commemorate Jane Addams, the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize on Dec. 10, 1931.

Exhibition Opening and Delicious Treats 4:00-6:30 PM 800 S. Halsted Street

Celebrate the opening of “Unfinished Business,” a community curated, participatory exhibition that draws upon Hull- House’s radical understanding of domesticity to create a more socially just world.

Fair pay for domestic worker. Access to safe and healthy food. Childcare for all. Urban gardens. Community kitchens and laundries. For Hull-House reformers at the turn of the 20th century, these were some of the ideas that made up the discipline of Home Economics.
To create interactive and participatory experiences, the Museum is partnering with activists and artists including Chicago Coalition of Household Workers, Frau Fiber, Chicago Childcare Collective, the Academy for Global Citizenship, the Center for Urban Economic Development at UIC, Street Level Youth Media, and the Collective Cleaners. Making connections between Hull-House history and our contemporary moment, the exhibit seeks to solve some of the most urgent issues of our time.

This exhibit is on the 2nd floor of the Museum. No wheelchair access is available. For accessibility accommodations please call 312.413.5353.
-- Heather Radke Program Coordinator, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum [email protected] 312-355-0321

Man on the Street: Dress, Politics + Publics a visting artist lecture by Ellen Rothenberg

Tuesday November 27, 2012, 1:30-3 pm Fine Arts Room 143

Ellen Rothenberg's work is concerned with the politics of everyday life and the formation of communities through collaborative prac- tices. Her installations and public projects often employ the iconography of social movements and their residual documents to inter- rogate contemporary political engagement and social dialogue. In her projects, we find familiar materials such as newspapers, protest placards, and public signage... often reformed, refashioned, and rewritten; drawing our attention to the assumptions that animate the world around us.
Her work has been presented in the US and Europe at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the National Museum of Con- temporary Art, Bucharest; the Royal Festival Hall, London; the Institute of Contemporary Art and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Portland Museum of Art, Maine; the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; and the Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen. Recent exhibitions include Experimental Geography, curated by Nato Thompson and ICI, NYC. Rothenberg is currently engaged in a cultural exchange project with the Brukenthal National Museum and the Astra National Museum Complex, Sibiu, Romania. Rothenberg continues to work as a co-organizer of the Chicago Torture Justice Memorial Project.
This Lecture is presented by Fashion and Textile Option, Department of Art, College of Arts and Letters, CSULA


Choreographed by Seonagh Odhiambo with live music by Bennie Maupin, and costumed by Carole Frances Lung.

Saturday November 17, 2012
8 pm
$20 at door / Students $15

ARC Pasadena
1158 East Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, California, 91106.

Entrance to ARC Pasadena is behind the facility.
Parking is located behind the building or on adjacent streets.
The closest cross street is Michigan Avenue.
ARC Pasadena is a six-block walk from the Metro Gold Line-Lake Avenue stop.

THURSDAY, 7pm, in the STUDENT UNION, 1st Floor Theater

There will be snacks and refreshments before and after the event.

2012 TALA Scholarship Awards

Seniors Begonia Kroeger and Daphne Magin were invited to submit portfolios of their work to the Textle Association of Los Angeles Scholarship Awards Competition. Begonia received a $500 scholarship and Daphne was awarded a $250 scholarship.

Professor Carole (Frau Fiber) Lung will give a participatory art performance of human-powered garment production. During the March 20 reception beginning at 5:30 until 8:30pm, performer Frau Fiber will extend an open invitation for the audience to “pedal” in honor of fallen garment workers. Frau Fiber needs Power! commemorates the 101st anniversary of the 146 garment workers who perished in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in NYC on March 25, 1911. In den's Project Room, Frau Fiber will begin her attempt to sew 146 shirtwaist blouses using the Bicycle-Powered Sewing Factory. Production will conclude in the downtown Los Angeles garment district on Sunday March 25, 2012.

Location: Den Contemporary
8687 Melrose Avenue, B261
West Hollywood, CA 90069
[email protected]

SMALL BUSINESS, a lecture by international artist Christine Hill

Thursday February 23, 2012, 6 pm

University-Student Union Theatre

Contact: Carole Frances Lung
Department of Art, 323.343.4047 office, 714.615.7706 cell

This event is free and open to the public

Refocus: Multicultural Focus

Faculty member Elizabeth Bryant is participating in a group show at ARENA 1. The exhibition is titled “Refocus: Multicultural Focus”, a photography exhibition organized by Sheila Pinkel.

January 7 -29, 2012
Santa Monica Art Studios
3026 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: 310.397.7449 Fax: 310.397.7459
Public Hours: Wednesday through Saturday 12 to 6

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
[email protected]
[email protected]

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.

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
June4 - 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

Tony Maher | MFA '08

"Skateboarding in the Driveway, 1988" is one of the photographs by Tony Maher. An exhibit of Maher's work is on display at the Fullerton Museum. Currently Maher is a photography instructor at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. He is also an adjunct professor of art at both Cal State Los Angeles and Cal State San Bernardino, and serves as a photography specialist at Chaffey College.The HiStory exhibition is on display at the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art at 5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino, and will continue through July.

April 1 - 16, 2011
CLOSING RECEPTION: Saturday, April 16, 2011, 6pm-8pm

This annual exhibition features Graphic Design by students from colleges and universities in the greater Los Angeles area. It is organized and sponsored by the AIGA LA Education Committee and hosted by OTIS’ Communication Arts Department and Ben Maltz Gallery.

Participating institutions: Art Institute of California - Los Angeles, California Institute of the Arts, California State Polytechnic University Pomona, California State University Long Beach, California State University Los Angeles, California Sate University Northridge, Cerritos College, Loyola Marymount University, Otis College of Art and Design, UCLA Extension, University of Southern California, Westwood College, and Woodbury University.

This Artist Project is an opportunity that will shed light on the process of exhibiting outside the classroom and how a particular display site affects your work is interpreted. You’ll need to plan a project based on your specific needs as an artist and what you want to devote the quarter to exploring. You may use black & white and/or color materials, digital methods, changing image scale, alternative support materials, and 3-D approaches but overall attention to craft is essential. For a successful project it is crucial that you consider how presentation and specific location affects the content of the work and may expand your visual vocabulary.


February 17th - 7:30 p.m.
Cal State LA
University Student Union, LA Room
3rd Floor 308A
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA

Ed Ghertner has worked on films such as The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Beauty and the Beast, Mulan and Tom & Jerry: The Movie. He also worked on The Little Matchgirl short and various TV serious like the Simpsons, Garfield and Friends, The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, DuckTales & TaleSpin. People in attendance will have the opportunity to purchase Mr. Ghertner's book Layout and Composition for $35.00 at the end of the panel.

Cal State LA - Music Hall - 7:30 p.m.
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA

Rebeca Méndez Design (RMD) is a multidisciplinary studio focused on design for art, architecture and other cultural clients as well as for nonprofit organizations. RMD’s practice is in various areas of design including brand strategy and design, architectural immersive spaces, interface design, way-finding systems, experience design, advertising, and book design.

Kent Twitchell | BA '72

The prominent LA mural artist Kent Twitchell will speak February 16 from 4:20 to 5:30pm in FA 223. He is most famous for his larger-than-life size protraits of celebrites and artist.

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.

Cal State LA AIGA student group, "GUAGE" hosted the AIGA education meeting for January 19, 2011.

Studio Arts Option
Graduate Walk-Through Exhibition

Senior Projects Exhibition
December 6-11, 2010

Professor Luis Bermudez is exhibiting his work in an exhibition titled "Myth, Place & Identity," November 20, 2010 through January 16, 2011 at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts. The Center is located at 8560 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai, CA.

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

Frau Fiber aka Professor Carol Long exhibited in the group show make:craft in the Ben Maltz Gallery at the Otis College of Art & Design, October 2 - December 4, 2010. She also presented Fran Fiber Sewing Rebellion: Art of Mending 101 Workshop Saturday, October 16 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Otis Bardwell | MFA '07 exhibited his work at the shared-use work studio SOPA. They accommodate a small community of Resident Artists.

Ismael Obregon - 04 NOV 2010, Music Hall, 7:30 p.m., CSULA

As Creative Director and Founder of Oishii Creative, Ismael Obregon spearheads all strategic design and branding initiatives for media and entertainment companies. With over 20 years of experience, Ismael began his career as Art Director for FOX affiliate KTXH in Houston and went on to work for leading branding and design agencies such as Pittard Sullivan, Novacom and Imaginary Forces. Some of Ismael’s clients include: EA (Electronic Arts), NBA TV, NFL Network, NBC, Fox, Discovery, Sony and Disney. A graduate of The Art Institute of Houston, Ismael speaks regularly on the subject of branding and motion graphics and mentors young aspiring designers in the Los Angeles area. This event is sponsored by GAUGE.

Animation Professor Jim Ovelmen was invited to participate in the Aichi Triennale. It is one largest international art exhibitions in Japan. The 2010 theme is "Arts and Cities", the inaugural event sets out to create a euphotic atmosphere of excitement and provides visitiors with a variety of impressive experiences while introducing cutting-edge trends from around the world through the exhibition of contemporary art works and the staging of performaning arts.

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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.
[email protected]

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La Création Du Monde, is a 17-minute-long ballet with music composed by Darius Milhaud between 1922-1923. It outlines the Creation of the World, based on African folk mythology.

CSULA’s New Music Ensemble performed a multimedia version June 1, 2010 in Music Hall. It was directed Professor John Kennedy with video imagery by Professor Robert Martin. Martin’s recent works utilize computerized video special effects and computer generated animation. His imagery is highly abstract, spontaneous, and painterly.

May 15th - 29th
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.
[email protected]

Sherry Frumkin Gallery | May 15th - June 19
3026 Airport Ave | Studio 21 | Santa Monica, CA

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Music Hall
Thursday, May 13th - 7:30 p.m.

David co-founded Hello with the simple goal to create quality work for diverse clients. With over 10 years of experience, David provides strategic and creative leadership for the agency. Clients include Sony, USA Network, Nordstrom, Intel, Yahoo!, Disney, National Geographic, Nike, Toyota and Callaway Golf. Prior to Hello, David worked at award-winning interactive agencies, Studio Archetype and cow, where he collaborated on projects for Herman Miller, Nintendo, American Express, and Imagine Entertainment. A graduate from Cornell University and Andover, David has won numerous awards and recognition for his work including a Cannes Cyber Lion, Webby, One Show Pencil, and Flash Film Festival Arrows. His designs have also been featured in Communication Arts, I.D., HOW, Print and Graphis, as well as numerous other publications and books. He is a sought-after speaker, has taught at the Art Center College of Design and was on the Advisory Board of the AIGA Los Angeles.

Powerful Visions Lecturers Series


Professors Elizabeth Bryant & Carole Lung made presentations at the Powerful Visions Lecture Series February 26. This Lecture Series was launched in 2004 by the College of Arts & Letters with the generous support of the Huntington Library Research Department in Pasadena.



The Art History Society of CSULA sponsored a special lecture for LA Artist & Asco founding member GRONK, Wednesday, February 17.

GRONK is best known for his murals, including those at Estrada Courts in East Los Angeles. Gronk has been involved with theater since his teenage ASCO days, through more elaborate stage design for organizations such as the Los Angeles Opera and Santa Fe Opera. His scenic work has also been featured onstage w ith Latino Theater Company and East West Players. He has collaborated with composer Joseph Julian Gonzalez on “Tormenta Cantada,” a visual/musical piece performed in 1995 with Kronos Quartet at University of California, Los Angeles.

Professors Luis Bermudez & Jack Butler
participated in Professor Dialogues
January 16 to February 27, 2010

“Professor Dialogues” was organized by I-5 Gallery. This exhibition was part of series investigating MFA and MA programs. The participating artist were asked to choose or make work for the show that either reflects their practice or is informed by the teaching/faculty experience.

Participating artists in Professor Dialogues are: China Adams, Karen Atkinson, Laurel Beckman, Luis Bermudez, Joe Biel, Kaucyila Brooke, David Bunn, Kathrin Burmester, Jack Butler, Jane Callister, Bryan Crockett, Lecia Dole Recio, Ricardo Dominguez, Connie Hatch, Ashely Hunt, Lisa Jevbratt, Jade Jewett, Lesley Krane, Antoinette LaFarge, Thomas Lawson, Catherine Lord, Kim MacConnel, Constance Mallinson, Jane Mulfinger, Gifford Myers, Carrie Paterson, Harry Reese, Kyle Ridel, Brad Spence, Craig Stone, Don Suggs, Michael Wilson, Kim Yasuda and Bruce Yonemoto.

Professor Robert Martin perform his interactive work Military Theater at Columbia College, Chicago


On February 11, the Live Cinema Summit sponsored a one-night-only showcase of ten national and international artists/artist collectives working in the emerging field of real-time audio-visual performance. Feature performances were given by: Noisefold, Barbara Lattanzi, Sabine Gruffat & Bill Brown, Robert Martin, Chris Kubick, Jon Satrom, Potter-Belmar Labs, DataIRJ, Black and Jones, and Alessandro Imperato.

GAUGE sponsered Cynthia Murnane Lecture


Cynthia is the Creative Director and Principal at Magnitude, strategy + design. Cynthia’s career has taken her to London, and New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles where she has served as Designer, Art Director and Design Director at well known firms such as Hal Riney/Publicis Advertising, Saatchi and Saatchi, Vanderbyl Design, and most recently Landor Associates. Cynthia has played a major role in developing such brands as Saturn, the launch of Sprint PCS and Mirage Resorts. She has also lead corporate identity and brand development work for Fortune 500 companies including the global launch of BP, Charles Schwab, FedEx, General Mills, Coca-Cola, Ford, Jaguar, New Mexico State University and Porsche among others.

I'm Giving You My Dream Guns Exhibition exhibited the sculptural works of Alexi Chisler, Libby Hartle and Meridith Pingre. They were work was in various inspired by natural or growth patterns. They have actively shown their work nationally and participated in artist residencies in various cities. Their work was viewed through January 30 - February 25th.

Professor Jack Butler was published in JUXTAPOZ Car Culture


The new Juxtapoz Car Culture Book is written by underground journalist Kevin Thomson and edited by Robert Williamson in conjunction with the Juxtapoz team. It is a book full of car graphics from cover to cover.

Professor Butler’s homage to this culture is a reflection of his respect for the do-it-yourself attitude of early hotrod enthusiasts. For him, there is no “high” or “low” in this art, just the love of creating something unique and individual with the spirit of adventure that all good artists share. His photography has the ability to emphasize and monumentalize the exaggerated gestures of the handmade cars and hot-rodders who pose for him.

Walker | MFA '06


The Lot 44 Gallery invites you to view Horse Show, an art exhibition by Walker.
The exhibition shows from July 9th through August 22nd, 2009. An artist reception will be held on Thursday, July 9th from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. during the Downtown LA Artwalk. Lot 44 Gallery is located at 257 S. Spring St, Los Angeles, 90012.


Horse Show presents artwork that re-presents amateur photography. Utilizing aged pictures, snapshots, photographic mementos that have been found in thrift shops, antique stores, and swap meets, Walker elevates the hidden artistic action that unknown photographers have captured in their personal, familial, and now compassioned nostalgic moments. Walker takes a keen eye to these photographs - many as old as forty, fifty, or more years - and dusts off the witheredness that obscures their creative impact. He diligently seeks, inspects, and selects photographs to digitally scan to work and heighten their minute yet powerful photographic elements. He carefully alters the images so to enhance the strengths originally captured in them years ago. Walker then reprints them in larger dimensions to augment their attributes and frames them in conventional black frames to accentuate the significant historical aspects of theses artifacts. Walker takes a shine to these snapshots, as diamonds in the rough, and offers their brilliance to what may normally be seen as mundane moments of past lives.

Walker further focuses our attention to these images by presenting a series with people and horses. The exhibition not only reveals the happenstance of exquisite photographic elements, but also the regal past time of being with one's horse. Walker, for example, re-presents us with a beautiful woman - a sepia-toned Madonna - sitting on a horse as though she and the animal were one, or two well-dressed children, a brother and younger sister perhaps, that charmingly smile for us as the boy holds the girl on the horse's back. The snapshot portraits of these people are proud declarations of their status in joy and dignity as they poise with a horse. The horse in this series once again becomes a mythical, stately, and endearing pedestal as one would today stand next to a brand new car. The horse provides the unifying theme that lures us into the photographs to delicately reveal their richness; Walker is well to recognize this quality. As he states:

My current project investigates the creation of an image as a play between the group and the individual, the common and the particular, incorporating both public and private ideas of how and why we create visual records of events, places and markers in our lives. Focusing on the subject of the horse in anonymous snapshots, this work attempts to preserve the genius of the amateur, the integrity of the photograph as object and displace the nostalgic into the contemporary by way of repackaging and re-contextualizing these images.

Walker's work in Horse Show is the artist as Smithsonian. His careful eye to curate and his careful manner to refurbish found personal historic images for a re-viewing is a careful idea that enhances the subject, object, and action of all photography: the art of the photographer in making choices. Walker's eye and compassion curates and elevates life's personal moments so much so that we would be wise to have his eye to curate our own lives.

The Lot 44 Gallery welcomes you to view and share in these choice photographic moments as presented by the artist Walker in Horse Show.

Lui Sanchez

Otis Bardwell | MFA '07


Bardwell is included in a group exhibition in NY titled "Shrink Wrap"

“Shrink Wrap,” a group show curated by Liza Phillips featuring artistic responses to packaging materials and our consumer culture opens at the Loft Gallery in Narrowsburg on Friday, July 10, with an artist’s reception from 7– 9 p.m. The exhibit will be on view through August 1.

“The empty containers of our daily lives have huge narrative and poetic potential; molded plastic in particular can be so enticingly ambiguous, so suggestive, so humorous, and yet so potently empty,” says artist Liza Phillips who curated the show and will exhibit a piece as well.

In developing the idea for the show, Phillips considered her own stack of styrofoam trays and other plastic objects collected over the last decade “The decision to put a show together was largely motivated by a curiosity as to what other artists had been inspired to do with their own collections of packaging,” Phillips states. “But there was also an environmental component—a desire to address this problem of wasting resources and polluting our environment for the sake of something to throw away and further pollute the environment, as if the size of our landfills were a measure of our greatness.”


The exhibition that has emerged features works by 20 artists, including pieces made with packaging, as well as photographs, sculptures, collages, painting, and even a sound piece. Some of the works in the show address what we put into our bodies, some describe what it feels like to inhabit a world dominated with packaging, some reveal unintended byproducts of consumer societies, while some comment directly on our environmental crisis. “The topic is huge and the show could have taken many different directions. I decided to give it a broad sweep,” Phillips concludes. “Art always tells us what is important.”

This exhibit, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, the Arts Council for Sullivan County, NY, and is made possible in part with funding from the Visual Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts.

Loft and Alliance Galleries are located at the Delaware Arts Center at 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the exhibit call 845-252-7576 or visit

Isabel Rojas-Williams | MA '09


Art Historian Isabel Rojas-Williams introduced Richard Towsend, the new MOLAA president, to our L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa during the 2008/ 2009 Heritage Months Culminating Reception “Celebrating Los Angeles: A Kaleidoscope of Cultures” at California Plaza. She was also invited to speak about Ecuatorian artist Oswaldo Guayasamin for KPFK (90.7) July 15, 2009.


Concrete Drawing: Extending the Line

Exhibition Dates: October 10th – November 5th, 2009
Opening Reception: October 10th

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.
[email protected]

“Concrete Drawing: Extending The Line” is an exhibition that discusses the idea of line that expands beyond the page. It explores the structural aspects of making, not only in a formal way but how the elements of line can come off the flat surface and is used to describe issues beyond conventional methods. The premise of Concrete Drawing evolves from a construction of a flat idea, a realization of content into a more dimensional arena, not only representing a spatial world but also pushing the possibility of the core principles of expression and discussing them using a broad range of materials and techniques.

The works of 15 artists from the Los Angeles and Santa Barbara areas use a variety of materials and methods to create a hybrid of drawing, video, painting, sculpture and installation. This results in an innovative way to think about line and it’s possibilities. This exhibition was curated by Barry Markowitz.

List of Artist

Bill Anderson, Steve Bankhead, Sky Burchard, Enrique Castrejon, Mark Dutcher, Alison Goldberg, Kristi Lippire, Micheal McMillen, Kaz Oshiro | MFA 02, Tim Quinn, Stuart Rapeport, Jesse Robinson, Denise K. Seider, Nicola Vruwink, Carrie Whitney and Liz Young.

In "Short Order" Exhibition
Opening reception: Sat., June, 6 p.m.
Luckman Gallery, Luckman Fine Arts Complex
Gallery hours: Mon.-Thu. & Sat., noon-5 p.m.

Call the CSULA Fine Arts Gallery at (323) 343-6604 for more information.
Saturday, June 6, 2009 - Saturday, June 27, 2009

This exhibition culminates an Art Department spring seminar that brought artist Cindy Bernard to Cal State L.A. to mentor the project’s graduate and senior art students.

Bernard creates photographs and projections that explore the relationship between cinema, memory and landscape. Many of her works also make sound their focus. She has received grants and awards from the J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation; and her work has appeared in museums and galleries in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Japan.

For “Short Order,” Bernard is premiering “Year-Long Loop (2-hour version),” which combines her interests in landscape and sound. Recorded between October 2004 and September 2005, this “ambient video”—as Bernard describes it—is a cross between John Cage’s “4’33” and Andy Warhol’s “Empire.” Its 24-hour version is an exercise in “extreme structuralism,” she said.

Bernard is the founder and director of The Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound. Her current work, “Silent Key,” maps communications across vast territorial and political divides. It was recently exhibited at the Boston Center for the Arts.

Short Order” features works by Cal State L.A. students Fiona Cochran, Kat Cutright, Lorri Deyer, Matt Dressler, Bill Faecke, Oralia Gomez, Charles Hachadourian, Karlin Hovasapian , Brittney Lane, Dalia Monserrat, Poorang Nori, Chandra Pok, Patrick Quan, Greg Schenk, and Michael Shields.

Professor Carole Frances Lung

Professor Lung was invited to participate in the Sewing Rebellion at the Makers Faire in San Mateo CA, May 30 and 31. Participants were invited to emancipate themselves from the global garment industry by learning how to alter, mend and make their own garments and accessories! Instigated by Frau Fiber, textile worker and activist. Frau Fiber and / or regional chapter organizers distribute their knowledge of the garment industry, pattern making and sewing, encouraging the reuse, renovation and recycling of existing garments and textiles in the creation of unique items tailored to individual tastes and body shapes.

Carole Frances Lung is a sculptor, performance artist and activist whose work investigates social issues related to the production of clothing. As part of the Michener's Outdoor Sculpture Program, Lung constructed an outdoor "loom" which mimics the shape of a prison cell once used to hold inmates here when the Museum was a prison. Over the course of three weeks, Lung will weave the walls and roof for the structure using articles of donated clothing along with inmates' uniforms. The artist hopes "This performance/sculpture will draw attention to the complexities, dynamics and abuses of prison labor." She holds an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Lung is looking for college age art students who focus on sculpture or fiber work to help with the construction of this project. Interns will work 15-20 hours per week, June 12 through July 2. Please contact Zoriana Siokalo, Director of Adult Programs, at 215-340-9800, ext. 122 or [email protected], or Kristy Krivitsky, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, at ext. 123 or [email protected]

The Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition is sponsored by Fulton Bank.

For centuries cloth has been woven out of doors, using simple looms, this history is a point of departure for the creation of Simple Slow= Shade Cloth, an improvisational tapestry weaving, a frame shade shelter being produced for the Joshua Tree Music Festival, Joshua Tree, CA. Attendees are invited to contribute cloth, articles of clothing and or join in with Professor Carole Frances Lung, slow weaver in an attempt to tapestry weave a shade shelter. Carole's Weaving performance Schedule was May 15-17.


Professor Manuel Aguilar

Last weekend April 24-26 Professor Manuel Aguilar participated with 70 universities in the AP Art History Faculty Colloquium organized by the College Board in Chicago. The purpose of the colloquium was to evaluate the contents of the AP Art History courses and exams that are offered in more than 1,500 secondary schools in the United States. One of the most interesting aspects of the colloquium was the attendee’s proposal to include a more significant component of Non Western Art in the AP classes and exams. The proposal was accepted and the College Board will increment the content of Non western Art in the syllabi and exams following specific recommendations. The only other CSU campus that attended was Humboldt State University. The very fact that CSULA was invited to this event acknowledges the recognition and respect the College Board has towards our institution.



Students in California State University, Los Angeles’ Art 209 class (Perspectives on Art, Diversity, and World Culture) organized and sponsored Art In A Time Of Uncertainty: A Dialogical Palette at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena on Monday, June 1st, 2009. This public event featured contemporary artists Sandeep Mukherjee (left), Carolyn Castaño (middle), and Kaz Oshiro (right). These diverse LA-based artists will explore the meaning of identity and heritage, diversity and power in today’s uncertain times with members of the audience. The event was facilitated by the Art 209 class.

Representing a variety of majors, the Cal State LA student-sponsors are completing Art 209, a General Education course recently modified to link the visual arts and service-learning through civic engagement. The Armory Center for the Arts, located at 145 North Raymond Avenue in Old Pasadena, is a community art center that offers innovative approaches to creating, exploring, and presenting the visual arts to students of all ages.

Tony Maher | MFA '08


On May 2, 2009 Tony Maher received a $500 Orange County Art Competitive Grant for Photography. His image titled "Fixing the Sprinklers with Gramps, 1994 or Digging a Foxhole, 1944" was submitted with his application. The event is sponsored bythe downtown Santa Ana Business Council.

Carla Sotelo | BA '05 | MA '08


Congratulations to Carla Sotelo. She was accepted into the USC School of Architecture program for the Master of Historic Preservation.

Kent Twitchell | BA '72


Left to right: Dunnahoe's, Zakheim, Twitchell, Rojas-Williams

Kent Twitchell's most recent show was in Los Angeles, California April 2009 at the LOOK gallery entitled "Thriller: The King of Pop Meets the King of Cool: Exploring the Lost Works of Kent Twitchell." The exhibition included sketches, photos and drawings for "lost" murals, as well as one that was completed but never installed or shown to the public: A 100-foot-tall, 60-foot-wide portrait of Michael Jackson, created in the early 1990s for the side of the former Barker Bros. building in Hollywood, now the El Capitan Theatre, and a mural of actor Steve McQueen. He currently has a studio in downtown Los Angeles.


In 2008 Mr. Twitchell settled a lawsuit against the U.S. Government and 12 other defendants for painting over his 70-foot tall landmark mural of Edward Ruscha, an important Los Angeles-based Pop artist. The settlement amount – $1.1 million – is believed to be the largest settlement ever under the seldom-invoked Federal Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA) or the California Art Preservation Act (CAPA). VARA and CAPA forbid desecration, alteration, or destruction of certain public works of art without prior notice to the artist to allow for removal. The U.S. Government is contributing $250,000 to the settlement amount. William Brutocao, with the intellectual property law firm Sheldon Mak Rose & Anderson PC, served as Mr. Twitchell’s lead trial attorney in this complex and legally-challenging case. “This settlement sets an important precedent which will benefit other artists,” said Mr. Twitchell. “This resolution makes it clear that when it comes to public art, you have to respect the artist’s rights, or incur significant liability.”


The American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, CA presented and exhibition titled Ceramica de la Tierra: The Pre-Columbian Tradition with contemporary works by Professor Luis Bermudez and Francisco "Pancho" Jimenez February 28 - May 9, 2009.

Francoise Studer
Francoise Studer

CAA Los Angeles MFA Exhibition at USC

The College Arts Association sponsored it's annual conference at the LA Convention Center February 25 - 28. As art of the conference activities, CAA promotes local events around our city. Recent MFA graduates, Carol Reynolds and Francoise Studer were selected to participate and represent our department in the CAA MFA exhibition at USC in the Helen Lindhurst Fine Arts Gallery and the Gayle and Ed Roski MFA Gallery.

Carol ReynoldsCarol Reynolds

Art Education Professor Mika Cho made a presentation at the conference professional development workshop. She gave out advice to new instructors.

Design Option student Jósel Cruz-Arbana was awarded one of thirteen $1,000. Scholarships from AIGA/Los Angeles for his leadership in the Cal State L.A. student design group, GAUGE. AIGA is the professional association for design.

Design students, Joe Bautista, Yothsaran Rermraksakul, Norik Pezeshkian, Karen Hirosawa, Jane Canning, Darren Chen, Nathaniel Ng, Jennifer Perez, Gloria Lam
and Christine Cortina exhibited work in EMERGE 09, the exhibition of student graphic design sponsored by AIGA/Los Angeles, that was held at Loyola Marymount University.

Otis Bardwell | MFA '07 was invited to attend Skowhegan in Maine for 2008. It is an intensive nine-week summer residency program for emerging visual artists. Neither a “school” in the traditional sense nor a “retreat,” the program seeks to create the most stimulating and rigorous environment possible for artistic creation and interaction by providing a concentrated period of work, created with the support and critical assistance of a distinguished faculty of Resident and Visiting Artists. Skowhegan draws its vitality from the talent and energy of the participants, and the community they create. Founded by artists, and still governed by artists for artists, the program provides an atmosphere in which participants are encouraged to work and explore free of the expectations of the marketplace and academia.