Monday, February 26, 2007

"Revealed: Women, Art, Life, Success"

Sunday, March 18, 2007, 2 to 5 p.m.
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre
"Revealed: Women, Art, Life, Success"

"Revealed" is an interactive dialogue moderated by art historian, critic and curator, Betty Ann Brown and painter, sculptor and grant consultant Linda Vallejo. Brown and Vallejo have invited a panel of twelve other artists and art professionals to participate in an afternoon dialogue about the intersections of art and life. They will address issues such as professional training, mentorship, inspiration, accomplishments and goals.

The artists and writers on the panel are: Kim Abeles, Judith F. Baca, Samantha Fields, Diane Gamboa, Cheryl Gaulke, Lezley Saar, Stacy Schultz, Barbara Smith, June Wayne, Ruth Weisberg, Terry Wolverton, and Kim Yasuda.

This informal but stimulating afternoon dialogue reveals the variety of ways in which women artists and arts professionals understand and interpret their lives through their art work. The audience is integral to this dialogue and encouraged to participate.

Among the questions to be discussed are the following:
1. Why did you become an artist/writer/curator/educator?
2. Who were your mentors and what did they teach you?
3. What would success look like for you as an artist? as a spiritual being? as a
sexual being? as a business person?
4. How and where do you get your ideas?
5. What would you say to a young woman entering your profession today?
6. What artwork do you love the most? What artwork angers you the most? Why?
7. What profession would you be if you weren't in the arts?

This program extends the visual conversation offered by "Multiple Vantage Points: Southern California Women Artists, 1980-2006" which is on view at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery from February 25 through April 15, 2007. Curated by Dextra Frankel, the exhibition features fifty artists working in the decades following the rise of the feminist art revolution in performance, traditional and new media practices.

The exhibition was organized by the Southern California Women's Caucus for Art and the Southern California Council of the National Museum of Women in the Arts as a complement to WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, 1965-1980 at MOCA to explore connections between the dynamic women artists working in Southern California today and the early global history of feminist art. Today's program and the Multiple Vantage Points exhibition are part of The Feminist Art Project, a national initiaitve recognizing the aesthetic and intellectual impact of women on the visual arts and culture.

The exhibition, related programs and accompanying catalogue were made possible, in part, by the contributions of Payden & Rygel, the Peter Norton Family Foundation, Bank of America, and many individual donors.

Limited parking is available at Barnsdall Park. Additional spaces at The Center for Inquiry, 4700 Hollywood Blvd. or try street parking or riding the Metro Red line to the Vermont/Sunset station.

Gallery Theatre
4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles 90027
323.644.6269 or
Admission is free for this event

Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles 90027
323.644.6269 or
Hours, Friday - Sunday, 12 to 5 PM.; First Fridays hours are extended until 9 PM.
Admission is free to the exhibition reception and during First Fridays.


Monday, MARCH 5th

Purple Crit Room

All are welcome
LECTURE followed by INFORMAL discussion CERAMICS, ADC 511
Alison J. Petty has developed a comprehensive approach to making objects, in porcelain, glass, and rubber. She received her BFA from Concordia University, and MFA from the California College of the Arts. Alison has been a resident artist at the Taller Cultural in Santiago de Cuba, and her work has been highlighted in several international art publications, she has exhibited internationally, and has received grants from both the B.C. Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts to explore how ceramics and technology intersect.

Sponsored by CSUN Ceramics Guild and Associated Students

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Don Hahn - Disney Executive Producer & Head of Development

Don Hahn
Guest of the CSUN Department of Art
February 13, 2007

The Department of Art was delighted to host a presentation by Don Hahn,
Disney Feature Animation Executive Producer and Head of Development. He is responsible for producing Disney movies such as The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and The Emperor's New Groove and has authored books such as Animation Magic.

Over 200 students, faculty, and staff attended from various departments including CTVA, Journalism, and Music.

After the event, Don sat with Professor Marianne Trujillo's animation students for a one on one workshop where he reviewed and critiqued student reels and portfolios. For more info on the Department of Art and their animation program, email

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Professor Samantha Fields - This Land

Faculty Member Tim Forcum on Feb 27th

Faculty Member Tim Forcum on Feb 27th

Presentation in the Purple Crit Room @ 2pm
February 27th, 2007
Hosted by the CSUN Painters Guild

Monday, February 19, 2007

Albert Contreras – Twelve Untitled Works, 2002-2003

Selections from CSUN Foundation Permanent Art Collection
In the West Gallery, February 19 - March 7, 2007

Twelve works by Albert Contreras, donated by the artist to California State University, Northridge, are showcased from the Foundation Permanent Art Collections. Born in 1933 in Los Angeles, Contreras studied at Los Angeles City College (1955), Mexico City College (1956) and the University of Madrid (1957). During the mid-1950s into the 1960s Contreras explored Minimalist aesthetics. In 1960 he migrated to Stockholm, Sweden, where he lived for nine years developing his reputation as an artist who exhibited extensively, including at the Stockholm Museum of Modern Art. In 1969 he moved to New York, returned to Los Angeles in 1970, and currently lives in Santa Monica. In 1972 he abruptly stopped producing art, feeling he had aesthetically reached a dead end. Not until 1997, when he retired as a truck driver for the sanitation department after 25 years of service, did he resume painting.

Contreras exhibits regularly with the Daniel Weinberg Gallery in Los Angeles and the Bill Maynes Gallery in New York. From 1997 to 2005, he created irradiating geometric abstract environments. Contreras has sculpted vibrant acrylic squares and rectangles with thick and luscious jelly-like surfaces that pop out of the canvas floating in solid color. The geometric forms sparkle, an affect he achieved with pearlescent and fluorescent paints, glitter and interference pigments, which impart a metallic sheen to his canvases. The grid, thick paint, lyricism, and decorative quality of his works reflect the styles Kasimir Malevich’s Supermatism, Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie, the Neo-Plasticism of Theo van Doesburg, the Minimalism of Donald Judd and Don Flavin, to the more recent works by Linda Besemer, Wess Dahlberg, Jason Ecoff, and Linda Stark.


Prof. Samantha Fields
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Work of over 200 artists, including CSUN Professor Samantha Fields
February 24 - March 24, 2007
Reception: February 24, 7 to 10 pm

At The Brewery Project
676 S. Avenue 21, #33, Los Angeles, CA 90031
(323) 222-0222
Email: director@hausgallerycom
Hours: Friday - Sunday, noon to 5pm

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On Saturday, February 24th, an exhibition sponsored by HAUS to benefit the Darfur region of Sudan will open at the Brewery Project featuring the work of over 200 artists. Small works (no larger than 24" square) of painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and mixed media will be exhibited by established, mid-career and emerging artists.

The reception will be from 7 to 10 p.m. All work will be for sale and HAUS will donate all profit from its 50% sales commissions from this event to It is expected that many of the showing artists will also voluntarily donate their proceeds from the sale of their work.

According to the SaveDarfur website, Darfur has been embroiled in a deadly conflict for over three years. At least 400,000 people have been killed, more than two million innocent civilians have been forced to flee their homes and now live in displaced-persons camps in Sudan or in refugee camps in neighboring Chad and more than 3.5 million men, women, and children are completely reliant on international aid for survival. Not since the Rwandan genocide of 1994 has the world seen such a calculated campaign of displacement, starvation, rape, and mass slaughter. António Guterres, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, has described the situation in Sudan and Chad as the largest and most complex humanitarian problem on the globe.

Since its inaugural exhibition in 2003, HAUS, an alternative gallery in Pasadena, has been hosting solo exhibitions of emerging and underexposed contemporary artists. According to HAUS owners, William Rabe and Nena Amsler, We are pleased to have been given the opportunity to sponsor this event which, it is hoped, will generate both aid and awareness for the Darfur crisis and have been thrilled with the art community's response to our efforts.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Expansive Mural Celebrates CSUN’s Riches in Sciences and Humanities

NORTHRIDGE – Months in the making, a major artistic mural celebrating the intellectual and artistic richness of California State University, Northridge, has been installed within University Student Union (USU) Theater adjacent to the Plaza del Sol Performance Hall. The mural features layers of rich colors, textures and antique illustrations, produced first in paint and then printed digitally.

CSUN Art Department Illustration students Angela Bernal and Keiko Tanabe designed and produced the work, with supervision by faculty advisor Professor Laurel Long.

“We wanted to use images related to the intellectual exploration of science and humanities such as Da Vinci’s invention drawings and Beethoven’s musical notation, and combine those with abstract color fields that represent the natural elements of earth, water and fire.” Said Angela. Adds Keiko, “We wanted to visually represent the different areas of university study. “

“We have such talented students, I would like to see their work all over the campus,” said Leslie Gillman Room Reservations and Academic Facilities Coordinator after the permanent installation on Jan. 26. Prompted by a request from the faculty for a more aesthetic teaching environment, she approached Professor Dave Moon, Acting Dean of the College of Arts, Media and Communication about having CSUN art students create a mural for the USU Theater. Professor Moon brought the project to the attention of Professor Long’s illustration class.

“I am so proud of our illustration students,” said Long, noting the intense design and painting work of students Bernal and Tanabe. “What they created is beautiful and inspiring. It is a celebration of the best of the University in thought, philosophy and the academic disciplines.”

Working in groups, the students presented seven different mural design proposals to the USU Facilities and Commercial Services Committee. The Committee chose Angela and Keiko’s design.

“It looks fantastic.” said Jason Wang, USU Associate Director for Operations and Services, whose sentiments best sum up the project.

The mural may be viewed at the University Student Union Theater, room 2207.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

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