Thursday, November 05, 2009

Ceramics Closing Ceremony Nov. 5th 5-9pm

The Graduate Students of Ceramics have a show in the Shed Gallery. Please join them for their reception tonight, Thurs Nov. 9th from 5-9pm. If you cannot make the reception please stop in to view the show, it will be up until Saturday evening. Sorry for the short notice. I hope you all can make it out.

-Ceramics Guild : )

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Painting Guild Guest Artist!

TOMORROW Thursday Oct 29th @ 2pm @ Purple Crit Room

Gajin Fujita is a graffiti artist from East Los Angeles. He is a member of LA graffiti crews K2S (Kill 2 Succeed) and KGB (Kids Gone Bad). He was born in 1972 to Japanese parents. Fujita holds an MFA from the University of Nevada and a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design.[1] His work has been widely exhibited at galleries and museums such as Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas City), L.A. Louver Gallery and several international venues in Switzerland, Greece, and Belgium.

Fujita blends Eastern techniques (anime, partitioned screens), and elements (geishas, warriors, demons), with Western, urban imagery (Latino graffiti, U.S. pop culture imagery) in a way that is stunning and vibrant, yet harmonious. His works embody the cultural and class contradictions that are an integral part of urban Los Angeles.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Printmaking show in MFA shed!

4:00PM Thursday, October 22nd
@ Cal State Northridge "Shed" Gallery. Follow the signs.

An exhibition of prints created by Cal State Northridge students over the past three semesters. This is also an unofficial kick-off for the CSUN Printmaking Society, and an all-around printmaking promotional event! The show will be up all week.

Please share this event with your CSUN friends!

Got Facebook? Interested in the CSUN Printmaking Society? Join the group to keep up with the latest news! :D

Assembly Bill to bring funds to CSU & UC

For those who prefer taxing Big Oil in order to fund the CSU and UC over both layoffs and tuition hikes, here is something valuable and concrete you can do:

Show your support for Assembly Bill 656 by signing the online petition today. Simple and easy, only takes a couple of minutes.
To sign up, go to:

OR if you feel like actually voicing your opinion you can:
1) Find the phone numbers of your Assemblyman and State Senator at:
2) Call them and urge them to support AB 656--Torico.

At present California is the only one of 22 petroleum producing states (including Texas and other "red" states) that does NOT have a severance fee for oil and natural gas extraction.

AB 656 will tax oil companies for extraction of natural gas and oil from California, and will provide dedicated funding to the CSU and UC.

AB 656 is still active, and according to Torico's office, there will be a big push for it, including campus tours (but not CSUN this time around). The California Chamber of Commerce opposes this bill and pretty much any others that would tax the rich, but it enjoys broad support from non Republicans. Your representatives need to hear from you.

It only takes a few minutes! People on the phone are very nice as well. :)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Talk Turkey!

Amazing new student exhibition in the West Gallery. In collaboration with Art Education and CTVA, the Opening Reception is TODAY! Monday October 19, 2009 from 4-7pm.

See You There!!!! :D

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

ArtRaw09 Art Competition

Art(Raw)09 is an international juried competition open to all subjects and mediums, sponsored by, aimed at stripping art down to its fundamental elements; composition, technique, movement, line, shape, or use of color and light in relation to the medium applied. Submitted piece(s) may fall anywhere along the spectrum of artistic expression; chaotic/still, bright and saturated/monochromatic, significant/minimal, expressive in tone/subtle, etc.

This competition is open to all artists, age 17 and older. Open to all mediums except film, video, motion animation and audio. Examples of acceptable mediums include painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, still animation, photography, glass, computer generated, jewelry, drawing, textiles and mixed media. Submitted work must have been completed in the last 2 years.

The top 30 entries will be included in an online exhibition March 1, 2010 – April 30, 2010 and marketed to galleries for possible representation. There will be 11 prizes totaling $7,000 USD, will be awarded from the top 30 by February 15, 2010.

Please visit for more details.

Cashore Marionettes @ Plaza Del Sol

Thursday, October 15 ArtsNorthridge is presenting the Henson Foundation
Grant winning Cashore Marionettes at the Plaza del Sol. There are 2 shows
9:30 and 11:00 a.m. and tickets are $2.00. While this is geared for grades
2-12, University students may be delighted with this performance as well.
It will be a wonderful show.

"Puppetry purists (and their children) will be entranced by the lifelike
delicacy and details of the mastery of this blending of beautiful
craftsmanship and artistry with insight and illusion..."
‹‹The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Simple Gifts is a wonderful collection of marionette masterworks that are
stunning in their intensity and simple beauty--a series of comic and
poignant scenes taken from everyday life and set to music by composers such
as Beethoven, Vivaldi, and Copland. Through a combination of virtuoso
manipulation, humor, pathos, classic music, and poetic insight, the Cashore
Marionettes take the audience on a journey that celebrates the richness of

Click for the Matinee Flyer

Friday, October 09, 2009

Sweet Subversives: Contemporary California Drawings

October 16, 2009 - Feburary 14, 2010

Sweet Subversives is a unique gathering of over 30 drawings by Southern California artists who explore their personal vision of what a drawing means to them and how they achieve this vision.

Some of our alumni and current grad students are in the exhibition. CSUN Alumni in the show include:

Erika Lizee, MFA
Justin Davis, MFA
Holly Boruck, MFA
Terry Arena, Current MA, graduates this semester

Click here for a press release about Sweet Subversives.

Long Beach Museum of Art2300 E. Ocean Blvd.Long Beach, CA 90803562-439-2119

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Ceramics Guild Show

The Ceramics Guild would like to cordially invite you to the Ceramics Guild Show reception on 9/24 starting at 5:30 pm. There will be a potluck and we have information pertaining to our Holiday sale. If you are unable to attend the reception, the show will still be up during the week from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Thanks for your support!

Friday, May 01, 2009

Expose Yourself, May 9th

Expose Yourself
Art Career Day
10am to 5pm
Sat. May 9th

11am 4 pm Guest speakers from Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration,
Photography, and Painting.
1pm 4pm Animation Reel Critiques
1pm 5pm SAGA Graphic Design Portfolio Review
10am 4pm MFA Graduate Open Studios

Other events include:
Web portfolio workshop, Painting Guild Exhibition, Live DJ, food, drinks and

Portfolio Review
Various design studios are invited to review student portfolios. Reviews are one on one, and there will also be a guest speaker.

Here is the sign up schedule.

Monday, May 4th, 9am-5pm VOLUNTEERS only
Tues- Weds, May 5th-6th, 9am-5pm SAGA Members and Volunteers
Thurs-Fri, May 7-8th, 9am-5pm, Open sign up

On the day of the Portfolio Review:
10am Check in for reviews
11am Guest Speaker
12 pm Lunch
1pm to 5 pm Reviews about 20 mins each

Impromtu is at 7pm
as well as the Skateboard Auction designed by faculty

Also for the Skateboard Deck Auction bring cash.

If you want to sign up for Saga membership or to volunteer, (or both) email

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Visiting Artist MAURA BENDETT

Hans Burkhardt Speaker Series
Visiting Artist MAURA BENDETT
Weds. April 29 @ 2:00pm
AC 331

Samantha Fields
Associate Professor of Art
Associate Chair of Art
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA


Sunday, April 19, 2009

CSU Northridge MFA Open Studios & MA Exhibition

CSU Northridge MFA Open Studios & MA Exhibition
Sunday, April 26, 2009, 2-6pm

The California State University, Northridge Art Department invites the public to experience art intimately in the studios of its graduate students at the Second Annual MFA Open Studios & MA Exhibition, Sunday April 26, 2009 2-6pm. This is a fantastic way to see where art is made and meet the emerging artists.

This event will featuring graduate work in photography, painting, illustration, sculpture, ceramics, graphic design, drawing, video and printmaking. The 2009 MFA Open Studios & MA Exhibition will include the fresh new work of nearly 30 artists!

The MFA Open Studios & MA Exhibition will be on Sunday, April 26th from 2:00-6:00 pm in various locations throughout the CSUN Art and Design Center. The Art and Design Center is best accessed by parking lot E6 (which is off of Halsted St. and Lindley Ave.). Parking is $5. Look for the bright yellow buildings! CSUN campus address is 18111 Nordhoff St. Northridge, CA 91330. For more info, please contact the Art Dept. at (818) 677-2242 or by email at

Friday, April 17, 2009

2009 Department Scholarships Winner

Department of Art
2009 Department Scholarships

Arts Council Awards
Undergraduate: William Ruzicka
Post Grad: Kristy Carr
Incoming Graduate: Sara Alavikia

Dean’s Academic Achievement Awards
Junior: Edward Perkins
Senior: Erin Garrovillas
Graduate: Libby Gerby

Hans Burkhardt Memorial Awards
* Undergraduate: Irina Fedorova
Post Grad: Nicole Culver
* Graduate: Benjamin Keirn

Leyo Lopez Memorial Award
* Helen Yemanebrhan

Edwin R. Sievers Memorial Award
Katrina McElroy

Valerie and Steven Svec Memorial Award
Blanca Guerra

Michael Miller Photography Award
* Senior Standing: Ryan Carmody

*Honors Convocation submittal

Monday, March 30, 2009

MFA Open Studios & MA Exhibition

MFA Open Studios & MA Exhibition
Sunday, April 26, 2:00-6:00 pm

CSUN Art + Design Center
18111 Nordoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330
Park in Lot E6 at Halsted St. and Lindley Ave. ($5) MAP
(818) 677-2242 /

The CSUN Art Department invites you to the Second Annual MFA Open Studios & MA Exhibition. The event features the work of over 30 artists specializing in photography, painting, illustration, sculpture, ceramics, graphic design, public art, video and printmaking.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Disney Inspires Day

March 23rd and 24th, forty three Cal State Northridge Students participated in Walt Disney Feature Animation studios Inspire Days Event this year. Students portfolios were reviewed by Disney Feature Animation Directors, Art Directors, Animators, Modelers, and Layout artist. Some of the top talent in the animation industry, Directors Ron Clements and John Musker, Legendary animators like Eric Goldberg and Andreas Deja, presented projects and gave advice to aspiring animation artist.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Alexandra Grant

will be giving a lecture on her work Wednesday, April 1 @ 2:00pm in AC 331. Alex is
the first of Three Hans Burkhardt Honorary Speakers who will be
closing out the semester.

Monday, March 09, 2009


CSUN Photo Club presents
an exhibition showing the
unique perspectives of student photographers

March 9-12, 2009

Opening Reception
Monday, March 9, 5-7pm

Gallery Hours
Tuesday-Thursday 11am-5pm

West Gallery
Art and Design Center
California State University Northridge

Curated by Erin Garrovillas & Grace Probst
Faculty Advisor: Lesley Krane

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Passion for the Possible Opening

All Photos taken by Julia Schlosser

On view now through April 4 in the Art Gallery is Passion for the Possible: The
Work of Sister Corita. The show is the first major retrospective in a decade of
the work of serigraph artist Sister Corita. Corita rose to prominence in Los
Angeles during the 1960s and is well known for her colorful, provocative
messages of hope and peace. Also famous for her inspirational pedagogical
methods as Professor of Art at Immaculate Heart College, Corita worked with
her students to produce dazzling 2 and 3-dimensional pop-art style artworks.

Guest curator Aaron Rose (Beautiful Losers) has transformed the gallery with
wall murals, a giant picture of Corita silk-screening as well as Corita’s images
and photographs of the time. The wall murals and box sculptures on view were
painted by art education professors Edie Pistolesi, Paula DiMarco and Ken
Sakatani and their students working under Rose’s direction.

Film director and graphic designer Mike Mills (Thumbsucker) led CSUN students
in a banner workshop, inspired by Corita’s teaching methods, in which they
designed and created 10-foot canvas banners which are now visible hanging on
the south wall of the Art Department.

A film screening of Rose’s documentary film about Corita’s life and two films by
Baylis Glascock, held in the Amer Theater, was well-attended by various CSUN
notables like Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication Dean Wm
Robert Bucker and Associate Dean Karen Kearns as well as actor Julian Sands,
who contributed to Rose’s film.

The opening reception for the exhibition, held on Valentine’s Day, featured silk-
screening stations led by designer Juliette Bellocq and CSUN students. Gallery
visitors were able to silkscreen Bellocq’s designs (inspired by Corita) onto small
cookie boxes and left for home with miniature Corita-esque box sculptures
filled with Valentines treats. A Ladies Choir comprised of members of the Silver
Lake music community sang songs inspired by Corita, one of which was featured
in Rose’s film. Red Hot Chili Pepper’s bassist Flea was spotted in the audience,
along with professors Lesley Krane, Peri Klemm, Samantha Fields and Patsy Cox.

Julia Schlosser

Friday, February 20, 2009

Job Opportunity

Undergraduate Studies 
Student Assistant Job Announcement

Web Assistant
Hours per Week: 8 to 12 (flexible M-F)
Hourly Wage: $10.00
Start Date: Immediately

Duties include: 
Pouring content into web templates.
Cropping, sizing, and ALT tagging photos for the Web. 
Limited creating of graphics for the Web.
Running XHTML validation checks
Running website link checks. 

Working knowledge of Dreamweaver and Photoshop.
Knowledge of XHTML and CSS. 
Knowledge of Contribute and LecShare a plus. 
Must be reliable, organized and have great communication skills. 
Must follow through on all assigned tasks. 

Gregory Mena
Phone: (818) 677- 2969
Undergraduate Studies
California State University, Northridge 

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Graphic Design Internship Opportunity

Company: Creative Impact Agency

Looking for Web Interns. Anyone who is interested, contact Danica Pupa

Danica Pupa
Creative Impact Agency
818.981.7656 x 105

Graphic Design Job Opening

Company: Trigger Los Angeles

Looking for an Interactive Banner Designer. Any one who is interested, please contact Jacob Court. 

Jacob Court 
Art Director   Trigger
310.921.7070 Main
310.921.7084 Direct 

Monday, February 09, 2009

Graphic Design Internship Opportunity

Company: EmbroidMe

About EmbroidMe: We specialize in embroidery, screen printing and promotional products.

We are looking for a Graphic Designer who is proficient with design, typography and related computer applications.

Please contact the Art Advisement office for more information.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Christian Tedeschi "Levity" at the West Gallery

Christian Tedeschi's "Levity" exhibition will be featured at the CSUN West Gallery.

Opening reception: Saturday Fed 14th 1-4pm

Gallery hours: Monday - Saturday 12-4pm
Thursday open until 8:00pm

Exhibition runs until Feb 19th

West Gallery
Art and Design Center, Rm 201
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330-8299

Thursday, January 15, 2009


A collaborative exhibition between OVERTONES gallery and den contemporary art
on view at OVERTONES gallery through February 28, 2009.
Amir H. Fallah
Tim Forcum (CSUN Art Dept Faculty)
Cornia Gamma
Stas Orlovski
Margi Scharff
Amanda Sefton Hogg
Carole Silverstein
Coleen Sterritt
Alexis Weidig
Nicola Vruwink
Opening Night: SATURDAY, January 17, 2009; 7-10PM
Exhibition dates: January 17 – February 28, 2009
“Connections” is a group exhibition of ten Los Angeles-based artists from OVERTONES and den contemporary art, featured at the OVERTONES gallery exhibition space. The artists are linked through a sequence of visual dialogs in art making, and the exhibition will include painting, work on paper, sculpture, and video.

Each artist has a singular vision and style, yet one connects to another in visual discourse reflecting contemporary consciousness about subjects ranging from nature to domesticity, and through use of text, patterning, collage, and craft, in works that include both abstract and representational imagery. Landscape and nature are represented in detailed paintings by Amir Fallah, Stas Orlovski, and Amanda Sefton Hogg. Elements from nature are also found in the sensitively assembled sculptures by Coleen Sterritt and Alexis Weidig. Use of craft in Nicola Vruwink’s crocheted cassette tape piece relates to
Margi Scharff’s intimate collages of discarded materials. Scharff’s arrangements are fashioned into mandala patterns, which connect to Gamma’s video installation of kaleidoscopic images of moving objects and people. The images layered in Gamma’s videos link to the layering of patterns and lines in the abstract works of Carole Silverstein’s meditative ink paintings on mylar and Tim Forcum’s dynamic oil paintings.

“Connections” provides the audience with a sense that, if one is open to seeing, relationships exist everywhere. In times of change like the World is experiencing today, the links between us are pathways to new opportunities and growth. The collaborative nature of the exhibition “Connections” and the artists presented, offer a visual space within which we can play, explore and find delight in the challenges that often come with the uncertainty of change.
+ For additional information and images please contact Elizabeta Betinski at
or Donna Enad Napper at

Monday, January 05, 2009

ecoLOGIC Exhibit

PRESS RELEASE: December 24, 2008

A survey of Southern California artists, architects, and designers who pose aesthetic inquiries that express a unique logic, ecological reasoning or discourse.

Cypress College Art Gallery
9200 Valley View, Cypress, CA 90630

January 28February 29, 2009

Opening reception: January 28, 6–8 p.m.

Artists include: Calvin Abe, Kim Abeles, Samantha Fields, Sant Khalsa, Manfred Menz, Kathryn Miller, Lothar Schmitz, Glen Small, and Joel Tauber.

Curated by Patricia Watts, ecoartspace

Environmentalists often find it hard not to be sarcastic, or even angry, when working with individuals, organizations, and institutions that are ignorant of opportunities to protect the environment. The use of humor and metaphors is often employed by activists to point out playfully what is obvious to some, a way to open minds to new ideas. Artists have long pointed out the not-so-obvious through visual imagery, offering up symbols that can lead cultures to a new awareness. The following artists share this practice. Their work displays a type of logic that questions its viewers to think deeper and harder, and to make sense of what they present. An ecolOGIC, if you will.

Calvin Abe: ah'bé
ah'bé landscape architects, an award-winning, Culver City–based firm renowned for creating artful and ecologically sustainable urban infrastructure spaces, began a series of indoor art installations entitled Shreddings in 2003. Questioning our assumptions about what we do, this fourth iteration of recycled paper towers, or an abstract forest, furthers the dialogue on our current methods of waste disposal.

Kim Abeles
Abeles creates poignant or apt signifiers of environmental conditions. In her Signs of Life series, which she started in 2004, she uses satellite photographs to pinpoint or map plant life as sculptural objects. Using model trees, she creates a magnified landscape of what little nature exists in urban areas.

Samantha Fields
Fields’s paintings depict nature’s extreme, environmental drama, unrestrained atmospheric landscapes, the sublime. She documents devastation from wildfires that questions our understanding of natural cycles and human impacts on the land. These dreamy, apocalyptic works remind us of our ability to forget that we live in a precarious, temporal world.

Sant Khalsa
Khalsa creates typologies of nature, as in her Western Waters series artworks, which describe the proliferation of water stores in the Southwest. Consisting of over two hundred stores to date, these black-and-white photographs of store facades and signage signal a trend: clean water is either a limited resource, or it is an economically driven commercial product.

Manfred Menz
Since 2004, Menz has created an ongoing body of work entitled Invisible Project. Documenting famous sites around the world, where snapshots are usually taken by tourists, his digitally enhanced large-scale photographs reveal only the locations’ plant life. By removing the built environment, the artist shows us the evidence of nature’s role in today’s world.

Kathryn Miller
Miller’s work is deeply rooted in environmental issues, concepts, questions, and concerns. As a keen observer of the natural world, she combines knowledge of art and biology to illuminate human impacts on ecological systems and native habitat. With her dry sense of humor and sense of the absurd, she invents advertisements of green denial.

Glen Small
Small, a visionary “outsider” architect and founding member of SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, developed a socially and environmentally responsible sensibility with his early projects in the 1970s, when he conceived of the Biomorphic Biosphere and Green Machine. His designs were inspired by his goal to transform the Los Angeles basin into a futuristic eco logical region.

Lothar Schmitz
Through sci-fi like laboratory dioramas and sculptural systems, Schmitz shows how we shape nature with our desire to bring order or progress to our lives. With coiffed domestic settings, interiorized gardens, we have sealed off the natural world and have become psychologically immune to its unrestrained aesthetic.

Joel Tauber
In his video work entitled Sick-Amour, Tauber falls in love with a sycamore tree, an emblem of our fragmented relationship with nature. Struggling to assist the sycamore to survive in the middle of a parking lot, the artist becomes an eco-warrior, a guerilla gardener, a fake civic worker—all to save the tree.

Closing Reception: Saturday, February 29, 2009, 7–9 p.m.

Gallery Hours: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; Tuesday–Wednesday, 6–8 p.m. The gallery is closed Friday, except by appointment

For more information, please contact gallery director Paul Paiement at 714.484.7134