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