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Archive for April, 2013



CSULB Art Professor Marie Thibeault in solo exhibition and new book

Posted on April 29, 2013 by School of Art

CSULB Painting professor Marie Thibeault will be having a solo exhibition at the George Lawson Gallery, in Culver City. These new paintings were made in response to the impact of super storm Sandy, including selections from Funtown, a group named after a seaside park in New Jersey hit particularly hard by the calamity. Accompanying the exhibition is a 140-page hardcover book with over 60 color reproductions, new paintings, and commentary by Constance Mallinson. For more information click here, and review here.


Painting Alum Keil Johnson included in special exhibition at Heritage Museum

Posted on April 25, 2013 by School of Art

CSULB Painting alum Keil Johnson was included in a special exhibition to coincide with a show at the Heritage Museum in Massachusetts entitled, “Driving our Dreams: Imagination in Motion.” This exhibition features concept cars from the 1950s up to the present. Mr. Johnson created a large scale sculpture called “Paper Metrolpolis” which created an entire mega-city out of paper buildings and architecture. He was assisted by members of the community who took charge in creating whatever structures they wanted, from buildings, churches, farms, bridges, and schools to the means of getting around be it buses, cars, even boats. “The Paper Metropolis is a representation of an artistic vision of the future that’s been created by the people who have participated…by the community, for the community, about the community.” said Jan Crocker, Exhibits Manager. For a video of the installation click here, (and more information here.)


CSULB Animation Professor Aubry Mintz in book on creating Animated Short Films

Posted on April 23, 2013 by School of Art

CSULB Animation/Illustration Professor Aubry Mintz is included in the book Ideas for the Animated Short – Finding and Building Stories. The book is a comprehensive and practical blueprint for creating animated shorts with a focus on the strength of a compelling story. Professor Mintz’s contribution is entitled, “Developing a Short Animated Film”; as well as being included in the book, he designed the cover art too! For more information click here.


CSULB Graphic Design Students winning awards in advertising competitions

Posted on April 18, 2013 by School of Art

CSULB Graphic Design students are being celebrated in numerous advertising design competitionsA team of seniors: Tina Kuczaj, Jenny Famularcano, Rachel Hendrickson & Abeeth Salgado - recently competed in The One Club of Advertising International Annual Student Competition and won a Merit/Finalist Award for an Integrated Advertising Campaign.  The client was Pencils of Promise, which is an organization who hopes to raise 40 million Dollars to build schools in third world countries. Four other Graphic Design undergraduates recently won a total of six Los Angeles Advertising Federation Awards (aka the LA Addy’s). Jeffrey Border won an bronze medal for packaging; Jordi Camps won two awards, a gold medal for packaging, and a silver medal for logo design;  Nitzan Harel won a silver medal for single page design of publication;  and Sheid Koufigar won a silver medal for poster design. Congratulations to all participants!


Ceramics Alum Matt Wedel in solo show at LA Louver entitled “Sheep’s Head”

Posted on April 17, 2013 by School of Art

Ceramics alum Matt Wedel has a solo exhibition at L.A. Louver gallery entitled Sheep’s Head.  The exhibition features over twenty ceramic sculptures, and is presented throughout L.A. Louver’s first floor galleries and second floor open air Skyroom. Four monumentally scaled figurative works form the heart of the exhibition, which are complimented by sculptures of Wedel’s “Flower Trees” as well as some large crystalline rock sculptures. The exhibition runs from April 11 through May 11. For more information click here (for reviews click here or here.)


CSULB Illustration Professor Robin Richesson included in History of Costume Illustration book

Posted on April 12, 2013 by School of Art

Hollywood Sketchbook – A Century of Costume Illustration is the first volume published on costume design illustration for the movies. This groundbreaking book celebrates one hundred years of the costume designers’ and costume illustrators’ contributions to the art of cinematic storytelling.  Professor Richesson’s work on movies Forrest Gump, Beloved, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button as well as Stuart Little were all featured. Richesson says, “The most fun for me is storytelling, the narrative, and drawing the human figure. This has always been at the heart of my work since I began studying illustration.” Alongside her works were drawings from both costume designers and illustrators representing silent-era movies all the way to today’s blockbusters (or in movie speak, all the way from  Intolerance to Wizard of Oz to Mary Poppins to Godfather II to Fight Club to The Help.)


CSULB Art History Professor Kendall Brown in Los Angeles Times on Japanese Gardens and new book

Posted on April 8, 2013 by School of Art

Dr. Kendall Brown, professor of Asian art history at CSULB speaks about the Storrier Stearns Japanese garden in Pasadena in an article, as well as in his book, “Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America,” released this month. The garden, placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005, will be open to the public April 28 as part of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days tour. For more information on garden click here; and interview with Dr. Brown here.