ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 - Riverside Art Museum - May 7th - June 21st <p style="text-align: justify;">The Riverside Art Museum is pleased to announce the 2015 University of California at Riverside Masters of Fine Arts Exhibition, spotlighting the work of eleven first and second year graduate students, facilitated by UCR Associate Professor of Art, Yunhee Min. These students work in various mediums, including: sculpture, painting, photography, video, and installation. Working towards the culmination of their thesis projects, they each approach their work with a unique voice, conceptual framework, and formal sensibility. All of the students in the exhibition are actively engaged in dialogue with an important lineage of artistic practice and the ever-evolving arena of contemporary art.</p> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:46:11 +0000 - Riverside Art Museum - April 21st - July 5th <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Three Exhibition Venues:</strong></p> <ol style="text-align: justify;"> <li>Palazzo della Provincia di Frosinone, Frosinone, Italy, October 4 &ndash; 28, 2014</li> <li>Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside CA, December 6, 2014 &ndash; March 29, 2015</li> <li>Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA, April 21 &ndash; July 5, 2015</li> </ol> <p style="text-align: justify;">All local, national, and international artists are invited to participate in a unique traveling exhibition opportunity.&nbsp;<em>California Dreaming: An International Portrait of Southern California&nbsp;</em>is a juried exhibition with approximately 50 selected artworks that will travel for exhibition to three venues: the Palazzo della Provincia di Frosinone in Frosinone, Italy (Rome vicinity) under the leadership of Alfio Borghese, Gallery Director; Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) under the leadership of Daniel Foster, Executive Director; and Riverside Art Museum (RAM) under the leadership of Drew Oberjuerge, Executive Director.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The juried exhibition of original work is an exploration of the popular fascination with the celebrated lifestyle, influences, and environs of Southern California.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In addition to the selected artworks from the juried competition, there will be five artworks that will be included in the traveling exhibition by special invitation of the jurors. These five pieces will embody and reflect the vision of&nbsp;<em>California Dreaming: An International Portrait of Southern California&nbsp;</em>and will further enhance the scholarship and strength of this traveling exhibition.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>BIOGRAPHIES</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Daniel Foster &ndash; Juror</strong><br />Daniel Foster has a distinguished 25-year career in fine and contemporary arts/museum leadership and programming in addition to being a proven nonprofit and philanthropic foundation leader. As the Executive Director of the Oceanside Museum of Art since August 2012, Foster has instituted significant new visioning and programmatic growth and outreach into the region. Additionally, Foster is exerting leadership in the Oceanside and North County arts community as a critical convener and collaboration builder.<br />Previous to OMA, Foster was the President/CEO of The Community Foundation Serving Riverside &amp; San Bernardino Counties &ndash; a $60 million philanthropic foundation and regional leader for quality of life issues.&nbsp; Foster was the Executive Director of the Riverside Art Museum (RAM) and widely regarded as a key visionary community leader in developing the city of Riverside&rsquo;s now successful &ldquo;City of Arts &amp; Innovation&rdquo; downtown revitalization strategy over the past decade.&nbsp; Earlier in his career, Foster produced outstanding adult education programs for ten years at the San Diego Art Institute &ndash; in addition to working at the Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA), the University Art Gallery at UCSD, and the San Francisco Art Institute. Academically, Foster received a Bachelor of Science degree in Entrepreneurship/Business at the University of Southern California and a Master of Fine Arts with honors in New Genres and Painting/Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Drew Oberjuerge&nbsp;</strong><strong>&ndash;</strong><strong>&nbsp;Juror&nbsp;</strong><br />Born and raised in the Inland Empire, Drew Oberjuerge has served as the Executive Director of Riverside Art Museum since&nbsp;March 2012. She is committed to programming that engages the community as well as educational and professional institutions.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Oberjuerge graduated from University of California, San Diego with degrees in Political Science/Political Theory and Italian Literature and also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from University of Southern California. While studying abroad in Italy she fell in love with the visual arts and has since worked at a number of arts organizations throughout Southern California including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In 2008, she returned to the Inland Empire to create the Art Works program, a creative-arts-for-wellness program for individuals who carry a mental-health diagnosis, with Jefferson Transitional Programs.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Peter Frank &ndash; Juror</strong><br />Peter Frank is a Los Angeles based art critic, curator and poet. Frank started as the Senior Curator at Riverside Art Museum in 2005 and is now an Adjunct Senior Curator. He is a frequent contributor to&nbsp;<em>The Huffington Post</em>&nbsp;and was a critic for&nbsp;<em>LA Weekly</em>&nbsp;until 2008, an editor of&nbsp;<em>Visions Art Quarterly</em>&nbsp;as well as a critic for&nbsp;<em>The Village Voice</em>&nbsp;and The&nbsp;<em>SoHo Weekly News</em>&nbsp;in New York.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Frank has curated and organized a significant body of exhibitions at institutions throughout the world. He has also organized numerous theme and survey shows, including &ldquo;Driven to Abstraction: Southern California and the Non-Objective World, 1950-1980&rdquo; for the Riverside Art Museum; "Artists' Books U.S.A.," "Mapped Art: Charts, Routes, Regions" and "Line and Image: The Northern Sensibility in Recent European Drawing," all for Independent Curators Inc.; &ldquo;Fluxus Film and Video&rdquo; for the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid; "Young Fluxus" for Artists' Space in New York; "To the Astonishing Horizon" for Los Angeles Visual Arts; "Southern Abstraction" for the Raleigh (NC) City Gallery of Contemporary Art; "The Theater of the Object, 1958-1972" for New York's Alternative Museum; "Visual Poetry" for the Otis/Parsons Art Institute in Los Angeles; "Multiple World" for the Atlanta College of Art; and, most notably, "19 Artists &ndash; Emergent Americans," the 1981 Exxon National Exhibition mounted at the Guggenheim Museum. Frank received his B.A. and M.A. in art history from Columbia University.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Alfio Borghese &ndash; Gallery Director&nbsp;</strong><br />Alfio Borghese of Italy&rsquo;s noble Borghese family has been acclaimed throughout Italy for over 40 years as art critic, curator, art director and journalist. As producer, journalist and interviewer in association with RAI (Italy&rsquo;s national public broadcasting company) Borghese produced a notable series of films and documentaries featuring the most important artists, writers and political figures of the twentieth century. He has instructed laureate courses in film, theater and television, and as President of&nbsp;<em>il&nbsp;</em><em>Teatro Stabile dei Ragazzi</em>, Borghese has written and directed hundreds of theatrical performances for youth and adults.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In collaboration with the European Union, Borghese was instrumental in creating 21 museums throughout&nbsp;the province of Siena, including the National Museum of Archeology. Borghese directed the Italian Pavilion of Viterbo for the Venice Biennale in 2011 and since 2012 has served as president and curator of the Biennale di Frosinone, Anagni and Alatri, a major exhibition of 180 works from 90 artists. He serves as artistic director of the Festival of Contemporary Visual Arts sponsored by the City and the Province of Frosinone and regularly curates prominent exhibitions in Veroli, Anagni, Grottammare, the Palazzo degli Alessandri in Viterbo, and the Villa Baruchello in Porto Sant 'Elpidio.</p> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:45:15 +0000 - Riverside Art Museum - April 3rd - May 3rd <p style="text-align: justify;">Continuing a tradition that is now in its 53rd year, the Riverside Art Museum is proud to celebrate its long history hosting the <em>The 53rd Annual </em>Press-Enterprise<em> Riverside County High School Art Show</em>. High school students across the county submitted a piece of original artwork within the categories of: Photography, Ceramics, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Acrylic / Oil Painting, Watercolor, Drawing in Black and White, Drawing in Color, and Graphic Art. All artwork was judged by a panel of respected figures in the local art community to select winners from each category, as well as sponsorship awards, honorable mentions, and the Howard H. Hays Sr. Best of Show Cover Award.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The award-winning pieces will displayed at RAM in the Bobbie Powell and Ross DeVean gallery on the second floor, where their award titles will be displayed following the award reception announcements on Thursday, April 16, 2015. All other submissions will be displayed in the art museum&rsquo;s Olds Conference Room on the second floor.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>ENTRY FORM</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Entry forms will be available Friday, February 20 &ndash; Monday, March 23, 2015 at <a href=""></a>. Entry form must be filled out and submitted online.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>IMPORTANT DATES</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Entry Form Submittal Deadline: Monday, March 23, 2015</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Art Intake Day 1: Friday, March 27, 2015, 10:00 a.m. &ndash; 5:00 p.m.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Art Intake Day 2: Saturday, March 28, 10:00 a.m. &ndash; 2:00 p.m.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Exhibition: April 2 &ndash; May 3, 2015</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Award Reception: Thursday, April 16, 2015, 6:00 p.m. &ndash; 7:30 p.m. (Awards begin at 6:45 p.m.)</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Art Pickup Day 1: Friday, May 8, 2015, 10:00 a.m. &ndash; 4:00 p.m.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Art Pickup Day 2: Saturday, May 9, 2015, 10:00 a.m. &ndash; 2:00 p.m.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a title="53rd Art Show Prospectus-FINAL.pdf" href="" target="_blank">Click here to download the 2015 Prospectus with guidelines, rules, and other information.</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">To clarify any details, please contact <a href=""></a>.</p> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:44:06 +0000 - Riverside Art Museum - March 1st - April 11th <p style="text-align: justify;">The Riverside Art Museum (RAM) is pleased to present <em>Spotlight: Visual Arts Across the Generations in the Riverside Unified School District.</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">E.W. Eisner wrote in <em>Ten Lessons the Arts Teach</em> (1998) that, &ldquo;a &lsquo;work of art&rsquo; is both an activity and a result; it is a noun and a verb&hellip;. One of the great aims of education is to make it possible for people to be engaged in the process of creating themselves. Artists and scientists are alike in this respect.&rdquo; The impact that arts education has on academic performance, social development, and community engagement is often underestimated and undervalued just because it is difficult to measure. Americans for the Arts, the nation&rsquo;s leading nonprofit for advancing the arts and arts education, has stated time and again that, &ldquo;arts education should not be considered a frill, but a necessity.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;We appreciate the on-going collaboration with the Riverside Art Museum and this special opportunity to showcase our students&rsquo; and faculty&rsquo;s artwork,&rdquo; says Antonio Garcia, Riverside Unified School District&rsquo;s Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. &ldquo;This exhibit reflects the value we place on arts education, both as a school district and as the larger Riverside community.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Many RUSD graduates have gone on to exhibit, teach, and work at RAM,&rdquo; says Drew Oberjuerge, Executive Director. &ldquo;This exhibition presents exceptional student, teacher, and faculty artwork. As creativity and analytical thinking - things that are developed through arts education - become important facets of the 21st century work force, the RUSD and RAM are working together to encourage artist development.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Riverside Unified School District (RUSD), founded in 1871, provides pre-Kindergarten to adult education to students within the City of Riverside and some surrounding unincorporated communities. Art education has been an important priority for the RUSD for many years. Children as young as pre-Kindergarten students are exposed to a wide range of arts programs: instrumental and vocal music; dance; theater; the visual arts of painting, drawing, and sculpture; and more. Students with an interest in the arts are encouraged to enhance their skills with a variety of advanced coursework.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>DATES TO REMEMBER:</strong></p> <ul style="text-align: justify;"> <li><strong>Drop-off: </strong>Artwork must be hand-delivered to RAM, 3425 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501, on either <strong>Wednesday, February 25, or Thursday, February 26, 2015, 10:00 a.m. &ndash; 8:00 p.m.</strong> <strong>NO EXCEPTIONS</strong>.</li> <li><strong>Exhibition Dates:</strong> March 1 &ndash; April 11,2015.</li> <li><strong>Opening Reception (during Riverside Artswalk): </strong>Thursday,March 5, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.</li> <li><strong>Pick-up:</strong> Artwork must be picked up at RAM on <strong>Sunday, April 12, 10:00 a.m. &ndash; 4:00 p.m., or you must make a special appointment with RAM staff by Wednesday, April 1, 2015, for a pick-up date and time between April 12 &ndash; 19, 2015</strong>. Your claim card must be presented. <strong>NO EXCEPTIONS.</strong></li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;">For more information, email RAM Exhibitions and Collections Coordinator Allen Morton at <a href=""></a>.</p> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:42:07 +0000 - Riverside Art Museum - March 3rd - April 30th <p style="text-align: justify;">In many people's experience, California consists of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, and the highways that connect them. In reality these urban centers make up only a fraction of the whole; according to the 2010 Census, geographically the state of California is more than 94 percent rural. Surprise Valley, Lost Hills, Raisin City, Mecca&mdash;these are the communities that make up "the rest" of California.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Writer and photographer Lisa M. Hamilton has been telling the stories of these rural communities in her multimedia work&nbsp;<em>Real Rural</em>. For this exhibition, she has delved into the collections of the <a href="" target="_blank">California Historical Society</a> to connect these present-day stories with the past. Featuring roughly 75 photographs,&nbsp;<em>I See Beauty in This Life</em>&nbsp;is a combination of large-scale color prints by Hamilton and her selections from the California Historical Society's vast photography collections&mdash;material dating from the 1880s through the mid-twentieth century, much of which has never been exhibited before. Led through CHS's vast collection of historic photographs by the Director of Library &amp; Archives Mary Morganti, Hamilton has selected images that are not predictable views of pastoral windmills or heroic mule teams, but rather images that reflect her own keen interest in revealing the unexpected. Her approach to the Historical Society's collections is different from that of a historian in that her first priority was to choose images that are outstanding for aesthetic reasons. Taken by amateur and mostly unknown photographers, the photographs are remarkable for their beauty and unusual perspective. These press prints, snapshots, and publicity stills are also intimate records of struggle, celebration, community, and the endless work required to wrest a livelihood from the land. Together, they tell a complex&mdash;and sometimes humorous&mdash;story of the many different individual lives and landscapes comprising the vast mosaic that is the Golden State.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The title of the exhibition is taken from an interview that Hamilton did with Modoc County rancher and poet Linda Hussa:</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: justify;">If your poetry isn't based on something that's important to you&mdash;family, place, the purpose of your life&mdash;well then it's kind of empty isn't it? Because it has to have that passion to affect other people, to make other people care about what you are saying. They have to hear that there is something there.... I always wanted people to understand what was going on in the rural routes. And that there certainly should be some regard for the people there. Because I see beauty in this life, I don't think it is lonesome. And I don't think it is dumb.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">There are many ways to define what is "rural." For the purpose of her work and this exhibition, Hamilton has used the term to describe, "places where the culture and the economy are defined by the direct use of natural resources." This manifests in myriad ways, something reflected by the works in&nbsp;<em>I See Beauty in This Life</em>. We see gushing oil spouts and the faces of the men who work them, as well as graffiti left by trapped miners who were not rescued in time. A 4-H girl guards her prize sheep under the scrutiny of a Los Angeles television camera and a rodeo queen applies lipstick from the make-up kit in the horn of her saddle. Given the great range of experience presented by these photographs, even those familiar with rural California are likely to be surprised.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Hamilton, who focuses on agriculture and rural communities, is the first scholar in a new program of the California Historical Society called&nbsp;<strong><em>Curating California</em></strong>&nbsp;through which artists, writers, historians, poets, activists, and other remarkable Californians are invited to explore the rich collections of the Historical Society with the goal of inspiring a project or exhibition. She is the author of&nbsp;<em>Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness</em>. Her work has also been published in&nbsp;<em>The Nation</em>,&nbsp;<em>The Atlantic</em>,&nbsp;<em>McSweeney's</em>, and&nbsp;<em>Orion</em>. In 2011, she turned her focus to California, traveling over 10,000 miles around the state, exploring its rural communities and landscapes in the multimedia work <em>Real Rural</em>. The work has many forms, including an ad-art campaign on BART and a storytelling website (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>) that weaves portraits from photographs, audio, and text. As with all of her work, Hamilton considers questions of identity and community in&nbsp;<em>I See Beauty in This Life</em>, this time using photographs from throughout rural California's rich history.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="" target="_blank">Click here to read the gallery e-booklet.</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition is on loan from:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="" alt="Ca Historical Society.jpg" width="320" height="320" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:41:07 +0000 Corita Kent - Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) - June 14th - November 1st <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent</em>is the first full-scale exhibition to survey the entire career of pioneering artist and designer Corita Kent (1918-1986). For over three decades, Corita experimented in printmaking, producing a groundbreaking body of work that combines faith, activism, and teaching with messages of acceptance and hope. A Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Corita taught at the Art Department at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles from 1947 through 1968. At IHC, she developed her vibrant, Pop-inspired prints from the 1960s, mining a variety of secular and religious sources and using the populist printmaking medium to pose philosophical questions about racism, war, poverty, and religion. Her work was widely recognized for its revolutionary impact and remains an iconic symbol of that period in American history. As a teacher, Corita inspired her students to discover new ways of experiencing the world by seeking out revelation in everyday events. Bringing together artwork from Corita's entire career, this exhibition reveals the impassioned energy of this artist, educator, and activist.</p> <p class="artistDate" style="text-align: justify;"><em>Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent</em> is organized by Ian Berry, Dayton Director of the Tang Museum, and Michael Duncan, independent curator and art critic, in collaboration with the Corita Art Center, Los Angeles. The exhibition is made possible with the generous support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Friends of the Tang.</p> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:36:55 +0000 Ikko Tanaka - Pacific Asia Museum - April 2nd - August 2nd <p style="text-align: justify;">Focusing on the core of his artistic practice, poster design, Ikko Style will provide a colorful look into how Ikko TANAKA's ideas were visualized and transmitted to a broad audience. Over 30 posters will be on view, all of which are part of the museum's permanent collection and will be exhibited for the first time.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Tanaka's style is provocative yet timeless, drawing visual idioms from his cultural background and redefining them with the collective imagination of the present time. Born in Nara, the cradle of Japanese civilization, educated in Kyoto, the imperial capital and the cultural hub of Japan, and starting his career in Osaka, the city of commerce and art patronage, Tanaka was well situated to be a successful graphic master in Tokyo, an international metropolis.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> As a relentless promoter of visual expression, Tanaka strove to achieve universal aesthetic value beyond regional or cultural barriers, which can be seen in his countless designs of posters, logos, trademarks, books and packages. Through his vision, forms drawn from traditional ukiyo-e (pictures of the floating world) were reduced into striking abstract designs to promote cultural events. Using his aptitude for understanding visual elements from any form, Japanese written characters were transformed into effective and innovative graphic tools. Through Tanaka's celebrated work with fashion designers and corporations including Hanae Mori and Issey Miyake and Mazda Corporation, Tanaka was able to bridge the gap between fine art and the commercial sector.</p> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:30:06 +0000 Alberto Díaz Gutiérrez - Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) - May 15th - August 2nd <p style="text-align: justify;">Alberto D&iacute;az Guti&eacute;rrez, better known simply as Korda (1928&ndash;2001), was a Cuban photographer remembered for his famous image Guerrillero Heroico of Argentine Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara. MOLAA&rsquo;s Project Room exhibition features the iconic portrait of Che Guevara in addition to other captivating Korda images that portray a post-revolutionary Cuban identity.</p> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:23:52 +0000 - Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) - April 29th - May 30th Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:22:32 +0000 - USC Fisher Museum of Art - March 29th - April 19th <p style="text-align: justify;">The <a href="" target="_blank">California Art Club</a> presents its hallmark exhibition at the USC Fisher Museum of Art for the second time in three years. The only exhibition of its kind in the country, this much-anticipated display of contemporary-traditional fine art spotlights more than 200 never-before-seen works of art of genres ranging from quintessential California landscapes and seascapes to figures, still lifes and sculpture.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Expressly un-themed to encourage artists to take risks with their artwork, the Gold Medal Exhibition showcases the work of nationally renowned painters and sculptors, who incorporate time-honored fine art techniques with poetic aesthetics. With their resulting works, these artists provide a visual commentary on how life is changing, as they explore contemporary issues and concerns, ranging from the environment and social issues to spiritual messages.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The rich history of this annual exhibition pays tribute to early Club members, plein air painters who inspired California Impressionism, the first artistic movement to be defined as uniquely Californian. These artists believed fellowship and education were important aspects of progressing as artists and building appreciation of traditional art, and included William Wendt, Guy Rose, Edgar Payne, Franz Bischoff and William Lees Judson, who founded the USC School of Fine Art in 1895. The artwork selected for this year's display were juried by a panel with representatives from prominent Southern California museums, including Kay Allen, Associate Director, USC Fisher Museum of Art; Selma Holo, Director, USC Fisher Museum of Art; Peter Keller, President, Bowers Museum; and Michael Zakian, Director, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">During the exhibition, the Club will offer a number of events and educational programs that will allow art enthusiasts to meet the participating artists and learn more about classical art forms. Please visit the "Programs &amp; Events" page for more information.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">All of the works are available for acquisition.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The 104th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition has been generously supported by Presenting Sponsor <a href="" target="_blank">Majestic Realty Co.</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">One of the easiest ways to travel to the USC Fisher Museum and see the Gold Medal Exhibition is to "Go Metro." Take the <a href="" target="_blank">Metro Expo Line</a> to Expo Park/USC Station. For your best route or more info, visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Metro Trip Planner</a> or call (323) Go Metro or (323.466.3876).</p> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:10:20 +0000 - Sweeney Art Gallery - May 16th - May 30th <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">UCR ARTSblock&rsquo;s Sweeney Art Gallery &amp; Culver Center of the Arts present the Senior Exhibition 2015, the annual senior exhibition featuring Bachelor of Arts students graduating from University of California, Riverside's Department of Art. The works in this year&rsquo;s exhibition were selected and curated by the faculty at UCR&rsquo;s Art Department. <br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">Every year, undergraduate art majors graduating from UCR have their final work in the senior exhibition at the Sweeney Art Gallery that feature paintings, performance, photographs, drawings, installations and sculptures. Among the Art Department&rsquo;s distinguished faculty are John Divola, Jill Giegerich, Jim Isermann, Brandon Lattu, Charles Long, Yunhee Min, and Amir Zaki.&nbsp; <br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">Support is provided by University of California, Riverside's Art Department and the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS).&nbsp; Senior Exhibition 2015 is organized by UCR&rsquo;s Art Department and the Sweeney Art Gallery.</span></p> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:07:32 +0000 - Sweeney Art Gallery - April 11th - May 2nd <p style="text-align: justify;">UCR ARTSblock's Sweeney Art Gallery presents the annual "MFA Thesis Exhibition 2015" with works by two graduating Master of Fine Arts students in UCR's Department of Art:&nbsp;Andrea Brown and Mark McKnight.<br /><br />These students join the ranks of Master of Fine Arts graduates from art departments and art schools across Southern California, a region that has become known for transforming its art students into major players on the international art scene. UCR's thesis exhibition is distinctive because it is the only graduate student exhibition in Southern California presented in an off-campus, public setting. The distinguished full-time faculty in UCR's Art Department includes Charles Long, John Divola, Jill Giegerich, Jim Isermann, Brandon Lattu, Yunhee Min, and Amir Zaki.<br /><br />The exhibition is organized by UCR Department of Art and UCR ARTSblock. Support is provided by University of California, Riverside&rsquo;s Department of Art and College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS).</p> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:05:58 +0000 Jody Zellen - UCR Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts - April 11th - May 12th <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Here and Gone</em> is a single channel video installation. In this video, a pixelated scene of social unrest scrolls leisurely in the background while anonymous and oblivious figures are drawn over/into the frame, implying gesture and division simultaneously. The entire time they continue on their way, on their phones, on the go, suggesting that they are so involved in their own world that they ignore the diverse humanity that circulates around them in the public sphere.<br /><br />
Jody Zellen is a Los Angeles based artist who works in many media simultaneously making interactive installations, mobile apps, net art, animations, drawings, paintings, photographs, public art, and artists' books. She employs media-generated representations as raw material for aesthetic and social investigations. Her interactive installations include Time Jitters a commission for the Halsey Institute at the College of Charleston, SC, 2014, The Unemployed at Disseny Hub Museum in Barcelona in 2011 and The Blackest Spot at Fringe Exhibitions in Los Angeles in 2008. Most recently she has been making mobile apps. Urban Rhythms, Spine Sonnet, Art Swipe, 4 Square, Episodic, and Time Jitters are her six apps. They are available in the iTunes Store. 

<br /><br />The Culver Center Digital Mural Project Series is curated by Jennifer Frias, Associate Curator, Sweeney Art Gallery at UCR ARTSblock.<br />&nbsp;<br />The Culver Digital Mural Project at UCR ARTSblock's Culver Center of the Arts presents a series of changing projects on the two screens inside the fa&ccedil;ade's glass kiosks that face the pedestrian mall. These projects are an opportunity to extend ARTSblock programming into the public space.<br />&nbsp;<br />UCR's College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) and the City of Riverside have provided support.</p> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:03:55 +0000 Dan “El Daino” Torres - UCR Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts - March 5th - April 6th <p style="text-align: justify;">Free Hugs chronicles artist Dan &ldquo;Daino&rdquo; Torres&rsquo;s encounter with a colony of ants living in the dirt outside of his studio in Riverside. Rather than displacing them from his space, the artist joins their network producing an ongoing performative project. Torres&rsquo; collaborative effort by inserting small replicas of protests signs into the colony&rsquo;s repetitive motions, result in abstracting the human gaze, as well as disrupting the ants&rsquo; daily routine. The video is a chapter of a larger body of work by Torres entitled, We Come In Peace.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br />Dan &ldquo;Daino&rdquo; Torres received a BFA at Cal Arts in Valencia, California. He has been featured in selected exhibitions at the Whittier Cultural Art Foundation (Whittier, CA), SomArts Bay Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Spaces Gallery (Cleveland, OH), Sweeney Art Gallery (Riverside, CA) and Cerritos College Art Gallery (Cerritos, CA). He works and lives in Riverside, CA.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br />The Culver Center Digital Mural Project Series is curated by Jennifer Frias, Associate Curator, Sweeney Art Gallery at UCR ARTSblock.<br /><br />The Culver Digital Mural Project at UCR ARTSblock's Culver Center of the Arts presents a series of changing projects on the two screens inside the fa&ccedil;ade's glass kiosks that face the pedestrian mall. These projects are an opportunity to extend ARTSblock programming into the public space.<br /><br />UCR's College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) and the City of Riverside have provided support.</p> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:02:36 +0000 Daniel Hawkins - UCR Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts - November 22nd, 2014 - March 14th <h3 style="text-align: justify;"><em>Artist Reception: Saturday, February 28, 2015, 6-9 PM, free admission</em></h3> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">Scheduled to coincide with City of Riverside&rsquo;s 22nd Annual Festival of Lights, Desert Lighthouse Ultimatum presents a project status report from multi-media artist Daniel Hawkins, documenting his struggles to erect a full-size, functioning lighthouse in the Mojave Desert near Hinkley, California &ndash; an edifice he completed once but which was immediately dismantled by scavengers. Following hot on the heels of his Desert Lighthouse Protocols, which was his MFA thesis exhibition at UC Irvine in 2014, Ultimatum expands and focuses his vision with an array of artifacts and documents, centering on the fully functioning top 1/5 of the rebuilt lighthouse. The Culver exhibition also includes materials as diverse as the artist&rsquo;s beautifully painted panoramic backdrops of the actual building site, a pair of oversized bulletin board compositions presenting an intricate non-linear pictorial/informational representation of the Desert Lighthouse saga, video animations simulating the lighthouse&rsquo;s eventual decay, and a limited edition Prospectus for potential investors in this exciting Land Art investment opportunity.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">Los Angeles-based artist Daniel Hawkins&rsquo; work often consists of the deliberate undertaking of improbably ambitious interactions with the landscape &ndash; as in his ongoing actual-size recreation of the Hoover Dam in piecemeal fragments. Cycles of grandiosity, failure, and rationalization are explored and articulated through a battery of sculptural, architectural, land art, and performative strategies, while incorporating diverse media from printmaking, drawing, and painting, to video, sound art, and digital imaging. <br /></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">As critic Doug Harvey observes in his essay for the Prospectus, &ldquo;Drawing equally from the legacies of land artists like Robert Smithson and storytellers such as filmmaker Werner Herzog, Hawkins&rsquo; Desert Lighthouse project illuminates a constantly shifting landscape of post-modern narratives, hearkening back to the Neolithic monument builders at the dawn of human history while looking forward to the internet&rsquo;s transformative impact on the nature of human consciousness and reality.&rdquo;</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">Desert Lighthouse Ultimatum is organized by UCR ARTSblock&rsquo;s Culver Center of the Arts, and curated by Tyler Stallings, Artistic Director of the Culver Center of the Arts &amp; Director of the Sweeney Art Gallery. Support is provided by the University of California Riverside&rsquo;s College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) and the City of Riverside. In addition, support for the Desert Lighthouse has been generously provided by the Center for Cultural Innovation and The Center for Land Use Interpretation.</span></span></p> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:01:04 +0000 Phil Chang - UCR/California Museum of Photography - May 2nd - August 8th <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">CMP Projects presents a solo installation by artist Phil Chang. The project is suspended on the border of photography and non-photography, demanding that the viewer consider the medium&rsquo;s inherent qualities. The exhibition will feature a selection of photographs from Chang&rsquo;s recently conceived untitled series of monochromes (2014-ongoing). These photographic prints are made without the use of a camera or film, thereby pushing our understanding of the medium as it abandons the analog for a decidedly digital age. Additionally, one unfixed photographic work will be featured in the exhibition. An evolution of his highly acclaimed body of work &ldquo;Cache, Active&rdquo;(2012), <em>Monochrome, Exposed</em> (2015) is a new unfixed photograph that will be exposed over the course of its own exhibition&rsquo;s first hours, effectively rendering it, too, a monochrome. </p> <p class="p2" style="text-align: justify;"><em style="line-height: 1.42857143;">Monochrome, Exposed</em> will be unveiled and the artist will offer public remarks in the gallery at 5pm on Saturday, May 16. </p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">Phil Chang was born in 1974 in Indiana. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles where he is visiting faculty in the Department of Art at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a lecturer at Otis College of Art and Design. He earned his MFA at California Institute of the Arts, and his BA at the University of California, Irvine. <em>CMP Projects: Phil Chang</em> is the first solo museum presentation of his work.</p> <p class="p2" style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">CMP Projects is an ongoing series of solo presentations curated by Joanna Szupinska-Myers, CMP Curator of Exhibitions. The series is partially supported with funds provided by UCR&rsquo;s College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) and the City of Riverside.&nbsp;Additional support has been provided by M+B, Los Angeles.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Artist talk &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; Saturday, May 16, 2015, 5pm - 6pm</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Reception &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; Saturday, May 16, 2015, 6pm - 9pm</p> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 15:57:32 +0000