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Opening on February 5\, Studio Channel Islands Art Center will be “Classical Contemporary” showcasing sculptures by first-rate art ists Russell McMillin and David Elder. This spectacular exhibit will fe ature a series of life sized ceramic torsos by McMillin and carved woode n sculptures by Elder.

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Russell McMillin references\, “Power\, Cul ture\, Icons\, is about humanity and our relationship with power. This w ork is a reflection of humanities search for self awareness and our rela tionship to the issues of nature\, god and society. The work relates to the acquisition of power\, cultural development and\, ultimately\, socie ties creation of iconic images.

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These sculptures incorporate inf luences and elements from pre-history\, history and contemporary society . The icons used are drawn from universal themes found in stories handed down for millenniums. Those themes are incorporated with more contempor ary images\, reflecting the continually evolving values of our society.”

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McMillin holds a Bachelor of Art in Art from Sonoma State Univers ity and a Masters of Fine Arts\, California State University Northridge. Sharing his knowledge of the arts has been a mainstay of his art caree r. Positions held within the teaching profession include Arts Coordinato r\, Instructor of 3-Dimensional Art and Sculpture\, as well as Lecturer in many arenas\, such as Art Education and Art History. He is currently the Professor of Art\, Sculpture at El Camino College.

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He has had numerous exhibitions\, his most recent\, “Figurative Dimensions”\, was held at California State University Dominguez Hills in December 2009.

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David Elder’s exhibit\, “Spring Wear 2010”\, is a series of carved wo od sculptures done in the tradition of Greek Classical carving and refl ects the current fashion found in women’s clothing today. Mr. Elder note s\, “These wood sculptures denote the sensuality of today’s young women’ s fashion\, found in any upscale dress boutique.”

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Elder earned a Master of Art Degree from Ohio State University. He has been the recipi ent of numerous institutional research grants from California State Coll ege\, Los Angeles\, and was awarded School of the Arts Research Grant fr om California State University\, Northridge.  In addition to his continu ing research within the arts\, he held positions as consultant\, curator and professor at California colleges and universities. Prior to his ret irement from CSUN in 2000\, he was appointed Associate Dean\, School of the Arts\, and Chairman\, 3-Dimensional Art Department at California Sta te University\, Northridge.

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Mr. Elder’s extensive list of achieveme nts\, exhibitions\, awards and commissions include Artist of the Year Aw ard\, Guest Lecturer\, Invitational Juror and Faculty Forum in Humanitie s Workshop Leader. He produced a special exhibit for the J. Paul Getty M useum and completed a number of commissions of large brazed bronze\, wel ded steel\, copper\, polyester and wood sculptures on display in Marylan d\, Indiana and California.

DTEND:20110226 DTSTAMP:20140821T160845 DTSTART:20110205 GEO:34.21692;-119.040422 LOCATION:Studio Channel Islands Art Center (SCIART)\,2221 Ventura Boulevard \nCamarillo\, CA 93010 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Classical Contemporary\, David Elder\, Russell McMillin UID:151207 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR