17th Annual High School Art Invitational
January 13 – February 1, 2014
(closed Jan 20)
Reception: Friday, January 31/ 7-9 pm
This invitational exhibition showcases work made by students from approximately forty San Fernando Valley high schools. Selected by member's of each school's art faculty, the work employs a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, graphic design, illustration, and photography. Accompanying this exhibition in the West Gallery will be artwork from the area's high school teachers. (Mailer design: Matilda Mahmoudi)
This Is Not A Self Portrait: Reflections of Erasure, Solidarity and Belonging
February 15- March 29, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 15 4–7 pm
Curator Talk: Monday, February 17 10 am
Panel Discussion with Artists and Catalog Signing: Saturday, March 22 1 pm
Curated by CSUN’s Art History Professor Mario Ontiveros, this exhibition focuses on eight Los Angeles-based artists who reconfigure the genre of self-portraiture. Utilizing their body, their likeness, and/or the intimately personal, the artists encourage an investigation into representation that lingers somewhere between its construction in response to material, psychic, and sociopolitical conditions and those personas that one imagines, shuns and/or desires. Artists include Michael Alvarez, Yreina D. Cervántez, Christina Fernandez, Harry Gamboa, Jr., Sandra de la Loza, Shizu Saldamando, Ana Serrano and Mario Ybarra, Jr. A full color catalog on the exhibition will be available for purchase.
(Credit: Mario Ybarra, Jr., Invisible Man…, 2013)
Annual Juried Art Student Show
April 14 – May 10, 2014
Artist's Reception: Friday, April 18 7-9pm
GalleryTalk: Monday, April 21 10 am
This popular annual exhibition features work by currently enrolled CSUN graduate and undergraduate students. Approximately 60-70 works are chosen by art professionals. Cash prizes are awarded to students at the reception. (Mailer design: Matilda Mahmoudi)
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Master of Fine Arts/Master of Arts Thesis Exhibition
May 17 – June 7, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 17 4-7pm
For the fifth year in the Main Gallery, this exhibition brings together the Art Department’s Master of Fine Arts and Master of Arts candidates presenting their thesis projects.
August 25 – October 11, 2014
Public Reception: Saturday, September 6 4-7pm
Curator Talk: Monday, September 15 10am
Panel Discussion: Saturday, Sept 27 1pm
Valley Vista: Art in the San Fernando Valley, ca. 1970-1990 examines for the first time the unique contribution of the San Fernando Valley to Los Angeles’ art history. The exhibition and its accompanying catalog look beyond the stereotypes of the Valley as little more than a suburban cultural wasteland, and, instead, offer an alternative narrative documenting the Valley’s unrecognized yet substantial role in LA’s emergence as a center of contemporary art activity.
San Simon: Manifestations of a Guatemalan Folk Saint
October 25 – December 13, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 25 4-7pm
Curator Talk: Monday, October 27 10am
This exhibition consists of figures, altars, masks and images of San Simon/Maximón, the revered folk saint of Guatemala, who is treated with great deference for his abilities to bestow blessings as well as grave misfortune. Curated by Peri M. Klemm and Bill Mercer with students from Exhibition Design (Art 342/542), this show features the renowned collection of Jim Pieper and will present various depictions and guises of this unique syncretic saint. The exhibition opening will be on San Simon's feast day when he appears in processions and his altars are renewed with offerings of tobacco, alcohol, incense, clothing, money, candles, and food.