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Creative Photography Undergrad Jessica Rodriguez held a domestic violence awareness quilting event at CSUF on the weekend of March 8, 2014 as part of a project for the course, ART 489. Jessica timed her event in honor of Women's Day. Read the OC Register article here.


IFAC2De Anne Sbardellati (left), David Gilbert (middle) and Sergio Witron (right)

Irvine Fine Arts Center
14321 Yale Ave.
Irvine, CA

March 15- April 19, 2014
Reception: Saturday, March 15, 4-6 p.m.

The Irvine Fine Arts Center is pleased to present OC Academy, a group exhibition featuring the artistic talents of students and teachers from some of Orange County's most prestigious colleges and universities.

Throughout history, the symbiotic relationship between students and their teachers has played a dynamic role in the evolution of art. The academic setting creates an environment where ideas are readily exchanged, creativity is fostered and new developments in artistic practice are explored.

OC Academy showcases these relationships and the creativity that stems from student-teacher interaction at the collegiate level.

Faculty and student artists from Cal State Fullerton include:

Joe Biel
Patrick Faulk
Christina Lee
Devora Orantes
Julie Orser
Juliana Rico
Holly Pendergast
Kevin Stewart-McGee
Leonard Suryajaya

Kelly Mai
Kelly Mai

A. Smyniotis
Alexandra Smyniotis


Dreamworks DreamCrit, Fall 2013
Dreamworks Studios, Glendale, CA
October 9, November 13, and December 4, 2013

2013-2014 marks Cal State Fullerton’s fourth year participating with the DreamWorks Animation sponsored DreamCrit program. Our continued participation in the DreamCrit highlights the value DreamWorks Animation perceives in maintaining a relationship with and supporting the ongoing efforts of our Entertainment Art/Animation and Illustration concentrations at Cal State Fullerton.

The DreamCrit event provides a unique opportunity for CSUF students to receive insight and critique directly from DreamWorks Animation artists. Each DreamCrit brings Cal State students together with practicing professional artists working for the DreamWorks Animation studio. At the DreamCrit, a DreamWorks Animation artist discusses their work and critiques CSU student work related to the particular topic selected for that DreamCrit. Topics addressed this semester included Visual Development, Storyboarding, and 3D Digital Modeling.

To read more about the Fall 2013 DreamCrit and Cal State Fullerton’s involvement, click here.

CTN Expo 2013

Crowds formed around the Nickelodeon Disney booths at the Creative Talent Network Animation eXpo, 2013.

Creative Talent Network Animation eXpo
November 22-24, 2013
Burbank Marriot, Burbank, CA

The Creative Talent Network (CTN) Animation eXpo is an annual convention designed to serve the animation industry. Each fall, during the third weekend of November, the CTN eXpo takes over the Burbank Marriot. Visual Arts professors Larry Johnson, Cliff Cramp, Wendy Grieb, Andy Fedak, and Chuck Grieb all took part representing Cal State Fullerton at this year’s event.

Cal State Fullerton’s presence at CTN eXpo over the past years has provided the opportunity to network with major animation studios, animation professionals, alumni, potential students, possible part time teachers, as well as other educators and to support our current students as they attend and participate in the conventions offerings. Many alumni are now employed by the major animation studios represented at the eXpo.

To read more about the 2013 eXpo and Cal State Fullerton’s involvement, click here.




Visiting Artist: Kelly Sears
Hosted by Camera Absurda
Wednesday, Dec. 4th 2013 at 10:30am in VA 287

We are pleased to have animator and filmmaker Kelly Sears discuss her work!

Kelly Sears is an animator and filmmaker living in Los Angeles, CA. She received a B.A. from Hampshire College and an M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego. Her collage animation media practice draws from genres such as experimental film, documentary, essay films, recycled cinema and critical fiction. She uses appropriated imagery from Post WW2 America, reworking discarded magazines, books, orphaned films and other ephemera, to investigate contemporary political narratives of power that include manifest destiny, expansionist doctrines, occupation, and surveillance. She uses a combination of analog and digital animation, video processing and sound design to intervene with the source images.

Her work has screened at museums, galleries and film festivals, such as MOMA, The Hammer Museum, LACMA, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Machine Project, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Light Industry, Sundance Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival and Black Maria Film Festival. She has been awarded residencies from Yaddo, The Core Program/Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Galveston Artist Residency. Currently she teaches Video Art at Scripps College.

For more information on the artist, please visit her website.





FLUID: Transformations in Glass by CSUF Students and Faculty
October 21, 2013-January 6, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION | Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 3-5pm
Mihaylo Hall (CSUF), 3rd Floor Dean's Suite

The ceramic and glass program at CSUF emphasizes the student’s ability understand their role as an artist, and encourages them to explore the potential of their chosen media for developing an individual direction and personal art aesthetic. Emphasis is also placed on helping students to develop their technical proficiency as they explore both sculptural and functional approaches. As they expand their decision-making skills within the complexities of their chosen media students participate in all process phases from conception to kiln firing.

Sixpack Projects is a collective of six artist/curators, all alumni of CSUF, organizing innovative contemporary art exhibitions and events throughout Southern California. We are: Alyssa Cordova, Jennifer Frias, Lilia Lamas, Jillian Nakornthap, Jeff Rau, and Heather Richards-Siddons. For more information, visit




Joe Biel, Pax Romana, 2006, watercolor, colored pencil and graphite on paper, courtesy of the artist.


Sentry: Works by Joe Biel
Sweeney Art Gallery
Dec 21, 2013 - Mar 22, 2014
Reception - Sat, Dec 21, 2013, 6pm - 9pm

UCR ARTSblock presents Sentry: Works by Joe Biel, a solo museum exhibition featuring a series of large-scale, two-dimensional drawings on paper and a monumental drawing installation specifically produced for the Culver Center of the Arts. Working primarily with watercolor, graphite and colored pencils, Biel's figurative drawings are loosely composed in panoramic landscapes with latent narratives that tamper with the complexity and irony of human existence. In addition to the works on paper, visitors of the museum will be able to view Biel's new work in progress- a site-specific drawing that will encompass the grand atrium walls of the Culver Center. This large-scale installation drawing, Sentry, will be completed by the opening date of the exhibition on December 21, 2013.

Joe Biel received an MFA in Painting from the University of Michigan and is currently on the faculty as Associate Professor in Studio Art at California State University, Fullerton. His work has been exhibited in galleries nationally and internationally at LA Louver Gallery, Roberts and Tilton Gallery, Acuna-Hansen Gallery and Angles Gallery in Los Angeles, Goff + Rosenthal Gallery in New York, Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle, and Galerie Kuckei/Kuckei in Berlin. He has been included in group exhibitions at the Otis College of Art and Design and the Torrance Museum of Art in Los Angeles, the De Young Museum in San Francisco, the Laguna Art Museum in Laguna, CA, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT and Diverseworks in Houston, TX. He has been awarded residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE, at the 18th St Arts Center in Santa Monica and at the Ballingllen Foundation in Ballycastle, Ireland. He was the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation award in 2003 and in 2008. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

Sentry: Works by Joe Biel was organized by UCR ARTSblock and curated by Jennifer Frias, Associate Curator, Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California, Riverside. UCR's College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) have provided support.




A Second Look: A Photographic Exhibition by Patrick Yandoc
Friday, September 20, 2013 - Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Calumet Photo
1430 S. Village Way
Santa Ana, California 92705

ARTIST'S STATEMENT | Patrick has devoted his time dreaming up concepts. Having an obsession with light and an understanding of fine art, Patrick produces distinctive photographs that say something. The artist’s photographs will pull you into a realm of the unexpected: an ethereal world of a skewed perception, heavily inspired by painters such as Rene Magritte and Edward Hopper.

Patrick Yandoc is currently a BFA candidate in Creative Photography at California State University, Fullerton.




Hi -
Please join me and my students for a Creative Photography Exhibition in the West and East Galleries on Tuesday, May 21st.

Swiss Coffee: A Lil' Sumthin' Sumthin'
Creative Photography Exhibition for the Art 489, 508A/B Courses

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Opening Reception: 4pm–7pm
East (Duff) Gallery & West Gallery

Hope to see you there!




FFF reception

From left: Alyssa Cordova (CSUF alum); Heather Richards-Siddons (Marketing Coordinator, College of the Arts and CSUF alum); Mike McGee (Director, Begovich Gallery); Kim Tarrantino (Associate Dean of Administration, Mihaylo College of Business and Economics) and Anil Puri (Dean, Mihaylo College of Business and Economics)


FORM, FIGURE, FRAME: Works on Paper from the CSUF Art Collection
Curators | Alyssa Cordova & Heather-Richards Siddons of Sixpack Projects

May 16, 2013 - October 4, 2013
Mihaylo Hall • 3rd Floor, Dean's Suite
Opening Reception | May 16, 2013, 4-6 pm


From the cave drawings at Lascaux, to Egyptian hieroglyphics, to Native American petroglyphs, the figure has played a pivotal role in the historical depiction of numerous cultures. Figurative imagery powerfully locates the viewer within the continuum of history and expresses distinctive hallmarks of the human condition in ways that are exclusive to the medium: love, loss, joy, struggle, triumph and pathos. The exhibition FORM, FIGURE, FRAME: Works on Paper from the CSUF Art Collectionexplores the figure as a cultural touchstone and as a vehicle for expression.


In 1973, Cal State Fullerton art department professor G. Ray Kerciu (retired) began acquiring prints for the university. Some of the prints were created on campus; others were donated to or acquired by the university. The collection includes both contemporary and historical prints in a range of printmaking techniques and mediums, and has grown to be an important archive. The collection includes luminary artists such as Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Dan Flavin, Katsushika Hokusai, Käthe Kollwitz, and Larry Rivers, all of whom are included in the exhibition.






Introducing the CSUF Creative Photography YouTube Channel

Creative Photo



exhibit poster

Curated by Hala Swearingen

CSUF Pollack Library, West Gallery
January 26 to March 4

How many sketches does it take to set a children's book cover design? What is involved in envisioning the art of the Star Wars DVD box set? What goes into crafting the photo-realistic illustration of a Harley for a magazine cover? In the West Gallery of the CSUF Pollack Library, the exhibit, Illustration: The Creative Process, featuring six Cal State Fullerton illustration faculty, reveals the seldom seen: thumbnails, sketches, pictorial research, color studies, tools, and techniques that lead from budding visual concepts to final illustrations.

Published projects spanning 30 years in all of the major markets appear on display: advertising, editorial, game boards, consumer products, comics, and more. Techniques range from traditional pencil roughs, brush inking, scratchboard, acrylics, oils, and watercolors, to Photoshop sketching, Illustrator vector design, and digital painting. Art students and the campus community will discover what their professors create when they step out of the classroom and into the studio.

The exhibition includes CLIFF CRAMP's world-known digital paintings for the entertainment industry (Star Wars, Plain White T's), Hala Swearingen's exquisitely painted and majestic children's book illustrations, CHRIS NIELSEN's bold, yet painstakingly detailed magazine covers for the automotive industry, DANA LAMB's richly varied stylistic explorations for the character design of a shark, LARRY JOHNSON's meticulously rendered print ads and his dreamy article illustrations, and CHRISTIAN HILL's exhaustively researched visual universe for an upcoming historical graphic novel.