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Emeritus Professor, Drawing and Painting

LagerbergLocation: VA 197C
Phone: (657) 278 - 2210

Contact the Art Department Office at (657) 278 -3471 for current office hours

Don Lagerberg, Emeritus Professor of Art, teaches courses in life drawing and painting and the entertainment arts. He studied at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco, under private instruction in New York, Germany and Japan, and received his BA and MA from UCLA. He has had more than twenty solo exhibitions including retrospectives at the Newport Harbor Art Museum, the Long Beach Museum of Art, and CSULA. His work is represented in many public and private collections, including the Hirshhorn Museum, the Guggenheim family collection, San Francisco Museum and the long Beach Museum of Art. He has done commissioned work for the Watts Writers Workshop, Goldwyn Studios, South Coast Repertory Theatre, and Waste Management Company. He has been a consultant to Foster and Kleisor Outdoor Advertising Co., and Shiva Paints. He has completed more than fifty portraits since 1974, including Patty Hearst and Richard Nixon for the Los Angeles Times. He has been active nationally in arts accreditation, has chaired accreditation visits to several universities, and has served three terms as member of the Board of Directors and two terms as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. In 1995 he was elected to the Commission on Accreditation. He received the Outstanding Professor Award at CSUF in 1976, and received a Lifetime Fellowship from NASAD in 1999. Lagerberg is a former chair of the Department of Art, and is the College of the Arts representative to the University Planning Committee.


I am a figurative artist, and diminish the distinction between the fine arts and popular arts, and emphasize the commonality among all the figurative arts, including film, theater, figurative sculpture and literature. My work and teaching is based on integrating the direct experience of drawing and working from the model with knowledge and expressive intention. I apply that combination of concerns to story and the opportunity for character and action. I strongly encourage the application of figurative abilities to everything from fine arts painting to cartooning to illustration to portraiture. I am particularly interested in collaboration, common ground and accessibility in the arts. The enterprise of figurative art from Egypt to Greece, Mexico to Hollywood expresses the ideals and aspirations of society...and provides meaningful, professional opportunities for artists.


ART 317A, Life Studies Drawing & Painting
ART 317B, Life Studies Drawing & Painting
ART 318A, Drawing and Painting the Head and Hands
ART 318B, Portraiture
ART 367, Elements of Sequential Art
ART 487B, Special studies Life Studies Drawing and/or Painting
ART 487C, Special Studies Drawing
ART 487S, Special Studies in Sequential Art
ART 507B, Graduate Problems Life Drawing
ART 507C, Graduate Problems Drawing