Nicholas & Lee Begovich Gallery • Fall 2021

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Front side view of Begovich Gallery

Woman holding out her skirt looking skyward


September 18 – December 18, 2021 | Location: CSUF Begovich Gallery

RECEPTION | Saturday, September 18, 2021
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Exclusive Preview for Art Alliance Members)
12:00 – 4:00 PM (Public reception)*

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Artist Kim Abeles is known for her innovative method of producing images on various surfaces made solely by particulate matter from air pollution. The Begovich Gallery’s presentation of Kim Abeles: Smog Collectors, 1987-2020, features over thirty years of her artistic investigation related to the environmental impact caused by airborne detritus. It examines a range of scientific data collected by the artist and its unexpected visual presentation that prompts the viewer to reconsider the air we breathe. 

Kim Abeles is an interdisciplinary artist known for her community-based projects that explore biography, geography and environment. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, the J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts, the California Community Foundation, and the Pollack-Krasner Foundation, and her projects have been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the  Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture. She has created projects in collaboration with the California Science Center, Camp Ground: Arts, Corrections and Fire Management in the Santa Monica Mountains, air pollution control agencies, health clinics and mental health departments, and natural history museums in California, Colorado and Florida. She is professor emerita at California State University, Northridge where she taught public art and public practice from 1998-2009. She received her MFA at University of California, Irvine. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

Kim Abeles: Smog Collectors 1987-2020 is organized by CSUF Nicholas + Lee Begovich Gallery. Support for the exhibition and the gallery is made possible through the Art Alliance, Associated Students, Inc. Instructional Related Activities, CSUF Department of Capital Programs and Facilities Management- Office of Sustainability the College of the Arts, the Department of Visual Arts, and Ernie and Donna Schroeder. Special thanks to Paige and Jeffrey Anthony, the Estate of Patricia Layman Bazelon, Alice Fung and Michael Blatt, Madeleine Grynsztejn and Tom Shapiro, Robert Hirsch and Adele Henderson, Michael Levine, Catherine MacLean and David Yale, the Orange County Museum of Art, Steve and Doni Silver Simons, Lauren Trent, and Susan Zeidler and Leo Frishberg.

Artist’s website:

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. Contributors: Kim Abeles, Jennifer Frias, Director/Curator, Nicholas + Lee Begovich Gallery; William L. Fox, Peter E. Pool Director, Center for Art + Environment, Nevada Museum of Art; Karen Moss, Director of USC Roski, MA Curatorial Program, Professor of Teaching, Critical Studies; and Rachel Kaufman, MA candidate in Art History, CSU Fullerton.

*Reception co-sponsored by Titan Radio and CSUF Office of Sustainability


Images (left to right): Installation view of  "Kim Abeles: Smog Collectors, 1987-2020;" Kim Abeles, "The Smog Catcher (Thirty Days of Smog) II," 1992.
Smog (particulate matter) on repurposed acrylic, 15” x 13”.  Collection of Michael A. Levine

Flowers, foilage, shell on the ground


August 25 – September 30, 2021 | Location: CSUF Duff Gallery

RECEPTION | Saturday, September 18, 2021
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Exclusive Preview for Art Alliance Members)
12:00 – 4:00 PM (Public reception)

Ancestors Leading the Stars - ‘Eyoohiinkem He’uuk Shishyoota is an installation by artist Mercedes Dorame and it explores the deep connection to her ancestral homelands of Tovaangar. Native to our shared Orange County region and the village of Hotuuknga where Cal State Fullerton lies, Dorame’s site-specific installation examines loss as means to establish permanent records of Indigenous presence in a country that sought to erase Native people. Her work addresses the potential to reconnect to the lands of personal, spiritual, familial, and cultural significance.

Ancestors Leading the Stars - ‘Eyoohiinkem He’uuk Shishyoota invites the viewer to experience the land and sky as Indigenous through micro constellations, portals, ancestral knowledge and technology. Moving between installation and photography, Dorame asks that we remember the ground we walk on and its original caretakers. She also reminds us to look up.

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Guest Curator: Kelly Chidester, Independent Curator (MA Exhibition Design/Museum Studies, ’15)

Ancestors Leading the Stars - ‘Eyoohiinkem He’uuk Shishyoota is presented in partnership with the multi-venue initiative, Land as Kin. The project is a collaboration between Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton College, Fullerton Museum Center, and CSU Fullerton. Its initiative is to preserve and honor the traditional Native caretakers of our land through artistic endeavors. The exhibitions and programming at each location connect past and present stories while exploring identity and place. Artists participating in this project explore and address their relationship to the land we know as "Orange County" and "California." Land as Kin is committed to inspire and respect the land we occupy as 'relation and not a resource,' as the Tongva elders teach.

Each institution's exhibition will open and close at varying dates throughout fall 2021. For more information, please visit the Land as Kin website.

'Land as Kin' logo, link

Image: Mercedes Dorame, "Breath, Spirit, Wind – (Hikaayey)," 2017. Archival Pigment Print, 36 x 36 inches.

Colorful painting of people lying down


August 25 – September 30, 2021 | Location: Begovich Gallery Lobby

RECEPTION | Saturday, September 18, 2021
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Exclusive Preview for Art Alliance Members)
12:00 – 4:00 PM (Public reception)

BG Projects, located in the foyer of the Begovich Gallery, highlights premiere work by emerging artists. This season Niccole Ugay-Clavesilla (MFA, ’21, Drawing and Painting) kicks off the series. Ugay-Clavesilla’s large-scale painting, Heterogenous contemplates on the complexity of people’s emotions and experiences. It was produced shortly before the world went into isolation due to COVID-19 and was featured in part of her solo exhibition, Multifaceted (July 2021).

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Image: Niccole Ugay-Clavesilla, "Heterogenous," 2020. Acrylic on canvas panel, 81 inches x 96 inches. Courtesy of the artist.


Portrait photos of artists, Gerald Clarke, Kim Abeles, and Mercedes Dorame


Mercedes Dorame, Pt. 1
Tuesday, September 21, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Lecture is in conjunction with Latin America Art History course

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Kim Abeles
Wednesday, October 20, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Lecture is in conjunction with Creative Photography and Experimental Media and Drawing and Painting courses
Location: Recital Hall in Clayes Performing Arts Center  

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Gerald Clarke

Wednesday, November 3, 1:00 – 2:00 PM 
Lecture is in conjunction with Art History course

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Mercedes Dorame, Pt. 2
Thursday, November 18, 10:00 – 11:00 AM   
Lecture is in conjunction with Art Education course

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Images from left: Gerald Clarke, Kim Abeles, and Mercedes Dorame

Plates on wall and on display

Saturday, November 6, 2021, 11 AM – 1 PM
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General Admission: $45 
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Art Alliance Members: Free with advanced reservations. Contact Erika Garcia: (657) 278-8683 or by email at

In Conversation is a live series that connects artists, scholars, and community figures for lively discussions on art, culture, and society. This season’s guests are artists Kim Abeles and José Lozano.

Admission to the event includes light refreshments and advanced reservation of the exhibition catalog, Kim Abeles: Smog Collectors, 1987-2020. Light refreshments will be served at 11:00 AM followed by a conversation between Kim Abeles and José Lozano beginning at 11:30 AM.

Seating is limited. Advanced reservations highly recommended.

Image: Installation view of the Presidential Commemorative Smog Plates (1992) and World Leaders in Smog (2019) at CSUF Begovich Gallery
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