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Fall 2014

A Book and a Medal: Disentanglement Equals Homogenous Abstractions, a solo exhibition of new work by Edgar Arceneaux (Art MFA 01) will be on view at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects through October 18. The exhibition includes the feature-length film, A Time to Break Silence, linking two events from the 1960s: Martin Luther King Jr.'s last major speech, in which he decries U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War as an "enemy of the poor," and the Washington, D.C. premiere of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey two days after King's assassination.

Gas Station Bathrooms I Slept In, a new book by Georgi Coquereau (Photography MFA 86) is now available on Amazon. The book tells the story about Coquereau's travels between the ages of eight and 14, sneaking into gas station bathrooms at night for shelter. Coquereau recently returned from Provence, France, where she served as a visiting artist and produced a photographic environmental installation. Her photographic environmental projection installation is now on view at Meguro Museum, Tokyo.

Archaeology of a Woman, a new film about a woman struggling with dementia, written and directed by Sharon Greytak (Art MFA 82), opens theatrically at the Village East Cinema in New York, where it will be screened from Sept. 12-18. The film stars Sally Kirkland. Greytak was listed among The Independent's 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014.

The Art Market column in The New York Times Magazine recently featured a profile of Los Angeles art dealer David Kordansky (Art MFA 02).

Michael Marks (Art MFA 76) was recently elected president of the Alaska Arts Confluence in the town of Haines. The organization just received a $217,000 grant from ArtPlace America to create artistic wayfaring interpretive signs for the historic Fort Seward district of the community. In 1903, Fort Seward became the first U.S. fort built in Alaska. The grant also focuses on a project called Art on Main Street, in which local artists are invited to use windows in store fronts to create an outdoor gallery for visitors and residents.

The work, Fox, from the Morbidity and Mortality series by Jeanette May (Photography MFA 87) has been selected for the exhibition Readymade@100 at the American University Museum in Washington, D.C. The show is on view from Sept. 6 to October 19 with an opening reception on September 6 at 6 pm. Morbidity and Mortality Fish is represented in the online exhibition, New Cats in Art Photography for the Humble Arts Foundation. And the Picture Books exhibition at Duke University's Power Plant Gallery includes her Easy on the Eyes. This hands-on presentation of artists' self-published books runs from September 12 to November 7.

A solo exhibition by Margaret Nielsen (Design BFA 75) opens at Cirrus Gallery in Los Angeles on September 13 with a reception from 6-8 pm. Love Stories/Short Stories will be on view through October 25.

The Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for Visual Arts at the University of Texas at El Paso has hired Andres Payan (Art MFA 14) as coordinator of the center's temporary art space, CUADRO. He will serve as liaison between local artists, audiences and the L.A.-based collective Machine Project--led by Mark Allen (Art MFA 99)--on CUADRO for its launch in October. Payan works as a designer, curator and as a multi-media visual artist.

Chris Revelle (Art MFA 08) has developed a clothing brand called coup (pronounced koo), or Cloth of Unified People, bringing together art and activism with fashion and apparel. According to Revelle, "The apparel is meant as public art to help discuss and/or critique history, education, violence, economics, and rights, among other issues." Revelle is offering a 20% discount to CalArts alumni, faculty, staff, and students. The coupon code is COUPCALARTS.

Summer 2014

Photographic work created by Suzanne Adelman (Art MFA 01) and Catherine Opie (Photography MFA 88) is part of The Heart of Los Angeles, a group of new lightbox art displays created by five artists, on view at Union Station in Los Angeles for the next year. The photographs relate to the station's architectural heritage, transit usage, cultural significance, and its physical and social relationship to neighboring communities. For more information, visit metro.net/art.

A retrospective of the work of John Altoon (Chouinard 1950) opened at the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art on June 8 and runs through September 14.

Continuum, a show of new paintings by Richard Bruland (Art BFA 73) opens at the Lora Schlesinger Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica on June 28 with a reception from 5 pm to 7 pm, and with an artist's talk at 4:30 pm. The exhibition runs through August 2. 

The Dead Celebrity and the Living Doll, a solo exhibition by Kathe Burkhart (Art BFA 84; Art MFA 84) opens on September 4 with a reception from 6-9 pm at Annie Gentils Gallery in Antwerp, Belgium, running through October 31. The show includes new and selected works in painting and photography.

Phil Chang (Photography & Media MFA 05) has co-organized the group exhibition Soft Target at M+B gallery in Los Angeles. On view through August 30, the show includes Soo Kim (Interschool MFA 95) and Miranda Lichtenstein (Photography MFA 93).

Luckyday, a new video work by Akina Cox (Art BFA 07; MFA 12) and Joseph Imhauser (Art BFA 05) was screened at the Santa Monica Museum of Art on June 20.

Several CalArtians are included in Made in LA 2014 at the Hammer Museum through September 7. The show includes Danielle Dean (Art MFA 12), Mariah Garnett (Film/Video MFA 11), Tony Greene (Art MFA 87), Alice Konitz (Art MFA 99) and her Los Angeles Museum of Art, Max Maslansky (Art MFA 06), Brian O'Connell (Art MFA 02) and Clarissa Tossin (Art MFA 09). Also included in the exhibition, co-curated by Art faculty Michael Ned Holte, are Art faculty Lecia Dole-Recio and Judy Fiskin.

Johanna Deeb (Photography BFA 14), Michael Aurelio (Acting BFA 13) and Jason Rodriguez (Film/Video BFA 13), co founders of the multi-media poetry collective Out of Print have launched their first video series: A History of Us, which can be viewed on their website. A History of Us is a three-part film series on collaboration with spoken-word poets to adapt their pieces into film narratives.

Laddie John Dill (Chouinard BFA 68) is one of nine artists included in The Endless Summer 50th Anniversary Art Exhibition, inspired by The Endless Summer film. An opening reception will be held on August 28 from 7-11 pm at 800 South Main Street in Venice. The show runs through September 1. Dill is also curating and judging the 2014 California Open Exhibition at TAG Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, on view through August 29.

Part of the Hammer Projects series of exhibitions, the first solo show in Los Angeles by Mario Garcia Torres (Art MFA 05) will be on view from September 13 through January 4. The one-act monologue focuses on a fictional character named Alan Smithee, the pseudonym created by the Directors Guild of America for directors who wish to disown films in which their creative vision has been compromised.

Room of Advances, a survey of the work of Tony Greene (Art MFA 87), the influential artist who died in 1990, opened at Schindler House in Los Angeles on June 18. The show, curated by Judie Bamber (Art BFA 83) and Monica Majoli, runs through September 7.

Sharon Greytak (Art MFA 82) has been listed among the 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014 by The Independent for her film, Archaeology of a Woman.

Jay Grunfeld (Art BFA 98) is the lead compositor on the final installments of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2. Grunfeld was compositor on Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, The Golden Compass and Life of Pi.

Southern California graphic artist John Van Hamersveld (Chouinard 66) has been included into the Surfing Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, he is only the second visual artist to join Surf City's version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Men in LA: Three Generations of Drawings at The Box, LA through July 5 includes work by Naotaka Hiro (Film/Video  MFA 01), Paul McCarthy and former faculty Benjamin Weissman (Art BFA 81).

Local/Not Local, a show of Iranian and Arabic typography, has been curated by Pouya Jahanshahi (Graphic Design MFA 11) and Maece Seirafi (Graphic Design MFA 10) at the Levantine Cultural Center in Los Angeles. A closing event is scheduled for August 28 at 6 pm. A story on the designer/curators appears in Print magazine.

Brooke Knight (Photography MFA 95) has been appointed chair of the Department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College in Boston.

Alice Konitz (Art MFA 99) and her Los Angeles Museum of Art received the $100,000 Mohn Award honoring artistic excellence for her work in Made in LA 2014 at the Hammer Museum through September 7. According to the jury, "In a biennial of exceptional artwork, Alice Konitz's Los Angeles Museum of Art stands out as exemplary of an artistic practice that not only affects other artists through collaboration, but enriches the art community through questioning the purpose and role of a museum."

Megumi Nakai (Photography BFA 97) is currently working in the kitchen of Two Rooms Grill & Bar in Aoyama, Tokyo. In 2013, she worked as an assistant cook at Kanda, a three-star Japanese restaurant.

For news about Catherine Opie (Photography MFA 88), see Suzanne Adelman.

Julie Orser (Art MFA 05) and David Weldzius (Photography & Media MFA 07) have been awarded 2014 Second Quarter Artists' Resource for Completion (ARC) grants from the Center for Cultural Innovation. ARC grants are designed to enhance the careers of Los Angeles artists by enabling them to take the best advantage of imminent opportunities to present their work.

Bike Odyssey L.A., conceived, written, and performed by Linda Ravenswood (Art BFA 00), Brian Sonia Wallace and an ensemble cast of Anglenos was recently presented as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, partnering with The Schkapf Theatre. The play, which doubles as a bike tour of Los Angeles with historical figures of the Southland standing in for and with the heroes of Homer's epic. recently recived a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The play was commissioned by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO) and C.I.C.L.E., with support from CycLAvia, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, and many other sponsors. Shows are planned for August through October all over Los Angeles, Long Beach and the San Fernando Valley.

Nina Salerno (Art BFA 81; MFA 81) and Hushi Mortezaie are collaborating on a window installation that includes a 6-foot polar bear named FEDOR and a video. Opening reception is June 29 from 4 pm to 6 pm at 4154 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles. It will be on view through July 27.

For news on Maece Seirafi (Graphic Design MFA 10), see Pouya Jahanshahi.

An article on Mansi Shah (Graphic Design BFA 08), her New York design studio and her printed scarves appears in Cool Hunting.

Stan Strembicki (Photography MFA 77) will be feted as the Honored Educator at the MidWest Regional Society for Education conference this October in Madison, Wisconsin. Strembicki is professor of art at the Sam Fox School of Art and Design at Washington University in St. Louis.

Lost Wages, an exhibition by Ben Tong (Art CER 10; Art MFA 12) will open at Commonwealth & Council on August 9, with a reception from 7-10 pm. The show runs through August 30.

Carrie Mae Weems (Photography BFA 81) was the Featured Artist recognized for her career achievements at the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation's 15th annual Art for Life benefit on July 26 at Water Mill, New York.

For John Whitmore (Chouinard BFA 71) see In Memoriam.

Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness, the first retrospective of Christopher Williams (Music BFA 79, Art MFA 81) is on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York from July 27 through November 2. The conceptual artist was recently featured in The New York Times.

An exhibition by Mel Ziegler (Art MFA 82) and the late Kate Ericson (Art MFA 82) at Galerie Perrotin in New York was recently featured in W magazine. The show runs through August 22.

Spring 2014

Danielle Adair (Art and Critical Studies MFA 07) and Carter Mull (Photography & Media MFA 06) have won 2014 Artists' Resource for Completion grants from the Center for Cultural Innovation. On April 10, Adair's exhibition funded by the grant, And I Think I Like It, opened at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. The show ran through May 25.

The Very Last Plastics Show: Industrial L.A. 1965 to the Present at Dorfman Projects in New York features the work of several alumni, including Larry Bell (Chouinard 59), Ron Cooper (Chouinard) and Laddie John Dill (Chouinard BFA 68). The show opens on May 10 with a reception from 6 pm to 8 pm, and closes on July 31.

Magic, Color, Flair: The Work of Mary Blair is on view at The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco through September 7. It includes about 200 works by Mary Blair (Chouinard) from her student days at Chouinard to her career at Walt Disney Studios and beyond.

Dudes, an illustrated collection of short stories by Kathe Burkhart (Art BFA 84; Art MFA 84) was recently published by Participant Press.

Several CalArts alumni and faculty have won grants from the Center for Cultural Innovation's Investing in Artists program. They include David Burns (Photography BFA 93), School of Theater faculty Janie Geiser, Carole Kim (Integrated Media/Film/Video MFA 03), Julie Orser (Art MFA 05) and Natalie Zimmerman (Art 01).

Georgi Coquereau (Photography MFA 86) has been selected for a residency and exhibition at A.I.R. Vallauris in France from July 8 through August 14. She has participated in many exhibitions recently, including a group show at Meguro Bijutukan Kumin Gallery in Tokyo and See Exhibition Space in Long Island City in Queens, New York.

Akina Cox (Art BFA 07) is in the group show Relevance by Reflection at Sonce Alexander Gallery in Los Angeles from May 1 to June 24. To attend the opening, you must RSVP to the gallery by April 24. She is also making new pins and cassettes for the Women's Center for Creative Work table at Skylight Books on Saturday May 3 for California Bookstore Day. Her artist books will also be available there.

Former faculty Dorit Cypis (Art MFA 77) has been named a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow for fine arts.

Disney Legend and legendary costume designer Alice Davis (Chouinard 50) received the June Foray Award at the 41st Annual Annie Awards ceremony in Los Angeles earlier this year. The award is given to "individuals who have made a significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation."

Iterations & Assertions, an exhibition by San Francisco-based artist Amy Ellingson (Art MFA 92), will be on view at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art from June 7 through September 13.

Michael Fink (Art MFA 75) is the new Chair of Production at the School of Cinematic Arts at USC. The chair has been endowed by George Lucas.

The thesis project by Stefano Giustiniani (Graphic Design MFA 13) will be part of the 26th Brno Biennial of Graphic Design in the Czech Republic.

An essay on Roberta Griffith's (Chouinard BFA 60) installations in the Artists of Hawaii 2013 exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art last fall was recently published online in CFile. Commenting on the essay in a post, ceramics' expert Mark Del Vecchio wrote, "This stunning show of Roberta's (who is now 76) may well be one of the most impressive installations I have seen in years! It really touched me." As part of the LaGrange National XVIII biennial in LaGrange, Georgia, Griffith was recently awarded a Juror's Merit Award, a purchase award for the Lamar Dodd Art Center and LaGrange Art Museum collection for her monotype Contained.

Raul Guerrero (Chouinard 70) is exhibiting his work in a group show at Hal's Bar and Grill in Venice, titled Taste for Art. The show runs through July 30 with a reception on May 14 frrom 6 pm to 8 pm.

Photographer Michael Jang (Photography BFA 73) will exhibit photographs of his family at KesselsKramer in Chinatown in Los Angeles with an opening on May 17 from 7 pm to 10 pm. The show runs through June 13. He also recently published a book of photographs on dorm life at CalArts in the early 1970s, called College.

The final stop of the retrospective of Mike Kelley (Art MFA 78) opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles on March 31. It previously appeared in Amsterdam, Paris, and New York. Reviewed in the Los Angeles Times, the show runs through July 28.

Playwright, librettist and director James Lapine (Photography MFA 73) has been nominated for a Tony Award for Act One, an adaptation of playwright Moss Hart's classic memoir. Lapine directed the production, which has been nominated for Best Play. He already holds three career Tonys for Best Book. 

Elena Lavelles (Integrated Media-Photo/Media MFA 13) has been selected to participate in two grant/contests in Madrid. The first, Intransit, is a platform for artists who have recently finished their studies, and includes a public workshop with other artists and curators. The second, Open Studio 2014, is a contest organized by the City of Madrid involving tours for curators, gallerists, critics and other artists to the studios of participating artists. Garcia Martinez will show other artists' work as part of her project, including work by several CalArtians, including Bertha Aguilar Garcia (Experimental Animation MFA 11), Tasha Bjelic (Photography & Media MFA-1) and Paul Rosero (Art & Technology MFA-1).

Daniel Joseph Martinez (Photography and Media BFA 79) has won the 2014 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts for visual arts. The award includes a $75,000 unrestricted prize.

Lisa Mikulchik (Art 73) writes that after studying with Alison Knowles, Lloyd Hamrol and the Feminist Art Program, she worked as a freelance production artist/graphic designer before finding a calling as an instructor for adults with developmental disabilities. "I'm semi-retired, live in an old bungalow near the mouth of the Sacramento Delta, and a couple of years ago started making art again, to my great satisfaction." While some of her best friends from CalArts have passed, she would be happy to hear from other CalArtians who remember her from those early years.

Aviva Rahmani (Art MFA 74) has launched a new website for her Gulf to Gulf project, following up Fish Story Memphis, begun in 2012 to identify a "trigger point" in North America where restoration might effect change for the Mississippi Water Basin and the Gulf of Mexico.

A series of soft sculptures by Nina Salerno (BFA 81 Art), called PERFECT REJECTS, will be on sale at the MOCA store during the run of the Mike Kelley MOCA exhibit, which opens on March 31 and continues through July 28. Writes Salerno, "My PERFECT REJECTS evolved from my art aesthetic while overtly focusing on art as commodity. They being homed at the MOCA store makes it a fitting venue. While Mike's and my work are very different practices, there are uncanny similarities and compliment one another."

Daryn Wakasa (Graphic Design 10) is currently an art director at Guillermo del Toro's multi-disciplinary storytelling studio, Mirada. He's been there for four years and has been the art director for several projects, including Pacific Rim's prologue sequence, the Katy Perry "Roar" music video and the IBM Think exhibit. Wakasa is also an adjunct professor at Loyola Marymount University and just finished his first live action short that he hopes to turn into a web series. He's currently working on his second short film that he hopes to begin shooing in 2015.

Augusta Wood (Photography & Media MFA 05) has a solo exhibition at Angles Gallery in Los Angeles, opening on April 19 and running through May 31.

Holocaust Documentary Photography: Framing the Visual Discourse, a paper by Rachel Youdelman (Art BFA 73) has been published in the June issue of Clio's Psyche. In addition, the exhibition, Let's Have Lunch: Selections from the ACA Library Artist's Book Collection at Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta, is centered around and named after a book by Youdelman. The show runs until July 11, and also includes work by Alison Knowles, Martha Rosler, former CalArts faculty Allan Kaprow and Ed Ruscha (Chouinard 60).

Having received her single-subject teaching credential in art from Cal State Northridge in 2012, Adriana Yugovich (Art MFA 03) is now a full-time public school educator, teaching animation and design at Glendale High School.

Winter 2013/14

Former faculty Sean Adams (Graphic Design BFA 86) and Noreen Morioka (Graphic Design BFA 88), the co-founders of AdamsMorioka, a Beverly Hills-based design firm, are the recipients of the 2014 AIGA Medal, awarded since 1920 by AIGA, the professional association for design, to individuals in recognition of their exceptional achievements, services or other contributions to the field of design and visual communication.

Andrea Bowers (Art MFA 92) and Suzanne Lacy (Photography MFA 73) will celebrate the conclusion of a seven-day performance (March 17-23) at The Drawing Center in New York on March 23 from 4 pm to 6 pm. During the performance, Andrea Bowers and Suzanne Lacy: Drawing Lessons, Bowers will attempt to teach Lacy how to draw. The performance is a platform for conversations; resultant drawings; video projection; and the installation of the lesson envionment--lights, platform, drawing easels, etc. As they work together under scrutiny of the audience, Bowers and Lacy will explore questions that also arise in their independent practices. Both artists will live in the gallery throughout the course of the show. Bowers' solo project, Andrea Bowers: #sweetjane, is on view at the Pomona College Museum of Art and Pitzer College Art Galleries, running through April 13. The project includes drawing, photography, and a video, and examines the notorious Steubenville, Ohio high school rape case and the subsequent trial.

Houston's Elaine Bradford (Art MFA 03) and Los Angeles-based artist Bari Ziperstein (Art MFA 04) are exhibiting their work together in a show called Dopperlganger at the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery at Sam Houston State University in Houston. The show runs through March 17. Ziperstein is also appearing in the group show Corporeal Impulse at the Vincent Price Art Museum through April 12.

A solo show last September by Heather Cassils (Integrated Media/Art MFA 02) at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York was awarded a MOTHA award for Best Solo Exhibition of 2013 from The Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art. Cassil's work was recently featured in Artforum and The Guardian. Articles can be accessed at her website.

For news about Audrey Chan (Art MFA 07), see Elana Mann.

Barb Choit (Art MFA 02) recently signed copies of her book Ten Shows at the L.A. Art Book Fair at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles. The book is based on the CalArts slide library and has been republished by Black Dog Publishing (London) and the Or Gallery (Vancouver). Besides documenting the slide library, it includes images of the school as well as works by CalArts alumni and faculty. 

Amazon Solitaire, a group show at Center for the Arts Eagle Rock is curated by Akina Cox (Art BFA 07) and features performances and workshops by several CalArtians. The show opens March 6 with a reception from 7-9 pm, and runs through March 27. The Los Angeles gallery Commonwealth & Council presented new work by Cox (Art MFA 12, BFA 07) earlier this year. Concurrent with her solo exhibition, she curated at the gallery Holy Trinity with work by Krista Buecking (Art MFA 12), Gracie DeVito (Art MFA 12) and Ariane Vielmetter (Art MFA 12).

Artist and former faculty Dorit Cypis (Art MFA 77) is exhibiting her work at Hinge Parallel in Culver City. The work in the show, which runs through March 1, was inspired by texts she found while reading through her past journals. Font, layout and color graphically play with the page to confound reading, comprehension of seeing, self-knowledge, and being witness. The prints are part of a developing project, The Sighted See the Surface, to be presented later in 2014 by LM Projects and the Braille Institute, in honor of the late artist and legendary faculty Michael Asher. 

The Whitney Biennial opens to the public on March 7, and numerous CalArtians are featured. They include Zackary Drucker (Photography & Media MFA 07); Victoria Fu (Art MFA 05); Tony Greene (Art MFA 87), who died in 1990 and whose work is curated by Richard Hawkins (Art MFA 88) and Catherine Opie (Photography MFA 88); Channa Horwitz (Art BFA 72), who died last year; Dashiell Manley (Art BFA 07); My Barbarian, featuring Malik Gaines (Critical Studies MFA 99) and Theater faculty Jade GordonLaura Owens (Art MFA 94); faculty member Allan Sekula, who died last year; and Catherine Sullivan (Theater BFA 92). The show runs through May 25.

Mauricio Espinosa (Art BFA 03) and Jed Lind (Art MFA 04) are in the group show distance. transform at agency in West Hollywood. The show closes on March 18. 

Paseo de los Melancolicos, an exhibition by Patricia Fernandez (Art MFA 10), will open at LAXART in Los Angeles on March 15 with a reception from 6-8 pm. The exhibition runs through April 26.

Cult of Splendor, a solo exhibition by Victoria Fu (Art MFA 05), appeared earlier this year at the University Art Gallery at UC Irvine.

Look Up, a solo exhibition by Valerie Green (Art MFA 11), opens at Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles on March 15 with a reception from 7-10 pm. The show runs through April 26.

Roberta Griffith (Chouinard BFA 60) is in the group show PRINT paper + sandbox at Galerie 103 in Kukui'ula, Kauai through May 3. An artists' reception for the show, which examines traditional and contemporary printmaking, will be held on March 8 from 6-8 pm.

The High Museum of Art in Atlanta has named artist Lyle Ashton Harris (Photography MFA 90) the 2014 recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize, established in 2005 as the first national award to honor and celebrate contributions to the field of African American art and art history. In addition, the American Academy in Rome recently selected Harris to join its Board of Trustees.

Douglas Hill (Design 74) recently presented a talk on Eugene Atget and his enduring influence on architectural photography at photo l.a. as part of its Emerging Focus program.

Robert Glen Ketchum (Photography MFA 73) is featured in the exhibition Shifting Landscape, Shifting Vision along with Ansel Adams and Eliot Porter at the G2 Gallery of Nature & Wildlife Photography in Venice through March 2. 

The film Redlands, directed by John Brian King (Photography BFA 83) was recently reviewed in The Washington Post, which called it "a horror film with an arthouse aesthetic." The film is available on Amazon Instant Video and on Vimeo on Demand

Regen Projects recently presented a solo exhibition of new sculptures by Liz Larner (Art BFA 85). 

For Jed Lind (Art MFA 04), see Mauricio Espinosa.

For Suzanne Lacy (Photography MFA 73), see Andrea Bowers.

Work by Elana Mann (Art MFA 07) appeared in Transmission, a traveling group video exhibition and artists' talk at the Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock on January 24 and on February 8 at the Orange County Museum of Art. Her piece, Untitled (Listening Device 1) is on view at Pomona College through April 1. And as part of Chan & Mann, she and Audrey Chan (Art MFA 07) will be showing their work Myths of Rape in Shenyang, China at the Luxun Academy of Fine Art from April 15 through April 30. 

The Paris-based designer Asha Mines (Art BFA 02) has released a line of children's clothes called Jungera. She was recently featured in gnomes national news service.

For news about Carter Mull (Photography & Media MFA 06), see Danielle Adair.

Silas Munro (Graphic Design MFA 08), principal of poly:mode and faculty chair, MFA in Graphic Design at Vermont College of Fine Arts, won a $40,000 Arts Challenge grant from the Knight Foundation to create the Biscayne Maker Co-op in South Florida, providing a place for artists to design, fabricate, print and exhibit work.

As part of the exhibition Black Forest by Kelly Nipper (Art MFA 95) at the Hammer Museum, there will be 11 performances by the dancer Marissa Ruazol taking place among the artworks. The exhibition runs through February 23. Check the museum for performance dates.

The Heart of No Place, a film by Rika Ohara (Art MFA 85), is now available on Amazon video on demand. The film, inspired by the life and work of Yoko Ono, was named Best Film (International) at the London Independent Film Festival in 2010.

Laura Parker (Photography MFA 86) is the featured artist for the month of February at dnj Gallery in Santa Monica. Her work was recently on view at the Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco, the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena and Kontor Projects in Copenhagen.

Margrit Schaerli (Art MFA 83) is in the group show, Elementarteilchen: Skulpturen und Objekte, at the Zurcher Hochschule fur Angewandte Wissenschaften in Wadenswil, Switzerland from March 13 through May 12.

Artist Jeffrey Schrier (Chouinard), who often uses discarded objects in his work, was recently an artist-in-residence at the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District's Meadowbrook Alternative Program in New York. His project was featured in LI Herald.com.

Richard Shanks (Graphic Design MFA 95), the president and founder of UpShift, a Chicago-based branding, advertising and graphic design agency, reports that the company received numerous awards in 2013 for logo design, brochures, website development, art direction and social media marketing. In the Nov./Dec. issue of GDUSA Magazine, UpShift received an award for best "Creative Use of Stock" imagery for the National Equity Fund website.

Love in the ruins; sex over 50, a solo exhibition of large scale photographs by Susan Silas (Art MFA 83) opens March 7 with a reception from 7-9pm, and continues through April 6 at Studio 10 in Brooklyn. To Selves, a two-person show featuring Silas and Joy Episalla opens on March 7 at Momenta Art in Brooklyn and runs through April 13.

Resonance, an exhibition of new sculpture by Koji Takei (Graphic Design BFA 78) will open at the William Turner Gallery in Santa Monica on April 12 with a reception from 6:30-8:30 pm. The show runs through May 10.

 Love Thy Neighbor, a solo exhibition by Timothy Washington (Chouinard BFA 69) at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles runs through April 27. There will be an artist's talk on Sunday, March 16 at 3 pm.

The Guggenheim Museum in New York is featuring a retrospective of the work of Carrie Mae Weems (Photography BFA 81) through May 14. Her work is also on view at the Studio Museum in Harlem through June 29. Weems was named a MacArthur Fellow in September.

Jerry Wellman (Art MFA 84) is part of two museum shows that recently opened: FEAST: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art at SITE Santa Fe and E Pluribus Unum at 516ARTS in Albuquerque. An article about his mobile exhibition space, Axle Contemporary in Santa Fe and his new book, Emblems of Hidden Durations, appeared in the Santa Fe Reporter. It was also featured in a PBS show.

What is a Photograph?, a group show at the International Center of Photography in New York will run until May 4, including work by James Welling (Art BFA 72; MFA 74) and Christopher Williams (Music BFA 79; Art MFA 81).

The Long View, a solo show by Aaron Wrinkle (Art MFA 08) will appear at the Thomas Solomon Gallery in Los Angeles through February 22. 

B. Wurtz (Art MFA 80) recently spoke at the New School in New York about alignment, using sculpture as a point of departure and source of inspiration as part of SculptureCenter's lecture series, Subjective Histories of Sculpture

For news on Bari Ziperstein (Art MFA 04) see Elaine Bradford.

Fall 2013

Sean Alatorre (Graphic Design BFA 86) Vice President and Partner of Neuron Syndicate, appeared on AMC's unscripted series The Pitch on September 5. Neuron Syndicate, based in Santa Monica, was selected to appear as one of the ad agencies in the second season of the show, in which ad agencies prepare campaigns and try to win business.

Los Angeles artist Mark Bradford (Art BFA 95; Art MFA 97) will speak about his creative process and his community work in South Los Angeles on November 23 at 2 pm at the Ramon C. Cortines School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Los Angeles, located at 450 N. Grand Avenue. Bradford won a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 2009.

"This, That and the Other," a solo show by Kathe Burkhart (Art BFA 84) appeared at Galerie Lumen Travo in Amsterdam from September 7 through October 5.

Todd Childers (Graphic Design MFA 93) is part of a group show called Non-Text at Eastern Michigan University, running from October 30 through December 11 with a reception from 4-7 pm on November 13. It then travels to Eastern Illinois University, where it runs from January 11 through February 23.

The 2013 artist-in-residence at the Palm Springs Art Museum, Cristopher Cichocki's (Art BFA 01) installation Desert Abyss: Cycle in Cycle was on view at the museum recently. The installation explored a desert that has emerged from the depths of an ancient ocean, drawing inspiration from the Salton Sea, its surrounding desert geology, landscapes and typographies.

Georgi Coquereau (Photography MFA 86) exhibited her work in two recent shows. On October 5 she showed images on the exterior building wall of Exhibition Space at 26-19 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City. From Oct. 9-14 she showed trompe l'oeil photo images in a group show at Meguro Museum of Art in Tokyo.

Anti-Urges & Stargate, a solo exhibition by Christian Cummings (Art BFA 04), is at Chin's Push, 4917 York Blvd. in Los Angeles, through December 6.

Ismael de Anda III (Art MFA 00) was invited to participate in La Ruta 1.1 in Ciudad Chihuahua, Mexico in late September. His work is also included in Compass, an internationally-curated exhibition at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. The show runs through November 16. He is also participating in a group show at 18 Mercer Street in New York, organized by La Estacion Arte Contemporaneo Gallery in Chihuahua, Mexico. The show opened on November 8 and will be on view for one week.

"The Vanishing Tribes of Burma," an exhibition featuring photographs by Richard Diran (School of Design BFA 72) of the region's ethnic diversity will be on view in Yangon, Burma at the Inya Lake Hotel from September 29-30 following a private reception on September 28. After the event, the collection will be donated to the National Museum in Yangon.

Several CalArtians are included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, the last biennial at the museum's Madison Avenue location. Participants include Zachary Drucker (Photography & Media MFA 07); Victoria Fu (Art MFA 05); Malik Gaines (Critical Studies MFA 99) and Theater faculty member Jade Gordon as part of the performance group My Barbarian; the late artist Tony Greene (Art MFA 87) curated by Richard Hawkins (Art MFA 88) and Catherine Opie (Photography MFA 88); Channa Horwitz (Art BFA 72), who died earlier this year; Dashiell Manley (Art BFA 07); Laura Owens (Art MFA 94); the late long-time faculty member Allan Sekula, who died earlier this year; and Catherine Sullivan (Theater BFA 92). The show will run from March 7 through May 25.

Sam Erenberg (Chouinard 67) will have a solo exhibition this Spring at the Art Gallery of College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita.

A solo show of new work by Mark Flores (Art MFA 02) will open at Agency Contemporary Art in West Hollywood on November 14 with a reception from 6-9 pm. The show runs through January 10.

"Belle Captive," a solo exhibition of film, photo collage and video installation by Victoria Fu (Art MFA 05) appeared this fall at Emerson Dorsch gallery in Miami. For more on Fu, see Zachary Drucker. 

Roberta Griffith (Chouinard BFA 60) is one of 11 artists chosen from among 341 artists whose work was reviewed from throughout Hawaii to participate in "Artists of Hawaii 2013," which opened at the Honolulu Museum of Art on September 19 and runs through November 24. Griffith is exhibiting three installations, including a new mixed-media piece created for the exhibition, as well as three monotypes, each of which relate to one of the installations. Griffith reports that she was one of three artists invited to address the private Louis Vuitton reception on September 17. The following day, more than 700 people attended the opening reception.

The exhibition Ground Truths at the Luckman Gallery at Cal State L.A. features several CalArtians, including Mary Hill (Art MFA 12), Anna Mayer (Art MFA 07), Minha Park (Art MFA 13) and Rosha Yaghmai (Art MFA 07). The show runs through October 26.

"Pit & Log," a solo exhibition by Naotaka Hiro (Film/Video MFA 01) at Brennan & Griffin in New York, opens on September 8 and runs through October 20. For the exhibition, the artist's skin becomes the subject of interrelated drawings, sculptures and video.

Hadley Holliday (Art MFA 04) will have a solo show of a new series of acrylic paintings at Taylor de Cordoba gallery in Culver City with an opening on September 14 from 6-8 pm. The show runs through October 26. She is also co-curating with Carolyn Castano the show Garden Party opening September 21 at the Fellows of Contemporary Art space at 970 N. Broadway, Suite 208, in Chinatown from 6-9 pm. The project invites about 20 artists to meet in gardens, nearby forests and other green spaces "to respond to the idea of work en plein air in various ways," according to Holliday. The show closes on November 22.

MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, New York, has opened the first New York retrospective in two decades for the late artist, CalArts alumnus and former faculty member Mike Kelley (Art MFA 78). The exhibition includes more than 250 works from Kelley's multifaceted art practice, and is the largest installation that MoMA PS1 has ever organized and only the second to utilize the entire museum. In the December 8 issue of New York magazine, art critic Jerry Saltz named the Kelley retrospective as one of the 10 best art shows of the year. "There are few young artists who don't owe the late Mike Kelley some gratitude. This building-filling show proves that he remains the rare talent who could fill up PS1 and still make you want more." The show closes on February 2 before opening in Los Angeles at the Museum of Contemporary Art on March 31.

The Pomona College Museum of Art presented the first solo exhibition examining the early performative artwork of Hirokazu Kosaka (Chouinard BFA 70), titled "Project Series 46: Hirokazu Kosaka: On The Verandah Selected Works 1969-1974."

Between the Door and the Street, a major new work about what feminism means today by Suzanne Lacy (School of Design MFA 73) will be presented by Creative Time and the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum on October 19 in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Hundreds of women will gather on the stoops and entry courtyards of Park Place, between Vanderbilt and Underhill Avenues, where they will explore some of the most compelling issues facing women today. The public is encouraged to wander among the different groups to listen and observe.

Geoff McFetridge (Graphic Design MFA 95) is the September cover artist for Juxtapoz magazine. He's also featured in the magazine and is also shown modeling the new Jack Spade fashion line.

Artist Josephine Meckseper (Art MFA 92) has a solo exhibition at the Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York, on view until January 18.

From Plate to Paper, a group show including new monoprints by Rifka Milder (Art BFA 84) opens on September 21 from 5:30-8 pm at Westbeth Gallery in New York. The show runs through October 6.

Lize Mogel (Art MFA 98) has received a 2013 Artist Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in architecture/environmental structure/design.

Jim Morphesis (Art MFA 72) has a solo exhibition titled Roses and Wounds at the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley with an opening reception on October 24 from 6-7:30 pm. The exhibition runs through November 24.

Brian Moss (Photography MFA 94) and Jody Zellen (Photography MFA 89) have launched a new exhibiting listing service designed for mobile devices. It's called What's On Los Angeles. In addition to listing openings and closings, it includes information on each venue as well as an areas page where the venues are sorted by location.

Rika Ohara (Art MFA 85) will be presenting her paper "The Heart of No Place as a Reinterpretation of Works by Yoko Ono in the Digital Age" at 12:30 pm on November 7 at USC's Von KleinSmid Center, room 258.

Ariel Pink (Art BFA 01) will be performing a new show at Cinefamily in Los Angeles on October 25 as part of its annual Holloween bash. Doors open at 8 pm.

Photographer Eric Poppleton (Photography MFA 86) will present an evening of adventure travel stories, imagery and motion footage at Adventure 16 in West Los Angeles on September 27 at 6:30 pm.

New paintings by Arabella Proffer (Art BFA 00) will be on view at Deering Vintage in Ohio City outside Cleveland with an opening on September 6 from 5-8 pm. Proffer will also sign copies of her 2011 book, The National Portrait Gallery of Kessa, and a catalogue.

Climate Change, a photograph by Aviva Rahmani (Art MFA 74) is included along with other work by the artist in The Holiday Show at New Era Gallery in Vinalhaven, Maine with an opening reception on November 29 from 4-6 pm. The show runs through December 21. Rahmani's essay, Fish Story Memphis: Memphis is the Center of the World, has just been published and is available on SpringerLink. Fish Story, Rahmani's public art project about how the lives of fish in the Mississippi River reflect human challenges, has partnered with the non-profit WebServes to develop a new web portal for the Gulf to Gulf Project, Rahmani's multi-year, cross-media, ecological art work. Gulf to Gulf is a fiscally-sponsored project of Artspire, a program of the New York Foundation of the Arts.

A painting by Ed Ruscha (Chouinard 60), I think I'll..., is one of 45 artworks that are on loan to the Obamas from several Washington museums. It was reproduced in The New York Times. His exhibit, In Focus: Ed Ruscha, closes at the Getty Center on September 29.

Jim Shaw (Art MFA 78) has a solo show at Blum & Poe in Los Angeles, running from November 1 through December 21.

Susan Silas (Art MFA 83) has a solo exhibition at CB1 Gallery in Los Angeles, running through October 13. She will have a solo exhibition at Studio 10 in Bushwick, New York opening in March 2014 along with a concurrent two-person exhibition at Momenta Art, also in Bushwick. An article about her work appeared in the summer issue of ArtVoices, published in Los Angeles, and a feature was published in the summer "Women" issue of Artcore Journal.

Artist Gary Simmons (Art 90) won the Studio Museum in Harlem's Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize in October. The prize includes a $50,000 award. 

On the occasion of her solo show at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, N.Y., Michelle Stuart (Chouinard 52) was profiled recently in The New York Times. The show, Michelle Stuart: Drawn from Nature, runs through October 27 and then travels to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in January.

Benjamin Tong (Art MFA 12) has contributed to the latest issue of ROSAB.net, an experimental art/design journal based in France. In issue #5, he interviewed graphic designer, artist and educator Sheila Levrant de Bretteville about her work, including the newspaper that she designed for the 1971 International Design Conference in Aspen, which many CalArtians were involved in.

A solo exhibition by Lesley Vance (Art MFA 03) at David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles was recently reviewed in the Los Angeles Times. The show runs through January 4.

Slippery Contours, a solo exhibition by Alice Wang (Art BFA 10) opened November 30 at Galleri Detroit Stockholm in Sweden. The show, which runs through December 13, was recently reviewed by A.J. Samuels in Artfetch. Writers for the exhibition catalogue include Travis Diehl (Art and Writing 10) and Rachel Kennedy, a current MA student in the Aesthetics and Politics Program in the School of Critical Studies. The catalogue's publisher, Leisure Labor, is a collective of CalArts graphic design alumni, including the catalogue's designer, Masato Nakada (Graphic Design MFA 11).

Photographer and video artist Carrie Mae Weems (Photography BFA 81) is one of the recipients of the 2013 MacArthur Fellowships, often called the "genius grants." Her art examines the complex and contradictory legacy of African American identity, class and culture in the United States. The award comes with a $625,000 grant, allocated over five years.

Robert Berman Gallery in Santa Monica is presenting a survey of work by Los Angeles artist Norton Wisdom (Chouinard 65), curated by artist Llyn Foulkes (Chouinard 59). The opening reception will be held on November 16 from 6-9 pm, and the show runs through December 21.

Summer 2013

An exhibition by Barbara Bloom (Art BFA 72) at the Jewish Museum in New York uses objects from the museum's collection, such as Torah pointers and Kiddush cups, to create fictional narratives that are also inspired by Talmudic commentary. The show, titled, As it were...So to speak: A Museum Collection in Dialogue with Barbara Bloom, is on view through August 4, and was reviewed in the New York Times.

Kathe Burkhart (Art BFA 82, MFA 84) is included in the group show Trouble Every Day at Johannes Vogt Gallery in New York. The show, which brings together artists engaging with objects and rituals of daily life, runs through July 26.

Christopher Canole (Art MFA 73) recently attended a 40-year retrospective of the Artpark artists-in-residence program in Lewiston, New York, the location of his first Earth Art show after he graduated from CalArts. Artpark was founded in 1974, a year after Robert Smithson's death, and the residency program was established in his honor, becoming an important site for works of the Land Art movement. On the occasion of the retrospective, Canole installed a permanent sculpture titled "Rock Star." He is included in the upcoming book, Artpark 40/40.

A solo show by Duke Choi (Art BFA 11) opens at Prohibition Gallery in Culver City on July 13, with a reception from 6-10 pm. The show, "Post-Modern Shamanistic City Maps," involves work depicting the nature of systematic cities using traditional techiniques to make ink, paint, and paper. The show runs through August 24.

Sofia Coppola (Art 94) is profiled in the current edition of W magazine. Coppola's latest film, The Bling Ring, about a young group of celebrity-obsessed burglars, opened in theaters in June.

Colleen Corcoran (Graphic Design MFA 08) and Roman Jaster (Graphic Design BFA 07) have designed the catalogue for Everything Loose Will Land, an exhibition appearing at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood. The exhibition, which explores the work of architects and artists in Los Angeles in the 1970s and their creative intermingling, is part of the Getty initiative Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., and will be on view through August 4. The show features projects by Larry Bell (Chouinard 59), Robert Irwin (Chouinard 54), and Ed Ruscha (Chouinard 60) as well as former faculty members Judy Chicago, Craig Hodgetts, Allan Kaprow, and Alison Knowles.

Meg Cranston (Art MFA 86) has received the 2013 Artadia NADA New York Award for her presentation at the 2013 NADA art fair in New York at the booth of Fitzroy and Newman Popiashvili galleries. The award includes a $4,000 prize.

The work of Ismael de Anda III (Art MFA 00) was reviewed in the El Paso Times as part of the Bienal Ciudad Juarez-El Paso Biennial 2013. He will be participating in the upcoming citywide art festival La Ruta at La Estacion de Arte Contemporaneo in Chihuahua, Mexico.

On the occasion of the recent release of his memoir Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas, painter Eric Fischl (Art BFA 72) participated in a Q&A in the Los Angeles Times, discussing the contemporary art world. Fischl received an honorary doctorate at CalArts' graduation ceremonies on May 17. 

A symposium featuring several CalArtians will be held at the Jewish Museum in New York on September 22 in conjunction with the exhibition Jack Goldstein x 10,000, the first American retrospective of the artist Jack Goldstein (Art MFA 72), who died in 2003. Participants include Troy Brauntuch (Design BFA 75), Matt Mullican (Art BFA 74), and James Welling (Art BFA 72). The exhibition runs through September 29.

Artist and writer Guillermo Gomez-Peña (Art MFA 83, BFA 81) has launched an Indiegogo campaign to help La Pocha Nostra, his experimental arts group, raise funds for an upcoming tour to Eastern Europe and Mexico. 

Artist, writer and scholar Vanalyne Green (Art BFA 74) was recently named chair of Art Center College of Design's Undergraduate Fine Art Department. Green's art has been shown in the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Biennial, the Guggenheim Museum and in galleries in New York, Los Angeles and Europe. She was previously a professor in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds in the U.K. She starts her new position in November.

Jackie Haliburton (Chouinard BFA 69) recently celebrated the 35th anniversary of Angel Vancouver, her store in Vancouver, Canada, and she was profiled in the Vancouver Observer to mark the occasion. Haliburton has been hand painting t-shirts for 35 years, and has several celebrity clients, including John Lithgow, Keith Richards, and Uma Thurman.

Janet Lee King (Photography MFA 82) passed away on August 6. See In Memoriam.

Grapevine, a snapshot of the work of several influential artists working in ceramics includes work by John Mason (Chouinard 54) and Peter Shire (Chouinard BFA 70). Curated by artist Ricky Swallow, the show opens at David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles on July 13 with a reception from 6 pm-9 pm. It runs through August 17. 

In issue #15 of Installation magazine, Chandler McWilliams (Art MFA 13) writes about the scrutiny that every art student endures through group critiques. McWilliams is also appearing in the group show Suitable Solutions at Search Space in Echo Park. It is organized by Vivian Sming (Art MFA 13) and also includes Nicholas Arehart (Art BFA 13), Pall Haukur (Art MFA 13), and Emily Shanahan (Art MFA 13) and former visiting faculty Brian O'Connell (Art MFA 02). The show closes on July 19.

Artist Josephine Meckseper (Art MFA 92) is featured in the July/August issue of Modern Painters magazine.

Currently living in Leiden in The Netherlands, Daniel Mirer (Photography MFA 92) will be moving back to New York City to start a new tenure-track teaching position as assistant professor of photography at Long Island University/CW Post. Mirer's work was recently featured in Shooting Film.

Barbara Roberts (Art 71) reports that she is running in the
SAG-AFTRA election as Los Angeles Local Convention Delegate #168 at the 2013 SAG-AFTRA National Convention.

Jim Robertson (Chouinard 66) reports that after a busy career, primarily as an art director for major advertising companies, working in Honolulu, Los Angeles, and Chicago, among other places, he retired in 2000 to a farm in Virginia close to his wife's hometown. "I really value my time at Chouinard as well as the fine instructors, such as Marv Rubin, Gene Holtan, Jim Wood and many others that motivated and inspired me during those golden years.

Gallery Sonja Roesch in Houston is having its annual summer exhibition, titled What's in Store, featuring several CalArtians' work that is also available online at The UNIT Store, an online-based project founded by Ariane Roesch (Art MFA 11) in 2012. The UNIT Store presents limited edition prints, multiples and publications by emerging and established artists.

Artist Ed Ruscha (Chouinard 60) was named in August to the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He is the fourth artist to serve as counsel to museum leadership.

Photographer, writer, critic and longtime faculty member Allan Sekula passed away on August 10. See In Memoriam.

Drawn from Nature, a solo exhibition by Michelle Stuart (Chouinard), is on view at the Parrish Art Museum on Long Island through October 27. The show includes a range of work from 1968 to 2010.

The work of Los Angeles-based artist Mitchell Syrop (Art MFA 78) is included in the first California-Pacific Triennial
at the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach. The show runs until November 17. Syrop is scheduled to participate in a talk at the museum on August 15 at 7 pm. As part of the Triennial, Syrop is also appearing in a two-person show with York Chang at the Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University. The show runs through September 14 and a reception for the artists will be held on September 6 from 6-9 pm.

Sean Tully (Art 10) is curating Dark Beach at New Image Art in Los Angeles. The show is an exploration of themes, individuals, and emotions that exude grittier qualities of aesthetics within the scope of contemporary surf art. The show opens July 27 with a reception from 7 pm-10 pm. It runs through August 18.

The Fallacy of Misplaced Concreteness, a solo exhibition featuring a video by Alice Wang (Art BFA 10) runs through September 7 at The Art Gallery of Mississauga in Ontario, Canada. The video considers the artist's family history in China, from her grandfather's secret work for the Chinese government during WWII to the violent reforms of the 1960s. On July 25 at 6 pm, Wang will speak with guest curator Erik Martinson about the show. 

A solo exhibition by photographer James Welling (Art BFA 72, MFA 74) will open at the Hammer Museum on September 29 and run through January 12. James Welling: Monograph was organized by the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Spring 2013

Mark Allen (Art MFA 99), director of the L.A. experimental arts space Machine Project, will be in London in June for two talks. The first will be held at The Arts Catalyst on June 19 at 7 pm. Allen will talk about recent projects focusing on the interdisciplinary practice at the core of Machine Project's philosophy. On June 21, he will speak at 3 pm at the Institute of Contemporary Arts on Machine Project's documentary strategies for representing performance and time-based work.

Ismael de Anda III (Art MFA 00) has been included in the Bienal Ciudad Juarez–El Paso Biennial 2013, a collaboration between the El Paso Museum of Art and the Museo de Arte INBA–Ciudad Juarez. More than 40 artists living and working within 200 miles of the U.S./Mexico border are included in the dual-venue show, which opened in Ciudad Juarez on May 31 with a second opening at the El Paso Museum on June 1. The shows continue through August 18.

Under the auspices of LAXART, Edgar Arceneaux (Art MFA 01) premiered two of his films at the Silent Film Theater in Los Angeles in April. One film stars CalArts Program in Art faculty member Charles Gaines performing a song that he composed on piano. In the second film, Areceneaux's mother, Merc Arceneaux Sr., sings the song, I Told Jesus Change My Name, a melody made famous by Nina Simone and Roberta Flack.

The work of several CalArtians appeared this spring in Freeway Studies #1, This Side of the 405, a survey of the neighborhoods and networks of Los Angeles artists at Otis College of Art and Design's Ben Maltz Gallery. The artists in the show included Charles Arnoldi, who studied at Chouinard in 1968, Larry Bell (Chouinard 59), Meg Cranston (Art MFA 86), Steve Galloway (Art BFA 74), Joe Goode (Chouinard 61), Tom Knechtel (Art BFA 76), Rachel Lachowicz (Art BFA 88), Vincent Ramos (Art MFA 07), former art faculty member Alexis Smith, current art faculty member Shirley TseChris Wilder (Art BFA 88), Pontus Willfors (Photography & Media 09), and Jody Zellen (Photography MFA 89). 

Kathe Burkhart (Art BFA 82, MFA 84) is exhibiting her photographs in a solo show at Osmos, 50 E. 1st St. in New York. Burkhart's work recently appeared in NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star at the New Museum. Her work is currently on view in Femminile Plurale at Galleria In Arco in Turin, Italy through July 13; in Not only this, but 'New language beckons us' at NYU's Tracey/Barry Gallery; in The Cat Show-Cats in Residence at White Columns in New York from June 14 through July 20; and in a group show at Johannes Vogt Gallery in New York from June 20 through July 27. Participant gallery also showed her work at the Frieze Fair on Randall's Island in New York in May.

Fallen Fruit, the art collective co-founded by David Allen Burns (Art BFA 93), Critical Studies faculty Matias Viegener, and Austin Young has been featured in a recent New York Times article. The group's next Public Fruit Park will open in the Bronx in 2014. Fallen Fruit was also the subject of a recent mini-documentary that appeared on KCET.

David Mason Chlopecki (Art BFA 97) is based in New York, where he owns two design labels--Slick It Up and Trophy Pony--producing two commercial lines as well as creating work for the film industry.

See Line Gallery in Los Angeles presented this spring the first Los Angeles solo exhibition of Coachella Valley-based artist Cristopher Cichocki (Art BFA 01), including paintings, photographs, and sculptures. The body of work spanned eight years and focused on the Salton Sea and other desert regions.

Emerald City, a solo exhibition by Meg Cranston (Art MFA 86) appeared at LAXART in Los Angeles this spring. The show focused on the emerald and its color and explored the increasing popularity of the gemstone in the fashion world. Cranston collaborated with artist and former faculty member John Baldessari (Chouinard 59) in another exhibition titled, Keep It Simple. Keep it Fresh, which appeared at Galerie Michael Janssen in Singapore earlier this year.

At a memorable dinner in March inside Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, Alice Davis (Chouinard 50) and many of her friends celebrated 100 years of Marc Davis (Chouinard 43), her husband and the Disney legend who would have been 100 years old this year. With Davis and 33 of her and Marc’s friends seated around a long table in the portrait corridor of the Haunted Mansion, guests feasted on a special dinner prepared by Disneyland’s private restaurant, Club 33. Marc Davis taught animation at Chouinard, and was well known as one of Disney’s “Nine Old Men”—the talented animators who created the classic Disney films, including Cinderella and Bambi. He then moved on to design Disneyland attractions, such as the Haunted Mansion and The Pirates of the Caribbean. Walt Disney once referred to Davis as his “Renaissance man” because of his artistic expertise and versatility. Alice, named a Disney Legend in 2004, also has had a remarkable career, as a fashion designer and as a legendary costume designer for Disney films, television, and theme parks.

Denise Davis (Photography MFA 99) has been awarded a National Artist Teacher Fellowship by the Center for Arts in Education at Boston Arts Academy. Davis, a photography teacher at Fairfax Magnet Center for Visual Arts in Los Angeles, is one of 20 awardees nationwide, and will receive a $5,500 fellowship, while her school will be awarded a $1,500 grant to support her teaching activities.

A solo exhibition of the work of Laddie John Dill (Chouinard BFA 68) opened on May 8 at Nyehaus gallery in New York. The show includes examples of Dill's "Light Sentences": colored sections of glass tubing filled with gases of varying intensities, illuminated by gas and ignited by electricity. They are encased in individual containers and recessed into the wall. The show was reviewed by art critic Ken Johnson in the May 31 issue of The New York Times. The show runs through July 26.

Debby Doolittle (Chouinard 70) is the art curator at UCLA Medical Center, handling over 3,000 donated original artworks.

A solo exhibition by faculty member Sam Durant (Art MFA 91) is
currently on view at Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Rome (MACRO), featuring sculpture and drawings from 2001 to the present, including a few pieces made specifically for the exhibition. The show, titled La Stessa Storia or The Same History, is Durant's first solo show at an Italian public institution. Durant focuses on social, political and cultural issues in American history, with a recent interest in Italian history, including the late 19th century anarchist movement. The show is on view until September 1. Durant's multimedia project, What #isamuseum?, is also on view at the Getty Center in Los Angeles.

For only the second time in its history, CalArts awarded an honorary doctorate to a CalArts alumnus. Painter Eric Fischl (Art BFA 72) was awarded the degree at graduation ceremonies on May 17. Among the advice he gave to the graduates, Fischl said, "Before you engage in the 'art market,' you should engage with the 'art world'—with other artists."

An extensive career retrospective of the work of painter and musician Llyn Foulkes (Chouinard 59) opens at the New Museum in New York on June 12. Foulkes will give a talk at the museum on June 13 at 7 pm. The exhibition originated at the Hammer Museum and includes his early cartoons and drawings, his emotionally-charged paintings of the early 1960s, and his "bloody head" series, among other work. The show continues at the New Museum through September 1.

Multi-media artist Victoria Fu (Art MFA 05) will appear at a panel discussion with fellow CalArtian Edgar Arceneaux (Art MFA 01) at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego on June 8 at 1 pm as part of the group exhibition Approximately Infinite Universe, which runs from June 8 until September 1. Also appearing in the show are Andrea Bowers (Art MFA 92) and Kara Tanaka (Art MFA 08). Fu's solo exhibition, A Cloud Is Not A Sphere, runs through June 22 at CulturalDC's Flashpoint Gallery in Washington, D.C. She recently had solo shows at Marginal Utility in Philadelphia and at Samson Projects in Boston. Her work will be presented in a solo exhibition at UC-Irvine's University Art Gallery in January 2014. She will be an artist-in-residence at Fountainhead Residency in Miami this summer, and has been awarded an Irvine Fellowship at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California for 2013-15. She recently gave a Luce artist's talk at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

Roberta Griffith (Chouinard BFA 60) has been selected for inclusion in Artists of Hawaii 2013, a biennial exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art opening in September. Of the 11 artists selected, she is the only one from Kauai. Griffith's work is featured in an online museum writeup.

On June 10, the Museum of Art and Design (MAK) in Vienna will open the exhibition Nomadic Furniture 3.0, tracing the origins of the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) furniture and furnishings phenomenon from its start to the present day. Former CalArts School of Design faculty Jim Hennessey and Victor Papenek co-wrote the books Nomadic Furniture 1 and Nomadic Furniture 2, which were important reference and starting points for depicting the DIY movement. During the run of the exhibition, which continues through October 6, Hennessey will give a presentation, and talk about the books and about Papanek, who passed away in 1998. In 2008, the books were reprinted by Schiffer Publishing in a new volume containing both books called Nomadic Furniture.

We are saddened to learn that visual artist Channa Horwitz (Art BFA 72) died on April 29. See In Memoriam.

We are saddened to learn that graphic designer Johanna Jacob (Graphic Design MFA 90) passed away in her home in Montclair, New Jersey on March 26. See In Memoriam.

Photographer Michael Jang (Photography BFA 73) is the subject of a feature article in American Photo, focused on a body of work that he shot of his family more than 30 years ago. The work is also the subject of a solo exhibition at San Francisco's Stephen Wirtz Gallery, on view until July 13. The series began in 1973, when he was a student at CalArts.

CalArtians Pamela Jordan (Art MFA 96) and Alice Konitz (Art MFA 99) were part of a three-person show at the Samuel Freeman Gallery in Los Angeles this spring.

The Venice Institute of Contemporary Art, an exhibition and event space, was cofounded earlier this year by Juri Koll (Photography BFA 84). Koll, who is the director of the institution, is hoping to involve other CalArtians in the project, which promotes the values of individual, independent artistic expression.

A new installation by Olga Koumoundouros (Art MFA 01) will be on exhibit at the Hammer Museum from June 21 through August 18. Dream Home Resource Center will address the immateriality of real estate transactions and the shift from home as emblem of the American dream to house as commodity. During the installation, housing specialists, activists, and others affected by issues surrounding home ownership and the recent economic downturn will set up temporary offices in the gallery, offering practical information and personal stories.

In October, Creative Time and the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum will present a major work by Suzanne Lacy (School of Design MFA 73) at the museum. The project will explore issues of contemporary and historic gender politics.

Minimalist artist Gary Lang (Art BFA 72) was the focus of a recent solo exhibition at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History. A film about Lang and the exhibition can be viewed on Vimeo.

Calvin Lee (Photography and Media MFA 09) and Aaron Wrinkle (Art MFA 08) are included in the group exhibition Violins Without Violins at Island in Brussels. The exhibition runs through July 3.

Nery Gabriel Lemus (Art MFA 09) has received a City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Individual Artist Fellowship for 2013. His C.O.L.A. project is a four-channel video installation with text, inspired by an interview with the writer James Baldwin. The exhibition at the Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park runs through July 7.

A new public artwork by artist Elana Mann (Art MFA 07) was presented this spring by the Pasadena-based nonprofit organization Side Street Projects (cofounded by faculty member Karen Atkinson, Art MFA 84).  Titled Listening as (a) movement, the work involved interactive sculpture and community based performance art events and took place at Side Street Projects’ mobile headquarters in Pasadena, where Mann built three outdoor sculptures stemming from the designs of pre-radar sonic technologies. In addition to the show at SSP, Mann was also featured in a recent group exhibition entitled Teach-in at Cypress College in Cypress, California, and a group exhibition at Smack Mellon in New York. Mann is currently an artist-in-residence at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn.

Sculptor Rita McBride (Art MFA 87) has been named the new director of the historic Kunstakademie Dusseldorf in Germany. McBride, a professor at the school since 2003, replaces Tony Cragg, who has served as director for the past four years. McBride is the first woman to head the institution, whose influential faculty has included Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joseph Beuys, Andreas Gursky, and Gerhard Richter. Photographer Christopher Williams (Art MFA 81, Art BFA 79) is a current professor at the school. 

Visual artist David McDonald (Art MFA 92) was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship on April 11 by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. McDonald is one of only 175 artists, scholars and scientists to receive the award this year. Fellow CalArtian luciana achugar (Dance BFA 95) and art faculty member Charles Gaines were also honored this year with a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Painter Rifka Milder (Art BFA 84) had a show of her work at the Art Gallery at Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Pleasantville, N.Y. The show was titled Nature's Reflections.

Artist Robin Mitchell (Art BFA 72; MFA 74) will be exhibiting her paintings in a solo show at Craig Krull Gallery in Santa Monica, with an opening on July 13 from 4 PM-6 PM. The show runs through August 31.

Professor at Hamburg's Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste and the 2012-13 UCLA Art Council Chair, Matt Mullican (Art BFA 74) presented a lecture on his work at the Hammer Museum in Westwood on May 9. Mullican's work deals with systems of knowledge, meaning, and language through drawing, collage, video, sculpture, performance, and installation. Mullican is included in the Venice Biennale's 55th International Art Exhibition, called The Encyclopedic Palace, continuing through Nov. 24. His work is discussed in art critic Adrian Searle's video review for The Guardian. He is joined in the show by Jim Shaw (Art MFA 78) and Christopher Williams (Art MFA 81, Music BFA 79). Shaw is also one of three artists chosen by Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam to transform a cavernous space in the port into a gigantic art studio. Submarine Wharf--XXXL Painting will be on view from June 8 through September 29.

Besides winning the 2013 REDCAT award in March, photographer Catherine Opie (MFA 88) also received the 4th annual Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award at the opening of her solo exhibition: Catherine Opie: In & Around L.A., held at the Woodbury University Hollywood gallery early this year. And she’s had two other solo shows this year. She exhibited new portraits and landscapes in a solo exhibition at Regen Projects in Los Angeles, and Twelve Miles to the Horizon at the Long Beach Museum of Art included photographs taken on a 10-day voyage aboard a container ship that traveled from Busan, Korea to Long Beach during the summer of 2009. 

The work of Tony Oursler (Art BFA 79) has inaugurated Espace Louis Vuitton in Venice, Italy. The exhibition revolves around a restored work by 19th century painter Pompeo Molmenti. Opposite the painting is an audio-visual installation by Oursler, titled Strawberry-Ecstasy-Green, combining videos and forms sculpted in multi-colored glass. The show runs through November 24.

As He Remembered It, a new installation by Stephen Prina (Art MFA 80) at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art through August 4, had its beginnings in a walk down La Brea Avenue that he took in the 1980s with fellow CalArtian Christopher Williams (Art MFA 81, Music BFA 79). They spotted a piece of furniture originally designed as a built-in unit by architect R.M. Schindler, but which was now displayed as a freestanding object. On top of this, it was pink. For his current show, Prina had copies made of Schindler furniture from two houses that had been demolished. The 28 objects were then painted pink and are displayed in a grid pattern. Prina will present his new flute sextet, The Way He Always Wanted It VIII, at LACMA's Pavilion for Japanese Art on June 22 at 2 pm, and will then give a tour of his exhibition.

The work of Aviva Rahmani (Art MFA 74) was included in three group shows this spring: In the Green, a show about environmental degradation and solutions, was at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago; Climate Change: Conveying Realities was at eco*art*lab in Athens, Georgia; and One of a Kind: Unique Artist's Books appeared at AC Institute in New York. 

An exhibit of photographic work by Ed Ruscha (Chouinard 60) that he turned into books is on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum through September 29. Works on view include Twentysix Gasoline Stations (1963), Some Los Angeles Apartments (1965), and perhaps his most well known photographic series, Every Building on the Sunset Strip (1966). Ruscha will be joined by former CalArts faculty member John Baldessari (Chouinard 59) for a discussion of the work of Richard Artschwager at the Hammer Museum on June 23 at 2 pm. The conversation coincides with a retrospective of Artschwager's work, opening June 15 at the Hammer.

Lucy Soutter (Photography MFA 93) has published a book this year called Why Art Photography? (Routledge). The book is an introduction to the ideas behind contemporary photography, exploring issues such as ambiguity, objectivity, and staging. Soutter currently teaches critical and historical studies at the Royal College of Art in London.

Jesse Lee Stout (Art MFA 11; Film/Video BFA 02) has been busy
overseeing creative direction and directing video environments for
numerous musicians. Creative direction projects have included work for indie pop band, The XX, for Beck, and for The Weeknd's 2012 tour. Stout directed video environments for Rihanna's Diamonds world tour and for all of her televised performances in 2012; he directed video environments for Drake's Club Paradise tour in 2012; he directed video environments for Jay Z's numerous festival shows and for the Barclays Center opening in 2012; and he directed video environments for the televised appearances of Florence + the Machine in 2011 and 2012.

Benjamin Tong (Art MFA 12) and Alice Wang (Art BFA 10) were recent Villa Aurora fellows in Berlin. Dual solo exhibitions of their work recently appeared at Galerie Torstrasse. Tong's show, titled In a thousand years, we will have corrected the earth's rotational axis shifting it 45 degrees aligning to that of Venus, and the polar icecaps will have melted giving the seas a flavoring of lemonade, involved an installation constructed from local objects, a four-part animation opera and a performative text. Wang's show, called The Secret Blackness of Milk, related to a birch tree that has taken root on the roof of a 19th century building behind the gallery's courtyard. Since the summer of 2012, Wang has been living and working in Paris through the support of the Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Foundation.

The Art Institute of Chicago is organizing the first solo museum exhibition in the U.S. of the work of photographer Christopher Williams (Art MFA 81, Music BFA 79). The show will run in early 2014 and then travel to New York's Museum of Modern Art. A solo exhibition of his work is on view at David Zwirner, London, until June 15. He had solo shows in the spring at Galerie Gisela Capitain in Cologne and Volker Bradtke in Dusseldorf, where he is professor of photography at the Kunstakademie.

Winter 2012/13

We are saddened to learn that Gary E. Bachman (Art MFA 82) passed away suddenly on December 1, 2012. See In Memoriam.

Visitation will be at Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Ave., Fanwood, NJ on Friday, December 7, 2012 from 2-4 and 7-9. The funeral will be at the First Baptist Church, 170 Elm St., Westfield on December 8 at 3 pm. Cremation will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that friends make contributions to their favorite charities in Gary's name.

The Studio Museum's exhibit,  Fore, will run from  November 11, 2012 - Mar 10, 2013 and feature the work of Sadie Barnette (Art BFA 06), Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle (Interschool MFA 12), Nicole Miller (Art BFA 05), Akosua Adoma Owusu (Interschool MFA 08), Nikki Pressley (Art MFA 08) and Nate Young (Art MFA 09).  The exhibit was also featured in a New York Times article.

Nyehaus Gallery has announced their upcoming exhibition, Rebels in Paradise, in Bungalow 5 at Miami's Delano Hotel, December 5-8, 2012. Artists include Larry Bell (Chouinard 59), Ron Cooper (Chouinard), Mary Corse (Chouinard BFA 68) and Laddie John Dill (Chouinard BFA 68).

Richard Bruland's (Art BFA 73) show at  the Lora Schlesinger Gallery in Santa Monica was featured in the Los Angeles Times.

David Burns (Photography BFA 93), Matias Viegener and Austin Young's nonprofit, Fallen Fruit, was featured in the Los Angeles Times.  The group designed California's first public orchard, opened in Del Aire Park on January 5.

Kraig Cavanaugh (Art MFA 88; BFA 86) was recently accepted into
the International Association of Art Critics-USA Chapter (AICA-USA),
originally founded as a non-governmental body of UNESCO. Last year he was awarded first place at the Excellence in Journalism Awards for "Daily Newspapers and Websites Arts & Entertainment Reporting" by the San Diego Press Club for his article “Gustav Stickley Exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Art."

Lori (Waldron) Collier (Art/Design BFA 85) recently received full time Art/Design faculty status at Lassen College and is the director for the Digital Graphic Design program. She developed the 64 unit DGD program and received California State Chancellor's Office approval in 2012. Lori can be contacted at lcollier@lassencollege.edu.

Nye+Brown will present an exhibition of works by Mary Corse (Chouinard BFA 68) and James Turrell.  The opening reception will be held January 12, 2013.

On January 13, 2013, LACMA will host an Artist Conversation with Liz Glynn (Art MFA 08), Mark Hagen (Art MFA 02) and Ruben Ochoa, whose work is included in the exhibit, Lost Line: Contemporary Art from the Collection.

Sayre Gomez (Art MFA 08) is included in the group show, Always Yours, Des Objects Manques, Des Monuments, curated by Neil Beloufa at Balice Hertling Gallery in Paris from January 11 - March 16, 2013.

A painting installation by Raúl Guerrero (Chouinard 70) titled “Farewell to the Whaling Bar” opens on March 11 at Manhattan of La Jolla. Guerrero’s photographs, paintings and drawings are on view at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla along with work by Ed Ruscha (Chouinard 60) from February 16 to March 23. Guerrero's work also appeared in a two-person show with Larry Bell (Chouinard 59) at La Jolla’s Aldis Browne Fine Arts in February.

Hadley Holliday's (Art MFA 04) work will be exhibited in Forms of Abstraction, a group show featuring 23 southern California artists, at Irvine Fine Arts Center from January 12 - February 23, 2013 and One With the Sun, a solo show of new paintings, at Carl Solway Gallery from January 18 - March 23, 2013.

Garit Imhoff (Design BFA 72) received an Artist Outreach Grant from the Kenneth A. Picerne Foundation to work with children ages five to 16 in an after school program at the Encinitas Boys and Girls Club where he teaching storytelling, shadow puppetry, mask making and world music. In addition, Garit completed a seven foot banner for the Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas as part of the Arts Alive program, featuring a portrait of Ravi Shankar, with whom he studied with at Cal Arts. 

The Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard, CA will host Edging Reason- Words an investigation of hand-painted words and phrases by Gary Lang (Art BFA 72) from March 10 - May 19, 2013, with an opening reception on March 9.

Laura London's (Art MFA 85) work is included in the exhibit, Mind/Map/Los Angeles:  The Laurence Rickels Collection, at the Museum of Art, Design & Architecture at UC Santa Barbara from February 16-March 10, 2013.

Interdisciplinary artist turned filmmaker Rika Ohara (Art MFA 85) is working on her new film Carmilla, which locates the origin of modern vampire myths in the cultural fears engendered by the historical East-West conflict. Her effort to finance the film is hosted by USA Projects, which only accepts projects by artists who have won a nationally-recognized award. Her film, The Heart of No Place, won the Best Film award at London Independent Film Festival in 2010.

Howard Oransky (Art MFA 84), director of the Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the Regis Center for Art/University of Minnesota, is curating The House We Built: Feminist Art Then and Now, "group exhibitions and related public programs that explore the national network of feminist art activity that emerged in the 1970s and changed the course of contemporary art," from January 22 – February 23, 2013.

Tony Oursler (Art BFA 79) directed David Bowie's recent video for Where Are We Now? which was featured on the CalArts blog 24700.

Designer Nathan Martin (Graphic Design BFA 08) recently passed away. See In Memoriam.

Director, writer and producer, Michael Polish (Graphic Design BFA 93) is in post-production on Big Sur, based on Jack Kerouac's autobiographical novel.  The film is scored by fellow alumnus Kubilay Uner.  Polish is in preproduction on 18 Wheel Butterfly, starring Evan Rachel Wood.

Aviva Rahmani (Art MFA 74) will co-host Trigger Points After the Storm, an evening event/discussionwith Wendy Osserman in the Philosoprops & Onotological Apparatus Dialectic Revival Series Exhibition by Alyce Santoro at Gasser Grunert Gallery (New York) on January 21, 2013.  Also, she will give an artist talk at the opening of Oil & Water Diptych It's the End of the World as We Know it (and I Feel Fine) at Ramapo College Art Galleries (Mahwah, NJ) on January 30, 2013.

Gail Rebhan (Photography MFA 81) essay and photographs are included in the new book, Reconciling Art and Motherhood, edited by Rachel Epp Buller and published by Ashgate.

The work of artist and alumna Nicola Voss (Art MFA 90; BFA 88) is included in the exhibit Bite Me at the McGroarty Arts Center in Tujunga, CA. On view until March 23, the show explores food on many levels, from its production and consumption to its value as a social, cultural, economic and political commodity. Nicki is an admissions coordinator at CalArts.

The de Young Museum will present former CalArts faculty Natalie Zimmerman (Art 01) and Michael Wilson's Social Dreaming in the 21st century, February 6 through March 3, 2013, as part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s Artist-in-Residence Program.

Fall 2012

Nyehaus Gallery presented Terry Allen (Chouinard BFA 66) Ghosts: Works from the Dugout/Ghost Ship Rodez/And Others from October 9 - November 24, 2012.

80WSE Galleries presents New York University Art Theory and Criticism faculty Kathe Burkhart (Art MFA 84), Jamie Dearing, Michael DeLucia, Susanna Howe, Nadja Marcin, George Wilson and Adam Winner from November 27 to December 22, 2012, with an opening reception on November 27.

The Laguna Art Museum will open an exhibition of watercolors by Timothy J. Clark (Chouinard BFA 72). Curated by the museum’s Curator of Early California Art, Janet Blake, the exhibit will run from November 4, 2012 - January 20, 2013.

The Hammer Museum will mount an exhibit of Meg Cranston's (Art MFA 86) work June 2, 2012 - February 7, 2013. She will present a lecture at the Museum on December 13th, 2012.   

Another Self by Akina Cox (Art MFA 07) and Ariane Vielmetter (Art MFA12) will be shown at Marine Contemporary in Venice, CA through November 24, 2012. In addition, Akina and Ariane worked with designer and artist Stefani Greenwood (Photography BFA 07) on an artist book that will be available at the opening reception on October 20.

Todd Childers (Graphic Design MFA 93) is Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. In August, 2012 he presented on Anton Stankowski's Berlin City logo design and graphic identity system called the Berlin Layout at the 2012 Design Inquiry's Design Cities: Berlin Workshop in Germany. In addition, one of his graphic design projects was recognized at the Adobe Achievement Awards and the Type Directors Club TDC 57 Exhibition, Ironically Digital Typography. In March, 2012 he worked with Bowling Green graphic design students' to project their work onto buildings at the 2012 Havana Biennale in Cuba.

Michael Darmody's (Art MFA 89) House of Cards, Version 2.0 will be on display at San Juan College, sponsored by the Native American Center as part of its activities related to November’s Native American Month at SJC.  

Sean Flahery's (Art MFA 12) first solo show, An Overture in Parts, will be held at the Grand Central Art Center's Project Room Gallery at California State University, Fullerton from November 3 - December 31, 2012, with an opening reception on November 3. In addition, he and Brendan Threadgill (Photo & Media MFA 07) are included in Wharton + Espinosa's Disoriented Orientation / Oriented Disorientation November 15, 2012 - January 4, 2013.

Helen Rebekah Garber (Art BFA 07) had her first solo show, Spells, Spires And Other Delicate Business at the Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles.

Roberta Griffith (BFA Chouinard '60) is one of 11 artists from the state of Hawaii invited to exhibit in Hawaiian Artists at the Honolulu Museum of Art on Oahu, September 19 - November 24, 2013.

Raul Guerrero (Chouinard 70) exhibited Portraits with the Beyond the Border Gallery at the Art San Diego 2012 Contemporary Art Fair September 6-9, 2012.

Eleanor LaVove (Chouinard), co-founder of the Angels Attic dollhouse museum in Santa Monica, CA passed away on August 24, 2012 at age 94. See In Memoriam.

Rika Ohara (Art MFA 85) and adjunct faculty Mark Steven Greenfield are included in the 2012 C.O.L.A. Exhibition from September 30 - October 28, 2012.

Brendan Threadgill - See Sean Flaherty.

Nancy Jean Tucker (Photography BFA 96) directed and animated a new music video for Simone White that will premiere in Spin.

Noah Webb (Photography MFA 00) photographed designer Tim Clarke's Coastal Modern, highlighted in the December issue of House Beautiful.

Summer 2012

John Calvelli (Graphic Design MFA 87) started his Ph.D. at the
European Graduate School in August, 2012. He is on permanent faculty in
Liberal Studies at Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Canada.

Calvin Lee (Photography & Media MFA 09) is organizing an exhibition at the Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles' Chinatown featuring fellow alumni Erich Bollman (Art MFA 10), Ian James (Photography & Media MFA 09), Augusta Wood (Photography & Media MFA 05), and Aaron Wrinkle (Art MFA 08).

James Chinlund (Art BFA 94) was the production designer for The Avengers, and was featured in an LA Times article.

The first Los Angeles biennial, Made in L.A. 2012, will be presented at the Hammer, LAXART, and the Department of Cultural Affairs’ Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park. The exhibition will feature works by 60 artists from the L.A. region, and will debut new installations, videos, films, sculptures, performances, and paintings produced for the biennial. The exhibit features work by CalArts Alums: Scott Benzell (Art MFA 01), Meg Cranston (Art MFA 86), Fiona Connor (Art MFA 11), Roy Dowell (Art BFA 73, Art MFA 75), Zachary Drucker (Photo & Media MFA 07), Patricia Fernandez (Art MFA 11), Dan Finsel (Art MFA 11) of the Francois Hhebaly Gallery, Liz Glynn (Art MFA 08), Mark Hagen (Art MFA 02), Kenyatta Hinkle (Art MFA 12 & MFA Writing 12), Channa Horwitz (Art BFA 72), Nery Gabriel Lemus (Art MFA 09), Dashiell Manley (Art BFA 07) of the Lora Reynolds Gallery in Austin TX, Alex Olson (Art MFA 08), Vincent Ramos (Art MFA 07), Ry Rocklen (Art BFA 98), Henry Taylor (Art BFA 95), Cody Trepte (Art MFA 10), Erika Vogt (Film/Video MFA 03) of The Propeller Group which also includes Matt Lucero (Art MFA 03)  and Tuan Andrew Nguyen (Art MFA 04). The installations will run from June 22 - September 2, 2012.

Edward Flynn (Chouinard BFA 67) will exhibit his work at Curve Line Space in Los Angeles from August 11 to September 5, 2012.

Richard Hertz authored, Jack Goldstein and the CalArts Mafia, featured in 40 Books Every Artist Should Read. Jack Goldstein, (Art MFA 72) and his classmates led a vital shift in Pictures Art in the 1970s, and the book examines that time, as Chounaird became CalArts and the compelling story of Goldstein himself. The featured list is here.

Sayre Gomez (Art MFA08) and Joe Goode (Chouinard 61) will be featured in an exhibition titled L'idee Fixe from July 7 - August 4, 2012.

Hadley Holliday (Art MFA 04) has curated a group exhibit, Summer Sun at Taylor De Cordoba in Los Angeles from July 14 - August 18, 2012.

Robert Glenn Ketchum's (Design MFA 73) show, In Black and White, will be at the G2 Gallery in Venice, CA until August 5, 2012.

Linda Ravenswood (Art BFA 00) has recently published Hymnal with Mouthfeel Press.

Eddo Stern's (Integrated Media MFA 00) The World is Down: 10 Works by Eddo Stern is at the Young Projects Gallery in Los Angeles.

Following a long illness, Webster Terhune (Art BFA 77) passed away on August 26, 2012. See In Memoriam.

James Welling (Art BFA 72, Art MFA 74) will exhibit at the Donald Young Gallery in Chicago, IL. In Fall 2012, Welling's  will exhibit at Milton Keynes Gallery, UK and in 2013,The Cinncinati Art Museum and the Fotomuseum Winteur Switzerland will present a survey of the artists' work from 1947-2012.

Spring 2012

On April 21, 2012, Laddie John Dill's (Chouinard 68) Contained Radiance L.A will be shown at Nye+Brown

Bucky Fukumoto (Graphic Design BFA 98) has been named as the new director of Locksmith Content production company.

Raul Guerrero (Chouinard 70) will take part in the Warehouse Gallery in Los Angeles exhibit, Large: Paintings of Wicked Adults.

Molly Hayden (Graphic Design BFA 91) publishes a weekly webcomic The Lay of the Lacrymer and will participate in the Stumptown Comic fest.

Photographer Jeanette May's work (Photo MFA 87) is included in Creature Features with Jocelyn Chase at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn April 26 - May20, 2012.

Gallery Vassie in Amsterdam will present "ARCHITORSPACE,"  an exhibition of photographs by Daniel Mirer (Art MFA 92) May 26 - June 23, 2012.

Mira Schor's (Art MFA 73) exhibition of paintings titled Voice and Speech will be featured at Marvelli Gallery March 29 - May 5, 2012.

Rea Tajiri (Art BFA 80,  Art MFA 82) screened her recent documentary work-in-progress at Smith College's Women and Social Justice Documentary Symposium in March, 2012. In the fall, she will direct Temple University's Film Media Arts' Los Angeles Study Away and Internship programs, where she is an Assistant Professor.

Tajiri's  film and video work has been featured in three Whitney Biennials (1989, 1991 and 1993) and she has received numerous awards and fellowships including two Rockefeller Intercultural Media Fellowships, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and an ITVS production contract for her feature film Strawberry Fields, which had its international premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 1997. It won the Grand Prix at the Fukuoka Film Festival in 1998.

Her 1991 film History and Memory won the International Documentary Association Distinguished Achievement Award and an Honorable Mention New Genres from the San Fransisco International Film Festival.

Deborah Wasserman (Art BFA 92) recently was interviewed by Leah Oates in NY Arts Magazine.

Winter 2011/12

Mark Bradford (Art BFA 95) has concurrent retrospectives at SFMOMA and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, February 18 - June 17, 2012.

Philip Chang's (Art MFA 05) solo exhibition at LAXART titled Cache, Active opens March 10, 2012. Also, he will curate Affective Turns? group show at Pepin Moore Gallery opening on March 3, 2012.

Charong Chow (Art BFA 99) published her first young adult novel, Random.

The Laguna Museum of Art has announced its upcoming exhibition of Tim Clark's (Chouinard BFA 72) work November 4, 2012 to January 27, 2013.

Akina Cox (Art BFA 07) was profiled in Contemporary Art from Los Angeles.

An art therapist at Art Colony in Chicago, Larry Crost (Art 74) has been exhibiting his work at New Century Arts in New York.

Creative Captial grants were given to eight Calartians including Akosua Adoma Owusu (Interschool MFA 08), Norbert Shieh (Film/Video MFA 11), Deborah Stratman (Film/Video MFA 95), Malik Gaines (Film/Video MFA 99), Scott Barry (Art ACT 11), and Niel Doshi (Art 10).

Michael Darmody (Art MFA 89) is exhibiting House of Cards at the New Mexico Arts Centennial Project in Santa Fe from January 13 - February 17, 2012.

Leslie Saks Contemporary in Santa Monica, CA exhibited the works of Guy Dill (Chouinard BFA 70) in Guy Dill A 1970’s Dialogue with Materials, in association with Pacific Standard Time.

Karl Erickson (Art MFA 02), Executive Director of D.U.M.B.O. Arts Center (DAC) in Brooklyn, shared that DAC will exhibit Robby
Herbst' (Art MFA 99)  exhibition New Pyramids for the Capitalist System in February, 2012.

Guillermo Gómez-Peña (Art BFA 81) released his new book, Conversations Across Borders, a collection of conversations with cultural thought leaders on"issues of timely concern to artists,
including border culture, new technologies, urban hipsterism, and
globalization gone wrong."

Roberta Griffith (Chouinard BFA 60) is exhibiting her work at Galarie 103 on Kaua'i from December 10, 2001 - February 11, 2012.

The San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art will include Michael Jang's (Design BFA 73) work in their Best of the Seventies show.

Stephen Johns (Chouinard BFA 72) will be featured in Denise Bibro Fine Art's Winter Salon in New York January 5 - January 28, 2012.

On February 1, 2012, the CalArts community was saddened to learn of Mike Kelley's (Art MFA 78) passing. See In Memoriam.

We learned that Jack Kling (Chouinard BFA 65), a former instructor at the Chouinard Art Institute and educator in Mill Valley Public Schools, died at his home in Santa Rosa last December. See In Memoriam.

Hirokazu Kosaka's (Chouinard BFA 70) Kalpa, a site-specific commission will kick off the Getty Center's January performance festival as part of Pacific Standard Time

Inspired by 1960s movies and magazine spreads highlighting the phenomenon of "the bachelor pad," Jeanette May's (Photography MFA 87) exhibition Bachelor Pads will run at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, NY from Feb 1 - 25, 2012.

Michael Metcalf (Chouinard BFA 68) reports that following graduation from Chouinard, he earned an M.Arch from UCLA, and has been working as a consultant at Melcalf Associates.  Currently, he is working in association with Madrid Consulting Group and Dannenbrink Design & Planning on a series of four TOD (Transit Oriented Development) LRT station area master plans for land use and development for a proposed 5.5. mile extension of the Metro Eastside Gold Line LRT system within the SR 60 Pomona Freeway corridor, east of downtown Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley.

Kelly Nipper (Photography MFA 95) will give a visiting artist lecture at California State University Long Beach on May 2, 2012.

Jessica Rath's (Art MFA 96)exhibit, Take me to the apple breeder  is making its debuts this month in Food for Thought at the Wignall Museum at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamunga, CA and in New Naturalists at the Herron Galleries-Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN.

Rita Reynolds (Art BFA 85) has been recognized by the Wagner College Diversity Action Council for her adacemic work in American Diversity, civil rights reasearch, and student mentorship.

Hedda Smulewicz (Art BFA 71) will have her sculptures featured in the February, 2012 issue of the online journal, Logos.

After a career in the LA garment industry as fashion designer and textile imported /exporter, Fern Ellis Thacker (Chouinard BFA 70) reports that she moved back to Detroit in 1988 and is now employed in real estate with StarVision, LLC.

Deborah Wasserman (Art BFA 92) is exhibiting at the Red Show at the Cheryl Hazan Gallery in New York from December 15, 2011 - January 15, 2012.

James Welling (Art BFA 72) will exhibit Geometric Abstraction at Regen Projects II in Los Angeles from February 29 - March 31, 2012.

The 2012 Whitney Biennial will include Thom Anderson (faculty), Richard Hawkins (Art MFA 88), Mike Kelley (Art MFA 78), and Laida Lertxundi (Film/Video MFA 07).

Fall 2011

Kelly Barrie (Art MFA 97) is showing Mirror House at the Santa Monica Museum of Art through December 10, 2011. The work was recently reviewed by the L.A. Times.

James Casebere (Art MFA 79) recently held a book signing of James Casebere: Works 1975-2010, which will be released in November, 2011.

Dorit Cypis (Art MFA 77) is participating in the Colonialism: the Collective Unconscious exhibition at the William Grant Still Arts Center from October 8 - November 18, 2011.

Gavin Flint (Art MFA 97) will exhibit at GK Gallery in Tokyo from November 21 -26, 1011.

Jeanette May (Art MFA 87) will teach Vision and Difference: Transcending the Gaze at the International Center of Photography on the female gaze in comtemporary photography. The course will begin October 6, 2011.

Brett Cody Rogers (Art MFA 04) is presenting Painter's Forms at Pepin Moore from September 17 - October 22, 2011.

Hollywood constume designer Theadora Van Runkle (Chouinard) passed away on November 4, 2011 at 83 from lung cancer. See In Memoriam.

Summer 2011

Ismael de Anda (Art MFA 00) will show his work at the Annex Gallery in a show titled Fortress of Solitude: Flux Ultralux from August 13 - September 4, 2011.

Georgi Coquereau (Photography MFA 86) recently designed and produced Wearable Animation, where images are designed to give the illusion of movement.

Detours: Tahoe City, a site specific exhibition featuring five Calartians, including Karen Atkinson (Art MFA 84, faculty), Donna Brown (Art MFA 11), Connie Hatch (faculty), John Hogan (Art MFA 06, staff) and Jane Jenny (Art BFA 94).

Guillermo Gomez-Pena (Art BFA 81) is working with actor Richard Montoya on Los Dopplegangersl premiering in Denver on Spetember 3, 2011 at Su Tetro and at the Fowler Museum in Los Angeles on September 14, 2011.

Juri Koll (Art BFA 84) is working on a series of short documentaries about CalArts artists called Art/World.

Laura London (Art MFA 85) will show Chain Letter Group Exhibition at the Shoshana Wayne Gallery at Bergamont Station (Los Angeles) onJuly 23rd, 2011.

Richard Mann (Art BFA 81) will take part in Flying Rings at Venice Beach.

Joseph Park's (Art MFA 90) new work, This is Prizmism, will be at the Rena Bransten Gallery in San Fransisco through August, 2011.

Laura Parker (Art MFA 86) has a show Rotations and Rubbings with Elliot Wilcox at the DNJ Gallery in Santa Monica June 4 - July 16, 2011.

Margaret Pezalla (Art MFA 95) has been awarded a Travel and Study Grant from the Jerome Foundation to visit the archives of Earl Slipher at the Lowell Observatory, the Velaslavasay Panorama, and the Museum of Jurassic Technology. She was also awarded a Next Step Grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council to support an exhibition at the Burnet Art Gallery in May, 2012.

Jeff Phillips (Film Video BFA 74) curated Contemporary Bronze at the Plaza Gardens. Artists include Kristan Marvelland and Jim McAninch. The show runs from July 30 - September 15, 2011.

Michael Polish (Art BFA 92) has completed a new film, For Lovers Only, with original music by Kubilay Uner (Music MFA 91) and musical performances by Dan Rosenboom (Music MFA 10).

Heather Rasmussen (Photography MFA 07) willl be featured in a three person exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago Museum September 3, 2011- March 4, 2012.

Mira Schor (Art MFA 73) published  A Deacade of Negative Thinking: Essays on Art, Politics, and Daily Life, which includes excerpts from letters she wrote as a student at CalArts.

Deborah Wasserman's (Art BFA 92) Homeward Found will be shown at Art Hampton with Cheryl Hazan (Booth#166).

Spring 2011

Mark Allen (see Robin Sukhadia - Music)

Kathe Burkhart (BFA Art BFA 84) has received USA Projects support for two upcoming solo shows in Europe this summer. In addition, she was part of the group show Cabaret, curated by Matthew Weinstein, in March, 2011 at Ramis Barquet Gallery in New York. 

The Carré d'Art-Musée d'Art Contemporain in Niems, France is hosting a 50-year retrospective of Larry Bell's (Chouinard 59) work from February 25 through May 22, 2011.

Mark Bradford (Art BFA 95) was the feature of Australia Dateline's, LA Laid Bare.

Los Angeles’ Las Cienegas Projects will present Dorit Cypis' (Art MFA 77) solo exhibit, A Symmetry, from March 5 - April 2, 2011.

Gina Dabrowski (Photography MFA 91) received a 2010 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Photographers for her project Sanitary Landfills a.k.a. Dumps, which "examines the big business of trash and its evolution from the open pit dumps of the 1970s."

Jack Enyart (Chouinard 69) is now webcasting Art with Enyart every second and fourth Monday at 7:00 pm (PST).

In April, the Hammer Museum mounted the first solo exhibit of Mark Flores (Art MFA 02).

The Hammer Museum presented Strange Democracy: An Evening with Guillermo Gomez-Pena (Art BFA 81) in April, 2011.

Richard Hawkins' (Art MFA 88) Third Mind is at the Hammer Museum through May 22, 2011.

Roman Jaster (Graphic Design BFA 07) designed Making It, by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen.

Karolina Karlic (Photography and Media MFA 10) was named as a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow.

In March, the Tanya Bondakar Gallery in New York held an exhibition of Liz Larner's (Art BFA 85) work.

Chere Krakovsky- See Suzan Shutan.

Elanna Mann's (Art MFA 07) Die Gedanken Sind Frei (Our Thoughts Are Free) is at the Jancar Gallery in Los Angeles through April 30, 2011.

Jeanette May (Photography BFA 87) was featured in the exhibition But that’s a different story... at A.I.R. Gallery, coinciding with
the New York Photo Festival in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. The
A.I.R. exhibit runs from April 27 to May 21, 2011.

Rodney McMillian (Art MFA 02) was one of the first visiting artists in Art Workshop Collaborative (AWC), a new collaboration between CalArts and the California African American Museum. 

Assistant Professor of Foundations/ Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Young Min Moon's (Art MFA 96) essay, The Politics of Curating 'Contemporary Korean Art' for Audience Abroad was included in Contemporary Asian Art: A Critical Reader, edited by Melissa Chiu and Benjamin Genocchio, MIT Press (2011).

Margaret Nielsen's (Design BFA 75) States of Mind is on exhibit at the Samuel Freeman Gallery in Santa Monica, CA from April 28 to June 4th, 2011.

The University of Minnesota appointed Howard Oransky (Art MFA 84) as the director of the Katherine E. Nash Gallery in the Department of Art.

Laura Parker's (Photography MFA 86) work is included in Influential Element: Exploring the Impact of Water at Long Beach Museum of Art through April 3, 2011.

Ceramic artist Elsa Rady (Chouinard 65), who studied with Ralph Bacerra and Otto and Vivika Heino, passed away on January 29, 2011. See In Memoriam.

Ed Ruscha's (Chouinard 60) On the Road will be presented at the Hammer Museum from June 11 to October 2, 2011.

In March, 2011l, Otis College of Art’s Clay in LA featured the work of Adrian Saxe (Chouinard 73) and Peter Shire (Chouinard 70).

Sydney Schuster (Art BFA 75) published Dead Spot, a finalist for the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

Suzan Shutan (Art BFA 78) is curating a six-week performance series at the Soapbox Gallery, Brooklyn, from April to June, 2011. Artists include Paul Anceau (Music BFA 76), Howard Better (Experimental Animation BFA 79) and Chere Krakovsky (Art BFA 77).

Peter Shire (Chouinard 70)- See Adrian Saxe.

Ruth Szold Stern (Art BFA 94) will take part in the Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore and Mountains Restoration Trust's 8th Annual Art Exhibit in Calabasas on April 3, 2011.

Deborah Wasserman's (Art BFA 92) solo show of 500 miniature paintings, Far Away, So Close is at The Roger Smith Hotel in New York through April 30, 2011.

Jerry Wellman (Art MFA 84) recently launched Axel Contemporary, a mobile gallery in Santa Fe, NM, which was featured in a New York Times Magazine article

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