Visiting Designer | February 25, 2009
Sean Aldrin M.F.A., Assistant Professor of Art at Northwest Missouri State University attended Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, Rhode Island School of Design and the Art Center College of Design.
Aldrin a Fine Artist and Design professional working in Los Angeles since 1991 has been exhibited extensively across the United States and abroad. Professor Aldrin has shown at Ace Gallery Los Angeles and developed creative advertising for a wide range of clients including MGM, NBC, Pillsbury, Boeing and Heineken.
Visiting Photographer | February 25, 2009
CSULA Art alum Mitzi Valenzuela is now a well known photographer for Hot Rod Magazine and Vintage Pin Up Photography.
Winter Design Speaker | February 19, 2009
Petrula Vrontikis has been a leading voice in graphic design and design education communities for over 20 years. Her work has appeared in over 100 books and publications, and is part of the permanent collection of the Library of Congress. She is the author of the book inspiration=ideas: A Creativity Sourcebook for Graphic Designers and is an editorial contributor to design publications including the AIGA.org Forum.
She lectures at conferences, universities, and to professional organizations worldwide about her work with Vrontikis Design Office, about graphic design education, and on the subject of inspiration. In 2003 she was selected by Graphic Design: USA as one of 100 People to Watch.
She has taught the senior graphic design studies course at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California since 1989, and was as a national advisory board member of the AIGA from 1999 to 2001. She has served on numerous local, national, and international design juries. In 2007 Petrula received an AIGA/Los Angeles Fellows Award honoring her as an essential voice raising the understanding of design within the industry and among the business and cultural communities of Los Angeles.
Visiting Artist Lecture | February 17, 2009
Cindy Bernard's work explores how our perception of reality is coded by culture. Since graduating with an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1985, her work has been included in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Wexner Center for the Arts, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Internationally she has exhibited in England, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Mexico, Canada and Italy. A director and advisor to Foundation for Art Resources from 1985 to 1990, her art production incorporates curating and organizing exhibitions and events involving art and experimental music as well as public projections. She is a recipient of grants and fellowships from the J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts, Art Matters Inc., California Arts Council, Anonymous Was a Woman, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
Visiting Artist Lecture | February 12, 2009
Phyllis Green’s sculpture explores issues of gender in romance and in art and issues of craft and decoration. She states “the use of female imagery as form and content, and the use of the medium of clay, continue to be devalued by the art establishment, if not by the culture in broader terms. “ One of her intentions is to challenge the lingering modernist assumption that decoration and ornament, as feminine, are enemies of “high art”.
Raised in Canada, Phyllis Green moved to California to pursue graduate studies in art. She was awarded an M.F.A. from U.C.L.A. in 1981, and began her professional art career in Los Angeles. She is the recipient of individual artist's fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and a C.O.L.A. grant by the City of Los Angeles. Her work as a sculptor and animator has been exhibited extensively in exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally. It was included in "From Head to Toe: Concepts of the Body in 20th Century Art", "Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity", both at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and in “Fiction@Love” at MOCA, Shanghai in 2006. She has lectured in colleges and universities around the world, and is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Art Departments of Loyola Marymount University, U.C.L.A. and U.S.C. Phyllis Green produced and hosted a radio show on the visual arts, LOOK/hear on KXLU, Los Angeles, from 1996-1998. She was appointed to the Santa Monica Arts Commission in 2000, and elected Chair in 2004.
Visiting Artist Lecture | February 4, 2009
Throughout his 40 year career as an artist, Frank Romero has been a dedicated member of the Los Angeles arts community. As a member of the 1970s Chicano art collective, Los Four, Romero and fellow artists Carlos Almaraz, Beto de la Rocha and Gilbert Lujan, helped to define and promote the new awareness of La Raza through murals, publications and exhibitions. Los Four's historic 1974 exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art was the country's first show of Chicano art at a major art institution.
Since then, Romero has successfully balanced a career in both the public and private arenas. He has completed over 15 murals throughout the city, and was a key contributor to the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival with “Going to the Olympics,” a large scale mural which adorns one of Los Angeles’ busiest freeways (Highway 101). He recently restored this mural with a grant by the Amateur Athletic Foundation, as well as working on new murals for SPARC (Ritchie Valens Park in Pacoima) and North East Trees (along the Los Angeles River) and in Silverlake.
Romero has shown extensively in the United States, Europe and Japan. Notable exhibitions include: "Chicanarte" (L.A. Municipal Gallery), "Hispanic Art in the United States" (Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C. and national tour), "Le Demon des Anges" (Nantes, France; Barcelona, Spain; Lund Sweden and Brussels, Belgium), and "American Kaleidoscope" (National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.). His work is featured in many permanent collections, including the National Museum of Art in Washington D.C., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Carnegie Museum in Oxnard, CA.