Past University Library Art Gallery Exhibits

Spring 2014

University Library Art Gallery 1.9.14-3.13.14.  Decision Driven Works on paper.  Stop by the Gallery this week for your last chance to view this exhibit.

Decision Driven: Works on Paper

Fall 2013

Out of the Box: New Work from a New Generation.  10/29/13 - 12/12/13 University Library Art Gallery.

Out of the Box: New Work from a New Generation

This exhibition featured artworks created by 18 students enrolled in the course, Art: Theory and Practice, an advanced seminar course offered through the Art Department at SSU, discussing current topics in contemporary art and the exploration of methods and materials outside students’ usual medium.

From Death to Life in Ancient Bahrain

From Death to Life in Ancient Bahrain gave visitors a close-up view of remains from these burial mounds, as well as insights in the archaeological processes used in recovering and reconstructing ancient life.

Summer 2013

Or the Sea

Shane Weare: Prints

This exhibition featured etchings and lithographs by Shane Weare, some made while he was teaching Printmaking in the Art Department at Sonoma State University from 1971 to 2000. The artists noted that the idea of round spheres were prevalent in the seventies and this is reflected in his art.

Spring 2013

Or the Sea

Or The Sea: Experiments in New Media

This exhibition featured works by SSU art students as part of the ArtS 498: New Media course. Using variety of contemporary media, including sound, video, digital photography and performance, the artworks in Or The Sea look at water from a variety of angles, ranging from its physical characteristics, its political repercussions to its religious symbolism and poetic metaphor.

The course and the exhibition were part of the yearlong campus wide initiative, Water Works, which explores inland water flow as a resource, theme, and metaphor, through a year (2012-2013) of academics, fine arts, and live theatre and dance.

Reflections of the Earth and Tradition: Contemporary California Indian Art

The exhibition Reflections of the Earth and Tradition: Contemporary California Indian Art displayed the work of twelve artists of California Indian ancestry.

Fall 2012

We do mind dying.

Agents of Change: Artists As Activists

  • The Guerrila Girls
  • Art Hazelwood
  • Better Nobue Kano
  • Doug Minkler
  • Michelle Wilson
  • OccuPrint

Summer 2012

Excel for Youth.  A restrospected exhibition celebrating 30 years of learning!  1982-2012.  University Art Gallery, June 21 to July 27, 2012.A retrospective exhibition celebrating 30 years of learning EXCEL for Youth, a program of the School of Extended Education, is a unique academic enrichment program that offers students entering 4-9th grades accelerated classes in science, math, technology, visual art, drama, and writing. Since its inception in 1982, EXCEL has grown from a schedule of 14 choices to offering over 50 innovative classes a year on the campus of Sonoma State University.


Spring 2012

Diverse-City, April 12 to May 27 Diverse-City was an exhibition showcasing the work of student artists who are part of the diverse community found at Sonoma State University. It included art which centers around themes of gender, race, or ethnicity. These emerging artists used the University Library Art Gallery as a forum to share their work with the rest of the University and Library visitors.

XX: Woman, Art & Science

XX: Women, Art & Science.  Library Art Gallery 3.1.12-3.31.12

In the art exhibition on view in the Library Art Gallery XX: Women, Art, & Science six women, all Bay Area artists, present work that typifies their explorations into the scientific world. The exhibition characterizes each artists’ unique vision and showcases a wide range of works from prints to paintings to sculpture created from such diverse materials as ink, acrylic, mixed media, rubber, and thread.

Fall 2011

Untitled: Sonoma County Abstraction

Untitled: Sonoma County Abstraction.  Library Art Galler,  November 17, 2011 through February 5, 2012.

Untitled: Sonoma County Abstraction presented several paintings and sculpture by some of these pioneers, along with a larger selection from their artistic heirs who continue to create a wide range of thoughtful, stimulating, and distinct abstract imagery.


Metamorphosis, Library At Gallery.  August 18 - November, 6 2011.  In support of SSU's Insecta-PaloozaThe Metamorphosis exhibition featured the artwork of eleven Sonoma County artists, including five SSU students.The works shown ranged from paintings to three-dimensional work to photography to works of mixed media. Artists included were Kyle Alexander Jenny Braun, Michael Coy, Ted Farber, Don Fluitt, Rebecca Guarda, Kevin Jaffe, Pauline Levy Lazzarini, Katie Pierce, Catherine Poloynis, and Sally Weare.

Metamorphosis has a variety of connotations, ranging from the sudden change from human to insect as in Franz Kafka’s novella, Metamorphosis, to the biological process insects undergo during their lives to simply the concept of change.  The artists in the exhibit have each interpreted metamorphosis in a unique way – challenging our understanding of change and biological processes that bring about change.

Spring 2011

Crossing the Invisible Line: The Art of Immigration

Crossing the Invisible Line: The Art of Immigration.  Library Art Galllery, May 6 to July 31, 2011. University Art Gallery and Department of Art and Art History presented Crossing the Invisible Line: The Art of Immigration. The exhibition looked at the complex issue of immigration from a variety of perspectives, including paintings, prints, photographs, and sculpture by contemporary artists along with historical documents and artifacts from regional museums.

Mandala Sand Painting

Mandala Sand Painitng, Univerosty Library Gallery. 4-11-11 to 4-14-11 10am-6pm.From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks to form the image of a mandala. To date, the monks have created mandala sand paintings in more than 100 museums, art centers, and colleges and universities in the United States and Europe.

The mandala sand painting began with an opening ceremony, during which the lamas consecrate the site and call forth the forces of goodness. This is done by means of chanting, music and mantra recitation, and was held on Monday, April 11. Traditionally most sand mandalas are destroyed shortly after their completion. This is done as a metaphor for the impermanence of life. This closing ceremony was held on Thursday, April 14.

Movie and Slideshow of Mandala creation.

Miracles on the Border: Folk Paintings of Mexican Migrants to the U.S.

Miracles on the Border: Folk Paintings of Mexican Migrants to the U.S. was a powerful exhibition of Mexican retablos that are both fascinating artworks and compelling sociological documents. Miracles on the Border, Library art Gallery, 2/1-3/30Collected by Drs. Jorge Durand, University of Guadalajara, and Douglas Massesy, Princeton University, as part of an ongoing study of Mexico-U.S. migration, the retablos displayed in this exhibit express the most prominent concerns of the immigrants who dedicated them, giving us direct Mexican perspectives on migrations.

Retablos are Mexican folk paintings dedicated to the Virgin, Christ, and saints in thanksgiving for a miracle granted or favor received. The retablos in this exhibit were presented to religious shrines in Mexico by immigrants or by their families to commemorate a miraculous event or experience associated with migrating or living in the United States.Created by untrained popular artists or the migrants themselves the retablos in Miracles on the Border represent work from as early as 1912.

This exhibit was part of the Immigration: Humanity on the Move series and has been made possible through a generous grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts. SSU contributors to the event include Associate Student Productions, Multi-Cultural Center, and Residential Life. Other campus partners instrumental in bringing this exhibit to campus are Department of Chicano and Latino Studies and the University Library.

Fall 2010

Four Approaches: A Student Curated Exhibition

Approaches, a student curated exhiition.  Curators Wyatt Amend, Brianna Salm, Michell follet, Megan Hilard.  Library art Galley 11.15.10-01.12.11Four students from Sonoma State University's BFA program displayed their work and selected work of their peers in a group exhibition in the University Library Art Gallery at the Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center located at Sonoma State University. The exhibition opened on November 15th, 2010 and ran through January 12, 2011. Works included in the exhibition was a sampling of the four disciplines taught SSU's Art Program: Sculpture, Photography, Works on Paper, and Painting. The four primary exhibitors and curators are Wyatt Amend, Brianna Salm, Michell Follett, and Megan Hillard.

the message and the medium: the library turns 10

the message and the medium: the library turns 10 exhibit

Libraries have long been valued as places where people come seeking knowledge, be it in the form of books, journals, maps, documents or, more recently, through films, videos, and other types of electronic and digital media. Visual art is another form of information-and, one could argue, another kind of knowledge-and artists are among those who see libraries as indispensable sources of both information and inspiration. On the occasion of the University Library's 10th anniversary, the University Library Gallery presented the exhibition The Medium and the Message: The Library Turns 10, which is intended as a sort of contemplation on the transmission of information in its myriad forms as seen through the eyes of the nine participating artists: Rebeca Bollinger, Brooke Holve, Mary V. Marsh, Matt Mullins, Alan Rath, Tim Rollins, Jason Shiga, Mickey Smith, Xiaoze Xie.

Summer 2010


Based on a call for entries seeking Bay Area artist's interpretation on the theme of sustainability, ten artists were selected by students from Michael Schwager's Curatorial Practices class. The ten artists were: Steven Allen, Bobette Barnes, Dillon Crossman, Art Hazelwood, Joan Hoffman, Leah Korican, Julia Nelson-Gal, Fred Vedder, Anneliese Vobis, and Megan Weirich.

The exhibit was the culmination of series of lectures and exhibits exploring the meaning of sustainability from different disciplines. The word sustainability brings to mind numerous meanings in today's society as evidenced by the wide-range of approaches of art works included in the exhibit. From ceramics and sculpture created using found objects, including the Yellow Pages, to wall hangings and 3-dimensional objects created from recycled wool sweaters these ten artists each bring a distinctive perspective in exploring the meaning of sustainability.

Spring 2010

Field Days was based on Raskin's newest book FIELD DAYS A Year of Farming, Eating, and Drinking Wine in California which chronicles the renaissance infarming organically and eating locally that is unfolding in Northern California. Jonah Raskin tells of the year he spent on Oak Hill Farm - working the fields, selling produce at farmers' markets, and following it to restaurants. The exhibit highlights his experience with photos by Paige Green from Petaluma and Candi Edmondson of Oak Hill Farms. Also on exhibit are materials from the Unversity Library's Special Collections and items on loan from the Sonoma County Museum.

Fall 2009

"I Think I See What You Mean by That" was 10 sculptural installations by emerging Sonoma County sculptors.

10 talented young sculptors, under the direction of Professor Jann Nunn, explored the art of alchemy and its relationship to the development of their work. The works were constructed of natural and synthetic materials that the artists manipulated or otherwise transformed into provocative, fanciful, disturbing, or maddening installation pieces. Each piece in the exhibition varied greatly in the use of materials, concepts, and technique just as each artist differs in personality and approach to their own studio practice.

LIVE-DANCE-PAINT: WORKS BY CEIJA STOJKA, ROMANI ("GYPSY") ARTIST "Live-Dance-Paint"was on view from August 17, 2009 - October 30, 2009 and featured works by Ceija Stojka, a prolific, self-taught artist who depicts her life as a traveling Romani woman before and after World War II, the trauma she and other Roma experienced in the Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz, Ravensbrück, and Bergen-Belsen, and the hope she has for future generations to overcome oppression. Check out the slideshow of her work.

Spring 2009

Juried Black and White Photography Exhibit for High School Students

Zone of Focus, May 8-July 10, 2009.  Library Gallery

Zone of Focus was a juried photo exhibition and contest for high school students sponsored by the Santa Rosa High School photography program, the Arts Council of Sonoma County and the Friends of ArtQuest. Several hundred black-and-white submissions from Bay Area students were judged by a panel of prominent artists and professionals in the field of photography. The design and installation of this exhibit was done by the students from the spring 2009 SSU Museum and Gallery Methods class.

Interrupted Life: Incarcerated Mothers in the United States

Spring 2009

Hidden Treasures, selections from the SSU rt Gallery Permanent Collection.  LIbrary Gallery 1.22.0-3.13.09 Hidden Treasures:
Selections from the
SSU Art Gallery
Permanent Collection

Many of the 16 artists shown are household names - Picasso, Miro, Kandinsky; others are names known to those more familiar with 20th century art history - Dubuffet, Appel, Bellmer; and many others are renowned Bay Area artists - Morehouse, De Forest, Linhares. These works have come to the SSU Art Gallery from generous donors - some who have been collectors their whole lives, some who have donated one piece, all of whom believe in public education and access to art.

Fall 2008

Fresh Starts: SSU Painting Students

Fresh Starts featured the work of students from the advanced painting class under the direction of Mark Perlman, Professor of Painting in the Art and Art History Department. One painting from each student was displayed along with an artist statement and photograph, taken by Perlman, of each student in their studio. The subject matter from each artist is as unique as the themes they are exploring.

For example, Emily Hoeck's "Sweet Servings" oil on panel depiction of a pie ignites the more than viewer's senses. "For inspiration I simply look to indulgences and the sweet foods that people generally cannot resist," says Hoeck.

Fall 2008

I Express , Katy Anderson, Allegra Burke, Nuala Creed, Rob Keller, Thomas Pratt, Mario Uribe, and Nancy Worthington Library Gallery 8.22.08-11.05.08I Express . . .  explored themes SSU students identified as important in the current election cycle - themes such as war and the environment. Participating artists were selected by the spring 2008 Gallery and Museum Methods class and included: Katy Anderson, Allegra Burke, Nuala Creed, Rob Keller, Thomas Pratt, Mario Uribe, and Nancy Worthington.

The University Library regularly collaborates with the Museum and Gallery Methods class, taught by Art History Professor Michael Schwager, providing students an opportunity to work on all aspects of the creation of an exhibition.During the spring 2008 semester the class of 12 students was charged with developing an exhibition that could fit within the It Matters! Engage. Participate. Vote.program.The only other criteria they were given was to find North Bay artists.The class selected the title and theme of "I Express . . ." not only to present ideas about many of the political issues concerning students but also to explore the meaning of the expression of political opinions.

It Matters! Engage. Participate. Vote. Program, through lectures, discussions, art exhibits, class projects, and voter education initatives, providesstudents, faculty, staff and the community an opportunity to discuss together many of "hot" election issues as well as what it means to live in a democratic society.Speakers included notable SSU faculty such as David McCuan, Ruben Arminana, and Alexandra von Meier and Paul Gullixson, Press Democrat Editorial Director and Pete Golis, Press Democrat columnist and blogger.

Spring 2008

Gráfica Contemporánea de México/Contemporary Prints from Mexico featured the work of thirteen emerging, mid-career, and established printmakers from Mexico: René Hugo Arceo, César Chávez, Oscar Camilo de las Flores, David Dominguez, Demián Flores, Fernando Aceves Humana, Fulgencio Lazo, Juan Alcázar Mendez, Dario Ramirez, Artemio Rodriguez, Francisco Toledo, Berenice Torres, and Alejandra Villegas--artists whose work is as contemporary as it is diverse. Prints include linocuts, lithographs, aquatints, serigraphs, etchings, and even screen prints on skateboards!

The concept of Gráfica Contemporánea de México is to highlight various ideas and styles being expressed in contemporary graphic arts from Mexico. Although work in the exhibition is diverse, the expressions are unified by a long tradition of printmaking which is reflective of the culture and history of Mexico.

The concept of Gráfica Contemporánea de México is to highlight various ideas and styles being expressed in contemporary graphic arts from Mexico. Although work in the exhibition is diverse, the expressions are unified by a long tradition of printmaking which is reflective of the culture and history of Mexico.

Spring 2008

Charlotte Salomon - Life? Or Theatre?

Charlotte Salomon - Life? Or Theatre? Library Gallery, 1.23.08-3.26.08This exhibit features the work of German-Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon (1917-1943), who grew up as the daughter of a surgeon and a singer in Berlin. The Nazi takeover in 1933 changed the family's situation drastically, and Charlotte Salomon escaped in 1939 to her grandparents, who had already sought refuge in Southern France. Hiding in Nice, Salomon created an unusual autobiography through more than 1300 paintings that were created within 18 months between 1940 and 1942. Salomon decided to include 769 in her work that she entitled "Leben? oder Theater?" In 1943, the Nazis deported her to Auschwitz, where she was murdered upon arrival. She was 26 years old. Before her arrest she gave her complete work to a friend reminding him: "Please keep this safe: C'est toute ma vie! This is my entire life."

This project is made possible, in part, by the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, Center for the Study of Holocaust and Genocide, SSU Department of Modern Languages and Literature, SSU German Club, Alliance for the Study of the Holocaust, and the University Library Associates.

Fall 2007

Paper Progress

Paper Progress.  An exhibition of students  works on paper from the Sonoma State University Art Department

Paper Progress is an exhibition highlighting student works on paper. The Sonoma State University Art Department recently added an exciting new emphasis to their curriculum, Works on Paper. This emphasis includes photography, digital imaging, printmaking, and drawing. The works amassed in this exhibition demonstrate the enormous possibilities for new ideas and visual communication incorporating paper as a substrate. This exhibition also displays the Art Department's tremendous talent and motivation among their studio art majors.

A Fine and Long Tradition: Stories from the Contemporary Women's Movement in Sonoma County

The stories of women involved in the contemporary women's movement as it played out in Sonoma County from 1960 to 1985 was the subject of a new exhibit at the Sonoma State University Library Art Gallery from August 15-September 28. A Fine and Long Tradition: Stories from the Contemporary Women's Movement" was funded by the California Council for the Humanities "California Stories Initiative" and was coordinated by Michelle Jolly, SSU Professor of History.

Summer 2007

The Spirit of the Dream

The Spirit of the Dream will be displayed in the University Library Gallery from June 17 to July 26, 2007."The Spirit of the Dream" featured the work of thirty-six artists from Northern California and all over the United States and Canada who create art inspired by dreams. The works chosen represened a wide range of approaches to art-making and to dreams, and include paintings, drawing, collage, photography, sculptural objects, and artist books. Works ranged from representational to abstract, based on a specific dream, or a series of dreams, or a more complex interaction of dreaming and waking source material.

Spring 2007

Change Channel by Phil Bekker

Change Channel by Phil Bekker will be displayed in the University Liobrary Gallery from May 8, 2007 to June 8 2007.Phil Bekker was the recipient of the Edward C. Boyle Scholarship, which provided him the opportunity to study art in France. During his time, he moved away from painting to working with digital video. On exhibit were Bekker's video projects.

Life in Bold Colors: Haitian Art from the Collection of Patrick Jamieson

Life in Bold Colors, Haitian Art from the Collection of Patrick Jamieson.This exhibition ran March 12 - April 27, 2007, not only featured the works of sixteen Haitian artists but also depicted the unique interests of a specific collector, Patrick Jamieson, of Novato.

Many of the works shown in "Life in Bold Colors" were created with vivid colors -- an ironic contrast to the turbulence in Haiti over the last century.

Fall 2006

Cultural Art Exchange: The Global Experience

;Black background with a quarter slice of the earth on the bottom right corner.  3 paper airplanes fly in space.  Text says Cultural Art Exchange, The Global Experience.  Student Works from Bay Area Colleges and Universities.  Then the date the show runs December 6, 2006 to February 21, 2007.The Sonoma State University Library Art Gallery presented the exhibition Cultural Art Exchange: The Global Experience. The exhibition was organized by students enrolled in the Gallery and Museum Methods class, under the direction of Professor Michael Schwager.

Cultural Art Exchange: The Global Experience presented the work of eleven student artists from around the world who have traveled to (and from) Bay Area colleges and universities for the purpose of studying art. The goal of the exhibition was to provide a forum of exploration on the effects of how international travel and cultural exchange has inspired the artists and their work.

The Grass Family (Gramineae) work by Wopo Holup in collaboration with Lew Minter

Slice of one of the panels of the Grass Family."The Grass Family" consists of 164 panels, which were the result of Holup's 1999 commission by the New York Dept. of Transportation to create a large-scale public art piece for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE); thus Holup created "Common Ground" a monumental granite sculpture covering the expanse of the BQE underpass. It was through the process of transforming original drawings to granite for "Common Ground" that Holup began experimenting with digital imaging. Her experimentation resulted in the creation of a second art piece "The Grass Family (Gramineae)," which was on display in University Library August 15 to November 12, 2006.

Spring 2006


Vintage photograph of men standing before a building damaged by an earthquakeIt became known as "The Great Quake of 1906." April 18, 2006 marked the centennial anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. In commemoration of this event, Sonoma State University Library Art Gallery hosted the exhibition "The 1906 Earthquake: Sonoma Stories".

The exhibit featured items from the University Library collections. The photographs used were primarily vintage prints from the Henry A. Hoyt Earthquake Photograph Collection. The newspaper articles and letters came from a variety of special collections including the Gaye LeBaron files, which are filled with rich resources on the history of the county. Some items in the exhibit came from other special collections such as the Leopold Justi collection and the Jack London collection.

Melanie Kent Steinhardt: The Life and Art of an Émigrè

Painting by Melania Kent Steinhardt, the title is Torment of the AgnosticMelanie Kent Steinhardt was an aspiring Bohemian Jewish artist who left Europe in 1939 and finally settled in California in 1941. This diverse and compelling collection of compositions, portraits and landscapes blends European Expressionism with an émigré's troubled impressions of two World Wars, a woman's place in a male dominated world, and her new life in America.

The artist's residency in Inglewood, amid the burgeoning military industrial complex of 1940s Southern California, informed some of her most compelling work, and provided her an opportunity to reconnect with her estranged family.

Fall 2005


3 shelves of library books, in the middle row, the books have been replaced by a pile of cameras.Using the University Library as a starting point, "Bibliothèque" included a broad spectrum of student responses to the idea of "what is a library today?" and more specifically "what is our University Library in particular?" Some artists started with the architectural structure of the building itself, while others concentrated on its mechanical systems. Still others focused upon books themselves, either the physical design or their nature as repositories of knowledge. The notion of the library as social space was examined, from the group experience to the individual.

To create the works in the exhibition, students were given wide latitude in their approach to the subject matter and great access within the University Library. The photographs exhibited in "Bibliothèque" provide a fine sample of various approaches to a singular photographic subject, from the formal to the conceptual, from the traditional to the experimental.

Worth a Thousand Words: the Book as Image

Although libraries are no longer simply storehouses of printed materials, it is still true that when people hear the word library, the image that most often comes to mind is the traditional building filled with books. Worth A Thousand Words: The Book as Image looks at the book objectified, its message not revealed by the text on its pages but by its very image.

Curated by library staff member and ITDS graduate student Darren Sargent, Worth a Thousand Words: the Book as Image exhibited the work of both two and three dimensional artists who have created work objectifying the book and in so doing make it an aesthetic or conceptual component in their work. In the works presented, the artists did not use the book to convey information with written language or series of images on successive pages; instead, each artist used the image of the book itself as the conveyor of communication.

Spring 2005

Studio Stories: Narratives in Two Dimensions

Members of Professor Michael Schwager's Spring, 2005, "Gallery and Museum Methods" developed Studio Stories: Narratives in Two Dimensions. The work in Studio Stories was created by Sonoma State University art students, juried by students, and the exhibition designed and installed by students. The student curators worked to collectively present the artists' individual stories and yet meld them into one cogent exhibition and ultimately an interesting anthology.

Spring 2005

Survivors: A Personal Journey

Sonoma State University Library art gallery presented a photographic exhibit by Dr. Phil Rasori entitled Survivors: A Personal Journey. The exhibition featured 35 large, color photographs of indigenous peoples who have survived ethnic, political, or religious persecution. "Survivors: A Personal Journey serves as both a witness and protest to what they have endured," said Rasori."It also is a celebration of the courage of the survivors who, despite the nightmares, the flashbacks, the memories of loved ones still missing, have the will to go on and preserve their traditions and culture for their children."

Fall 2004

Artist or Politician?

Artist or Politician? opened August 16 and ran until October 15, 2004. This exhibit chronicled 35-years of Darling's pro-bono political action in the context of his other works. While the exhibit included examples of his early public works, such as urban acupuncture, his involvement in Mail Art, and examples of his ongoing series Hollywood Archaeology, it highlighted his political campaigns including his 1978 gubernatorial campaign against incumbent Governor Jerry Brown.

Spring 2004


The University Library Art Gallery and the Art Department at Sonoma State University presented Outcast, an exhibit juried by SSU advanced ceramics students and featured the works of SSU art students.

Spring 2004

Four Sculptors

In celebration of Women's History Month, The University Library Art Gallery at Sonoma State University, in conjunction with the Women's Resource Center, presented "Four Sculptors." Work by four international women artists, Gigi Janchang of Taiwan, Kyunghee Lee of South Korea, Jann Nunn of the United States, and Ulrike Palmbach of Germany.

A Way of Seeing: An Anthropologist’s Eye

The University Library Art Gallery at Sonoma State University opened the spring semester with “A Way of Seeing: An Anthropologist’s Eye,” an exhibit of photographs by Professor Albert Wahrhaftig.

All of the images were taken in the town of Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico.

Fall 2003


SSU Now showcased the work of 18 current Sonoma State University Art Studio majors working in a variety of media, including ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture. Students from the Fall 2003 Gallery and Museum Methods course selected the pieces on display, designed the exhibit, and installed all the work.

Fall 2003

Altars of Extinction

This exhibit was a beautiful and moving exhibit of altars to California species that, within the last one hundred years, have gone extinct.

The Obsessive Poetics of Collage

The exhibit featured the works of four artists: Jenny Honnert Abell, Sandra Ortiz Taylor, Pamela Kessler and Sherry Parker who use one of the contemporary art world’s more popular mediums: collage.

“Obsessive Poetics” offers the viewer a broad perspective on collage because each artist approaches the medium in a unique way. In defining this exhibition, the artists state, “this collection of work vigorously exemplifies the obsessive, poetic, symphonic and the absurd, all in the service of our goal of a liberating visual purity.”

Spring 2003

synesthesia n. (sin´is-the´zh)

synesthesia n. (sin´is-the´zh), an exhibition of work by nine Sonoma County sculptors. These emerging artists began with the idea of exploring the artist’s relationship to current social events. What does it mean to be an artist-activist?

Spring 2003

Thinking About Freedom: Works from the San Quentin Arts Program.”

The Thinking About Freedom exhibit is part of a campus-wide exploration of the concept of freedom. Inspired by Harry Belafonte’s “The Long Road to Freedom,” the idea was initiated by the Center for Performing Arts faculty, who have developed a multi-disciplinary production exploring this vast concept.

“We Want Freedom”

The title of the exhibit, “We Want Freedom,” is from the first three words of the Party’s Platform and Program of 1966. “We Want Freedom” displays over 40 black and white photographs taken from 1968 to 1970 at public events organized by the Black Panther Party in the Bay Area. The images tell the story of the events of the times beginning with the memorial march and rally for Lil’ Bobby Hutton who, at 16, was killed by Oakland Police, to the great May Day demonstration at the San Francisco Civic Center.

Fall 2002

The University Library Takes Flight!

The Bird ShowThe University Library in the Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center at Sonoma State University celebrates the gift of over 900 books, donated by renowned ornithologist Charles Sibley and his family, with an arts and lectures series devoted to birds.

"A Passionate Journey: The Work of Pele deLappe"

DeLappe, a life long social realist, is a lithographer, painter, cartoonist, activist, and educator admired for her ability to capture human emotions, both poignant and comical, and the conditions from which these emotions arise. Now in her eighties and living in Petaluma, California, deLappe provides 21st century audiences a rare glimpse into the many intersections of art, politics, labor, and culture of the 20th century.

For more information about Pele deLappe's life and work, read "Love's Labor Won: Petaluma artist Pele deLappe's passionate journey" by Gretchen Giles in The Bohemian.

Summer 2002

Virginia Woolf: Contexts Books and Ephemera

[Artwork by Marylu Downing ]June 6 – August 2, 2002

Artwork by Marylu Downing

Spring 2002

Visual Inquiries: Recent Works by Jill Fitterer, The Edward C. Boyle Scholarship Recipient" April 8 – May 27, 2002

[Untitled, 2001 by Jill Fitterer]
Untitled, 2001 by Jill Fitterer

Concrete, Sticks, & Wire:

February 4 – March 29, 2002

[Untitled, 2001 by Joy Brace]
Untitled, 2001 by Joy Brace

Fall 2001

Mostly Sonoma County: Photographs by John LeBaron

November 12 –January 18, 2001-2002

[Near Tomales, 1994 by John LeBaron ]
Near Tomales, 1994 by John LeBaron

Fall 2001

Then and Now: The Growth of a University

October 8 – November 3, 2001

[Sonoma State Cheerleaders]
Sonoma State Cheerleaders

Fall 2001

25 Years After the Running Fence: Celebrity, Canon, and Myth

September 3 – September 28, 2001

[The Running Fence, photo: Jeanne-Claude © Christo 1976]
The Running Fence, photo: Jeanne-Claude © Christo 1976

Spring 2001

Turn the Corner: Recent Works of Nathan Jx

June 11 – August 20, 2001

[Burnout 1, Ilfochrome print]
Burnout 1,
Ilfochrome print

In Florence and Paris: Recent Works of Frank Ryan, the Edward C. Boyle Scholarship Exhibition

April 9 – May 30, 2001

Autoritratto, oil on linen
, oil on linen