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Inside the Studio of Alumnus Kerry James Marshall with Artsy

No one’s going to let you into the art world. This is a reality that Kerry James Marshall ('78 Fine Arts), one of America’s most esteemed painters, whose numerous accolades will be burnished this year with a major retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (MCA Chicago) that later travels to the new Met Breuer in New York and MOCA in Los Angeles, knows well.

Fine Arts Alumnus Alex Becerra Featured in Modern Painters

Behind the frosted windows of a nondescript 1,700-square-foot storefront in Inglewood, California, just a few minutes south of the world-renowned Randy’s Donuts, billows of cigarette smoke envelop the Castroesque beard of Alex Becerra ('11 Fine Arts).

Alumnus Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia Unveils New Mural in La Jolla

Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia’s ('07 MFA Painting) mural, Demos Gracias, is a vibrant expression of gratitude and optimism. The title, Demos Gracias, translates to a call for thanksgiving. A golden sunburst emanates throughout the composition and creates a warm and lively glow, which transcends the image into a heavenly space above. Intersecting the image are brightly colored Papel Picado and Prayer banners that read “For Love”, “For a Better Future”, and “Thanks Be to God” as an echo of good will.

Urban Outfitters Interview with Alumna Satsuki Shibuya

California painter Satsuki Shibuya (’09 Communication Artscreates beautifully subtle watercolors that are each quiet meditations on color and intuition: discover more about her work and inspiration in our interview with the artist.  

 

ALUMNUS KERRY JAMES MARSHALL SET FOR MAJOR THREE-CITY RETROSPECTIVE

In many ways, Chicago-based artist Kerry James Marshall ('78 Fine Arts) has depicted the African American experience on canvas much as playwright August Wilson chronicled it for the theater. And beginning this spring, Marshall’s work will be seen in its first retrospective exhibition, “KJM: Mastry,” which will open at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (April 23 – Sept. 25, 2016), move on to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (Oct. 25, 2016 – Jan. 29, 2017), and finally be on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (March 21 – July 2, 2017).

Alumnus Timothy Tompkins

Tompkins is a native of Long Beach who received his BFA from Otis in 2003 (Painting) and currently works in Los Alamitos, California.

He typically explores the mundane, often altering digital photographs through a series of processes. Tomkins’ 2007 series at the Susanne Vielmetter Gallery depicted contemporary surplus seasonal merchandise (including tags) carefully arranged, photographed and then painted.

Alumna Patssi Valdez

Patssi Valdez ('85), recipient of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Latina of Excellence Award, Flintridge fellowship, Durfee Foundation Grant, a J. Paul Getty Fellowship Grant, and an NEA in painting, has remained particularly active in the West Coast art scene.

Fine Arts Faculty Scott Grieger’s Exhibition Opens at Temporary Space LA in July

Signs & Alarms: The Art of Margaret Nielsen & Scott Grieger, 1970-2015
 
Two-part exhibition celebrating the works of Margaret Nielsen & Scott Grieger, curated jointly by the artists and noted critic Peter Frank. The 4,000 square foot exhibition will present works selected from two careers spanning 45 years. 
 

Faculty John White Awarded for His Painting

Communication Arts faculty member John White was selected as Artist of the Month by the Laguna Plein Air Painter’s Association last month.

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