Junior communications major, Joy Watanabe, picked up a pair of handcrafted silver earrings, placed it back down then glanced at minimalistic earrings shaped like an elongated “u.” She, like many of the attendees at Long Beach State’s School of Art Holiday Art Sale, was browsing student-made pieces being sold on opening day Sunday. “All the [art] departments showcase what they are working on,” Watanabe said. “I like to come because I buy gifts for [my] friends. It’s more personalized and not from Target.” Attendees of the student-run annual sale sipped hot apple cider and browsed through more than 20 artists’ handmade ceramics, textiles, metals, art prints and more. The sale will take place from Sunday to Thursday in the School of Art Galleries. “Some people just want to show off their work and get themselves out there, so this is what that is,” said Althea Fultz, president of the Ceramics Club. Proceeds made from the art show will go back to the respective art departments and clubs to fund travel programs, materials, building fixtures and future events hosted by the art department, according to Fultz. Students who are selling their artworks will also receive a portion of the money.
Senior sculpture major Matthew Dehnel's exhibit "Greetings from America" features video, signs, brochures, food cans, nuclear bomb fused sand and more in an atomic age inspired gallery. In this exhibit, guests can view and walk into a constructed fallout shelter made entirely out of road signs and wood. Dehnel created this exhibit after reflecting on the 1940s-50s and current political atmosphere and its relation to pop culture.
Long Beach State and The Long Beach Airport partnered to showcase student artist’s work on display for people rushing to and from the airport Sept. 21. This exhibition was made possible by the administration of the Long Beach Airport and the LBSU College of The Arts. Michael Nannery, advising coordinator for the College of Arts was involved with the development of the project and said he loves “working with young artists.” The art will be shown along high traffic areas of the airport including the main terminal and will be on a six-month rotation cycle to allow new artists’ work to be displayed to the public. “We are enthusiastic to showcase our artists in the public setting of Long Beach Airport,” Director for the School of Art Aubry Mintz said. “Art is a force that adds value to daily life and brings us together. We are eager to see the effect these works have on both travelers and the local community.” In order to have their art shown in the airport, students can submit proposals, then the pieces are chosen based on a set of guidelines to match thematic and aesthetic guidelines set by the airport. Seven projects were submitted
Long Beach State senior ceramic arts major Diana Nguyen explores the inner workings of her mind through her exhibit "Seeking Equilibrium." This installation features several wooden boxes strung together by rope and chains to symbolize the introspection of her own experiences while navigating life.
In many art exhibits, it is the similarities in artwork that brings a gallery together. But for Long Beach State ceramics majors Althea Fultz, Corrie Wille and Yoon Hwang, the dissimilarity in their artistic styles brought their exhibit “Odd Things” to life. Approached by Fultz and Wille with the idea to collaborate, Hwang already desired doing a student art gallery and liked the idea of combining their art together, despite their vastly different styles. “It was really random,” Hwang said. “I thought, ‘let’s see where this can go.’” The three worked to combine their styles — Fultz’s historically influenced pots, Hwang’s glazed green figures and Willie’s rainbow wall pieces. Each element of the gallery proves itself to be vastly different from the next, but the three believe that their exhibit is a juxtaposition worth experimenting with. Post-graduate art major Danielle Miceli appreciated this variation and especially favored Wille’s piece “Landscapes,” composed of nine rainbow ceramic wall sculptures in ambiguous shapes. “It’s definitely eye-popping and innovative,” Miceli said, motioning to Wille’s sculptures. “I haven't seen something like this at the school yet — they were definitely thinking outside the box.” Placed across from “Landscapes” are Hwang’s two glazed ceramic pots
Gallery "Odd Things" by Corrie Wille, Yoon Hwang and Althea Fultz showcases a broad range of work that the three believe to be very dissimilar in style. Due to the vast difference in artistic practices, the trio thought that the gallery would convey how ceramics could be used to create individualistic styles.
While reminiscing over their childhoods, Long Beach State illustration majors Sarah Massie and Crisselle Mendiola thought about the iconic toys that defined their youth. From Bratz dolls to Furbys, seniors Massie and Mendiola believed childhood toys served as a nostalgic look into the past, and they brought this concept to life in the dual gallery, “Show + Tell” featured at the School of Art galleries in the Fine Arts Buildings on campus between FA3 and FA4. Inspired by the idea of toys transformed into artwork, Massie approached Mendiola to collaborate on the concept together for their gallery. Sharing a style of vibrant colors and bubbly cartoons, the duo produced a ten-piece gallery in the hopes that they could elicit emotions from visitors. “I want to evoke nostalgia in people who see this gallery, I mean, that’s why I’m doing this — it’s a really personal thing for me because they're toys I played with,” Massie said. For Mendiola, her piece on the notable Nintendo character, Yoshi holds a special place in her heart. As a young girl, she often watched her grandma play “Yoshi’s Island” and recalls trying to learn the game by watching. “I would just watch her play
Growing up in South Korea, Juyeon Yang lived in a society that she believed devalued women. She recalled the times when her grandfather wouldn't allow her to do certain things as a child; she wasn’t able to attend art galleries while her brother could, because male education was often valued more. Now, as a senior majoring in art education at Long Beach State, Yang has her own artwork on display. Yang’s work hangs in an exhibit titled, “Let’s Represent” at the School of Art galleries. The gallery features artwork from a broad spectrum that explores different cultures and identities through personal experiences. Living in South Korea and New Zealand for multiple years prior to residing in the U.S. for college, Yang had multiple cultural experiences that have influenced her perception of the world. But for Yang, her experience of living in South Korea and witnessing how women were valued less than men inspired the context for much of her artwork. She decided to take her experience one step further by focusing specifically on Asian circuses — a profession that women were not allowed to work in. To find her circus-themed inspiration, Yang browsed images online of old Korean circuses and