April 28, 2008

Art Ball bounces onto campus

Photo: Alicia Heffington works on a self-portrait that will be on display during the Art Ball.
Alicia Heffington works on a self-portrait that will be on display during the Art Ball.

Enjoy art exhibitions, relax at an arts reception, or even get caught up in an impromptu performance at Sacramento State’s annual Art Ball. This year’s free celebration of fine art takes place from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, May 16.

Hosted by the Alumni Association’s Art Chapter, the ball began in 1994 as a small weekend reception to honor BA and MA graduates, says Art Chapter president Florence M. Jones. “The idea proved so successful that it has become a campus-wide event,” she says. “It’s a lively celebration of years of hard work and dedication.”

This year’s Ball will include senior and graduate student art shows in Kadema Hall’s Witt and Else galleries and a faculty art exhibition in the Library Gallery. Art in a variety of media also will be on display in classroom studios in Kadema and Mariposa Halls and the Art Sculpture Lab. Graduates in art history will give public lectures on their MA and senior thesis projects in Kadema 145 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Receptions will be held in the Kadema courtyard, Library Gallery and Art Sculpture Lab.

And if you’re interested in buying one of the pieces, information will be available to contact the student exhibitor.

Expect the unexpected during the Art Ball. This year, students from three of professor Robert Ortbal’s classes will stage costumed performances inspired by the 1920s Surrealists group parlor game, Exquisite Corpse. The original game had three people each draw a different section of a person without seeing what the other was drawing, then revealing the finished sketch. Ortbal wouldn’t reveal more than that, only to say the performance would reflect the great traditions of the 1920s celebrations. “It serves as a nice way to have an exuberant, festival atmosphere during the Art Ball.”

For more information on the Art Department, call (916) 278-6166 or visit www.al.csus.edu/art/. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.