May 9, 2007

Sacramento State’s Art Department throws a party

Photo: Paintings, sculpture and mixed-media pieces will be on display at the Art Ball/Senior Show Reception from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, May 18, at Sacramento State’s Kadema Hall and other campus venues.
Paintings, sculpture and mixed-media pieces will be on display at the Art Ball/Senior Show Reception from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, May 18, at Sacramento State’s Kadema Hall and other campus venues.

Students and instructors in Sacramento State’s Art Department are getting ready to party it up in celebration of the 2007 Senior and Graduate Student shows, and they want everyone to join them.

The annual “Art Ball/Senior Show Reception” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, May 18, in the Else Gallery at Kadema Hall. At least, it starts there, but you’ll be able to pick it up just about anywhere around campus that night, Art Department Chair Catherine Turrill said.

The celebration is held in conjunction with the exhibition of student and faculty artwork at a number of venues. There’s no charge, and everyone is welcome. “It’s a big event that spans the whole campus,” Turrill said.

Graduate students will have their works on display at the Witt and Library Annex galleries in a show called “Degrees of Separation.”

Several classrooms have been turned into temporary galleries: Kadema 266 and 268 will feature work by students in advanced drawing and figure drawing. Students in beginning drawing and watercolor will display their work in Kadema 264. Kadema 145 will feature work by art history students, and Mariposa Hall 1007 will feature works in New Media.

There will be installations and other attractions in and around Kadema Hall by students Colleen Craig, Andreas Tolentino, Pablo Castellanos, Amy Reed and Charles Astorga.

The Art Sculpture Lab will feature even more paintings and sculptures.

And “Word Pup,” an exhibition curated by Art History graduate student Susie Kuo, will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Sacramento State Union Gallery.
Expect the unexpected as well.

Students from two sculpture classes will help lead the crowd from one destination to another while dressed in their final assignment – costumes they’ve created for their classes, Professor Robert Ortbal said.

Arriving in a large van between 7 and 7:30 p.m., the sculpture students will perform for the crowd, although nothing has been rehearsed.

“This is full improv,” Ortbal said.

Rob Rough is one of the students with work on display at the Else Gallery. His piece, Twisted, is a three-dimensional look at a tornado as viewed from above. With its dark cloud roiling up from the countryside depicted on the paper, the piece is particularly arresting in light of the recent devastation by tornadoes in Kansas.
Rough grew up in the Midwest and has always been fascinated by severe weather. “Tornadoes come a lot to me in dreams,” he said.

Twisted
started out as a two-dimensional drawing on paper, but was part of an assignment that required students to take additional looks at their work and try different approaches. As Rough, his professors and fellow students kept reviewing it, the work became torn, and then lifted off the paper with wooden coffee stirrers representing debris in the funnel cloud.

Rough worked 17 years in the professional art world before returning to college, and credits the Art Department faculty for helping him push his work a little farther and let go of his old ideas.

The exhibitions and receptions are underwritten by the department and the Art Chapter of the Alumni Association, Associated Students and University Enterprises, Turrill said.

Food for the reception is provided by a pot luck organized by the alumni, with many of them recruiting relatives to help with the cooking and baking before the event.

“It’s become a family tradition for some of them,” Turrill said.

More information about the Art Department is available at www.asn.csus.edu/art.

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