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Great works featured in Fine Art fall season


Ceramic art by Sac State lecturer Tom Decker will be displayed in Kadema Hall’s Else Gallery.
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Native American art as history, the influence of a 1960s art movement, and exploring the professions of art – these are just a sampling of the exhibits, events and lectures coming up at Sacramento State this fall.

“Spirit of the Basket” opens the fall exhibition season at the University’s Library Gallery.

Running Sept. 1-Nov. 19, the free exhibit features examples of American Indian basket making from throughout North America. Many of the pieces are from the State Parks Collection and previously resided in the De Young Museum in the 1920s and '30s.

A corollary exhibit, “Object Lessons: The Basket Collections of Joel Sheldon Cotton and Anthony G. Zallio,” will be held in the Library Gallery Annex, Sept. 1-30. Curator Terri Castaneda, a Sacramento State anthropology professor and museum director, says the exhibit treats the basket collections as biographical and cultural “texts” about American society during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

A reception for both shows will be held 5-8 p.m. on California’s Native American Day, Friday, Sept. 23.

The Library Gallery will host “Three Generations of Sacramento State Poets” at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5. Sponsored by Friends of the Library group, the free reading will feature Professor Emerita Mary Mackey, Professor Josh McKinney and graduate student Aschala Edwards.

The Library Gallery’s winter show is “Afterglow: Rethinking California Light and Space Art.” Curated by Melissa Feldman, a writer and correspondent for Art in America, “Afterglow” looks at how California’s metaphysical brand of minimalism from the 1960s and 70s lives on in works by West Coast artists. The show features recent work from artists such as Dean Smith, Ruth Laskey and Laurie Reid, as well as work from the 1970s by Lewis Baltz, Helen Lundeberg and others.

The free exhibit runs Dec. 2-Feb. 25 with an opening reception 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 in the gallery.
Works by Malaquias Montoya from the University Archives and Special Collections will be featured in the Gallery Annex, Oct. 11-Nov. 19, and serve as a companion piece to the second Friends of the Library event, a presentation by Montoya biographer Terezita Romo, former curator of the Mexican Museum in San Francisco. That will be held in the gallery at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Kadema Hall, home of Sac State’s Fine Arts program, features two galleries – the Else and the Witt – that spotlight the works of students, faculty and guest artists.

The Else Gallery’s fall season opens with “Table of Contents,” an exhibition of ceramic sculpture by Tom Decker, an Art Department instructor and former Fulbright Scholar. His exhibit runs Aug. 29-Sept. 16. An opening reception will be held 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31.

More ceramic art will be displayed in the Else Nov. 7-17 by guest artist Chuck Owens.

Several Masters’ students will display their work in the Else from Sept. 26 through Nov. 4.

Other student works will be featured in the Witt Gallery throughout the semester, from Aug. 29 through Dec. 9. All exhibits are free. The galleries are open Monday through Friday, noon-4:30 p.m. Closed on holidays.

The Art Department will present four guest lecturers during the Fall 2011 semester for “Professions of Art: A Lecture Series.” Each speaker will discuss his or her life and work on a Thursday of each month.

Renny Pritikin is up first on Sept. 8. Now the director of the Nelson Gallery and Fine Arts Collection at UC Davis, he is a former chief curator at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and known for bringing popular culture work into the museum context, including exhibits by auto customizer Ed “Big Daddy” Roth and magician and historian Ricky Jay.

The other lectures are Oct. 13 with Shelly Willis, director of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission’s Art in Public Places program; Nov. 10 with James Housefield, UC Davis professor of design and architecture; and Dec. 8 with Stacey Shelnut-Hendrick, director of education at Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum.

All four lectures are at 6:30 p.m. in Kadema Hall 145.

For more information on the Art Department and its exhibits, visit or call (916) 278-6166. For information on the Library Gallery and its exhibits, visit or call (916) 278-4189.

– Craig Koscho