Art Studio

Program Overview

The undergraduate Studio Art major offers two concentrations and five Areas of Emphasis. Studio Art Methods is a 48 unit traditional liberal arts studio concentration that offers a broad experience in visual culture and studio media. In the upper division, students select a limited and defined focus in one medium. Art Studio is a 60 unit studio concentration for students who foresee continuing their study at the graduate level and pursuing a career in art. This concentration offers a broader experience in visual culture with increased focus in studio practice through additional requirements in upper division Art History and Studio courses.


Areas of Emphasis

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Ceramics study offers a foundation in historical forms and techniques while providing the opportunity for individual artistic growth within a program orientated toward creativity, imagination and critical thinking. Facilities feature handbuilding studio space with slab roller, extruder and clay mixing, a throwing studio space with electric and kick wheels, a glazing studio, an indoor gas and electric kilns ranging from 8-50 cubic feet, an outdoor salt and smokeless wood kiln and private studios. The Ceramics Guild sponsors visiting artists and workshops each semester.

Drawing and Painting courses introduce techniques and approaches in drawing using graphite, charcoal, ink, pastel and non-traditional media. Courses include direct-observational drawing from the model, still life and landscape. Advanced classes challenge students to develop a personal drawing vocabulary and content.

The New Media Art emphasis offers a series of courses at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels for undergraduate and graduate students. In New Media Art students develop skills in digital imaging, 2D animation, 3D modeling, 3D animation, digital fabrication, video art, video installation, interactive media, and generative art. The New Media Art emphasis builds critical dialog around creative applications of new technologies and promotes inventive use of technology in a studio art context. 

The Sculpture area offers an interdisciplinary approach, cultivating skills and techniques with image, material and content. A strong foundation in classical materials and methods is integrated with a wide array of explorations in contemporary art practices. Our studios and shops are organized to facilitate a cross pollination of materials and processes like clay, plaster, wood, metal, mold making, assemblage, installation and performance art, social practice and public art.

The Printmaking area encourages an interdisciplinary approach to art-making grounded in traditional and expanded printmaking practices. Students explore and develop the relationship between research, content, and process in their work while learning a range of printmaking techniques. Processes taught include Intaglio, Relief, Monotype, Screen Printing, and Lithography.

Art Studio Faculty

Rachel Clarke, M.F.A

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Professor
New Media Art
Office: KDM 192
Office Hours:
 currently on sabbatical
Email: rclarke@csus.edu
Web: rachelclarke.net

Andrew Connelly, M.F.A

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Professor
Sculpture
Graduate Coordinator
Office: ASL 110A
Office Hours: T/R, 12:30-2 p.m.
and by appt.
Phone:(916) 278-7514
Email: connelly@csus.edu
Web: andrewconnellyart.com

Mark L. Emerson, M.F.A

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Adjunct Faculty
Drawing/Painting
Office: KDM 188
Email: mark_paint@hotmail.com 
Web: markemerson.info

Sarah Flohr, M.F.A

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Professor
Drawing/Painting
Office: ASL 106A
Office hours: M/W 7-7:50 a.m. (KDM 268)
M 7-8:20 p.m. (ASL 109)
and by appt.
Email: sflohr@csus.edu
Web: sarahflohr.com

Ian Harvey, M.F.A

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Professor
Drawing/Painting
Office: ASL 106A
Office hours: M 11a.m.‐Noon
T/R 4-5 p.m. (ASL 109)
and by appt.
Email: iharvey@csus.edu
Web: kooharvey.com

Phil Hitchcock, M.F.A

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Professor
University Library Gallery Director
Office: Library Gallery
Phone: (916) 278-4189
Email: hitchcock@csus.edu

Brenda Louie, M.F.A

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Adjunct Faculty
Drawing/Painting
Office: KDM 198
Office Hours: M/W 11 a.m.-Noon
and by appt.
Email: blouie@csus.edu

Tom Monteith, M.F.A

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Professor
Drawing/Painting
Office: ASL 106A
Office hours:
T/R 11-11:50 a.m. (KDM 268-C/ KDM 198)
F 3:30-4:50 p.m. (ASL 105)

Email: tmonteith@csus.edu
Web: tommonteith.com

Robert Ortbal, M.F.A

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Professor
Sculpture
Office: ASL 110A
Office Hours: M/W, 7-8 a.m. & 11-11:30 a.m.
and by appt.
Phone: (916) 278-7514
Email: ortbal@csus.edu
Web: ortbal.com

Scott Parady, M.F.A

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Professor
Ceramics
Office: KDM 131E
Office Hours: T/R 10:50 a.m.-Noon
Phone: (916) 278-3867
Email: sparady@csus.edu
Web: cobbartandecology.org

Summer Ventis, M.F.A

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Assistant Professor
Printmaking
Office: KDM 191
Office Hours: T/R, 2:50-4:20 p.m.
and by appt.
Phone: (916) 278-6205
Email: summer.ventis@csus.edu 
Web: summerventis.com

Peter Williams, M.F.A

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Assistant Professor
New Media Art
Office: KDM 188
Office Hours: M 11-11:30 a.m.
T 3:30-6 p.m.
and by appt.
Phone: (916) 278-6443
Email: peter.williams@csus.edu 
Web: peterjwilliams.com