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Events in the Art Department

The Department of Art sponsors a full array of free public events at Sacramento State each year including art exhibitions by faculty, students and visiting artists, visiting scholar lectures, the Annual Student Awards Show, the Art History Symposium and the end of year Art Ball.

All of the artistic media taught in the Department of Art are represented in the Robert Else Gallery and R.W. & Joyce Witt Gallery in Kadema Hall. Most of the shows are designed and installed by Art students. Students and faculty are frequently involved in the University Union Gallery and University Library Gallery exhibitions.

Admission to events sponsored by the Department of Art is free and open to the public.

Art Symposium Informational Poster

Annual Art History Symposium

The nineteenth annual Art History Symposium Whitewashing Cultural Heritage in the Museum, hosted by the California State University, Sacramento Art Department, will be on Friday, April 14th, 2pm - 4pm in Mariposa 1001.

Featuring Keynote Speakers Christina Kreps, Professor of Anthropology & Director of the Museum of Anthropology, University of Denver; John Fraser, District Superintendent, California State Parks; and Susie Kantor, Associate Curator, Manetti Shrem Museum.

The event is sponsored by the CSU Sacramento College of Arts and Letters , OneWorld Initiative, and the Center for Teaching & Learning.

Festival of the Arts

Each spring, the College of Arts & Letters presents a showcase of all A&L programs through a week-long celebration. The Art Department participates through workshops, visiting artists and lectures, and the Art History Symposium. This year's events will take place between April 11th - 16th. Stay tuned for more details!

Find Out More About the Festival of the Arts

Annual Student Awards Show

The Department of Art holds their annual Student Awards Show each spring, which features award, certificate, and scholarship winners. There are various scholarship & award categories, in addition to certificate of merit awards. The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as all matriculated and Open University students, enrolled at Sac State during the current academic year.

The application period has passed. Thank you for our students who applied! The 2023 scholarship recipients will be announced at the Student Awards Show on April 6th.

Art Ball

At the end of every Spring semester, we hold a huge celebration that spans across all areas of the Art Department and all galleries on campus called Art Ball. This is a chance to honor the hard work of all our Art students at once before we leave for summer break.

This year, instead of being on campus, Art Ball has gone virtual so that the artwork can be viewed from the safety of your own home. Please watch the new virtual Art Ball presentation on YouTube and enjoy the incredible work our students have created this year!

Watch the 2021 Art Ball on YouTube!

R.W. & Joyce Witt Gallery proposals are accepted by the Gallery & Events Committee each spring for consideration for the following academic year. Please refer to the Witt Gallery Exhibition Guide and to the Witt Gallery Application for details and deadlines. Witt Gallery exhibitors are responsible for funding, publicizing, installing and staffing the exhibitions.

The deadline to apply for your own solo or group show in the Witt Gallery during the 2023-2024 academic year has passed. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Read the Witt Gallery Exhibition Guide