Visual arts, literature and architecture will be among the highlights at Sacramento State’s Festival of the Arts celebration, coming March 11-15.
The “Visual >< Verbal Border Crossings” symposium will be highlighted by UC San Diego professor of Visual Arts Robert Tejada, whose keynote presentation is called “Viewer Tutorials: The Behavior of Pictures and Language.” Tejada is a bilingual poet, critic and historian of Latin American and Latino visual and language arts. The Festival’s fifth annual art history symposium will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 15, in Room 1000 of Mariposa Hall. It is free.
The theme of border crossings applies to works of art that utilize both visual imagery and verbal communication, as well as crossing the geographic and cultural boundaries between Mexico and the United States, resulting in an emphasis largely on Mexican-American art. The symposium is dedicated to the late Sacramento State art instructor Ricardo Favela.
Other speakers at the symposium include Fordham University professor Janice Lynn Robertson, Jordana Moore Saggese of Santa Clara University, Marta Garsd of the San Diego Museum of Art, Ann Marie Leimer of the University of Redlands, and Tatiana Reinoza Perkins, of the University of Texas.
An exhibition by the Sacramento State art faculty runs from March 14 through May 24 in the University Library Gallery. Works from 25 to 30 faculty members are anticipated. The art exhibition is free.
Three writers will provide presentations and readings from their works in the Library Gallery. Brian Evenson, director of the Literary Arts Program at Brown University, is the author of seven fiction books, most recently The Open Curtain, a controversial story of intrigue and murder within the Mormon Church. He speaks at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11. Amy Gerstler has published eight books of poetry, including the recent Ghost Girl. She will speak at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13. Dinah Lenney, an actress who appears on television’s ER, penned Bigger Than Life: a Murder, a Memoir about how the murder of her father affected her life and the lives of others. She speaks at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12. Attendance at all three presentations is free.
Los Angeles architect Lawrence Scarpa, noted for innovations in sustainable, environment-friendly design and materials, speaks Wednesday, March 12 at 6 p.m. at Hinde Auditorium. Admission is free. His firm’s (Pugh +Scarpa) work will be exhibited in the Design Gallery, Mariposa Hall 4000, March 10-21.
For more information on the Festival of the Arts, visit www.al.csus.edu/festival or call the College of Arts and Letters at (916) 278-6502. For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.