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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: October 29, 1999

Student-Artists, Professor Go Digital

The computer is their canvas. But make no mistake, California State University, Sacramento student digital artists still use pastels, watercolors and ink.

Current and former students from the University's computer art course, taught by Marcelle Wiggins, will have their first campus digital art exhibit "Computer Art" concurrently with art professor Maria Winkler's first major campus digital art show, "Metaphors." Winkler, who has exhibited her fine art paintings internationally and in a number of private and public collections, created the computer art course.

Wiggins hopes the exhibitions, Nov. 1 - 19 in the University Union Exhibit Lounge and Java City indoor courtyard, will dispel any myths about the innovative art form. A reception for the exhibits will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4 in the lounge. Student works will be hung up at noon, Sunday, Oct. 31.

Digital art, a relatively new medium, is created by using computer software to develop and manipulate images along with traditional art tools. The student show features avant-garde works and others that are reminiscent of works by Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.

"Most people don't think art can be created with a computer," Wiggins says. "But it can. The students' works don't look like they were made on a computer."


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