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October 25, 2005 > Historic faculty art exhibit at Cal State East Bay

Historic faculty art exhibit at Cal State East Bay

by Ceri Hitchcock-Hodgson

The hidden gallery on the hill is once again housing a distinctive exhibit. For the first time in its 44-year history, the California State University, East Bay Annual Faculty Art Exhibition will feature the works of both current and former faculty.

From Oct. 20 through Dec. 3 at the University Art Gallery, visitors will be able to experience the school's rich artistic history.

The list of former faculty includes a number of notable painters, sculptors, and printmakers, such as Clayton Bailey, Romare Bearden, Enrique Chagoya, Misch Kohn, Jacob Lawrence, Harry Myers, Kenjilo Nanano, Mel Ramos, Ray Saunders, Alan Shep, and Arne Wolf.

"All of these artists are highly respected locally, while several have national reputations and indeed have made their way into art history textbooks," said Lanier Graham, director of the University Art Gallery.

Ramos holds a seminal position in the history of pop art, noted Graham, and has lent one of his classic nudes, 'Lola Cola #5' of 2005.

Bearden and Lawrence, both of whom are now deceased, were among the first African-American artists of their generation to be honored by American museums. While teaching at Cal State East Bay (then CSU Hayward), Bearden painted a large mural for the Berkeley City Council that was recently exhibited at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Bearden, a cousin of composer Duke Ellington, will be represented in the exhibit by his jazz-inspired "'Jammin' at the Savoy."

Lawrence will be represented by his poster for the 1972 Munich Olympics, which honors black track men's team members, particularly Olympic great Jesse Owens.

Saunders, now at the University of California, Berkeley, is equally acclaimed and Chagoya, formerly head of the Galeria de la Raza in San Francisco and now at Stanford, was one of the first Latino artists of his generation to be honored by museums. He will be represented by one of his dynamic illustrated books, while Saunders and Nanano will be represented by prints from The Hayward Portfolio of 1978.

The three recently retired Cal State East Bay professors invited to participate in the faculty art exhibit are Corban LePell, Lew Carson, and Greg MacGregor. MacGregor's photographs were featured this year in the New York Times.

"In short, the CSUEB Art Department has had world-class artist/teachers since the university opened [in 1957]," Graham said.

Current painters and sculptors on the faculty include Grace Munakata, whose work was on the cover of the May issue of Art Week; and Dickson Schneider, Kirk LeClaire, and Gwyan Rhabyt, who make up the core faculty for the Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Professors and lecturers who now teach photography and digital imaging at Hayward include Kristin Becker, Michael Henninger, Philip Hofstetter, Scott Hopkins, James Petrillo, and Suzy Wear. They are faculty members for the Multimedia Master of Arts program, the first of its kind in the United States.

Additional information on Cal State East Bay's University Art Gallery is available by telephone at (510) 885-3299 and on their website at www.csuhayward.edu/artgallery.
Gallery hours are 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Admission is free.

The University Art Gallery is located in the Arts & Education Building on CSU East Bay's Hayward campus at 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd. in Hayward.

 
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