Museum Exhibitions and Events
Fired Earth: Beauty and Tradition in Asian Ceramics
January - July 2016
Like a fine pearl, the glaze of a Koryo Dynasty celadon bowl captures the eye and soothes the soul in its beauty, elegance, and simplicity. For our 2016 major exhibition, we will be featuring the very fine ceramics of the Behrick Pottery Collection, which includes ceramics from China, Japan, and Korea. Come explore with us one of humanity’s most enduring and greatest achievements: the art of ceramic making, fusing objects of great beauty, utility, and tradition.
I Heart Anthropology Weekend
The Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology presents I Heart Anthropology Weekend.
Feb 11-13, 2016 to celebrate the love of all things anthropological. Join us for one or both free events and get your love flowing for the Museum this Valentine’s Day weekend! And if you love anthropology as much as we do, stop by the museum to pick up one of our new museum tote bags with "I Heart Anthropology" on one side and our museum logo on the other. The proceeds benefit the museum.
Thursday, February 11th - A Special Anthroforum - Modern Romance
We’ll get things started on Thursday afternoon February 11 with a special edition of the Anthroforum in Ayers Hall room 120 on Chico State campus. The theme is Modern Romance with a nod toward comedian Aziz Ansari’s book of the same title. We will bring you a snapshot of anthropological, psychological, and cross-cultural perspectives on dating and the evolutionary biology of pair bonding. Come find out from our panel of presenters the true biology and cultural nature of love right before Valentine’s Day. The talk is free and open to the public.
Saturday, February 13th - Family Day
On Saturday, February 13, the museum invites you to spend your day with them at the annual Family Day from 11-3. Stroll around the museum and see the exquisite new exhibit. Children will enjoy art projects inspired by our current exhibition on Asian ceramics like origami, clay crafts, calligraphy and more. The event is free and open to the public!
A Pledged Bequest
California State University, Chico has received a testamentary bequest from emeritus faculty member Dr. Valene L. Smith to benefit the University’s Anthropology program and its Museum of Anthropology.
Closed between exhibitions. See exhibition schedule for specific dates.
Note: The Museum of Anthropology is completely wheelchair accessible.
The museum is located in the Meriam Library complex, next to the Janet Turner Museum
Museum of Anthropology
CSU, Chico 95929-0400