University Art Gallery
100 Trinity Hall
The University Art Gallery is located on the California State University, Chico campus in Trinity Hall. The gallery is a student-centered exhibition space that focuses on original works by regional, national and international artists. Students, faculty and staff from throughout the University as well as visitors from the City of Chico and the surrounding region utilize the gallery's resources. The gallery program seeks to demystify the arts by furnishing its visitors with a meaningful artistic experience and providing insight into the creative process. All gallery events are free and open to the public (unless otherwise noted). Use policy: until the completion of the new Arts and Humanities building (Taylor II), Trinity 100 is reserved for University Art Gallery and Humanities Center events only.
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Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM
100 Trinity Hall, on the Chico State Campus
University Art Gallery
Department of Art & Art History
California State University, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0820
Interim Gallery Curator: Cameron Kelly
Office: 530-898-5864 Mobile: (415) 823-4418
Exhibition Calendar 2014
Currently on view:
Flip the Script: an unincorporated remix
by Pablo Cristi
Reception with artist talk: Thursday, September 4th, 4:00–6:00pm
Exhibition: August 25 - September 19
University Art Gallery, 100 Trinity Hall
Pablo Cristi was born and raised in Los Angeles. Born to Chilean parents escaping the Pinochet regime, Cristi's work is motivated by an active political awareness and is steeped in a critical inquiry of power, representation and history. His investigations of the colonial past, present, and future often take the form of paintings and sculptural objects that deconstruct and commingle urban visual vernaculars.
"We live in a world where multicultural discourse is becoming increasingly important. Ethnically diverse societies struggle with unequal power dynamics globally. I choose to use the Latino experience in the United States as a vehicle to discuss cultural hybridity, post-colonization, and male archetypes. My current paintings, drawings, and sculptures are based on studies of the past, present, and future of the American Southwest historical narrative and its’ intersection with Pop culture. America’s legacy of Manifest Destiny and the continued friction with the Mexican border provide the structure through which I employ my lens to discuss issues of cultural liminality, marginalization, and various other border related topics." -Pablo Cristi
Earlier this year, Cristi was commissioned for the exhibition, Around the Table at the San Jose Museum of Contemporary Art, in which issues of cultural diversity were examined through artists’ representations of agriculture, food production and gastronomy. In 2013, Cristi's work was projected onto the public spaces of the Veteran's Plaza in Maryland as a pop up museum for the Smithsonian Asian-Latino Festival. Cristi was nominated for the SECA award in 2012. He has exhibited at the Triton Museum in Santa Clara, and galleries throughout California including Chimmaya Gallery, Robert Berman Gallery, the LA Art Show, Campfire Gallery, and ProArts, as well as in NYC, Miami and Tokyo. His work has been reviewed in Juxtopose Magazine, Art Practical, Studio Visit Magazine, In The Make, KQED Arts Review and Lowridaz Japan.
Having a history in graffiti art and mural projects, Cristi was invited in 2011 to work with young people of the Bogside neighborhood of Northern Ireland. Cristi, along with three other artists led workshops and mural projects at the historic landmark, Free Derry Corner, a politically turbulent district of Derry. Cristi currently lives in Berkeley and is the co-chair of the visual art department at the Oakland School for the Arts.
2014 – 2015 Gallery Schedule
August 25 – September 19
Gallery closed: Sept. 1, Labor Day
Reception/artist talk: Sep 4, 4–6pm
Pablo Cristi was born and raised in Los Angeles. Born to Chilean parents escaping the Pinochet regime, Cristi’s work is motivated by an active political awareness and is steeped in a critical inquiry of power, representation and history. His investigations of the colonial past, present, and future often take the form of paintings and sculptural objects that deconstruct and commingle urban visual vernaculars.
Joshua Martinez: Photographs
September 29 – October 24
Reception/artist talk: Oct 2, 4–6pm
Joshua Martinez is a San Francisco-based photographer. He received his MFA from the California College of the Arts and BFA from Humboldt State University and has exhibited his work throughout Northern California. Martinez captures images that suggest adventures, experiences, and sensations, but that also convey the impossibility of reproducing experience pictorially. By using processes that emphasize the photograph as object –– large–format images, analog processes, and exposed paper edges –– he seeks to connect with the experience of memory.
Centenary: John C. Ayres
November 10 – December 18
Gallery closed: Nov 11, Veterans’ Day
Reception/curator’s talk: Nov 13, 5-7pm
Guest curated by Chico art collector Reed Applegate. John C. Ayres (1914–2005) joined the Chico State art department in 1946, where he was an active voice for 30 years. Renowned for his figurative paintings and drawings, Ayres exhibited at the DeYoung Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Crocker Gallery in Sacramento, as well as other distinguished galleries. He was from the Modesto area and educated at UC Berkeley, where he received a master's degree in art in 1936. He specialized in studio painting and medieval art, and was Chair of the Department of Art & Art History for 21 years (1946–1967).
Exhibition to be announced
January 27 – February 27, 2015
Four Master of Fine Arts Culminating Exhibitions:
March 9 – 13
Reception/artist talk: Mar 11, 5-7pm
March 23 – 27
Reception/artist talk: Mar 26, 5-7pm
March 30 – April 3
Gallery closed March 31, Caesar Chavez Day
Reception/artist talk: Apr 2, 5-7pm
April 6 – 10
Reception/artist talk: Apr 9, 5-7pm
60th Annual Juried Student Exhibition
April 27 – May 13, 2015.
Thursday, April 30, 5:00 PAC 134: Awards presentation with the Janet Turner Print Museum Juried Student Exhibition and the Art Education student exhibition. All galleries open after presentations with receptions.
The annual juried student exhibition features works in a wide variety of media submitted by Chico State art students and selected by a guest juror. This annual exhibition consistently represents an impressive range of approaches, concepts and media, including ceramics, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, installation and digital media.