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CAHSS VPA Gallery Grand Opening & Mural Dedication

Join us for a reception celebrating the grand opening of our Visual & Public Art Gallery featuring a photography exhibit by alumna Roxana E. Keland, and the dedication of our signature mural Skylight by Professor Emerita Johanna Poethig.

October 11, 2019


College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Room Main Entrance, Atrium Lobby & VPA Gallery

CAHSS 504 Front Entrance, Atrium Lobby and VPA Gallery. CAHSS 504 is located on Divarty Street between the Joel & Dena Gambord Business & Information Technology Building and Beach Hall, Across from Building 3-Del Mar. Parking Permits are required on campus and can be purchased at any parking permit kiosk for $5.

Free-All are welcome!

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Join Us for the Grand Opening of the Visual & Public Art Gallery and Mural Dedication

The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences invites you to attend our

Visual & Public Art Gallery Grand Opening and Mural Dedication

Friday, October 11, 2019, 6 - 8 pm

Photography Exhibit by alumna Roxana E. Keland

Signature Mural Dedication of Skylight by Professor Emerita Johanna Poethig

Light refreshments will be served.

College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Building 504

Please RSVP before September 30.

Donations accepted for the Roxana E. Keland Endowed Memorial Scholarship.

For accommodation requests, please email

About the Mural:

The CAHSS Academic 3 Mural, Skylight: Transmission of Knowledge/Windows to Justice, by VPA Professor Emerita Johanna Poethig. This mural was made possible in part by a generous donation from Roxana (Rocky) Ruth Earley Keland, a member of the first graduating class of the Visual and Public Art Department, and an unwavering supporter of VPA. She passed away March 3, 2019.

Skylight: The light-transmitting oculus opens to the sky. A plant growth pattern forms the dome, a symbol for preserving the environment and sustaining life. Interconnected knotted cords of a Khipu, one of the oldest record-keeping and language devices, are stenciled with a selection of words. Lenses reflect multiple perspectives expressed through photographic and cinematic technologies. A heart is suspended above the flame emanating from the hands of the Dia de los Muertos celebrant. The scales of justice are held by a CSUMB graduate balancing on a tightrope of networked intersectionality that lights up the globe: a steward with sophisticated understanding, engaged in the movements for social equity, studying the paradoxes, taking the risks but always searching for connections. Puzzle pieces stretch out over the landscape signifying that learning is a continual process of fitting the pieces together and taking them apart for further study. Arranged at the corner, marigolds and chrysanthemums symbolize the beauty and cultures we cultivate in the garden together.

Medium: Acrylic Paint, 8'x45'

Commissioned by the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences with major funding by Roxana Keland (Visual and Public Art alumnus) and University Corporation.

For more information, please visit our dedicated CAHSS Mural page.

About the Visual & Public Art Gallery:

The Visual and Public Art Gallery housed in our new building will afford students the opportunity to practice exhibiting their work, as well as serve as a showcase for faculty and guest artist exhibitions. A programming fund for the gallery will support its ability to serve a diverse audience, student body and emerging artists.

The endowment funds will support students and staff gaining valuable experience curating and managing exhibits, as well as upkeep of artworks, and honoraria for guest artists and speakers.

Once open, planned VPA Gallery hours are expected to be Monday through Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

(831) 582-4189