Through coursework in painting and murals, sculpture, installation and performance art, arts education and museum studies, photography, and media culture, students develop as individual and collaborative artists.
I went to St Petersburg, Russia, this summer partly for pleasure and partly to research public art in other parts of the world, coming from the perspective of our own commitment to public voice here at VPA. I expected to be stunned by the acres and acres of world art housed in the vast Hermitage Museum (formerly a Tsar’s palace). It didn’t disappoint. Hours melted away as my husband and I meandered through the galleries housing the history of the human spirit.
Over the summer, VPA students and Alumni (John Elliott, Elgene Tumacder, and Mercedes Maciel) worked on a public art project with the Veterans Transition Center. Classes were held onsite during summer 2016 to produce mural content.
Calle de la Eternidad was the former name of Broadway Blvd., where the mural WAS located (SPARC is working to bring it back to Broadway). Poethig emphasizes the nature of time and of space. Using images familiar with the Latino community who live and work in the area, the words of Octavio Paz around the Aztec calendar express the feelings of dislocation and adaptation.
By the end of the semester, the capstone project of two Visual and Public Art students will grace a wall of CSUMB’s Dining Commons. The design will focus on sustainability as it relates to the food industry and will depict the cycle of food – from the fields to the kitchen to the table to compost and back to the fields.
The Visiting Artist series at Cal State Monterey Bay continues on April 9 with a presentation by Reanne Estrada and Mike Blockstein of Public Matters, a Los Angeles-based social enterprise. Public Matters works with people to create media about their neighborhoods. The goal is to connect people to the places they live and work and to develop a sense of ownership over these places and a belief that they can directly shape their neighborhoods’ future.
VPA Complex Hours
Monday - Saturday
8 am - 5 pm
- Digital Studio & Photo Lab, Bldg. 71
- Painting Studio, Bldg. 72
- Sculpture Studio, Bldg. 73