Visiting Artist Series 

VPA on the Map

VPA’s Mentoring Artist Program (MAP) provides a forum for engagement and dialogue with emerging and established figures in contemporary art and culture through a three-day mini- residency that includes a public lecture, workshop with Senior Capstone students, and studio visits where students receive advice, exposure to various professional options, and one-on-one creative criticism and feedback related to their artistic practice and studio work.

 

MAP (Mentoring Artist Program) is part of VPA’s Artists as Leaders through Socially Engaged Mentorship Initiative.

Artist Mentors-in-Residence provide:

  • Insight to their artistic practice as is relates to both VPA and CSUMB’s mission to impart critical thinking abilities, convey social responsibility, and communicate skills to be community builders.

  • Support to VPA students through workshops, portfolio review, and/or studio visits.  

  • Face-to-face engagement opportunities for students seeking mentorship in their artistic practices and/or development of entrepreneurial endeavors.

2019/20 MAP Artists

Luis A Sahagun

In Residence: 3/18/20-3/20/2020

Public Artist Lecture

Date: Thursday, March 19, 2019

Time: 6-8pm, VPA BUILDING 72

Free & Open to the Public

Workshop

Connecting Individual & Aesthetic Exploration w/ Community & Audience Understanding.

Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020 

Time: 10-11:50am, building 71

Free & Open to All CSUMB Students.

​Portfolio Review: Get Feedback on Your Portfolio

Date: Friday, March 20, 2020

Time: 10am-noon, VPA 72

Open to all CSUMB students.

Luis Sahagun was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in 1982. His grandfather came to the United States in the 1940s under the Bracero Program, working in Chicago Height’s steel industry. Sahagun’s father found field work in the late 1970s, and Luis was brought to this country in 1985, living undocumented until he was naturalized in 1995 under Ronald Reagan’s Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Sahagun, a 2001 graduate of Chicago Height’s Bloom High School, earned his BFA from Southern Illinois University in 2006 and his MFA in painting from Northern Illinois University in 2015. He has participated in multiple solo, juried, invitational, and national exhibits in the U.S and Mexico. In addition to being featured in New American Paintings (Issue #111), Luis' work has also been showcased at the International Exposition of Contemporary Art (expo) Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center, and the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. Sahagun has worked as a Teaching Artist for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, the Smart Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. He is currently an Artist-in-Residence/Visiting Professor in Critical Race Studies at Michigan State University.

http://luissahagun.com/

          @lsahagun2

https://www.chicagomag.com/arts-culture/July-2017/Luis-Sahagun/

Mildred Howard

In Residence: 10/23/19-10/25/2019

Public Artist Lecture

Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Time: 6-8pm, VPA BUILDING 72

Free & Open to the Public

Workshop

Public Art Commissions: Connecting Individual & Aesthetic Exploration w/ Community & Audience Understanding.

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 

Time: 10-11:50am, building 71

Free & Open to All CSUMB Students.

​Portfolio Review: Get Feedback on Your Portfolio

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2019

Time: 12-2pm, VPA 72

Open to all CSUMB students.

Known for her sculptural installations and mixed-media assemblage work, Mildred Howard received her MFA from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, CA. In 2015 she received the Lee Krasner Award, in recognition of a lifetime of artistic achievement. She has also been the recipient of the Nancy Graves Grant for Visual Artists (2017), the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2004/05), a fellowship from the California Arts Council (2003), the Adeline Kent Award from San Francisco Art Institute (1991), and, most recently, The Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts and the Douglas G. MacAgy Distinguished Achievement Award at San Francisco Art Institute. Large-scale installations have been mounted at Creative Time in New York, InSITE in San Diego, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the New Museum in New York. Public commissions and installations were executed for the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA, the City of Oakland, and the San Francisco Arts Commission and International Airport. Mildred Howard’s works are represented in the collections of SFMOMA, the de Young Museum, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Museum of Glass and Contemporary Art, Tacoma, the Oakland Museum, and the San Jose Museum of Art. 

http://anglimgilbertgallery.com/mildred-howard

@MidredHoward

2018 MAP Artists

Jackie Sumell

In Residence: 10/16-10/18/2018

Public Artist Lecture

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Time: 6-8pm, VPA BUILDING 72

Free & Open to the Public

Workshop

Communicating Your Art: Connecting Individual & Aesthetic Exploration with Community & Audience Understanding.

Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Time: 10-11:50am, building 71

Free & Open to All CSUMB Students.

​Portfolio Review: Get Feedback on Your Portfolio

Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018

Time: 12-2pm, VPA 72

Open to all CSUMB students.

Sometimes it’s difficult to be objective about your own artwork, so get help editing.  Come meet with MAP Visiting Artist, Jackie Sumell, who will review your work and help edit your portfolio.

Jackie Sumell is a New Orleans based multidisciplinary artist and activist whose work interrogates the abuses of the American criminal justice system. Her work has been successfully anchored at the intersection of activism, education, and art for over a decade, and it has been exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe, with its distinct inclusion in several Biennials. She has been the recipient of multiple residencies, fellowships and awards including the Soros Justice Fellowship, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Eyebeam Project Fellowship, Nathan Cummings Foundation, InContext-3 (Ireland), and Center for Contemporary Art’s A-I-R (Poland). Sumell’s collaboration with Herman Wallace (a prisoner-of-consciousness and member of the “Angola 3”) was the subject of the Emmy Award-Winning documentary  entitled Herman’s House/The House that Herman Built (2006–present).  Herman’s House continues to be multifaceted project that uses architectural drawings, digital and built models, text, photographs, correspondence, and lectures to explore the practice of solitary confinement in US prisons. Sumell’s work with Herman has positioned her at the forefront of the campaign to end solitary confinement in the United States. She has produced numerous public installations engaging questions of social justice, community, and race, including her recent Solitary Gardens project. She is a recipient of numerous awards including the 2016 Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist Award, and is an ardent public speaker, she has lectured in colleges and universities across the world, including Rutgers University; University of Oregon; Tulane University; Loyola Law School; University of Limerick and ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany. Sumell has appeared on Democracy Now, CNN, ABC News, and NPR. She received a B.S. from the College of Charleston, and M.F.A. from Stanford University. 

http://hermanshouse.org

http://hermanshousethefilm.com/the-film/

         @solitarygardens

Ana Serrano

In Residence: 09/26-9/28/2018

Public Artist Lecture

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Time: 6-8pm, VPA BUILDING 72

Free & Open to the Public

Workshop

Communicating Your Art: Connecting Individual & Aesthetic Exploration with Community & Audience Understanding.

Date: Thursday, September  27, 2018

Time: 10-11:50am, building 71

Free & Open to All CSUMB Students.

​Portfolio Review: Get Feedback on Your Portfolio

Date: Thursday, September  28, 2018

Time: 12-2pm, VPA 72

Open to all CSUMB students.

Sometimes it’s difficult to be objective about your own artwork, so get help editing.  Come meet with MAP Visiting Artist, Ana Serrano, who will review your work and help edit your portfolio.

Ana Serrano is a first-generation Mexican American and is inspired by the intersection of her dual cultural identities. She is best known for creating work that references the built environment using brightly-colored cardboard and paper. While her work highlights the socio-cultural and architectural elements of urban life found in Latino neighborhoods all across the US, she is very much inspired by her hometown of Los Angeles, California. She is especially captivated with how residents alter and adorn their dwellings, as well as the connections between plant life and man-made constructions. 

Ana Serrano was born in Los Angeles, California. She earned her BFA with Honors degree from Art Center College of Design (2008). She has exhibited her work in solo and group museum exhibitions, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Vincent Price Art Museum, National Museum of Mexican Art and the Craft and Folk Art Museum. Her work is held in private and public collections, including the AltaMed Art Collection, Los Angeles and the Phyllis & Ross Escalette Collection of Art at Chapman University.  Her work has been featured in the magazines Artillery Magazine and American Craft, and in a number of design books including Juxtapoz: Handmade (cover, Berkeley; Gingko Press, 2009) and In the Company of Women (Artisan Press, 2016). She is currently represented by Bermudez Projects in Los Angeles, CA. Serrano lives and works in Portland, Oregon. 

https://www.anaserrano.com/

https://www.anaserrano.com/new-page

http://www.ricegallery.org/ana-serrano

         @anaserrano_o

2017 MAP Artists

Jesse Hernandez

In Residence: 09/27-9/29/2017

 

Public Lecture

Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Time: 6-8pm, VPA 72

Free & Open to the Public

Workshop
Art Marketing Tips: Techniques for Promoting &

Communicating Your Art

Date: Thursday, September  28, 2017

Time: 10-11:50am 
Join us for a conversation & workshop with artist and cultural entrepreneur Jesse Hernandez as he shares his approach to navigating the development of ideas into objects, murals & animated videos through his business Immortal Studios.  

Open to all CSUMB students

Portfolio Review: 

Get Help Editing your Portfolio

Date: Friday, September  29, 2017

Time: 10am-12pm, VPA 72

Open to all CSUMB students


Sometimes it’s difficult to be objective about your own artwork, so get help editing.  Come meet with MAP Visiting Artist, Jesse Hernandez, who will review your body of work and help edit your portfolio.

Space is limited, so sign-up at VPA admin office a.s.a.p. 

Rafa Esparza

In Residence: 11/01-11/03/2017

Public Lecture

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Time: 6-8pm, VPA 72

Free & Open to the Public

Workshop with Senior Capstone Students

Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017

Building Strong & Trusting Artistic Collaborations
Join us for a conversation & workshop with artist and cultural worker Rafa Esparza who will share his creative approach to building strong and trusting artistic collaborations.
Open to all CSUMB students. 

Studio Visits with Students

Date: Friday, November 3, 2017

Come meet with MAP Visiting Artist-in-Residence, Rafa Esparza, who will give you feedback on your creative work. Space is limited, so sign-up a.s.a.p. at Admin. Office in VPA 71. 

Open to all CSUMB students. 

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Rafa Esparza’s recent installations have centered largely on the making of adobe bricks, produced in collaboration with the artist’s father and others in the area of northeast Los Angeles surrounding the Los Angeles River. The brick-making technique employed by Esparza is used throughout Mexico, and notably it was the method his father used to build his first house in Mexico before he immigrated to the United States. Adapting this material to the conditions of exhibition and display is part of a broader tendency that Esparza engages throughout his practice. The artist’s work in this arena considers the many forms of evolution within local and indigenous cultural production that have taken place alongside and adjacent to the narratives of Western art, including histories of sculptural installation and performance.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/miranda/la-et-cam-rafa-esparza-ica-la-20180625-story.html

 

@elrafaesparza

Jesse Hernandez (@UrbanAztec) is an artist born and raised in the Bay area, most widely recognized for his murals, vinyl art toys, and animation work. His style is known as “Urban Aztec” a combination of graffiti and ancient indigenous culture. Hernandez’s artwork has been featured in the Oakland Museum, Rolling Stone, Juxtapoz, Playstation, Outside Lands, and the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas. Hernandez has shown art in galleries and museums around the world, and painted murals in Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Mexico city & Amsterdam. 

 

http://www.jessehernandez.net

http://www.jessehernandez.net/murals.html

         @urbanaztec

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