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SELF/CONSCIOUS, a group exhibit by Oxnard College Alumni (Wed. July 8, 2015)

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The McNish Gallery at Oxnard College is pleased to present a group exhibit by artists and Oxnard College Alumni Olivia Jones, Gladys Rodriguez and Maria Villote. An opening reception will take place on Wednesday, July 8th , 2015 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

SELF/CONSCIOUS is a group exhibit consisting of works that explore the theme of identity and consciousness. Each artist investigates this theme by experimenting with the use of various mediums, from the traditional – pencil, paint, paper – to the more experimental – re-purposed glue, mop heads, fabric – creating a discussion on the deep rooted idea of Self and the intersecting questions that arise and are central to the human condition and predicament.

Olivia Jones-Hernandez is an artist who creates both visual and sound works. She has been developing her style for over a decade and any medium she works in explores different realms of the abstract. Jones-Hernandez is continuing to build her visual and sonic portfolio that details alien landscapes and unfamiliar figures drawing inspiration from the worlds of science fiction and horror. She lives and works in Camarillo, CA with her cats PetenSteve and Grandma.

Gladys Rodriguez was born in Panama City, Panama and came to the United States at the age of 14. She graduated from California State University, Los Angeles in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Graphic Design. Gladys has exhibited at many galleries and alternative spaces in Ventura County and Los Angeles and some of these include CSULA’s Fine Arts Gallery, 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, The W.A.V space in Ventura, McNish Gallery in Oxnard and 643 Project Space in Ventura.

Maria Villote received her Bachelor of Arts in Practice of Art from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011. Maria is interested in the human experience, symbiosis, and the vicissitudes of the interaction between the work and the viewer/consumer. Her work seduces her audience, playing on their expectations and assumptions based on their preconceived notions. She has exhibited at numerous galleries in Southern and Northern California like the 18th Street Art Center in Santa Monica, The Control Room in Los Angeles, the Zughaus Gallery in Berkeley and most recently in Mexicali, Mexico.

Please join us for the opening reception on Wednesday, July 8th , 2015, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. The McNish Art Gallery is located at 4000 South Rose Avenue, Oxnard, CA. 93033. For more information contact (805) 827-1942, or e-mail grr.gladys@gmail.com or visit www.oxnardcollegeart.wordpress.com.

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10th Annual Juried Student Art Show

RECEPTION: Monday, May 4th, 2015, 4pm to 7pm

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The McNish Art Gallery at Oxnard College proudly presents the 10th Annual Juried Student Art Show, May 4 through May 19. A reception for the student artists will take place on Monday, May 4, 4:00-7:00 pm at the McNish Gallery with an awards ceremony at 4:30. OC President, Dr. Duran will select President’s Choice Award winners. The artwork selected will be part of OC’s permanent collection and displayed throughout the college. The Annual Student Show displays fine works of art by Oxnard College students in beginning, intermediate and advance levels of studio Art courses including drawing, painting, design and digital art. Artwork will be for sale.

The 10th Annual Juried Student Art Show was juried by local, professional artist, Monica Furmanski. Mrs. Furmanski has taught Art Appreciation, 2-D Art and Digital Photography for Oxnard and Ventura Colleges. She is the owner and gallery director of 643 Project Space in Ventura.

The McNish Art Gallery is located at 4000 South Rose Avenue at Oxnard College and welcomes public viewing four times a week. The show is free and open to the public. Parking is $2. For more information contact gallery director, Christine Morla at (805)986-5800, ext. 1929 or email cmorla@vcccd.edu.

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THE INCREDIBLE BALANCING ACT by The League of Imaginary Scientists

THE INCREDIBLE BALANCING ACT” by The League of Imaginary Scientists
with Oxnard College STEAM and Art Students
March 11th – April 23, 2015

RECEPTION: Wednesday, March 11th, 4p – 7p, Lecture at 4:30pm

INFO:
McNish Gallery – Oxnard College
4000 S. Rose Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93033
cmorla@vcccd.edu, (805)986-5800, ext. 1929

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The McNish Gallery at Oxnard College is very pleased to present an art exhibit by The League of Imaginary Scientists entitled, “The Incredible Balancing Act.” The exhibition includes playful, interactive art by the League as well as project posters by Oxnard College STEAM and Art Students, whose collaborative campus projects tie into the theme of the Earth’s great balancing act.

The exhibition’s opening is also an on-campus event to celebrate award-winning OC Art students, whose artworks have received much recognition in the last year. The opening reception will take place on Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm with an artist lecture at 4:30 pm.

Oxnard College Art faculty Member Lucy HG Solomon brings her art and science collective, The League of Imaginary Scientists to the McNish Art Gallery. OC students and the League contemplate the planet’s disequilibrium in artworks and campus projects that invite audience interaction and community action. After repeating “The Incredible Balancing Act” on untold occasions, the graceful spinning planet is experiencing vertigo. The League of Imaginary Scientists and Oxnard College students respond with graphics, sculptures, and interactive actions. The planet is teetering, and so are we. Viewers are asked to take this high wire act to the biosphere. Participating students are from Christiane Mainzer and Lucy HG Solomon’s collaborating STEAM courses. Their semester-length projects are campus-based inventions, sculptures and green space alterations that respond to the theme of “The Incredible Balancing Act: Earth’s Changing Climate.”

The League of Imaginary Scientists is an art and science collective that creates mega-media constructions of scientific mythologies. The League of Imaginary Scientists has held residencies on “Mars” through the Lovely Weather project in Northwest Ireland, at Australia’s Casula Powerhouse and Electrofringe, and in universities and art spaces across the United States, Australia, Europe, and South America. The League consists of a core group of five artists whose interests lie in technological exploration and scientific inquiry. League projects have received a wide range of support, including support from the Norweigan consulate and the city of Trondheim, the County of Donegal in Ireland, and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Works by the League are archived in libraries and institutions around the globe. Public art projects include an interactive city-building project for Rome, Italy, a participatory timeline of the childhood of Trondheim, Norway, an exploration of communication in Hobart, Tasmania, and the conversion of an outdoor lighting system into a city’s nervous system at UC, San Diego.

Please join us for the opening reception on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 4:00 – 7:00 pm with an artist lecture at 4:30pm. The McNish Art Gallery is located at 4000 South Rose Avenue, Oxnard, CA. 93033. For more information contact (805) 986-5800, extension 1929, e-mail cmorla@vcccd.edu or visit www.oxnardcollegeart.wordpress.com.

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“FIXTURE,” A collaborative exhibition by MONICA AND MATTHEW FURMANSKI

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The McNish Gallery at Oxnard College is very pleased to present a collaborative exhibit by artists Monica and Matthew Furmanski. An opening reception will take place on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm with an artist lecture at 4:30 pm. The genesis of Monica and Matthew Furmanski’s collaboration begins with chandelier fixtures, thinking about what they represent, their function, as well as their formal designs. Using these concepts as their guide, the artists’ collaborative body of work reveals the visual conversation they are having between photographic images and sculptural forms.

Monica Furmanski received her BFA from Scripps College and MFA from Claremont Graduate University. She has worked with various artists in her career, notably John Baldessari, Susan Rankaitis and Nancy Macko. Monica’s artwork has been shown at the Huntington Beach Art Center, Peggy Phelps Gallery, Fringe Exhibition and the Williamson Gallery among other venues. She has taught photography, drawing and design at Ventura and Oxnard Colleges. Currently, she is a full time Instructor at CATE School.

Matthew Furmanski holds a BFA from Chapman University and an MFA from Claremont Graduate University. He is a recipient of a Durfee ARC grant and has been published in numerous periodicals including the LA Times and Art in America. Matthew has collaborated with other artists and institutions including the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena and the Getty. Currently, he is a Professor of Art at California State University, Channel Islands. Both artists operate 643 Project Space in Ventura which highlights the work of emerging, cutting edge artists.

Please join us for the opening reception on Wednesday, January 28, 2014, 4:00 – 7:00 pm with an artist lecture at 4:30pm. The McNish Art Gallery is located at 4000 South Rose Avenue, Oxnard, CA. 93033. For more information contact (805) 986-5800, extension 1929, e-mail cmorla@vcccd.edu or visit www.oxnardcollegeart.wordpress.com.

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IN THE COMPANY OF MYRTLE, a collaborative exhibit by AMY GREEN AND CURT LEMIEUX

The McNish Gallery at Oxnard College is proud to present a two-person exhibit by Los Angeles artists Curtis Lemieux and Amy Green. An opening reception will take place on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with an artist lecture at 5:00. Amy Green and Curtis LeMieux are working collaboratively on an on-going project titled “What in the World Happened to Myrtle.” The work is centered upon a mutual love of materiality and process. Scarves, neckties, sheer fabrics, industrial plastics, thread, wood, house paint, tape, staples, and other raw materials are built up over time through repeated exchange between Green and LeMieux. Resisting a set formula or method in favor of intuitive responses, the duo draws, pours, stains, folds, twists, ties, jerry rigs, and tethers. The resulting objects contort and bow. They do not sit comfortably. They wrestle with form. They possess both strength and fragility and are poetic and tenuous. “In the Company of Myrtle” at Oxnard College’s McNish Gallery will showcase selected collaborative works from the series alongside solo works from each of the artists.

Amy Green received her BFA in painting at the University of Tennessee in 1995 and her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 1997. Her paintings and installations have been shown nationally and internationally.  Exhibitions include Rolf Ricke Galerie in Cologne and the Neues Museum in Nurnberg, Galerie Karin Friebe, Mannheim, Germany, Galerie Monika Reitz, Frankfurt and Kunstverein St. Gallen Art Museum in Switzerland, Evelyne Canus Gallery, Paris, Cirrus and Susanne Vielmetter in Los Angeles and Cohan Leslie and Browne in New York, Monte Vista Projects in Highland Park, among other venues.  Reviews include; The Los Angeles Times, New York Arts Magazine, Art Issues, the Basel Art Fair Catalogue and artnet. Recent shows include “Grids, Stains, Stacks” a solo show of Green’s Felt paintings at Monte Vista Projects in Highland park, CA and  “Garden Party” a group exhibition at FOCA in LA’s Chinatown. Amy Green is represented by Galerie Schmidt Maczollek in Cologne, Germany.

Curt LeMieux received an M.F.A. in 2001 from Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA with an emphasis on drawing and installation. He also holds a B.F.A. an M.A. in studio art from the University of Wisconsin – Superior. LeMieux’s artwork has been shown nationally and internationally. Exhibition venues and events include: The Santa Monica Museum of Art, Machine Projects at The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Track 16 Gallery, The Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, The Museum of Contemporary art in Minsk, Belarus, The Sixth Festival of International Images in Manizales, Colombia, and Luna International in Berlin, Germany.

Please join us for the opening reception on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 5:00 – 8:00 pm with an artist lecture at 5:00pm. The McNish Art Gallery is located at 4000 South Rose Avenue, Oxnard, CA. 93033. For more information contact (805) 986-5800, extension 1929, e-mail cmorla@vcccd.edu or visit http://www.oxnardcollegeart.wordpress.com.

Excellence in Art Award

Congratulations to John del Rosario!

John del Rosario is the recipient of the Award for Excellence in Art from the Oxnard College Foundation for 2014. John is active in all of the creative clubs on campus and worked with after-school youth in the Arts this semester, bringing some of those kids’ work to the student art show. John is active in the art club, Zero Point, and in the Campus Garden Club and can often be seen zipping around, full of positive energy.  John was selected to represent excellence in the Arts because of his community service and creative energy, and in the Art Department we value both!

The Award Ceremony is Thursday, May 15th in the OC Performing Arts Building.  The reception is at 3 PM and the ceremony begins at 4 PM.  There will be free parking in H Lot from 2-6 during this ceremony.

“Sustainability” Art Awards

At the McNish Art Gallery opening of the student exhibition, juror and alumna Maria Villote announced the following awards winners! Congratulations to all students whose work is on display in “Sustainability.”

1st: Trent Neilson
2nd: Angel Romero
3rd: Cristina Roman

Honorable Mentions: Danny Lawler; Pamela Rabidoux-Street; Austin Raff; John Del Rosario; Cleopatra Tuday; Jesse Vargas
In addition, Oxnard College President, Dr. Durán announced requisitions from the following students:
Nkem Asianua; Eddie Ortega; Aide Sandoval; Olivia Sialega (2 works); Cleopatra Tuday; Jon Williams