“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

Presentation of STEAM Projects on Earth Day

As part of the Garden Tea Party and McNish Art Gallery Earth Day events, collaborating students from Art and Physical Geography presented their collaborative projects related to Sustainability.  Some are works in progress, such as the “Climate Clock:”  students selected a Gingko tree to act as the base for their arrangement of plants designed to encourage contemplation of climate change.

The Spring 2014 Student Art Exhibit Reception

SUSTAINABILITY – The Spring 2014 Student Art Exhibition

Student art will be on view April 22 – May 8, 2014; McNish Art Gallery hours:  MW 2-6 PM

You are invited to join Oxnard College in celebrating student art and sustainability on April 22nd – Earth Day, from 3-5 in the garden and from 5-7 at the McNish Art Gallery.  The juror of the OC Student Art Exhibition is Oxnard alumna, Maria Villote, who holds the position of museum assistant at the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard.  Also on view throughout the day is art by children and youth of Oxnard.  The event is FREE and open to the community.

McNish Art Gallery.  Oxnard College.  4000 S. Rose Ave.  Oxnard, CA 93033
For event inquiries:  Oxnard College Foundation, Connie Owens, cowens@vcccd.edu, 805.986.5889
Student art will be on view April 22 – May 8, 2014; McNish Art Gallery hours:  MW 2-6 pm.
To view by appointment, please contact Lucy HG Solomon:  lhg@vcccd.edu, 805.986.5800 x2047

This event is supported in part by the Oxnard College Foundation, the Oxnard College STEM Center, and the City of Oxnard through a Cultural Arts grant.