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The VPA program is very unique in its integration of studio and theory courses. This has direct application for the fields of public and community arts as well as teaching and museum professions.

ARTISTS’ SPACES AVAILABLE

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You are invited to submit your artwork &/or engage through live interventions & performances.

  • Sign-up for artists’ spaces at vpa@csumb.edu*
  • Subject Heading: Site SPECIFIC
  • Please include the project title in your e-mail 

WHAT: SITE SPECIFIC Arts Festival

WHERE: VPA ARTS COMPLEX, 71, 72, 73

WHEN: WED., SEPTEMBER 24, 2014, 5-7PM

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*Please contact Prof. Dio Mendoza or Prof. Angelica Muro for more information. 

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"OUT" Lauren Frazier -VPA Capstone Spring 2014 →
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Devon Johnson

Belike Water

I define art as the creation of form to evoke thought.  For this exhibition, Belike Water, I have installed a mural and a sculpture within a depiction of a segment of the universe.  Both the mural and sculpture utilize the following as symbols: human figure, the four elements, our earth, and the sun and moon.  Some major themes intended behind these symbols are the promotion of sustainable thinking and management, the importance of understanding human’s responsibilities to Earth, and spreading the idea that water should be held sacred.  My main goal is to persuade the public to re-evaluate their current treatment of this vital resource.  Water is the most essential of all life’s needed resources and should be respected as such.  Ultimately, I am asking for the public to research local and global water issues, and to be involved in them.  In turn, this will cause the management and allocation of water to be determined by the public rather than self-interest groups driven by agriculture, industry, and commerce.  An informed public leads to a community with greater public participation on its issues.  Also, I am asking the public to understand the importance of sustainability – especially with regards to water.  We must stop building communities that are blindly over-consuming.  Instead, communities must research ways to set up communal infrastructure that allocates water in a way that will sustain Earth’s yearly hydrological cycle.  As of 2009, humans are taking 14% more water than what the hydrological cycle replenishes each year – and the percentage grows. I envision a future that combats this; a future where sustainable practices are the backbone of human communities.  Getting the public to believe, research, and be involved is the first step towards this future.  I feel art has the ability to inspire such actions, and this is why I decided to create Belike Water. It is the human interaction with Earth’s essential resources, i.e. water that creates a positive or negative outcome for our future.

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Kirsten Jane Brown

CREATIVITY IN CAMOUFLAGE

This collection represents a connection between the Central Coast’s Art and Military histories and provides an unusual glimpse at military training from a psychological point of view. It presents the formal display of Fort Ord’s surviving collection of handmade items in collaboration with The National Steinbeck Center.  Additionally, it follows my own creative development as a curator from idea inception to exhibition execution.

As a lifelong resident of Monterey County with far reaching family ties to the United States military, I developed a sense of pride and ownership in the collection and became inspired to narrate this element of local history for the public as part of our local collective heritage. I discovered the underground collection of soldier’s artworks while studying museum preservation and conservation at CSUMB.

The “Arts and Crafts Program” was a section of the Special Services established in 1944 to address the matter of morale and as a response to soldiers’ interest in creative arts recreation.  Its goal was to stimulate, develop, and maintain the mental and physical well being of the military community by facilitating participation in a variety of recreation activities during off-duty hours. Initial class offerings included drawing, painting, sculpture and photography. In 1951, the program was renamed the “Army Crafts Program” and expanded to include ceramics, metalwork, leather crafts, model building, woodworking, and automotive repair in addition to previous offerings, all of which were available on Fort Ord as choices within its 2,500 classes per year. All artwork in the exhibit was created by Vietnam War era soldiers who participated in the Fort Ord “Arts and Crafts Program”. Most of the artists and the exact dates of creation are unknown. It is likely that many of these pieces were created by soldiers who were in transition on their way to war, some of whom never returned.

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