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.

Deadline for Entries Extended to Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.  BUILD YOUR RESUME, BUILD YOUR RESUME, BUILD YOUR PORTFOLIO!  Are we really connecting while we are connected?  The Balfour Brutzman Gallery invites you to submit 2-D, 3-D, and digital art that expresses the artist’s relationship with technology, methods of connecting, and how that technology impacts personal connections and one’s perception of the world and others. Works must be no larger than 20” x 24”.   Deadline for submission February 28, 2014.     Entry is open to all CSUMB Students.  Final selections will be made by the Balfour Brutzman Curatorial Committee.    HOW TO APPLY: Entries must be e-mailed to balfourbrutzmanprojects@gmail.com by midnight on February 26, 2014.    1. Submit a  maximum of six (6) images @ 72ppi  2. A list of image credits: title, medium, year, dimensions  3. Artist statement (no longer than one page) including your name, phone number, and e-mail.  You will be notified of our selections by Wednesday, March 5, 2014  All artwork accepted must be ready to hand and delivered on MONDAY, MARCH 10TH or TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014 from noon-4pm to building 71.    More Info: http://balbrutzgallery.tumblr.com/2  About the BB Gallery: The Balfour/Brutzman Gallery is committed to showcasing and promoting artwork from the California State University, Monterey Bay community. Dedicated to the memory and spirit of Hanna Balfour and Taylor Brutzman, this gallery is programmed by a student led curatorial committee that makes critical decisions inclusive of the vision, selection, and installation of each exhibition. 


Dis://Connected: Are we really connecting while we are connected?

Exhibition Dates: April 2-25, 2014

Opening Reception: April 9, 2014, 6:00-8:00 pm, VPA building 71

Featuring works by Amelia Amador-Alvarez, Brandon Baez, Izzy Morales, Edrick Northington, Bryan Perez, Lori Van Meter, Elgene Tumacder, and Andrew Wendell. 

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Preparing for a Fresh Coat of Paint

Mural Removal Provides a Blank Canvas for Public Arts
Taking a look at the past, present, and future of the Vision Mural
photo collage by Scott Horne

One day it was there, the next it was gone. Students returning from winter break were surprised to see an empty grey wall where the colorful mural, “Signs and Symbols,” used to be for more than a decade.

The student-made mural, also called “Vision Mural,” on Inter-Garrison Road and Fifth Avenue was torn down due to increasing concern over the traces of lead found in the paint.

Ilene Feinman, Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, explained that the mural “was removed in two stages because the original middle section, the crossed cannons, was completely made of lead paint. It had been left there early on when the rest of the mural was built out from it, but it was in need of being abated.”

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Pajaro Park Mural update: Installation of remaining panels in progress. 

The celebration for the mural is May 1, 2014, 2:30 - 3:30pm @ Pajaro Park, Pajaro, CA

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YOUTH POWER AND PROTEST is a new VPA directed Freshman seminar (FYS142).  The YPP course dovetails necessary introductions to university life with course content examining the role of art in public protest.

Throughout the semester, we exercise our “Freedom of speech” muscle through visual language, all the while introducing students to slices of art history and social justice topics.  Assignments require students to research the many perspectives of an issue in order to take a stand, and to grapple with a creative response.

VPA instructors Melissa Smedley and Juan Luna-Avin expose students to the power of visual art through collage, PPTs, films, music, original comics, stenciling, collaborative banners, etc.. Students see art acting as a powerful tool that can foster positive transformations in our communities and/or the larger world.  Students affected each others’ outlook on a number of pressing issues by sharing their knowledge and conviction through these creative projects.

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