Exhibition Schedule 2015–2016

To read more about upcoming events at CSU, visit the School of the Arts Calendar of Events or read about them in Arts & Ideas.

Visit our Past Exhibition Archives page to view previous exhibitions.

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View Larger August 24 – September 19 Does Size Matter: Small to Large Scale Prints

What part of the artist’s intent is found in the choice of scale? This exhibition displays some of the Turner’s smallest images with its largest. Is the experience of intimacy, inherent in the small scale, possible in larger scale works? What part does surface detail play in the change in scale? Through an exploration of visual and experiential differences, what might seem like a technical consideration becomes the foundation for visual perception.

Curator’s talk, 5:30 P.M., PAC 134, Rowland Recital Hall, Thursday August 27 with reception to follow at the Turner Print Museum, Meriam Library.

Fall Semester, 2015

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August 24 – September 19
Does Size Matter: Small to Large Scale Prints

What part of the artist’s intent is found in the choice of scale? This exhibition displays some of the Turner’s smallest images with its largest. Is the experience of intimacy, inherent in the small scale, possible in larger scale works? What part does surface detail play in the change in scale? Through an exploration of visual and experiential differences, what might seem like a technical consideration becomes the foundation for visual perception.

Curator’s talk, 5:30 P.M., PAC 134, Rowland Recital Hall, Thursday August 27 with reception to follow at the Turner Print Museum, Meriam Library.

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September 30 – October 24
Containing Spirit: The Vessel Featuring Ceramic Art by the late CSU, Chico Professor Jack Windsor

Vessels are man-made or selected to function. Their nature of containment lends an archetypal significance as metaphor for sustaining and enjoying life by the necessity of their existence. Commonly referenced artistically in still life compositions, they begin to describe our values and lives. Prints from the Turner Collection will be accompanied by examples of the craft artistry of the exemplary potter and former CSU, Chico art professor, the late Jack Windsor. We appreciate the generous loan by the Windsor daughters that will bring the dimensional vessel into this exhibition. This is the first of two exhibitions generated from a universally shared human necessity.

Guest Curator’s talk by Michael Murphy, CSU, Chico’s Department of Art and Art History, ceramics, 5:30 P.M., PAC 134, Rowland Recital Hall, Thursday October 15 with reception to follow at the Turner Print Museum, Meriam Library.

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November 5 – December 12
Enigma: Code, Narrative, Symbol

A collaborative project, this exhibition offers an opportunity for MA students in art history and MFA students in art practice to use the Turner Collection to refine their curatorial skills and apply their academic experience in research, analysis and theory. Three Albrecht Durër museum reproduction prints in the Turner Collection: Melencholia, The Knight, Devil and Death and St. Jerome in his Study serve as springboard for this exploration.

Under the direction of professor of art, printmaking, Eileen Macdonald, professor of art history, Dr. Asa Mittman and lecturer in Humanities, Dr. Laura Nice, advanced students, inspired by Durër, will seek the modern interpretation of enigma, code and narrative. This exhibition is an example of the accessibility of the Turner Collection and its viable use as a primary source learning experience.

Guest Curator’s talk by Dr. Asa Mittman, CSU, Chico Department of Art and Art History, 5:30 P.M., PAC 134, Rowland Recital Hall, Thursday November 5 with reception to follow at the Turner Print Museum, Meriam Library.

The Turner Print Museum is closed: Between exhibitions, Veterans Day, Nov. 11 and Thanksgiving Break-Nov. 23-Nov. 29

Spring Semester, 2016

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January 25 – February 20
And the Award Goes to…
A Survey of The Turner Collection Winners

Typically the curator guides the acquisition process that expands a collection. Nearly half the Turner Print Collection reflects the curatorial guidance of its founder, the late Dr. Janet Turner (1914-1988) emeritus faculty at CSU, Chico. In building her collection from other experts in the field, notably the late Dr. Gordon Gilkey, professor of art at Portland State University and founder of the Gordon and Vivian Gilkey Collection at Portland Art Museum. For the past twenty years important prints representing the varied nature of contemporary printmaking have been added to the collection by the judicious selection of a juror for the biennial Turner National Print Competition, the annual Juried Student Print Exhibition and the Turner Collection Acquisition Committee’s choice of the Turner Print Prize. This exhibition offers the chance to see together important works added to the collection through these channels.

Curator’s talk, (possibly Eileen Macdonald) 5:30 P.M. PAC 134, Rowland Recital Hall, Thursday January 28 with reception to follow at the Turner Print Museum, Meriam Library

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March 3 – April 9
Sustenance: Food/Life/Art

Food is essential to life so it is not surprising how often what we eat is referenced as subject in art. While food as subject as a formal selection in a still life removes it and objectifies it outside its common context as consumable, it remains imagistically tied to common experience. Inherent to its outcome as product, this exhibition also testifies to cultural practices in production. Food as container or brand has brought a level of reflected status and political repercussions that resonate as visual image. The artistic value also represents the historical, social and political influence of the era of its production. This exhibition reflects on the enduring nature of food as subject.

Guest Curator’s talk by Dr. Joan Giampaoli, RD, Associate Professor, CSU, Chico’s Department of Nutrition and Food Science, 5:30 P.M. PAC 134, Rowland Recital Hall, Thursday March 10 with reception to follow at the Turner Print Museum, Meriam Library.

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April 18 – May 9
21st Juried Student Print Exhibition and 14th Ink/Clay

Highly anticipated, this juried exhibition displays the outstanding creative work by current CSU Chico printmaking students under the direction of Professor Eileen Macdonald. The juror, a professional in printmaking not a part of the students’ instruction, not only chooses the work to be exhibited, but also the exhibition awarded prints that will become part of the Turner Print Collection. Of course, we will once again invite and celebrate the link printmaking has with ceramics in the Ink/clay aspect of the exhibition.

Awards Presentation with the University Art Gallery and Art Education5:00 P.M. PAC 134, Rowland Recital Hall, Thursday April 28 with receptions to follow at the Turner Print Museum, Meriam Library; The University Art Gallery, Trinity Hall and Art Education, Bell Memorial Union

Turner Print Museum is closed: between exhibitions, spring break-Mar.12-20, Caesar Chavez-Mar. 31

Both Semesters

Ayres Hall

These small exhibitions, geared toward curriculum developed by Turner curatorial interns, may reflect university themes as well as the Humanities Center theme of "Food and Culture.”