Visual art students came to CSU Fresno in the summer of 2019 for an
intensive and exhausting course as part of California State University
Summer Arts program. Over the two weeks they were in attendance, students
were taught by world class artists who were selected by CSU faculty who
coordinate each course. Students attended lectures and demonstrations by
the artists and put in many hours of painting and drawing in the studio.
Students put in 10 to 18 hours per day and created many works of art over
At the end of the two-week session the artists and coordinator select
student works which are exhibited in the Fresno State Gallery. Of these
pieces the artists and coordinator select a few works to become the
Chancellor’s Gallery. These pieces hang in the CSU headquarters for the
This year Summer Arts is proud to present sixteen works which were created
by students from throughout the CSU and the world.
Gerhard Richter says, “Art is the highest form of hope,” a notion that
rings true in this selection of works. By illuminating their inner lives
on canvases and film, these students lend us a rich glimpse into other
worlds. We cherish this opportunity to explore and learn through the arts.
The practice of alla-prima is an Italian term meaning ‘wet on wet’. This
painting technique allows the artist a means to capture subjects from
life and in a brief moment in time. So rather than a more controlled
studio technique of building successive layers of paint, the artist
builds quickly, paint on top of paint or ‘thick over thin’. In this way
the paintings have a distinct freshness and immediacy and moreover
reflect how the human eye sees the world; in moments rather than in
The paintings you see here are the culmination of extensive life
painting practice which students experienced in class. In these larger
paintings, they chose to paint from life subjects or from a photograph.
But in each they are relating our class practice of painting boldly with
gesture and then refining as the artist chooses their focus in the
composition. Can you tell which painting is from life and which from a
The class was pushed to use more color and less muddled over-blending.
To put the paint in front of them on the canvas before making another
move, and to put into practice a more cohesive approach to building
form. The opportunity of Summer Arts to immerse themselves in this
process was invaluable and was such a joy to see each student truly
advance their practice.
Adam Longatti, Professor of Art, Fresno State
During an immersive two weeks, our students created work that expanded
beyond the humble sketchbook and graphite pencil to assert the primacy
of drawing as a creative practice. Under the tutelage of master artists
Josh Dorman, Kyle Johnson, Fran Siegel and Marsha Steinberg they
embraced experimentation, integrating traditional drawing practices with
non-traditional materials and approaches.
Moving beyond the rectangle, exploding in scale, flowing onto or off the
wall and ceiling, the students’ work pushed the boundaries of drawing.
They found innovative ways to visually communicate via abstraction,
figuration or a combo of the two what is important in a technological
age while reinforcing a lineage that goes back to the caves. Their work
is visible proof that drawing remains immediate, flexible and fresh.
Siobhan McClure, Professor of Art, Cal State Long
Each year, the California State University welcomes a rotating
collection of outstanding, unique and thought-provoking pieces of visual
art created by the students of the CSU Summer Arts program. This program
immerses students in study with world-renowned guest artists and CSU
The 2019-2020 Chancellor’s Gallery features selected student works
created during two CSU Summer Arts courses held in July 2019 at CSU,
Fresno. This exhibition will welcome employees and visitors alike to the
Office of the Chancellor. It is a great honor to feature such
outstanding examples of our students’ creative expression and visual
This year’s collection, highlighted in this booklet, represents myriad
perspectives and experiences, taken together they exemplify the CSU
story and the ways they enrich our six-decade-old academic mission and
commitment to the public good.
Indeed, these student pieces stand as testament of the dedication of
current and future generations of Californians to tell their collective
story and promote equity and understanding.
Timothy P. White, Chancellor