Professional Development Courses & Workshops

Art & Art History

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The CSU, Chico Department of Art and Art History is dedicated to developing students’ critical thinking skills, creativity, knowledge of aesthetics, and awareness of our Western and non-Western art heritage. Using the highest standards and ideals in the study of the visual arts, the department seeks to provide a quality education in art education, art history, studio art, and interior design. There are four art galleries on the CSU, Chico campus.

Art & Art History

Public Engagement and Performance Art

A Panel of Artists: Cameron Kelly, Trevor Lalaguna, Melissa Wyman, Raphael Noz

Moderated by Rachel Middleman, Faculty, CSU, Chico Department of Art & Art History

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A panel of four artists discuss their creation of an exhibit, “Performance Space/Play Space,” that took place at various locations throughout the CSU, Chico campus in spring 2016. These art installations and performances provided a week of play and public engagement. One example of the exhibit was provided by artist Cameron Kelly, who decorated a pillar with words and bright colored padding. The public was invited to hug the pillar, and many did. In this presentation, the artists are asked how the project developed, how each artist’s concept emerged, and why the project took the form it did. All of the artists have shown their work nationally and internationally.

Presentation Time: 52 minutes

The Writer’s
Voice: Creative Non-Fiction

Dr. Daryl

Department of English, University of Alaska-Fairbanks


Dr. Daryl Farmer reads from and discusses “Bicycling
Beyond the Divide: Two Journeys into the West.” His book follows him on his 5,000-mile
journey through the diverse populations and ever-changing physical and social
landscapes that make up America. In 1985, Dr. Farmer traveled by bicycle
through 11 Western states and the Canadian province of British Columbia. He
wrote his book 20 years later, using the notes from the journal he kept while
“on the road.” His story takes place in the context of the world of the
mid-1980s and also in the context of his current perspective. He is the
recipient of Barnes and Nobel’s Discover Great New Writers Award.


Presentation Time: 1 hour, 11 minutes