After an extensive national search that included a host of exceptional and highly-qualified candidates, Cyrus Parker-Jeannette, Dean of the College of the Arts, announced that Kimberli Meyer will join the CSULB Community this summer as Director of the University Art Museum (UAM). Kimberli earned her architecture degree in Chicago, finished a Master of Fine Arts at the California Institute of the Arts, and began curating after graduate school. In addition to an impressive history of exhibitions and educational programs at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in West Hollywood -- where she’s served as Director since 2002 -- Kimberli presided over the expansion of the R.M. Schindler properties, procuring the gift of the Fitzgerald-Leland House. She also served as Commissioner for the U.S. Presentation to the 11th Cairo Biennial. She has lectured nationally and internationally, and initiated the MAK Games, a successful tennis tournament fundraising benefit for the MAK Center.
Prior to her time at the MAK Center, she worked with internationally-recognized video artist Bill Viola – one of the many exceptional artists who make Long Beach their home base. Kimberli joins the museum administration in July of this year.
Our museum, college, and university owe a great debt of gratitude to Interim Director Brian Trimble. His willingness to serve and his creative leadership was admirably demonstrated during his time at the helm of the museum. Under his guidance the museum enjoyed many successes -- the Getty collaboration which focused on the 50th anniversary of the CSULB International Sculpture Symposium: Far-Sited, the current Wayne Thibeaud: Prints in Process exhibit, and the expanded connections with the campus community and the Greater Long Beach community, as well. Brian is an integral part of the UAM and COTA leadership team and will be working directly with Kimberli during the administrative transition.
More than 520 students representing 24 universities from the US and two other countries participated in the 13th Annual CSULB 24 Hours Animation Contest for Students last weekend. The results were announced Tuesday, October 6, with CSULB placing five teams in the top 25 and the overall winner coming from California State University, Fullerton. The theme of this year's competition was "Imagine if Technology was Introduced at the Dawn of Humankind: What if Adam and Eve found an Apple Computer Instead of an Apple?" (read more)
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