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CSULB Artists' Influence Shows in "Golden State of Craft: California 1960-1985"

Long Beach State and its visual artists – both teachers and students – played a vital role in the emergence of Southern California and the greater Los Angeles region as a major force in the art world. That role and the influence of Long Beach-based and trained artists is currently on display at the Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) in Los Angeles. “The Golden State of Craft: California 1960-1985” is in the final weeks of its celebration of the vibrant California craft movement.

By showcasing the defining objects made during the 1960s through the mid 1980s, CAFAM pays tribute to the makers who helped to cultivate the California lifestyle and transform art objects and design for the home. The exhibition brings together more than 70 exceptional pieces from every medium by 65 of the most influential craft and design innovators from this time. The exhibition runs through January 8.

The Long Beach connection is seen throughout the exhibition, from furniture crafted by John Cederquist (a student at Long Beach State in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s) to fiber work created by Carol Shaw-Sutton, currently a faculty member at CSULB. In a time line presented as part of the exhibit, CSULB is listed prominently among several other universities and art institutions for its contributions to the evolution of craft and folk art during this exceptionally creative and prolific time in Southern California. Of the 65 artists whose work is displayed, 19 have connections with the Art Department at CSULB, with more than a dozen of them serving as full-time faculty members or earning their degree at CSULB.

Since 1949, when Long Beach State College first opened, and continuing through today – as CSULB has emerged as one of the largest, most respected and most comprehensive universities in the 23-campus CSU system – its Art Department has been among the finest in the nation. The CSULB Art Department is currently one of the largest, if not the largest, publicly supported art training programs in the nation, with a comprehensive array of programs offering both undergraduate as well as graduate degrees. The exhibit at CAFAM showcases how vital the art programs at Cal State Long Beach have been and continue to be in the evolution of the visual arts in Southern California.

The Golden State of Craft: California 1960-1985” is part of the Pacific Standard Time initiative.
Pacific Standard Time is a collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together for six months beginning in October 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the Los Angeles art scene and how it became a major force in the art world.   Initiated through $10 million in grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time involves cultural institutions of every size and character across Southern California, from Greater Los Angeles to San Diego and Santa Barbara to Palm Springs.

Exhibited Artists and their Long Beach State connections:

Neda Al-Hilali (faculty in 1994)
Yucca, 1984
Paper, plaited, pressed, painted

James Bassler (faculty 1972-1975; 2002-2006)
Rebozo, 1975
Silk warp ikat, silk wool weft

John Cederquist
(student late ‘60s-early ‘70s; faculty 1975-2000)
The Game Table, 1982
Maple, purple-heart inlay, dye, birch plywood

David Cressey (lecturer)
Untitled covered jar, 1960s
Stoneware, glazed

Frank Cummings (student 1964-69; faculty 1969-85)
Oak Chair, 1971
Hand-carved Japanese oak

Claire Falkenstein
(1964 CSULB Sculpture Symposium participant)
Necklace, 1962
Brass, silver, steel, pink glass

Erik Gronborg
(visiting artist/workshop instructor)
Covered Container, late 1970s
White stoneware with decals

Ferne Jacobs
(visiting artist/workshop instructor ‘70s)
Flame, 1982-1983
Coiled waxed linen thread

Gerhardt Knodel (student)
Flexible Wallpaper, 1969
Silk panels; dyed, screen printed with pigments, flocked, pressed

Mary Jane Leland (faculty)
Zinnia, 1962-1963
Cotton, hand-screen printed design

Mineo Mizuno
(visiting artist/workshop instructor)
Square Plate with Two Cups, 1978-1980
Earthenware, glazed

John Nyquist (student early ‘60s; faculty 1965-90)
Music Stand with Double Ledge, c. 1979
Teak, rosewood, ivory, spindle turned, band-sawed, carved

Hiromi Oda (faculty 1990-1992)
Untitled, 1972
Cotton, flax

Al Pine (faculty 1966-1998)
Gold Necklace, 1970
Forged 14k gold, beads, garnets, pearls

Elsa Rady
(visiting artist/workshop instructor)
Black Fan Bowl, c. 1983

Adrian Saxe (student at CSULB; part time faculty)
Hula Dick (Iron Blue), 1969
Porcelain, glazed

Carol Shaw-Sutton (CSULB faculty since 1983)
Spirit Canoe, 1980
Willow, waxed linen, lashing

John Snidecor (student 1964-68; faculty 1969-2010)
Gold and Amethyst Neckpiece, 1967
Gold, amethyst

Paul Soldner (visiting artist/workshop intructor)
Abstract Bowl, 1960s
Earthenware, glazed, raku fired