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Golshani, Trimble Recognized By PAPS

Published: December 1, 2015

The regional Public Art Protective Services (PAPS) granted inaugural awards for Public Art Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property recently, recognizing CSULB’s Forouzan Golshani and Brian Trimble.

Golshani is the dean of the College of Engineering and Trimble serves as the interim director of the University Art Museum (UAM).

Recipients are nominated by a national board of advisors to recognize efforts in conservation of public art and the restoration of cultural property.

Trimble received the Public Art Conservation Award for his leadership in the university’s efforts to restore public art associated with the Long Beach State 1965 International Sculpture Symposium. He also brought awareness to issues regarding the conservation of public art with Far-Sited at the University Art Museum and Museum of Latin American Art.

“It’s an honor to receive this award from PAPS, but I share this with the staff and the advisory board of the UAM, who have been dedicated to these projects,” said Trimble. “I have to give credit to everyone involved in our conservation initiatives. Everything we have done has been a collaborative effort with the Getty Conservation Institute, RLA Conservation of Art & Architecture, Facilities Management on campus, donors and granting organizations.”

Golshani received the Restoration of Cultural Property Award for his leadership in collaborating with the CSULB College of Engineering, American Indian Science and Engineering Student Chapter, TiAt Society, American Indian Studies Program and the Decolonization, Reindigenization and Reciprocity Project for restoring the 27-foot-long plank canoe of the Tongva at CSULB. The collaborative efforts included planting several species of native plants on campus used in the restoration and construction of the TiAt. One species, Dogbane, is used for twine to sew together wooden planks of the canoe.

“The TiAt project was a meaningful basis for creating a sense of community for our Native American students,” said Golshani. “Since the CSULB College of Engineering is ranked the country’s top institution for educating Native American engineers, we wanted to ensure a sense of belonging for the students who study with us. The collaboration with these highly dedicated organizations provided us with an ideal initiative for pipeline outreach, showing middle school and high school students how modern engineering technology can co-exist with the time-honored value system of the indigenous people of North America.”

Golshani’s project also included a lecture series on the importance of restoring and maintaining cultural patrimony of indigenous sites in California and how sites may be reindigenized to sustain cultural practice of the indigenous people. CSULB is located at Puvungna, the name of the ancient Tongva village on the National Register of Historic Places.

PAPS’ primary mission is to recognize individuals, groups or agencies with awards for the responsible maintenance, preservation and restoration of objects and sites of cultural patrimony. In addition, its goal is to increase the awareness of the meaning and significance of objects and sites of cultural patrimony in public space.

–Shayne Schroeder