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Art Exhibit: Between the Stripes with CSUSM Lecturer Doris Bittar

Doris Bittar will be in Santa Barbara on Thursday, April 17th to give a presentation at the MultiCultural Center at University of California, Santa Barbara for the opening of "Between the Stripes."  The exhibit will include paitings from 'Stripes and Stars" along with "Tec Sayings," the interactive word piece Bittar created with poet Diane Gage.

The CSUSM Theater Program presents Seussical The Musical  

 Seussical the Musical

The mischievous Cat in the Hat joins a cast of beloved Dr. Seuss characters as they bring more than 20 of the author's classic tales to life in this hit Broadway musical. As each story unfolds, backed by a myriad of musical styles, it becomes clear how relevant and profound Seuss's subtle themes are, making this a musical that appeals to all ages.

Show running time is one hour and 45 minutes plus intermission. *Warning: A strobe light is used during the show.
Ages 4 and up. No babies or small toddlers, please. 

Performance Dates:

Friday, April 11th 7:00 pm

Saturday, April 12th 2:00 pm

Saturday, April 12th 7:00 pm

Sunday, April 13th 2:00 pm

Thursday, April 17th 7:00 pm

Friday, April 18th 7:00 pm

Saturday, April 19th 2:00 pm

Saturday, April 19th 7:00 pm 

Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased in advance by visiting


  Piano Recital with Dr. Ching-Ming Cheng

Cheng Poster

Dr. Ching-Ming Cheng, music professor in the Visual and Performing Arts Department, will present a solo piano recital on campus on March 27th, Thursday at 7pm in Arts 111. Featuring pieces inspired by paintings, Dr. Cheng's concert will be a musical and visual delight. The program will feature works by 20th century composers including Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff, Messiaen, and Debussy.

Tickets are $5 for CSUSM affiliates and all students, seniors, active duty military and veterans, $10 general public. Tickets are on sale now at Eventbrite. 


CSUSM Art Gallery: Opening Reception for Redefine II

 RedefineII poster

Visit the CSUSM Art Gallery at San Marcos' Restaurant Row on Friday, March 14th from 5-7pm for the opening reception for "Redefine II."  The CSUSM Jazz Ensemble will perform and light refreshments will be served.
The CSUSM Art Gallery is located in Old California Restaurant Row, 1020 San Marcos Blvd, STE 185, San Marcos CA 92078. For more information, contact

CSUSM Art Gallery: Closing Reception for Altered Landscapes Show

Visit the CSUSM Art Gallery at San Marcos' Restaurant Row on Friday, March 7th from 5-7pm for the closing reception for "Altered Landscapes."  Featured artists will be in attendance along with CSUSM alumni musical entertainment. Light refreshments will be served.
The CSUSM Art Gallery is located in Old California Restaurant Row, 1020 San Marcos Blvd, STE 185, San Marcos CA 92078. For more information, contact


Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Graphic Design student Jamie Whiffen for being selected as Balboa Park Centennial Postcard Design Contest winner! 


This postcard will be given out all over San Diego and sent out to fans around the world to promote San Diego's party of a lifetime, the 2015 year-long festivities at Balboa Park commemorating the International Exposition of 1915. 

Well done, Jamie!


Student Piano Final Recital

Piano Recital

This recital is a final presentation of Beginning Piano Class. The program ranges from easy melodies like Ode to Joy to virtuosic repertoire like Rachmaninov Prelude. Come support and cheer our piano students at the very first student piano recital on campus!!!!

Tuesday, December 3rd
Noon in ARTS 111
Free Admission 


CSUSM Theater Students Wow School Audiences Throughout San Diego County

VPA Band

TA 489 students after a performance of CAPTAIN BECCA, THE FEARED BUCCANEER. CAPTAIN BECCA is a fast paced new play about bullying for K-4th graders. It was written by UCSD MFA playwright Kristin Idaszak and commissioned by CSUSM Theatre. 

The play will tour to local elementary schools through December.


VPA Launches New Concert Band!

VPA Band

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts is pleased to announce the launch of the CSUSM Concert Band this upcoming spring semester.  Any student, staff or faculty member is eligible to participate.  The band will meet on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and will be a three-unit class for students.  However, members of the community may be able to join the band through Open University.  
If you are interested in learning more, contact VPA Music Professor Mtafiti Imara at or Music Program Director Bill Bradbury at, and please indicate what instrument(s) you play and if you own them.


Video In The Community Project Wins Student Emmy Award!

Congratulations to CSUSM Students and Alumni Eli Morey, Sebastian Maselli, Heidi Lopez, Patrick Sattley and Stephen Cammell for their Emmy win! The video project was produced for North County Community Services Food Bank as part of the Spring 2012 Video in the Community class.  The food bank works with over 100 partner agencies to provide food assistance to those in need. The video project featured interviews with the Executive Director as well as many of the other partner agencies, and highlighted many of the programs and services offered by the Food Bank.  The video is currently featured on the Food Bank’s website, and is being used as an outreach tool for the community.  The Emmy’s are presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Pacific Southwest Chapter. This is the first Emmy to be awarded to CSUSM students.

Read the full story here!


Evening of Celtic Music

Jamie and Dan

Evening of Celtic Music 

Join us for a wonderful performance of Celtic Music with
Jamie Laval, U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion
and Irish-style guitarist Dan Compton

  • Friday, June 7, 7:30-9:00 pm
  • Cal State San Marcos Arts 111 Performance Hall
  • 333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd., San Marcos
  • $20 general/$10 ALL students, CSUSM Faculty and Staff.
  • Purchase tickets in advance at:

(Website also has more information and directions Tickets also available at the door.)

Jamie Laval creates rapt audiences with his passionate performances of traditional music from Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, and Quebec, blending an ancient art form with stunning virtuosity and contemporary flair that resonates with families, youth, seniors, and devotees of ethnic, jazz, and classical music. Hailed as “The next Alasdair Fraser” (Scotland Press and Post) and “One of the hottest fiddlers out there” (Asheville Citizen-Times), Laval appeared on the NBC Today Show, collaborated on Dave Mathews’ album “Some Devil,” and performed for Her Majesty the Queen. The most recent of his three solo albums won the popular vote for “Best World Traditional Album” in the 2012 Independent Music


The 8th Annual CSUSM Media Festival Finalists are Here!

8th MediaFest

The 8th Annual CSUSM Student Media Festival was a great success! It brought together dozens of students, families, faculty, the community, and professional media makers in a powerful celebration that presented, celebrated, publicized, shared and archived the innovative media projects being produced by students at CSUSM.

Check out the finalists here!


Where Art and Athletics meet


Robert Foxworth, accomplished actor and Steve Scott, accomplished runner discuss passion, perseverance, fear, being in the zone, risk taking and other elements that are important to them in their professions of being an artist or athlete for combined sections of VPA 321, "Learning Through the Arts".


VPA Student Wins Poster Design Contest

JFF Poster

The San Diego Jewish Food Festival ( has unveiled the winner of their poster contest for the April 28, 2013 event.

Sponsored and hosted by Temple Adat Shalom (TAS) of Poway, CA, this year’s festival is themed “Taste Tradition”. The event will be a day-long culinary journey featuring dozens of ethnic foods based on time-honored traditional recipes from around the world. Diners will be feted with exciting live music and activities suitable to all ages.

In addition to countless food booths with goodies that Grandma might have made, the festival will feature a wide assortment of deli and bakery delights from local delicatessens. The highly acclaimed celebrity chef cooking demonstrations will continue this year with The Marine Room’s Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver serving as Master of Ceremonies.

Festival Co-Chair Diane Hillman promises something for every taste and budget. “We’ll have the exotic, the hard-to-find, and the usual goodies – bagels, lox, knishes, kugel, and sweets. Like Grandma said: ‘Try it, you’ll like it.’”

Once again this year, the JFF Organizing Committee invited art students attending local universities and colleges to develop the visual destined to become the marketing and advertising centerpiece in the festival’s promotional campaign.

“The significant number of excellent poster entries from local graphic design students continues to exceed our expectation,” notes TAS spiritual leader Rabbi David Castiglione. He adds “We are very excited about this poster and the clever and appealing way it tells our story.”

The winning poster was created by Amanda Umphrey – a graphic design student at CSU-San Marcos. In addition to having a winning entry as part of her work portfolio, Ms. Umphrey will also receive $180 cash prize for her winning design. Amanda and her family will also receive passes to the Festival as guests of Temple Adat Shalom.

Amanda Umphrey, winner of design contest.

Amanda Umphrey presents the winning San Diego Jewish Food Festival 2013 Poster Design to Marine Room Chef de Cuisine and JFF Master of Ceremonies Ron Oliver.

VPA Music Major Releases Album on iTunes

Blacktop Royalty
VPA Music student Scott Middough and alumnus Dave Saunders released an album this year with their group Blacktop Royalty. The debut album titled "Heart's Still at Home" is now available on iTunes, Spotify, and music retailers everywhere. Scott and Dave began working on projects together here in the Arts building studios, where they first started working on songs that eventually ended up on the album. Blacktop Royalty plans to promote the album and pursue touring in the near future. You can find their music on their Facebook page, as well as iTunes and Spotify.

Blacktop Royalty Facebook Page Heart's Still at Home iTunes link

Check out their promo video for "Against the Grain".

Here's the Kickstarter video that helped them record their album.

Theater Internships a Major Success
Plyawrights Project

VPA Theatre is proud to announce that our first round of professional internships was a major success. Six of our best and brightest theatre majors worked along side professional theatre directors, designers and stage managers to produce the Playwrights Project 28th Annual Plays by Young Writers Festival. Congratulations to Tatiana Saunders (assistant stage manager), Christopher Murphey (actor), Sandra Fraga (light board operator), Julie Meram (property intern and dresser), Zachary Vargas (crew), and Jordan Demulder (second assistant stage manager).  We're so proud of the important contributions that you made to this wonderful production.

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