Expand Your Creativity
The Art, Media, and Design Major offers an engaged, collaborative, experiential and interdisciplinary learning environment where students acquire skills and develop their personal drive toward reaching their creative potential. Through our rich array of courses as well as through one-on-one advising, we strive to help students develop their creative voice and explore career paths that best suit their vision.
The Department of Art, Media, and Design honors Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 AMD/VPA graduates in ceremony with honorary student speakers, faculty introductions, an alumna speaker, and more!!
"Congratulations graduates for crossing the finish line and getting a degree despite a pandemic."
Kat Parra is in her senior year here at CSUSM and majoring in art and technology. Since last semester, she has been assisting The Cougar Chronicle as a photographer and staff writer and she is currently serving as the Assistant A&E Editor. She enjoys sculpting, art, video design and spending time with family. She will be the first in her family to graduate from a four-year university. Her inspiration is and always will be her mom.
Artist, Addy Lyon, has hosted a virtual art workshop focusing on personal wellness and creative expression for children in the community. This one-session course goes through the steps of creating your own re-purposed journal from a magazine along with a built awareness for the planets health and our own mental health. Art can be a tool of healing where this workshop especially highlights this initiative to young minds to explore within the local community.
Addy received this opportunity through Mira Costa College with the goal of bringing awareness to the healing properties of art for children. This event was hosted virtually through Zoom and has been used within classrooms at Mission Elementary in Oceanside, California.
AMD Student Addalee "Addy" Lyon receives the 2021 CHABSS Community Champion Award (Click link to read more about Addy)
Few students make an impact in their university and even fewer leave an impact on their professors. However, Addalee (Addy) Lyon, the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences Community Champion for 2021, did just that. Six of her professors nominated her for this distinguished award. Addy graduates in May with a bachelor’s degree in Art, Media, and Design and a minor in Psychology.
Addy was an active student in the classroom, on campus, and in the community before the pandemic and after. She combined her passion for art, volunteerism, and environmental activism as a way to build community, awareness, and promote sustainability. “My experience in various organizations and settings using art as a tool for interconnection and healing has further fueled my passion to spread awareness about important issues such as climate change and social justice through arts education and community collaboration,” Addy explained.
AMD Student Kodie Gerritsen receives the 2021 CHABSS Dean's Outstanding Student Award (Click link to read more about Kodie)
What does art, physics, and geography have in common? The answer is Kodie Gerritsen, the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences (CHABSS) Dean’s Outstanding Student for 2021. Kodie will graduate in May with a B.A. in Visual and Performing Arts, a B.S. in Physics, and minor in Geography.
The CHABSS Dean's Outstanding Student award is the highest honor bestowed to a CHABSS graduate. They will go on to compete for CSUSM's highest graduating student award, the President’s Outstanding Graduate Award.
AMD Lecturer Siobhan Arnold currently has work in a fantastic gallery show in San Marcos. The show is called “Postmodern Portraiture” and this collection of artists challenges and subverts the status quo pre-modern and modern theoretical approaches for portraiture. The variety of images are fragmented and often morph common aesthetics and signifiers to create a new language for portraiture.
Click here for more information about Postmodern Portraiture.
Read more about Siobhan's work here.
A Jersey Shore Native turned Californian, Julie Goldstein’s art practice draws inspiration based on personal experiences that reside in storytelling, humor and whimsical interpretations around motherhood, marriage and everyday life. The stories told are often semi-autobiographical and are inspired by her personal relationships along with lively depictions of women throughout history and in a variety of societies that have collaborated to break societal norms, create change, empower and inspire.
Julie has exhibited nationally and internationally, in both solo and group shows.
See more of Julie's work here.
Read more about the Bridgette Mayer Gallery here.
AMD Lecturer Doris Bittar in art exhibition, Pattern & Place from July 3rd - August 29th.
The Center is excited to bring you Pattern & Place adapted from mash, an exhibition curated by LA-based artist and curator Mark Steven Greenfield and shown at SoLA Contemporary in Los Angeles.
Learn more about the work of Doris Bittar here.
This is a sound-related podcast that Jeffrey Ray and music partner, Kenseth Thibideau have been working on for about 14 months. We launched with the help of a recent CSUSM student, Barbara Dement, who was an intern, and now a co-producer. Check it out!
A Cougar Career Champion is a faculty or staff member who is an advocate for student career and professional success.
"This is a great way to end the semester. As I said to Shelby, who nominated me, it is an honor for sure from the University and is a real nod to my 30-plus years of teaching. I am grateful for the award and most importantly what it recognizes, which is the benefit my students are receiving." - Tony Allard
Intergalactix: against isolation/contra el aislamiento is an exhibition that brings together artworks examining the violence that is generated from physical and conceptual borders, and severe immigrant policies. With this perspective, the exhibition presents a counterpart–the many forms of resistance built collectively across regions–intended to establish a platform of exchange and dialogue among artists, poets, activists, curators and writers from different areas and practices against isolation.
The exhibition focuses on both the southern border between Mexico and Central America and the northern border between Mexico and features commissioned work by The Fire Theory, Tanya Aguiñiga, Cog•nate Collective, and a collaboration between Beatriz Cortez, Kaqjay Moloj and FIEBRE Ediciones.
Requiem For (our) Mother Natures, a collaborative installation by Sien Collective is at the Sparks Gallery in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp district. This piece is comprised of two hundred hand-sewn flowers made from over 1500 square feet of repurposed plastic. Notable contributors to the project include Addy Lyon, a graduating senior in Art, Media & Design at CSUSM and Sarah Bricke, a recent graduate of our program. They were both an incredible help in gathering hundreds of square feet of plastic and engaging in meticulous hand construction!
Amanda Cachia, a curator and lecturer at California State University San Marcos, said, “I’m pretty exhausted.” Since the pandemic started, she has received requests to speak with institutions about accessibility, including at the Munch Museum, in Norway, and the USC Pacific Asia Museum, in California.
“It’s not just how much labor is demanded of the artists’ bodies,” she tells her audiences, “but how curators communicate their ideas, needs and interests without language that’s offensive.”
Read Amanda Cachia's Bio HERE!!
CSUSM Art, Media, and Design students who engaged in independent studies with Lucy HG Solomon last Spring contributed to project’s research. These students, as part of the DaTA Lab (Digital and Transdisciplinary Art Laboratory, met with Cesar & Lois (Lucy HG Solomon and Cesar Baio) and took on different arms of research for the project. Jinxui Han and Zhiwei Li engaged researched and visualize lifecycles that became the basis for the artwork’s rotating disks’ timing. Victoria Rios focused on growing and photographing the Arabidopsis plant. Seedlings from that growth cycle are embedded in the artwork’s Arabidopsis disk.
Join exhibition curator Alana Hernandez and David Avalos for a conversation on Instagram Live on 11/19/2020 at 11:00am. A key figure in San Diego’s Chicano Art Movement, David Avalos works in sculpture, installation, and public projects. His sculptures unabashedly assert the vernacular of rasquache as a form of resilience in the face of social, racial, and economic adversity.
Join us at our meetings and events to engage in topics and workshops on art-making and artistic visibility.
President: Addalee Lyon
Advisor: Kristin Moss
Meeting Times: Tuesday/Thursday during U-Hour @ ARTS 361 Patio