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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.

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Student Highlights

Watch the Class of 2021-AMD Virtual Graduation Ceremony

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!!


2021 CSUSM Graduate Kathleen Parra Congratulates CSUSM's Class of 2021

"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.

Addalee 'Addy' Lyon, CHABSS Community Champion

Art Wellness with Addy Lyon

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.

Addalee 'Addy' Lyon, CHABSS Community Champion

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.

Kodie Gerritsen, 2021 CHABSS Dean's Outstanding Student

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.

Sarah Bricke and Kimberly Lopez
Congratulations to Sarah Bricke and Kimberly Lopez, curators of the Juncture exhibit as well as to all the participating artists.

Faculty Highlights

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

Julie Goldstein

AMD Lecturer Julie Goldstein chosen as the Artist Spotlight at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery.

 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

Reed VanBrunschot

AMD Lecturer Reed van Brunschot is involved in openings on Saturday, July 17, 2021 for two large works: “Birthday Table” at the Torrance Art Museum and “Paper Bags”, a sculpture installation at a Los Angeles mall retail space that is now empty.

Find out more information: here and here.

“I find patterns on obscure streets, windows, doors, old books, data, and white noise. What motivates me is to research and discover how patterns evolve into their present forms, and the shared heritages they reveal”    Doris Bittar 2020       Education  Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, (1995-96) University of California, San Diego (Master of Fine Arts 1993) State University of New York at Purchase (Bachelor of Fine Arts 1981)   Gallery Representation  Nabad Gallery, Amman Jordan   Selected Awards & Grants  2020 California Arts Council for Arab Amp Collective 2015   Puffin Foundation West for Gulf Labor West 2011 Puffin Foundation Grant  2010 Alexandria Biennale Award, Alexandria, Egypt 2007 Ninapi Gallery Residency, “Soap Story” and “Stripes and Stars,” Ravenna, Italy 2007 Puffin Foundation Grant 1998, 1999 California Arts Council Artists Fellowship Grant   Selected Public Collections  Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France Kempinsky Hotel, Concierge, Beirut Lebanon House of Lebanon, Los Angeles, California De Anza College, Cupertino, California Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, Michigan Bank of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Athenaeum Music and Art Library, La Jolla, California California Center for the Arts, Escondido, California Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, La Jolla, California San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California, Russell Sage Foundation, New York, New York   Selected Exhibits Pattern and Place , Dina Abdulkarim, Doris Bittar, Joyce Dallal, July 3 - August 29, 2021, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, California   Mash , Dina Abdulkarim, Doris Bittar, Joyce Dallal, curated by Mark Greenfield April 2 - May 22, 2021, SoLA Contemporary, Los Angeles, California   Colonial Colonnade , 15-minute video premiere of performance, spoken word and community engagement, Arab Amp, March 28, 2021, Supported by Arab Amp and the California Arts Council.    Arab Amp , Virtual group online exhibit June 30, 2020, Pieter Performance Center, Los Angeles, California. Supported by the California Arts Council.   Visible Migration Patterns , solo, March 25 – April 25, 2019, El Camino College, Torrance, California   Wall to Wall , Joyce Dallal & Doris Bittar, August 23–September 2, 2019, Dysfunctional Theater Collective, Governors Island, New York, New York   Storming the Wall,  Todd Ayoung, Doris Bittar, Melissa Smedley, July 1 - July 7, 2018, Center for Art on Migration Politics – CAMP, Roskilde Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark   An Open Eye on the Arab World - Exquisite Corpse,  Sep 29-April 2018, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France   Dar’a , March/April 2017, Artcite Gallery, Windsor, Ontario, Canada   Before the Court , Sep 23, 2016–Nov 2, 2016, Nadežda Petrović Art Museum, Čačak, Serbia,   56th Venice Biennale , The Arena, “A New Wave of Arts Activism?” Gulf Labor, August 5-6, 2015, Venice, Italy.   Cryptographic , solo, Sep 21–Oct 20, 2015, Al Quds Gallery, Jerusalem Fund, Washington, DC.   Encoded Diasporas , solo, Oct 15–Nov 15, 2014, Mesa College solo, San Diego, California   Between the Stripes , solo, University of California, Santa Barbara Multicultural Center, April 9– June 13, 2014, Santa Barbara, California   Women, War, and Industry , San Diego Museum of Art, October 19, 2013 to February 18, 2014, San Diego, California   Infinite Mirror , 2011-3013, sponsored by consortium of private and public organizations. Toured to 17 cities and 12 states throughout the United States from 2011-2014.   25 Years of Arabic Creativity , Oct 16–Feb 3, 2012, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France July 1– Sep 10, 2013, National Museum, Bahrain. Apr. 2 –Jun 10, 2013, Naila Art Gallery, Ryad, Saudi Arabia. March 5 – March 31, 2013, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates   Political Patterns , curator Sabine Vogel, Jul 7 – Oct 3, 2011, ifa Gallery (Institute for Foreign Cultural Exchange/Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), Berlin, Germany   Floor to Ceiling , July 9 – August 17, 2011, Nabad Art Gallery, Amman, Jordan   Aftermath,  25th Alexandria Biennial for Mediterranean Countries, Alexandria Museum of Fine Arts, December 15, 2009 – January 30, 2010, Alexandria, Egypt   Trade Show , July 1-30 2009, Edgar Varela Fine Arts-Los Angeles- August 10-16, 2009, Ankara Mithatpasa Sanat Galerisi-Ankara-, Eskisehir, 2009, Galeri Iskik-Istanbul, Turkey, 2010.   Tec Tang Tarab , solo, Leveled: An Interactive Experiment in Art, Aug 14–Dec 31, 2010, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, California   Sharjah Biennial 9, Provisions for the Future  “Patterns of Sharjah,” Four-Part Installation: Paths to the Persian Market,” Geography Lesson,” and “A Pearl Divers’ Tale” video installation March 22- May 22, 2009, Sharjah Museum of Art, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates   Piece Process 6: All Walls Must Fall , Sept – Nov 2008, Pomegranate, New York, New York   Soap Story: Ravenna and Beirut, Khaldiyeh’s River Rocks and Stripes and Stars,  solo, Ninapi Gallery, March 22 – May 2, 2008, Ravenna, Italy   Doris Bittar, Qisas Al Finjan/Coffee Stories , solo, Athenaeum, Music & Arts Library solo, Feb. 16– March 22, 2008, La Jolla, California   Stripes and Stars, Paintings by Doris Bittar , solo, Frank Pictures Gallery, Bergamot Station, Oct 14 Nov 14, 2007, Santa Monica, California   Jusour Wa Kusour: Doris Bittar 1989-2007 Retrospective , solo, Feb 11–April 1, 2007 Oceanside Museum, Oceanside, California   Piece Process 6: After Lebanon , September – Nov 2007, Portland Art Center, Portland, Oregon   Uncle Hanna’s Electric Heart and Other Stories of Resistance  solo, Southwestern College Gallery, Oct 12–Nov 2, 2006, Chula Vista, California   Kul Shay/All Things: Photographs of Lebanon, Syria and Iran,  solo, Jan 11–Feb 11, 2006, David Zapf Gallery, San Diego, California   Terror , September 11 - November 11, 2006 Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, California   Prologue and Epilogue: Arab Feminism Past and Present , May 5 – May 7, 2006, The Blue Studio, Sponsored by Sunbula Women, San Francisco, California   In/Visible: Contemporary Art by Arab American Artists, Inaugural Exhibition , May 19-Oct. 30, 2005, The Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, Michigan   Somewhere Elsewhere , Oct 19 – Nov 28, 2004 Worth Ryder Gallery, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California   Semites , solo, Gotthelf Gallery, The Jacobs Family Jewish Community Center, San Diego, Dec 3, 2003 – Feb 15, 2004, La Jolla, California   Sheherazade: Risking the Passage , El Colegio Gallery, Feb 12-Mar 15, 2003, Minneapolis, Minnesota   Peace Show , Kentler Gallery, December 8 – December 28, 2002, Brooklyn, New York   Magician’s Day Off and Other Stories , Euphrat Museum of Art, De Anza College, February 26 – April 18, 2002, Cupertino, California   The Wandering Ishmael: New Paintings by Doris Bittar , solo, Nov 16–Dec 15, 2000, David Zapf Gallery, San Diego, California   Lebanese Linen, Doris Bittar , solo, Jan 15-Feb 13, 1999, David Zapf Gallery, San Diego, California   Substituting “Rasquachismo for Mimesis” Doris Bittar, Mariam Ishaque, Fatimah Tuggar,  September 20 - October 19, 1996, spot, New York, New York   Under the Sun of the West , solo, Sep 29–Nov 20, 1993, The Alternative Museum, New York, New York     Selected Bibliography   Sizonenko, Tatiana, “Review of Doris Bittar’s Visible: Migration Patterns,”  Al Jadid , 2019. review.  Pincus, Robert L., “Patterns in Space and Time: The Inclusive Art of Doris Bittar,” March 2019 catalog.  Massoud, Nahid and Rosenstone, Robert A.  Shark Art: East/West – West/East , 2019. book.  “Visible: Migration Patterns” catalog for solo at El Camino College, Torrance, California March-April 2019  Eilat, Galit, “The B-Word: Debating Cultural Boycotts,”  Frieze , December 8, 2017. review.  Horne-Gaul, Laura & Lee Gaul, “De-briefing Dar’a/Full Circle,”  Tussle Art Magazine , Toronto & New York, April 3, 2017. review.  Mohaiemen, Naeem, images Hans Haacke, “The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Campaign :  On Gulf Labor & Western Museums in the Middle East,”  Walker Magazine , December 7, 2016. review.  Ajl, Max, “From New York to the Arab Gulf, Challenging Global Capitalism to Build Worker Power,”  In These Times . July 20, 2016. Review of  The Gulf: High Culture/Hard Labor , by Andrew Ross. review.  Watson, Mike, “The state of political art in light of the 56th Venice Biennale and the Creative Time Summit,”  Art Review , August 15, 2015. review.  Coombs, Gretchen, “At Venice Biennale, Artists Stage a Pageant for Precarious Workers in Abu Dhabi,”  Hyperallergic , September 1, 2015. review.  Vartanian, Hrag, “Artists Launch ‘Letter for Palestine’s Campaign at Venice Biennale,”  Hyperallergic , August 13, 2015. letter and discussion..  Gharib, Samir, “Arab Women and Fine Arts,”  Al Hayat  London/Beirut, July 14, 2015. review.  Ross, Andrew,  Gulf Labor: High Culture, Hard Labor , OR Books 2015. book.   Breslaw, Cathy  Multiculturalism Examined in Exhibition "Encoded Histories: Qais Al-Sindy and Doris Bittar",  Artful Life , October 14, 2014, Mesa College Art Gallery, October 22, 2014. review.  Jim Chute,  San Diego Union-Tribune , “Artists and Workers Unite,” March 12, 2014. review.  Kovatch, Gretel C.,  San Diego Union-Tribune , “Women’s War Role on Display,” of San Diego Museum of Art’s group exhibit “Women War and Industry.” Jan. 19, 2014. review.  Batty, Dave, “Art World Protest Over ‘mistreatment’ of Migrants at Abu Dhabi Cultural Hub,”  The Guardian Observer , UK, November 2, 2013. article.  Jennifer Zarro, “Infinite Mirror – Images of American Identity”  The Art Blog , April 29, 2013. review.   New York Times  review of “25 Years of Arab Creativity,” November 2012. review  Ehab Ellaban, “The Contemporary Arab Art Scene,”  catalog essay  for 25 Years of Arab Creativity: traveling exhibit from Paris to Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. catalog.  Evelyn Alsultany and Ella Shohat,  Representing the Middle East: Cultural Politics in the Americas , University of Michigan Press, 2012-13. book.  Wolfgang Kit, “Verbrechen im Ornament: Political Patterns in der ifa-Galerie Berlin”  Bauwelt  33.11. review.  Hermann Pfutze, “Political Patterns: Ornament im Wandel,”  Kunstforum , Berlin. review.  Jakob Rondthaler “unter dem gesichelten Mond,”  der Freitag , Sept. 9, 2011. Berlin. review.  Jutta von Zitzewitz, “Konzeptschnörkel Political Patterns – Ornament im Wandel“ in der ifa-Galerie Berlin,” , 10. August 2011. review.   Nafas Kuntsmagazin , “Political Patterns – Ornament im Wandel,” July 2011. Burghart Schmidt, “Grunde zum heutigne Wider-Interesse a m Ornament,” (“Reasons for the current renewed interest in ornament”) Patterns/Ornament im Wandel exhibition catalog  Institute for Foreign & Cultural Affairs , Berlin & Stuttgart, Germany, July 2011. review.  Sabine Vogel, “Beauty and Terror, Conflicts and Controversies: Ornament Today,” Political Patterns/Ornament im Wandel, exhibition catalog.  Institute for Foreign and Cultural Affairs , Berlin and Stuttgart, Germany, July 2011. catalog.  Salwa Mikdadi, Nada M. Shabout, Hossein Amirsadeghi (Editors),  New Visions: Arab Contemporary Art and the Twenty-first Century , Thames & Hudson, London, England, 2009. book.  Farhat, Maymanah, “Arab-American Art: Identity, Cultural Expression, and Politics,”  Contemporary Practices: Visual Arts From The Middle East , December 2008. review.  The Blender: The Art of Doris Bittar, 29 mins, video by John Odam, 2008,  Alternate Focus . video.  Oweis, Fayiq,  The Encyclopedia of Arab American Artists , Greenwood Press, 2007. book.  Dakhlia, Jocelyne,  Créations artistiques contemporaines en pays d’Islam: des arts en tensions,  October 2006, Dime Publication, Paris, France. catalog.  Maymanah, Farhat. “In/Visible”.  Dar Al-Hayat . September 19, 2005. review.  Kuo, Laura, “Traces of Exile, Somewhere Elsewhere: Homage to Edward Said,  X-TRA  Vol 7.3, September 2004. review.  Saidi, Janet,  Los Angeles Times , “Art Shows Arabs, Jews Reaching Out”, Feb 2, 2003. article.  Nashashibi, Salwa, “American-Arab Artists: Multiculturalism in America”, in  Displacement and Difference , ed. Fran Lloyd, London: Saffron Press, 2002. book.  Pincus, Robert L., “Review of ‘The Wandering Ishmael’”  Art in America  April 2001. review.

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.

Jeffrey Ray

AMD Lecturer Jeffrey Ray Launches Apple Podcast

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!

Jeffrey Ray Apple Podcast

Tony Allard

AMD Lecturer Tony Allard Nominated for 2021 Cougar Career Champion

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



AMD Professor Misael Diaz Installs Piece @ Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)

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.


AMD Lecturer Siobhan Arnold (Sien Collective) featured in 5 Works Of Art To See In San Diego In May by KPBS

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 Small Portrait

AMD Lecturer Amanda Cachia in The New York Times Article-Disability in the Arts

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 AMD Project on List for Lumen Prize in A.I

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.


Emeritus Professor David Avalos and MCASD Collaboration

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.

Kristin Moss
Teaching Innovation & Excellence
Congratulations to Kristin Moss for receiving the 2020 President's Outstanding Faculty Award!
Lucy Solomon
Fulbright Global Scholar Award Winner
Congratulations to Lucy HG Solomon for being recognized with a Fulbright Global Scholar Award for her upcoming Art and Science Research project!

News Highlights

Thumbnail: Project to Graft Branches is Blooming on Campus
April 26, 2021
When Cal State San Marcos visual arts senior Sarah Bricke went to Balboa Park in February 2020 to pick up single graft branches as part of a ...

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