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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.

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News Highlights

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October 12, 2021
The fall 2021 (Re) Sounding Visions series includes five events featuring BIPOC artists, musicians and...
Thumbnail: 'Chola Vida' Panelists to Explore Solidarity, Social Justice
October 8, 2021
The fourth Arts and Lectures event of the semester features a group of panelists from Chola Vida, a
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October 7, 2021
The third Arts and Lectures event of the semester features award-winning writer
Thumbnail: Speakers to Examine 'Global Movements for Social Justice'
September 30, 2021
The second Arts & Lectures event of the semester features four diverse speakers examining the parallel...

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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!!

Congratulations graduates for crossing the finish line and getting a degree despite a pandemic.

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

Siobhan Arnold

AMD Lecturer Siobhan Arnold has exciting news to share.

Siobhan's installation, part of Trifecta: Art, Science, Patron at the La Jolla Historical Society was featured on KPBS this week and opens on Friday, September 24, 2021. Read the full write up here.

Also, this week Siobhan’s work was featured in San Diego based HereIn Journal.

Lucy HG Solomon

Professor Lucy HG Solomon is involved in several exhibitions throughout the world currently. Information on some of these exhibitions is below:

  • Exhibition closing in the UK in September: The artwork Degenerative Cultures by Cesar & Lois (Lucy HG Solomon’s collective with Cesar Baio) is part of the Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition at York Art Gallery (May - September, 2021). Cesar & Lois also participated in the Aesthetica symposium and print anthology, Future Now.
  • Exhibition opening in La Jolla in September: Cesar & Lois’ artwork Allochronic Cycles, longlisted this summer both for the Aesthetica Art Prize and for the Lumen Prize in AI, will be on exhibit at the La Jolla Historical Society in Trifecta: Art, Science, Patron (Sept. 25, 2021 - Jan. 16, 2022). AMD Lecturer Siobhan Arnold is one of the commissioned artists collaborating with scientists in this exhibition.
  • Exhibition opening in China in November: Allochronic Cycles will also be part of AI Delivered: Redemption (November, 2021 - March, 2022) at Chronus Art Center in Shanghai and will later travel to Zhi Art Museum in Chengdu.
  • Allochronic Cycles is more fully described at: AMD student artists/researchers participated in the development of Allochronic Cycles, under the umbrella of the DaTA Lab: Victoria Rios grew and photographed Arabidopsis to get to know the plant’s life cycle; Jinxui Han and Zhiwei Li studied time cycles and encoded those into graphics; AMD Alum Kodie Gerritsen undertook the paper engineering and binding of a book that accompanies the installation.
  • This summer, Cesar & Lois were artists in residence at Yes We Cannibal in Baton Rouge, with an exhibition, Eat the Anthropocene with Cesar & Lois, mycelia and friend entities, and a spore printing workshop with an expert resident mushroom forager (Digital foraging, analog mushrooms). Yes We Cannibal is an anti-profit art space co-directed by Liz Lessner (new AMD lecturer!) and Mat Keel.
Rajee Samarasinghe | Filmmaker Magazine

AMD Lecturer Rajee Samarasinghe is involved in several film screenings outlined below. 

Kristine Diekman | School of Arts | CSUSM

Kristine Diekman and her collaborator Laura Nova received a Media Art Assistance Fund grant from the New York State Council on the Arts Electronic Media/Film in Partnership with Wave Farm for the project “Seamless Stories: Delicious Memories”. "Delicious Memories" is an intergenerational storytelling workshop and media art installation that brings together older and younger New Yorkers to tell and connect stories utilizing craft and interactive technology. The installation and the performance stitches delicious stories together into a sonic multi-sensory communal tablecloth. Led by artists Laura Nova and Kristine Diekman, the participants will gather around the table and share their stories in Seward Park, the oldest municipal park in the US and the "living room" of the Lower East Side. MAAF funds will support the completion "Delicious Memories" and presentation to the public in 2021 and 2022.

Kristine Diekman’s film, Behold the Tilapia,  will screen at the Five Minute Film Festival at Franconia Sculpture Park on September 11, 2021. Franconia Sculpture Park is the pre-eminent, artist-centered sculpture park in the Midwest. Founded in 1996, Franconia provides physically and intellectually wide-open spaces that inspire new ways of thinking through access to contemporary sculpture, installation, and land art. 

Kristine Diekman has been invited to join 36 international artist collaborators to engage in Meeting of the Waters: Locative Media Oceania. Meeting of the Waters: Locative Media Oceania is an online creative and educational program exploring the themes of water, climate change, deep time and cultural knowledge. The objectives of the program are to bring stories, places and their people together, sharing concern for the global planetary crises of today. The collaboration is a three week intensive in September 2021.

 Kristine Diekman has been invited to show her new collaborative work, 1.5 Degrees of Concern, in Rule 42 at the Bonita Museum opening December 6. 1.5 Degrees of Concern is an international collaboration that embraces conversations between three women living on separate continents during global climate crises. The stories represent a dissolving past, an urgent present, and a speculative future. Examining the layered transmissions and abandoned traces, we invite you to consider possibilities for an alternative utopian future and first steps to building it. Artist collaborators are Kristine Diekman (US), Lisa Mansfield (Australia) and Liz Waugh McManus (UK).

Misael Diaz

Professor Misael Diaz has several exhibitions during the month of September that you might want to check out.

• SD Practice (San Diego Art Institute) has been running since July and will officially close on Sunday, September 5, 2021. The San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) and Bread & Salt will co-present SD Practice, a public art exhibition of the acquired artworks by the City of San Diego (City). Co-organized with the City’s Commission for Arts and Culture, the exhibition will showcase the nearly 100 artworks acquired in 2021 through the City’s SD Practice initiative for the Civic Art Collection and funded through the bequest of art collector Thomas O. Rasmussen. See more about this exhibition here.

• Raisin exhibition will be from September 17 to December 18. An exhibition exploring themes from the classic play A Raisin in the Sun (1959) by Lorraine Hansberry. Featuring artworks created by Chicago and international artists, the exhibition offers local and global perspectives on ‘home’. Public programming includes conversations with visual artists, theater scholars, fair-housing advocates, global migration advocates, as well as live performances. Read more about this exhibition here


August 19 is a BIG DAY for Lecturer Mike Stoltz.

On August 19, 2021, Lecturer Mike Stoltz will have two film screenings:

  • Process Festival (Riga, Latvia) where his short film, “Something To Touch That Is Not Corruption Or Ashes Or Dust” will be part of the exhibition, “The World’s Aperture”.

Learn more about the Process Festival.

  • Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago) where they will be showing his film, “Spotlight On A Brick Wall” (made in collaboration with Alee Peoples) in the screening exhibition titled, “A Concrete Cloud”.

More information about “A Concrete Cloud".

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.

More information about Postmodern Portraiture.
More about Siobhan's work

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.

More of Julie's work
More about the Bridgette Mayer Gallery

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: Torrance Art Museum and Torrance Art Museum Press.

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

More about the work of Doris Bittar.

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


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!

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