CSUSM Faculty Member Kaja Amado Dunn directs Emily Mann's 1995 Broadway play, "Having
our Say, the Delaney Sisters' First 100 Years".
New Village Arts Theatre Carlsbad
March 17 - April 26, 2016
SofA was featured in the Cougar Chronicle article about the student exhibit in the ARTS 111 lobby. Check it out!
Take a look at this article in the ut sandiego! James Herbert discusses the diverse and dynamic college theatre scene throughout San Diego County, with a special shout out to the CSUSM School of Arts spring production of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992.
Congratulations to Ian Conner, CSUSM Visual Arts student, whose piece (pictured above) was selected as a finalist to be featured at the National Convention for Student Veterans of America in San Antonio TX in January 2015. After SVA's National Convention, his work will be shipped to Washington, DC where it will be unveiled with the other finalists; the winning entry will be announced on March 26th.
Back in October, Dr. Merryl Goldberg's and Prof. Kaya Dunn's VPA 321 Learning through the Arts class invited the fifth graders of King Chavez Schools Arts & Athletics Academy to the School of Arts at CSUSM. The kids toured the campus and attended a performance of VPA 321 students' adaptations of Aesop's Fables. We recently received their thank you letters and had to share them. If you need to smile today, you can take a peek.
The CSUSM College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences is holding a student contest to create a graphic image for the Global Commitment Initiative(GCI). The GCI is a program designed to educate and engage the College, campus, and the borader community in a discussion about global issues, trends, and events. The program includes:
Auditions for the Spring 2015 Theatre Production of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 will be held on Wednesday October 22nd from 11:45am-1:30pm in ARTS 220 and October 23rd from 11am-1pm in ARTS 342. Please sign up for a five minute audition time. Stage managers are also needed, please contact Kaja Dunn (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in stage management.
David Avalos, CSUSM professor of Visual Art, is a featured artist and co-curator of "In Lak'ech, San Diego to Denver: You are my Other Self." The exhibition is running August 15-October 4, 2014 at the Center for Visual Art at Metropolitan State University in Denver, CO. denverarts.org
We are proud to announce that the Visual and Performing Arts department is now the School of Arts.
Please welcome Jacquelyn Kilpatrick, our Director of the newly formed School of Arts. Dr. Kilpatrick received her M.A from CSU Fresno and her doctorate from the University of California Santa Cruz. As one of 12 founding faculty at CSU Channel Islands, she developed and chaired the Performing Arts (interdisciplinary Music, Dance and Theatre), English, and Communication programs, and she has recently been a professor, Associate Vice Chancellor and Interim Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University of Hawaii’s West Oahu campus.
Congrats to Arts and Technology major Mustafa Sekander whose winning label design (pictured above) will grace the bottles of Coyote Oaks new Mongrel Magic wine. Sekander created the label for an assignment in CSUSM Lecturer James Miller's VPA 380 Advanced Graphic Design class; Professor Miller invited winemaker Karen Sherman to speak to his spring semester VPA 380 Advanced Graphic Design class and challenged his students to design a label for Mongrel Magic. The wine will be ready for Sekander's label's in three to six months and will be sold at Belle Marie Winery in Escondido.
Professor Miller's students have created winning designs for a Balboa Park Centennial postcard, a Jewish food festival logo in Poway, and posters for two on-campus events.
Seussical the Musical was an overwhelming success, selling out seven of the eight shows. We are so proud of the cast and crew led by CSUSM Theatre lecturer Kaja Dunn. Here is a slideshow (courtesy of Jaz Althagafi and Jason Gonzalez) of images from the show.
Congratulations to all of our 2014 VPA graduates! Special recognition goes out to
our graduating honors students who earned an overall GPA of 3.5: Megumu Aida, Sarah
Attie, Luciana Byrnes, Zachary Chione, Drew Stanford, Joshua Fowler, Jordan Demulder,
Julie Meram, Marilyn Huerta, and Laura Musgrove.
The ceremony for College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences will be on Sunday, May 25th at 9:30am.
Congratulations to the winners from this year's CSUSM Student Mediafest! This annual event celebrates the creative work in film and video of all students in the university with their colleagues, friends, families and communities. Thank you to all the students who submitted work. We will post the winning videos soon--please check back soon. Here is the list of winners:
CSUSM VPA is proud to announce that a mural created by Professor Kristin Moss’ VSAR 460 Art & Social Change class will be displayed as a poster in Paris May 2014. The mural was produced for The Art Miles Mural Project “Expressions on Canvas,” which is an international exhibit of a thousand murals created by a half million people from more than 100 countries. The murals present a “glimpse of cultural portraits which combine individual life experiences and powerful stories of traditions, myths, and memories into a common bridge to bring people together. “ Thank you to community partner Art Miles and UNESCO Ambassador Joanne Tawfilis for working with the class and getting our students’ work displayed. To learn more about the Art Miles Project, visit their website: art miles
Art work by Michael Berg, Alana Julian, John Konno, Karina Menezes, Jaclyn Perez, Joseph Reynolds, James Starnes, Patricia Starnes, Brad Statzer, Sarah Tillery, Amalia Wood, Liying Xiong, and Sayuri Fujita.
Congratulations to VPA Major Edgar Mendez who won the CSUSM Kellogg Library Video Contest on April 17th for his dance-for-camera work. As a student in DNCE 124 Screening Dance with Dr. Karen Schaffman, Edgar studied ways video artists and dance artists can collaborate. Primed by his influences from the Arts and Tech faculty and interest in the course material, Dr. Schaffman invited him to create something with the Dance Ensemble class for the contest. This work is part of an international project by Belgian choreographer Anne Terese De Keersmaeker's RE: Rosas! ROSAS REMIX PROJECT. The Dance Ensemble is creating an adaptation for the upcoming spring dance concert on May 1st and 2nd.
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!
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.
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 email@example.com or Music Program Director Bill Bradbury at firstname.lastname@example.org, and please indicate what instrument(s) you play and if you own them.
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!
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.
The San Diego Jewish Food Festival sd jewish food fest 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.
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.
Check out their promo video for "Against the Grain".
CSUSM VPA is proud to announce that a mural created by Professor Kristin Moss’ VSAR 460 Art & Social Change class will be displayed as a poster in Paris May 12-23, 2014. The mural was produced for The Art Miles Mural Project “Expressions on Canvas,” which is an international exhibit of a thousand murals created by a half million people from more than 100 countries. The murals present a “glimpse of cultural portraits which combine individual life experiences and powerful stories of traditions, myths, and memories into a common bridge to bring people together. “ Thank you to community partner Art Miles and UNESCO Ambassador Joanne Tawfilis for working with the class and getting our students’ work displayed.
Art work by Michael Berg, Alana Julian, John Konno, Karina Menezes, Jaclyn Perez, Joseph Reynolds, James Starnes, Patricia Starnes, Brad Statzer, Sarah Tillery, Amalia Wood, Liying Xiong, and Sayuri Fujita
The Students of VPA 302 – The Process Of Multidisciplinary Art Present:
Exhibit in the Arts Gallery
Chair Merryl Goldberg celebrates new show in the CSUSM Art gallery at Restaurant Row in San Marcos. Come to the opening and meet the artist, Isaias Crow Friday November 9th, 5:00 – 8:00.
This was an exercise in observation to detail and manipulation of an every day material
not commonly perceived as a sculptural medium.
Students were asked to make a close copy of one of their own shoes using nothing but masking tape.
On October 18th, Kaja Dunn's TA 300 class was visited by five panelists to discuss
Theater for Social Change. The discussion centered around the way each of the panelists'
organizations participate in theatre for social change in San Diego. This includes
education, giving voice to diverse perspectives.
The panelists included:
Congratulations Karin Filijan: Outstanding Lighting Design for Angels in America Ion Theater
Congratulations Robert Foxworth: Outstanding Lead performance in a Play, Male And Pam Kragen, president of the San Diego Theater Critic¿s Circle and host for the evening. sd critics circle.org
following a remarkably wonderful debut concert at CSUSM.
Check out the video of Ching-Ming Cheng's Piano Concert.
1a. "Miroirs" (Part 1 of 2) Maurice Ravel
1b. "Miroirs" (Part 2 of 2)
2. "Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23" Frederic Chopin
3. "Piano Sonata in C major, No. 60 Hob.XVI:50" Joseph Haydn
4. "Chaconne in D minor" Ferruccio Busoni
President Haynes to Share Innovative Program which Improved Standardized Reading Test
Scores by Nearly 90 Points.
San Marcos, CA. California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), in collaboration with the North County Professional Development Federation, the San Diego County Office of Education and ten North San Diego County school districts, will hold a press conference on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. to discuss the groundbreaking results from DREAM (Developing Reading Education with Arts Methods), a four-year arts integration program funded with a nearly $1 million grant through the United States Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement.
President Haynes, CSUSM president, will announce that elementary student test scores in reading improved an astonishing 87 points as a result of DREAM's initiatives. The program¿s goal was to train 3rd and 4th grade teachers to use visual arts and theater activities to improve students' reading and language arts skills.
Begun in June 2009, the program offered one week Summer Institutes coupled with coaching by professional artists throughout the year. Ten school districts have had teachers participate in the project, including Carlsbad, Encinitas, Escondido, Fallbrook, Julian, Oceanside, Ramona, San Marcos, Valley Center Pauma and Vista, representing 141 teachers and approximately 3,000 students. During the press conference, elementary students from the Vista Academy of Visual and Performing Arts will perform one of the theatrical lesson plans to demonstrate how using theater to teach literacy is an effective instructional tool.
Students in classes where teachers integrated theater to teach reading scored much higher on the reading comprehension and inference standardized tests.
The press conference will be held at the North County Regional Education Center at 255 Pico Avenue, San Marcos.
Judit was awarded the 2011-2012 President's Outstanding Faculty Award for Scholarship and Creative Activity.
Merryl Goldberg is the Chair of Visual and Performing Arts at California State San Marcos, a professional saxophonist and mom. She's also an avid boxer. More info about Merryl Goldberg
VPA majors Lance McCormick and Lauren Radel created this video composite animation mixing video, still images, and hand drawn elements. The concept of this project is to raise awareness about the viewer's role in a technologically advanced world. Inspired by the books 1984, Brave New World, and Fahrenheit 451. SomaSleep won awards for Best Animation and Juror's Choice in the 2011 Student Media Film Festival at CSUSM.
VPA majors Michael Colasardo, Jermaine Jackson, and Kai Norwood collaborated to make a short film about love, "Eros". This film won the awards for Best Cinematography and Audience Choice in the 2011 Student Media Film Festival at CSUSM.
Doris Bittar, adjunct in visual arts is featured on the blog and website: Art of the Middle East.
Arts and Technology students Lauren Radel, Jermaine Jackson, Jeff Warlick create public
service videos for CSUSM parking services!
Check them out:
VPA students rock earth day celebration with recycled art fashion show, dance, music, sculptures, and interactive art projects! VPA Dance Studies professor Karen Schaffman teams with High Tech High North County for a semester long collaborative learning class with college and high school students as they focus on the theme of Earth Day!
As a part of their learning, VPA 321 "Learning Through the Arts" students present original puppet plays to 3d graders from San Marcos! And, the reviews are in: the kids LOVED the performances as they learned about nature, literature, and science.
Friday, May 13, 7pm, Arts 111
Our new class created a mural
Faculty Center Research Colloquium Spring 2011 Speaker
Judit Hersko, M.F.A. Visual & Performing Arts ~ Pages From the Book of the Unknown
Date: April 6, 2011
Location: McMahan House
Minor in Music Technology and, Minor in Video and Film Production
Congratulations to the Playwrights, Directors, Cast and Crew of the 2010 New Play
Festival for a terrific showing at the Kennedy Center Theatre Festival!