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Art History, Design and Studio influence the world, and our programs put that philosophy to good use. The Art and Design Department emphasizes the real-world connection and students can create, think, research and write in ways that are relevant to the community. Students work in various media and are encouraged to get involved in an array of internships, collaborative group and individual projects. With an attitude of learning by doing and personalized instruction, students interact closely with faculty, the university and the community. In the spirit of intense professional practice, students from Studio Art and Design organize and install their own works of art in the senior studio art exhibition and the senior design showcase. The Art and Design Department strives to give its students a rich and thorough education in the three options of Art History, Design and Studio Art. The department also offers five art minors: Art History, Studio, Design, Digital Graphics, and Crafts.

The Art and Design department includes the University Art Gallery, which presents ten exhibitions and related events throughout the academic year, and is a valuable resource to the department as well as to the University as a whole and to the surrounding community. Further amenities include working studios in ceramics, sculpture, painting and drawing, two Apple computer labs for design and arts and crafts. CSUDH’s Art and Design Department continues to cultivate an academically rigorous cross-disciplinary program that prepares students for professional work post graduation. We invite you to visit or call for more information.

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Spring 2017 Scholarship recipients:

- Jennifer Vanegas: Art History
- Andrea Rea: Design
- Omar Solario: Studio Art
- John Hobson: Art History
- Marcos Concas: Design
- Lafleche-Marie Bourgeault: Studio Art
- Vannica Svay: Design

Spring 2016 Scholarship recipients:

- Robert Huerta : Studio Art
- Maria Hernandez : Design
- Ayisha Price : Design
- Christina Casillas : Design
- Erika Reynoza : Design
- Amelia Sanders Aspuro : Art History
- Tyrone Thomas : Art History
- Brittany Ruiz : Studio Art

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Art Gallery Events

Protest Shadows © Cindy Bendat 2006.  

Be the Change:
Los Angeles Protest Photographs
Cindy Bendat 2003-2017

September 11-October 10, 2017
Opening reception: September 11, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Gallery walkthrough at 6:00 p.m. with photographer Cindy Bendat and Ellie Zenhari, Assistant Professor, Art and Design, CSUDH

Two additional Saturday artist walkthroughs:  September 16 at 10:30 a.m. and October 7 at 11:00 a.m.

Be the Change, a photography exhibition featuring timely and incisive protest photographs by California photographer Cindy Bendat, will open on Monday, September 11, and continue through October 10, 2017. Bendat’s protest photographs range from the Anti-war/Anti-Bush protests in 2003 to the Occupy movement in 2011 to the Women’s March and Anti-Trump protests held in January 2017. Her photographs reveal the visual power of people taking action in major protest movements in Los Angeles, including those concerning Immigrant rights, the Occupy movement, Black Lives Matter, Arab Spring, Burma freedom, Anti-Iraq war/peace, Labor unions and worker solidarity, and the Women’s March. Bendat is a cultural, documentary and fine art photographer based in Santa Monica, California. She has photographed all over the world, and she has a diverse portfolio of work of people, places, and festivals. In addition to her work abroad, Bendat photographs diverse cultures and subcultures in Los Angeles, cultural festivals in the greater Los Angeles area, and political protests. Her work was recently featured in the 2016 solo exhibition at the Fowler Museum at UCLA entitled Celebrate/Demonstrate: Photographs of Global L.A. Interested in both culture and politics, she is committed to creating art with relevancy and social impact, as seen in this exhibit with its photographs of community engagement and individual activism. Her award-winning images have been exhibited in galleries and art fairs in the United States and abroad. Her work has also been published in books, magazines, and newspapers, and it is in the permanent collections of The Huntington Library, Yale University, and the City of Santa Monica.

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