“Multiple Ones: Contemporary Perspectives in Print Media”

Maria Barragan, Reporter

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“Multiple Ones: Contemporary Perspectives in Print Media,” is an exhibition showcase at both the  William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art and Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture at California Lutheran University, on display from Aug. 22 – Oct. 23, 2019. 

This exhibition features paintings from artists Justin Barfield, Shawn Bitters, Vanessa B. Cruz,  Florence Gidez, Ruthann Godollei, Sheila Goloborotko, Brandie Grogan, John Hitchcock, Andrew Kozlowski, Lauren Kussro, Nathan Meltz, Guen Montgomery, Jill Parisi, Andrew Raftery, Samantha Parker Salazar, Marilee Salvator, Mizin Shin, and Eszter Sziksz. 

According to the arts and events page on Cal Lutheran’s website, the 20 contemporary printmaker’s purpose is to “dispense with artificial boundaries around their technique in order to make participatory art for the digital age.”

Max Eastman, a senior student worker at the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art, explained her excitement about the forms of arts that are currently being exhibited. She expressed the importance of the collection and the privilege that Cal Lutheran has hosting an exhibit previously showcased in bigger and more well known museums. 

“This exhibit in particular is very interesting because it is utilizing the media in an interesting and unique ways,” Eastman said.  “It is also interesting that its a collective of multiple different artists instead of just a show of one artist. It really shows the diversity of what kind of artist are engaging with this particular kind of art and the different ways that  different people of different backgrounds approach art work.”

Janet Neuwalder, an art faculty member, said this traveling exhibition is a great experience.

“It’s exciting to see and experience contemporary work alongside the traditional, confirming that artists and viewers are in a continuing lineage of desire and curiosity to create meaning and record human existence and experience,” Neuwalder said.

Marita Zerbe, the interim curator of the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art, emphasized the importance for students to take the opportunity to visit this free admission event. The gallery also prioritizes for student and faculty members that would like to bring their own classes to visit and learn something new about art. 

“I think this is a valuable resource for students that don’t know anything about art and just want to come in and see something beautiful, all the way to students who think that art is the greatest thing of all time and are studying it and know the ins and outs of different types of art.  There is something to be learned and something to be gained,” Zerbe said.