Almost thirty years ago, I began teaching sculpture at CSUB. Coming from USC, I was spoiled by the quantity of public sculptures Los Angeles had to offer. Because there was little public art in Bakersfield in the late 80s and 90s, I was inspired to bring sculptors and their artwork to California State University, Bakersfield. Although the artwork has sparked many discussions, the interaction with the artists has proved to be even more valuable for both students and faculty. While the red tape would have been too much for a project like this on a bigger campus, the CSUB administration has been amenable.

The artists have been fascinating to work with, and the experience has been enriching for those involved. As the program has gained notoriety, more of the recent artists have come from other countries including Germany, Ivory Coast, Netherlands, Thailand, Zimbabwe, Canada, and Korea. Each year the students and faculty look at proposed projects and select an artist to work with the students for the following spring. Students then work with the artist on all aspects of the project including concept, selecting a site, collecting materials, fabrication, and installation. Concepts and materials have varied greatly over the years including found objects, ceramics, wood from trees on campus, steel from local industries, and reflections on campus ponds.

If you’d like to work with the visiting sculptor any spring quarter, sign up for a unit  (Art 477), or just come help. It is bound to be a unique experience!

Joyce Kohl, Professor of Fine Arts
phone: 661-664-3095




2016 marks the 30th anniversary of CSUB’s Sculpture on Campus program! This program invites an artist annually to produce an outdoor, temporary sculpture or installation on the California State University, Bakersfield campus with the help of our students. The time frame is flexible but can run between two to five weeks during spring 2016 (exact date TBD). After the work is completed, it will be on display for a year or longer (depending on the nature of the project) on loan to the campus, but remaining the property of the artist. The campus is 375 acres with many possible sites.  With many mature trees, it is an oasis in the desert landscape of the southern San Joaquin Valley.  The region is replete with a rich, diverse cultural and industrial history of multiple migrations, music, oil and gas, agriculture, cattle, sheep and dairy. Cotton is predominant in the area and issues of water and pollution are salient.


Proposals are due September 30th, 2015 to or to:

Professor Joyce Kohl, Stop 15 FA
900l Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA. 933ll-l099 

Please include 10 images of previous works, a C.V. and a description of the project including the role students would play in the making of the piece. Drawings are optional; please do not send models.  A committee of selected faculty, students and administration will review the proposals.  For questions regarding the proposal please call 661-654-3095, 626-319-2841 or email


We offer state of the art facilities, technical support and student labor. Depending on the project, the budget will be between $3-$7,000, which will include an honorarium, materials and travel.  We will provide student, staff and faculty assistance along with the use of a forklift, wood working tools and equipment, metal tools and equipment and large commercial kilns. The artist selected will be asked to give a public lecture on campus about their work.


To date, we have had over thirty-five artists.  A select list includes: Walter van Broekhuiven (Netherlands), Cameron Brian (Bakersfield), Joe Barrington (Texas), Suthat Pinruethai (Thailand/Los Angeles), Ernest Daetwyler (Canada), Jems Robert Koko Bi, (Ivory Coast/Germany), Cornelia Konrads, (Germany), Byoung Tak Moon, (Korea),  Lori Nozick, (New York), Stan Hunter (Sierra Madre, Ca.), Roger Rigorth, (Germany), Bongi Park (Korea), and Wendy Klemperer. 

Also, check out three videos of projects done on our campus:

Meet 2014 Sculptor on Campus: Walter van Broekhuizen

For Spring of 2015, we selected Walter van Broekhuizen from Amsterdam, to transform a diagram by Darwin into a wall relief.  Sited on the wall of the music building, it plays between two and three dimensions.  It’s title “I Think” is painted on the wall in Darwin’s handwriting, mirroring the words he wrote beside the diagram of his theory of“Evolution of Species”. 

In his international installations, Walter van Broekhuizen investigates authentic space and perception. One of his works, titled “The Green Room” is a round room that encompasses a tree, which invites the public to experience a tree in a new way. 

Walter van Broekhuizen studied at the Akademie Sint Joost in Breda and attended the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.  Walter has worked as an artist in South Africa, Norway, France, Indonesia and Canada.  This was his first trip to Western United States. He lives and works with his wife and young son in a community of artists in a converted school house in Amsterdam.

For a short video of ”the Green Room”:

For a video of his project at CSUB: