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See 2013 visiting artist Ernest Daetwyler create ALL'S WELL with CSUB Art students on Youtube



More than twenty years ago, I began teaching sculpture at CSUB. Coming from USC, I was spoiled by the quantity of public sculptures Los Angeles had to view. I was inspired to bring sculpture to California State University, Bakersfield because the quantity was scarce in the 1980's. Although the artwork has sparked many discussions, the interaction with the artists has proved to be even more valuable. The red tape would have been too much for a project like this on a bigger campus, but 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, 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, wood from trees on campus, steel from local industries, and reflections on campus ponds.

If you are interested in helping with the selection process (in November) call and leave a message at extension 3095. If you’d like to work with the visiting sculptor any spring quarter, sign up for a unit, or just come help. It is bound to be a unique experience!

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

Grapes of Wrath – 2014-2015

Our Sculpture on Campus projects related to the year-long celebration of the 75th Anniversary of John Steinbeck writing the Grapes of Wrath.  From our annual competition, we selected 3 sculptors who worked with our students to complete sculptural installations for our campus in April and May of 2014.  These artists included Cameron Brian (from Bakersfield), who constructed a miniature version of the Weedpatch camp including the water tower and electric lights;  Joe Barrington, (from Texas),  who constructed an oversize Highway 66 sign with a raven made of shredded tires, and Suthat Pinruethai (Thailand/Los Angeles), who worked with students to make a series of ceramic related Grapes of Wrath books, which have been installed around campus, and will have transfers of pictures, photos, phonetic spellings of key words, articles and quotes from the book.  The books are installed around campus.  The Weedpatch Camp and Highway 66 sign are located on the west side of the south entrance road, near the Facilities Buildings.  For more information on working on the project or a map, contact Joyce Kohl, or 654-3095.  


For Spring of 2015, we have selected Walter van Broekhuizen from Amsterdam, to transform a diagram drawn by Darwin into a wall relief, which will play between two and three dimensions on the wall of the music building.  If you are interested in working with him spring quarter on this project, sign up for a unit of Art 477.  


This is the 30th year of an ongoing project to bring sculptors to work with our students on outdoor sculpture and temporary installations of outdoor artwork at the California State University, Bakersfield campus.  To date we have had over thirty artists complete projects, working on campus with student assistance to complete and install projects.  In Spring of 2015, Walter van Brockhuizen from Amsterdam will work with us.  Our Sculptors for Spring 2014 were three sculptors who did projects related to the Grapes of Wrath (75 Anniversary Celebration): Cameron Brian (Bakersfield), Joe Barrington, (Texas) and Suthat Pinruethai (Thailand/Los Angeles).  Previous artists have included 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), Roland (Germany), Bongi Park (Korea), Wendy Klemperer (Brooklyn, NY), Kristi Lippire, (Los Angeles),  Ellard Alfred, (Harare, Zimbabwe), STRETCH (Kansas City), Pat Warner, (Whittier, Ca.), Steve Appleton (Los Angeles),  Gene Flores (Mass.), Steve Siegel, (New York), Rik Richey (Oakland, Ca),  Bret Price, (Orange, Ca), Suzannah Israel, (Oakland,  Ca.), Karl Ciesluk (Ontario, Canada),  Judy Sutton Kracke (Texas),  Joe Barrington, (Texas),  Rod Baer (Los Angeles, Ca.), Julie Klemek (Irvine, Ca.), Dale Newkirk, (Las Cruces, N.M.), Willie Scholten (San Jose, Ca.),  Peter Harris (Vermont),  Jake Gilson, (Texas), Hank DeRicco (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Suzanne Smith (Upland, Ca.).  Check out our website:

Also, check out two videos of projects done on our campus: and//

We are interested in having artists submit proposals for sculpture or installations to be built on campus with the assistance of our students in the spring of 2016 (between middle of March and the late of April).  After work is completed, work will remain on display for a year or longer (depending on the nature of the project ) on loan to the campus,  remaining the property of the artist.   The campus has many possible sites including manicured grass (both wide open flat expanses and more enclosed knolls).  The campus has a student body of about 8,000 on a campus of 375 acres.  Oil and cotton are predominant in the area.

WHAT WE WILL PROVIDE: The budget for the project will be between $3,000 and $5,000 depending on the expenses needed for the project.  This budget will need to cover materials, transportation, food (but not lodging) and honorarium (also visa if needed for international artists).  The sculpture will remain the artist’s.  We will provide student, staff and faculty assistance and the use of equipment (forklift, welding equipment and kilns).  Although vandalism is not usually a problem, the university cannot insure the work against it

WHAT WE ASK:  We ask that the artist selected, besides working with students on the project, also give a lecture on campus about their work. 

WHAT TO SUBMIT:  Proposals are due (to be received) by April 23rd 2015.   Please submit 10 images of previous work on CD or internet, a resume, and a description of the proposed project (drawings are optional) including roles students would play in the project.  Please do not send models.  A committee made up of selected faculty, students and administration will review proposals.  For questions please call 661-654-3095 or email


Submit to:

Joyce Kohl

Fine Arts Dept., CSUB

900l Stockdale Highway

Bakersfield, Ca. 933ll-l099

Meet 2013 Sculptor on Campus: Ernest Daetwyler

Born in Zofingen, Switzerland in 1964, Ernest Daetwyler immigrated fifteen years ago to Canada. He lives and works in the countryside of Atwood, close to Stratford and Kitchener, one and a half hours from Toronto, Ontario.

Ernest studied at the Schule fuer Gestaltung, Bern, the Centro Europeo in Venice, Italy and received his master diploma from the Schule fuer Gestaltung, St. Gallen, Switzerland. His concept based multidisciplinary artistic practice, with a range from drawing, painting, sculptural work in traditional materials to interactive kinetic installations and video projections, is being presented internationally. Ernest is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, Presence Suisse, the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund, the City of Kitchener, the City of Stratford and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, N.Y.

Ernest is a director/founding member of the international artist-run biennial CAFKA, the Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area, and the Artistic Director of peace of mind, CAFKA.04.

Recent international exhibitions took place at the 4th (Cycles and Systems) and, the 3rd (Laboratory) International Forest Art Path as well as WintergARTen, Vogelfrei 7 in Darmstadt, Germany, the VI Vrsac Biennial in Serbia and Montenegro, the 8th Havana Biennial, Cuba, ArtCanal during the expo.02, Switzerland, and in Canada at the Art Gallery of Peterborough, Render (University of Waterloo Art Gallery), the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, the Durham Art Gallery, the WKP Kennedy Public Art Gallery, North Bay, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Cambridge Galleries, Gallery Stratford, Ed Video Media Arts Centre, Guelph and Peak Gallery, Toronto.

Permanent public art projects: time bomb [Im Hoelzernen Himmel], the International Forest Art Path, Darmstadt, Germany, The Luggage Project, Victoria Park entrance, Kitchener, Loveseat, the Art Gallery of Peterborough, Delete? Fragments of Memory IV, Millennium Park beside Gallery Stratford, Ontario, Licht-Wasser-Stein, Kirchleerau, Switzerland.