OCT. 11, 2000

CONTACT: Pat Wright, 661/664-22138, pwright@csub.edu


Exhibit at CSUB features students' photographs

"Out of the Fog: A quarter century of CSUB photography," opens Oct. 21 at the Todd Madigan Gallery at California State University, Bakersfield. The exhibit, curated by Mike Heivly, documents the work of students over the past 25 years. A reception will be held Nov. 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., coinciding with the annual Taste of the Arts.

According to Heivly, "Out of the Fog is an exhibition of art students' photographs collected over the past 25 years. At the time of my arrival on campus in September 1975 the college was a brand new shimmering oasis of academe sweltering in a late summer heat wave. We had no photography program at that time so the first order of business was the construction of a darkroom and other facilities.

"I am not sure why I began to collect examples of student work other than the fact that many of the projects I assigned were difficult and required the students to think in ways that challenged their previous perceptions of the world. Showing them work done by former students seemed to give them the confidence to push on, even though they may not have understood things as completely as they might have liked.

"Then there was the work itself. It was so fresh, energetic and honest. I simply could not help myself; I had to keep some of it. And so over the years the collection grew and even though the pictures are for the most part unique and very different from one another, they eventually cross-pollinated several generations of new students.

"As I look at the exhibition I am struck by how similar and yet timeless the work is," Heivly said. "Students still delight in the symmetry of the cotton fields, the rocks in the canyon and the infinite mirror of the human figure. All art is a snapshot of the artist, a self-portrait, a mirror from which to gain a different perspective of one's life. The yearning to express this inner vision never changes. Many of these images could have been done in the 1930's or the 1950's. But they were done in the last 25 years. These are things upon which time has little effect."

"Out of the Fog" is sponsored by the Art Department; Ray Geigle, former dean, School of Arts and Sciences; Rod Hersberger, director of libraries; Toni Lott, Affordable Framing and Gallery; and The Slide People. Ted Kerzie is Art Department chair and Margaret Nowling is gallery director.

The gallery, adjacent to the Dore Theater, is open to the public free of admission. The gallery is open Tuesday through Thursday, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m.