DEC. 6, 2002
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu

Ted Kerzie, art professor at California State University, Bakersfield, will have an exhibit of his new paintings at Jill Thayer Galleries at the Fox, 1700 20th St., in downtown Bakersfield. The exhibit opens Saturday, Dec. 14, and runs through Jan. 25, 2003. A reception for the artist is scheduled Saturday, Dec. 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the gallery. The public is invited.

The show, titled ěContinuing the Process,î will feature Kerzieís newest paintings in his West Coast process-art genre. Among his paintings that will be in the exhibit are ěGreen,î an acrylic on canvas and doorskin, ěPurple,î also on canvas and doorskin, and three small paintings in greens and yellows.

ěThese paintings reflect my vision as it has evolved over the last few years,î Kerzie said. ěWhat I hope visitors will take away from the exhibit is a sense of vibrancy and energy that these paintings produce.î

Process art is a form in which the process is the end result, Kerzie said. ěHow you do it is as important as the outcome.î Kerzie is a leader in the West Coast process art movement, which began in the 1970s. His work has been displayed at galleries and museums in New York, Miami, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Santa Barbara, plus numerous university galleries. Kerzie was the first artist chosen from the CSU system to represent the CSU in Florence, Italy, where he conducted a workshop and exhibition in 1994. While there, he taught at the academy that Michelangelo founded.

His sculpture ěEclipse,î commissioned by the late art patron Millie Ablin, which is on permanent display in the plaza at the CSUB Business Development Center, won first place at the Arts Council of Kernís 2002 Outstanding Contributions to the Arts awards ceremony.

Kerzie has been at CSUB since 1976 and is currently chair of the CSUB Art Department. He earned his bachelorís degree in art from Washington State University, and his master of fine arts from Claremont Graduate University.

For more information about the exhibit, please call the Jill Thayer Gallery at the Fox at (661) 328-9880, or the CSUB art department at (661) 664-3031.