Childrenís art to be showcased

February 19, 2009
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720,
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The California State University, Bakersfield Children's Art Institute, in partnership with Ronald Reagan Elementary School, will present "Pop Art - Pop Change," a children's art exhibit. The art will be displayed March 4-9, in the lobby of the AltaOne Federal Credit Union, 11211 River Run. An opening reception is set for Thursday, March 5, at 6 p.m.

"This program is dedicated to exploring various media, art history and art themes," said Dianne Turner, professor of art education at CSUB. "We strive to educate and enlighten the university community, as well as the greater Kern County community, about art through this program."

Pop Art - Pop Change features students' artistic interpretations inspired by the pop artwork of Andy Warhol featuring dollar bills and dollar signs. CSUB students taught 16 classes, totaling nearly 450 Reagan Elementary School students, how to apply their artistic talents to classic money symbols, in this case a coin, to imitate Warhol's artwork. The finished products will feature the likeness of Ronald Reagan and be displayed at the credit union during normal business hours.

"Our CAI program provides a teaching model for CSUB's prospective classroom, special education, early childhood and art teachers through a hands-on teaching opportunity," Turner said. "We also provide the elementary schools students an art education which is needed in the Kern County region."

Serving as a primary public opportunity for offering academic year and summer education in the visual arts, CAI strives to educate and support the enhancement of children's art in schools.

For additional information, contact Turner at (661) 654-2422.