Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Upcoming Public Events in the School of Art + Design

Open studios, receptions, and lectures provide opportunities for community engagement

Upcoming Public Events in the School of Art + Design

By Mara Parker

February 8, 2019

The SDSU School of Art and Design is home to over 700 undergraduate and nearly 40 graduate candidates studying a variety of disciplines. Special exhibitions and events both on and off campus this semester will offer the public insight into the work of SDSU artists as well as opportunities to engage in open studios, receptions, and lectures.


February 9 - April 7, 2019

SDSU Downtown Gallery, 725 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101

Thursday, February 14, 5:00 p.m.: “The Urban Future on Film,” Lecture by Colin Marshall: SDSU Campus, Hepner Hall, Room 214

Thursday, February 21, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.: Opening Reception with the Artists, SDSU Downtown Gallery

Thursday, March 21, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.: *Downtown at Sundown, SDSU Downtown Gallery

The SDSU Downtown Gallery presents Futures Past and Present, Saturday, February 9 – Sunday, April 7, 2019. The exhibition is comprised of artwork created by faculty and students from the SDSU School of Art + Design. Futures Past and Present showcases works that consider not only how the future has been previously predicted to be, but also how our present reality will inform what is yet to come.

Collectively, the selection imagines areas such as environmental degradation and sustainability, urban growth, personal ambitions, technology, and cultural transformations linked to gender, race, sexuality, and nationality.

Futures Past and Present is co-curated by Professor Bridget Gilman and organized by the SDSU Downtown Gallery in collaboration with the SDSU Library’s Special Collections and University Archives. The exhibition and events are sponsored by the SDSU Common Experience, the School of Art + Design, the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, and Arts Alive SDSU. Additional support is provided by the San Diego State University Art Council Ambassadors.


February 16-March 31, 2019

San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado - Balboa Park - House of Charm, San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 236 0011

Saturday, February 16, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.: Opening Reception with Artists at San Diego Art Institute

Curated by Associate Professor of Painting and Printmaking, Carlos Castro Arias, this new exhibition, Deviate / Landscape, at the San Diego Art Institute, revolves around contemporary approaches to artmaking that deal with the idea of landscape as a constructed and deconstructed space. The selected artists, many of whom are SDSU School of Art + Design faculty, alumni, and students, use painting, video, installation, photography and other mediums to explore landscape. The selected works use landscape as a metaphor for time and transformation but also highlight contemporary political and environmental issues.

Featured SDSU faculty, student, and alumni artists include Adam Manley, Aren Skalman, Jon Rodley, Griselda Rosas, Ashley Fenderson, Remi Dalton, Eleanor Greer, Richard Keely, Matthew Hebert, Arzu Ozkal, and Eva Struble

This exhibition is presented in partnership with San Diego State University School of Art + Design and Art Council Ambassadors


March 18 - 28, 2019

SDSU School of Art + Design, University Gallery

Gallery Hours: M-T, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Thursday, March 21, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.: SAE Awards Ceremony and Reception, SDSU School of Art + Design, Art North, Room 412

The 21st Annual Student Award Exhibition (SAE) is a juried exhibition of upper division and graduate student artwork as nominated by full time faculty. Created in the spring of 1999, the SAE demonstrates the University’s support of artistic excellence and diversity in student artwork by awarding cash purchase prizes to winning student artists. Numerous schools, colleges, and departments across the University participate in the SAE by reviewing submitted art work and purchasing a piece to display in their publi spaces. Selected SAE winners feel a great sense of pride and accomplishment and the monetary awards provide funds to help them continue and/or pursue new, creative endeavors.


Thursday, April 12, 2019, from 4:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Open Studios is a great way to become acquainted or reacquainted with the School of Art + Design and the many exciting things we do here! All classrooms, labs, studios, and galleries will be filled with art and open for viewing. Students and faculty will be on hand to show their work, demonstrate art processes, answer questions, and provide tours. Check out art and design demos, enjoy some delicious food (for purchase) from our vendors, listen to some live music, and shop our ceramics sale.

Open Studios is free and open to the public.

Transportation: Take the green line trolley or park in parking structure #12. Parking must be paid online and in advance. Go to the following link for instructions and information:


Exhibition Dates: May 11 - July 6, 2019

Artist Presentations and Opening Reception: May 10, 6:30-8:30pm.

In Partnership with the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, 1008 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037

Since 2002, the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in La Jolla and the School of Art + Design at San Diego State University have partnered on an annual exhibition showcasing artwork by Art Council Ambassador scholarship and Student Award Exhibition winners. Each award-winner receives the opportunity to present his or her artwork to the public in the Athenaeum’s Rotunda Gallery, as well as participate in a month-long exhibition to showcase their work. Several Art Council Ambassadors coach the winning students in valuable public speaking and presentation skills to prepare them for this annual event.

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The content within this article has been edited by Lizbeth Persons.

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