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Art Department's News and Events

Merideth Hillbrand

At the completion of a year long St. Elmo Artist-in-Residence at UT Austin Merideth Hillbrand ’19 mounted a solo exhibition at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s McDermott Learning Center. Some Fields the Track Runs Through is up through September 30, 2020. Hillbrand continued her ongoing research into the history and relationships between art, architecture, botany and gardens. Her newest body of work made during the residency include formed metal lamps and tête-à-tête benches that encourage viewers to sit, read and interact with one another.

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Amir Zaki

Professor Amir Zaki exhibited an installation of 20 photographs from his California Concrete: A Landscape of Skateparks series on 10 double-sided billboards along a famous 1/2 mile one lane road.  Flow Through Space ran from June 1 through July 1, 2020 on the Canggu Shortcut Road, Canggu, Bali, Indonesia.

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David Gilbert

David Gilbert ’11 exhibited a new series of photographs that document temporal yet epic scenes imbued with romance, desire and dramatic light that he created in his studio. The Great Outdoors was Gilbert’s first show at Gallery 12.26 in Dallas, TX and ran from June 6 through August 22, 2020.



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Home Bodies – Senior Exhibition 2020

HOME BODIES is an online exhibition featuring works by twenty-six undergraduate students in UCR’s Department of Art graduating in 2020. Marking an unprecedented time of Covid-19 crisis, the students respond to the challenging conditions of making with innovation, reflection and courage. The works in this year’s exhibition include paintings, photographs, sculptures, video, and sound. Among the distinguished full-time faculty in UCR’s Art Department are Anna Betbeze, John Divola, Jim Isermann, Brandon Lattu, Charles Long, Lynne Marsh, Yunhee Min, and Amir Zaki.

ARTISTS: Pamela Aliaga, Anthony Buncab, Robert Chambers, Pedro Chinchilla, Ceanna Deita, Yuvia Gamez, Monica Gonzalez, Jaide Hilton-Welles, Jaclyn Huang, Ashly Ann Ilasin, Guhyun Jung, Sydney Lam, Savanah Lopez, Chantal Loredo, John Maxey, Jonathan Peralta, Samantha Poliakon, Mariana Rodela, Katia Rodriguez, Alfredo Rosas, Justus Ross, Yessenia Sanchez, Erika Santos, Kelsey Schieman, Melanie White, Damiana Yousef.

This exhibition is organized by UCR Department of Art and UCR ARTS.

Visit the Online Exhibition at art.ucr.edu/seniorexhibition2020

Image courtesy of Chantal Loredo

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Jim Isermann

Jim Isermann. Copy. Pattern. Repeat. is up at the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center through September 27, 2020. The exhibition is curated by Brooke Hodge, Director of Architecture and Design and features thirty-two works from the 1985-86 Flower series, twelve brand new red, white and blue paintings that describe a transparent cube and a site specific installation consisting of thirty-seven unique, floor-to-ceiling vinyl window panels. Isermann is a Professor in the Art Department.


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Carter Seddon

Carter Seddon ’13 has a solo exhibition up at Jenny’s in Los Angeles. For Souvenir Seddon presents a new series of 13 silver gelatin prints. The photographs were made using 35mm film, framed identically and printed slightly larger than a standard postcard. The subject matter oscillates between the very photogenic, a cat for instance, and the less picturesque; a Midtown Manhattan street corner seen from a car. The exhibition runs through February 22, 2020.


Installation photos by Paul Salveson

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Amir Zaki

Professor Amir Zaki has mounted an exhibition at the Culver Center of the Arts, part of UCR ARTS in downtown Riverside.  Empty Vessel – Amir Zaki presents two new bodies of photographs by Zaki featuring either vacant landscapes of California skateparks or still lifes of shards from broken, ceramic containers. The exhibition runs from January 18 through April 5, 2020, with an opening reception on Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 6 to 8pm.

Empty Vessel

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Zachary Leener

Zachary Leener ’12 has an exhibition of new ceramic sculpture at Klaus von Nichtssagend in New York City. Shekinah is up through February 16, 2020. To read the press release and see more mind-blowing work follow the link below.


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