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"In Our Midst: Work by Susan Beiner, Richard Johnston, and Don Woodford"
2001-04-11 until 2001-05-19
San Bernardino County Museum, Fisk Gallery
USA United States of America
The art work of Susan Beiner, Richard Johnston, and Don
Woodford will be showcased in an exhibit called In Our
Midst at the San Bernardino County Museum in
Redlands. Beiner, Johnston, and Woodford are faculty artists
of California State University, San Bernardino.
Susan Beiner, a ceramics artist who lives in Colton,
California, earned her Master of Fine Arts at the University
of Michigan School of Art. She presently chairs the
ceramic department at CSUSB. I take everyday objects
and push them to their limit, she states, using a riotous,
built-up surface decoration. In doing this, I impart a
ceremonial, celebratory quality to the work, taking cups and
teapots from the ordinary to the fantastic. Her work has
been shown in exhibitions throughout the United States
and she was a recent participant in the Color and Defining
Moments in Studio Ceramics exhibits at the Los Angeles
County Museum of Art.
Richard Johnston, also a resident of Colton, is Professor of
Art at CSUSB and former director of the Robert Fullerton
Art Museum. He graduated in Studio Art from CSU Long
Beach and gained an MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art.
He was previously on the faculty at the University of Utah
in Salt Lake City and was director of the Salt Lake Art
Center. His sculpture has been exhibited in over 100
exhibitions and since 1975 he was worked extensively in
the public art arena. The internationally-known scuptor has
executed public art projects from Washington D.C. to
Hiroshima, Japan. The tools and techniques are
fundamental to the process. The object that is produced
becomes only a record of that process and the real
importance is the effect that the process has had on me,
Johnston explains. I have an irresistible urge to make
Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Don Woodford now lives in
San Bernardino and holds a professorship in art at CSUSB
teaching painting and drawing. My newest paintings are
about accumulation and abundance, states Woodford.
They are about organization and storage, growth and
decay, the color of ripe fruit and the atmosphere of twilight.
They are about seed pods and constellations and fireflies in
a jar. This long-time faculty member, a well-established
painter and collage artist, travels frequently and extensively
in Europe. He earned his BA at Cornel College in Mt.
Vernon, Iowa, his MA at Illinois State University, and his
MFA from the University of Wisconsin.
In Our Midst: Faculty Artists of California State
University, San Bernardino is curated by Marilyn
Prescott. Prescott is an artist, writer and curator living and
working in Orange County. Long known as an outspoken
proponent of accessible art programming, she has been
active in curating shows geared toward educating a general
public in what to look for in contemporary art. Streamlined
art history lessons, easily understood wall text, and a taste
for beautifully-executed two and three dimensional artwork
are hallmarks of her exhibits
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