Untitled, Along route 200, East of Winnett, Montana, 2010
Courtesy of Craig Carlson, San Diego.
Tangle Tree Series: Discretion, 2009
Courtesy of Jeanne Dunn, San Diego.
Opaque Display #4: Splashing (for Richard Serra), 2010
Courtesy of Matt Hebert, San Diego.
In Tapestry, 2010
Courtesy of Mary-Ann Luera, San Diego.
Letter Portrait Series, 2003
Courtesy of Susan Merritt, San Diego.
Desert Discovery Center, 2007
Courtesy of Kotaro Nakamura, San Diego.
Courtesy of Kate Palese, San Diego.
Lightness of Being, 2010
Courtesy of Gail Roberts, San Diego.
Skin Series: Bracelet, Arm, 2001
Courtesy of Sondra Sherman, San Diego.
Courtesy of Mark Siprut, San Diego.
Jackrabbit Homestead Project, 2005-2008
Courtesy of Kim Stringfellow, San Diego.
Intersection is the second in a year-long series of exhibitions that feature the work of faculty from the School of Art, Design, and Art History at San Diego State University. The artists included work in a variety of materials, including sculpture, graphic design, interior design, painting, metals, photography, and video installation.
Craig Carlson became interested in photography in his early teens and subsequently worked at student publications from high school through his university studies. Carlson received his B.A. from San Diego State University in 1973 and his M.A. from Humboldt State University in 1976.
His professional work for editorial, advertising, and commercial clients spans over thirty-five years. Carlson has taught photography for thirty-five years in several colleges throughout San Diego County, including teaching Creative Photography and Digital Imaging in the School of Art, Design, and Art History at San Diego State University for the last sixteen years.
He is a manuscript and book proposal reviewer for Focal Press and the author of Look Before You See, a self-published photography text. Carlson has exhibited his photographs since 1970, and his work is included in numerous corporate and private collections. For the last fourteen years, he has concentrated on photographing the Western United States. His most recent work has taken him to the eastern plains of Montana.
Jeanne Dunn’s paintings ask questions about things that lie hidden from view in social and natural landscapes. An earlier series addressed human relationships in observable social settings. Her current work explores ideas of path, direction, and one’s internal compass, citing the natural landscape.
Dunn has art degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and San Diego State University. She has won awards for her paintings and has exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, Cambridge (UK), Budapest, Istanbul, and at the Musée Rochefort in Brittany, France. She teaches Life Drawing and Painting in the School of Art, Design, and Art History at SDSU. In the last two years she has been awarded an international artist residency at the Hungarian Cultural Center in Budapest and a fellowship to the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Artist Residency Program at Rochefort-en-Terre, France. Her studio is in the North Park community of San Diego.
Matt HebertMatt Hebert
Matthew Hebert has been working under the studio name eleet warez since shortly after completing his undergraduate studies in the mid-90s. The name is borrowed from hacker culture and is suggestive of the technical sophistication, improvisational spirit, and freewheeling appropriation that is essential to his work. Matthew creates work that deals with technology and its effects on the domestic environment and our sense of space. His work takes recognizable forms and layers new forms of use and meaning onto them. Ultimately, the work generates new forms of interaction between the object, the environment, and the user.
Matthew Hebert’s work has been exhibited at venues including The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The Berkeley Art Museum, The Milwaukee Art Museum, The Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco; The California Center for the Art, Escondido; The Chicago Cultural Center, and Core77 in New York. Additionally, Matthew is a member of the collaborative public art team, Unmanned Minerals, with Reno based poet Jared Stanley and Los Angeles based artist Gabie Strong.
Matthew received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley; and his Master of Fine Arts from California College of the Arts. He has taught at several schools including the University of Wisconsin – Madison, CalArts, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently Assistant Professor of Furniture at San Diego State University.
Native San Diegan Mary-Ann Luera’s body of work encompasses a varied array of images and subject matters, offering the viewer a unique perspective on established themes. Her work with Mexican images and iconography gives us a fresh look at Mexican culture. In her Day of the Dead paintings and works as well as her assemblage pieces and collages, she expresses a love and respect for her Mexican roots and traditions that give the viewer a new perspective of an already familiar culture.
In her figurative paintings, Mary-Ann explores gender perceptions and expectations, depicting idealized male figures in situations and roles traditionally reserved for the female figure. These images encourage us to examine established gender roles in society and their effect on our everyday lives.
Mary-Ann has been painting for over 20 years. She holds a BA in Fine Art from the University of San Diego and an MFA from San Diego State University. She currently divides her time between painting and teaching Art and Painting at San Diego State University and the University of San Diego. In addition, Maryann teaches the unique art of sugar skull making, helping to create the unique treats and decorations for this important Mexican holiday.
Susan Merritt is head of the Graphic Design Program in the School of Art, Design and Art History at San Diego State University (SDSU) and cofounder with Calvin Woo of the Design Innovation Institute (Dii), a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation of design as a way of enhancing and enriching life. As a design principal of CWA, Inc. she has been involved in a wide range of design projects from identity systems to environmental graphic design.
Typography and graphic design history, including the history of the book, are among Merritt’s areas of specialization. Professor Merritt’s handcrafted, one-of-a-kind and limited-edition books are in private and public collections including Special Collections at San Diego State’s Love Library, the New York Public Library, and Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library.
Merritt has served on the board of the San Diego chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), on the chapter’s advisory board, education committee, and as curriculum director on AIGA’s national Creativity Kits Project. She is founder of the AIGA Student Group at SDSU and served as faculty advisor for many years. She is a Friend of the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (ICOGRADA) and a member of Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI).
Professor Merritt did post graduate work at the Basel School of Design in Basel, Switzerland, where she studied with Armin Hofmann, Wolfgang Weingart, André Gürtler, and Kurt Hauert, among other design luminaries. While living in Europe for six years, followed by five years in Hawaii, Professor Merritt developed a deep appreciation for different cultures and their communities. She continues to travel and research the role of visual communication design within the context of culture.
Merritt has received numerous travel and research grants, including a John and Jane Adams Humanities Grant and faculty development grants to continue research in the history of graphic design. Professor Merritt is coauthor, with Jack Davis, of The Web Design WOW! Book, which was published in 1998 by Peachpit Press, a division of Addison Wesley Longman. She is the author of the ancillary materials for Meggs’ History of Graphic Design, which includes an instructor’s manual and student study guides, published by John Wiley & Sons.
Kotaro NakamuraKotaro Nakamura
Kotaro Nakamura is Associate Professor in the Interior Design Program at San Diego State University. He received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from Kanto Gakuin University, Japan in 1977 and his Master of Arts in Environmental Design from San Diego State University in 1980.
Nakamura has been a member of the American Institute of Architects since 1998 and has served on the United States Green Building Council since 2007. Since 1983 he has been a Principal Architect at Roesling Nakamura architectural firm, and since 1980 he has taught in the School of Art, Design and Art History at San Diego State University. He currently serves on several community boards, including the San Diego Public Arts Advisory Board.
Nakamura has completed several commissioned design projects, including the San Pasqual Academy Housing in 2010; the Santa Monica Mountains Intern Center in 2008; and La Costa Canyon High School in 2000; and he is the recipient of many awards for his work on energy efficient and sustainable design projects.
I was born in the San Fernando Valley in 1957. My mother was a traditional dog trainer, complete with pinch collar and rolled up newspaper; my father was a drunk and wanted by several southern states. Given those career paths, I chose art making and dog training.
To augment her dog passion, my mom worked for the Air Force. As a result I have lived in almost every state south of the Mason Dixon line. Eventually we landed in San Diego, and knowing a good thing when we saw it, stayed here, despite the lack of air force.
I went to SDSU; my mom died while I was there. I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Fine Art and moved to American Samoa, where, like Margaret Mead, I continued to come of age.
When I returned to San Diego I was introduced to positive reinforcement learning theories. In considering how fur-bearing mammals learn new information I have learned a great deal about training humans. “Mammals is Mammals”. I am an ardent fan of Ian Dunbar and Robert Mager and try to use positive reinforcement in all areas of my life.
I continue to make objects, as I don’t seem to be able to NOT make objects. I now also get a great deal of satisfaction from creating design problems for my classes. The two vie for my creative focus.
So dogs and art continue to be paths I trod. I have managed (so far) not to use a pinch collar, not to be wanted in any Southern states, and not to be a drunk. So far, so good.
I teach future teachers about art at SDSU and teach dogs to be civil at various parks. I do a fair job of not getting the two confused, and I think I’m pretty damn lucky. I see changes in both populations, and the humans of both populations call years later thanking me, so I guess it’s working.
Gail RobertsGail Roberts
Roberts’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including the Galeria Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica, Musee Rochefort-en-terre in Brittany, France, and the Kinemacolor Building in Victoria, Canada. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and included in permanent collections at the Oakland Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, San Diego Museum of Art, Lux Art Institute as well as numerous corporate and private collections. She is currently represented by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles and has a forthcoming solo exhibition in April 2011. Roberts has received several awards including the San Diego Art Prize 2010, Established Category, California Arts Council Fellowship and residency fellowships in France, Costa Rica and Ireland. She has completed public art commissions at the Chicago Public Library, Lux Art Institute, and at the San Diego International Airport. Gail Roberts received her BFA and MA at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and is a Professor of Art Emerita at San Diego State University.
Sondra ShermannSondra Sherman
Sondra Sherman’s work is exhibited and published in Europe as well as the U.S. She has been the recipient of various awards including a Tiffany Foundation Emerging Artists Award, two RI Council on the Arts Individual Artists Fellowships, PA Council on the Arts Individual Artists Fellowship, NEA Regional Artists Fellowship, and a Fulbright Scholarship for study abroad. Sondra received the Diplom (MFA equivalent) from the Academy of Fine Art, Munich, Germany. Her work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Museum of Art and Design - New York, Smithsonian American Art Museum, RISD Museum, Turnov City Museum in the Czech Republic, and Myers School of Art at the University of Akron Ohio.
Mark Siprut is an educator, artist and designer. In addition to his formal studies in photography and printmaking, his current creative research is in time-based, interactive and electronic media. His work has been exhibited internationally. He promotes collaborative, interdisciplinary, and intercultural applications to visual communication. Siprut is the author of the Adobe Photoshop Handbook v3, published by Random House. In 1995-96 he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Graphic Design at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey and in 2003 and 2006 he taught at Anadolu University in Eskisehir, Turkey.
He is currently an Associate Professor in the Multimedia Emphasis Area in the School of Art, Design and Art History at San Diego State University (SDSU). He is also the School’s academic advisor and School Liaison for international studies in Art at SDSU. He earned his BA and MA in Art at Humboldt State University and his MFA in Art at University of California, Santa Barbara.
Siprut’s current interactive work is inspired by his role as a single parent of two pre-teen boys, as well as his interest on body language, body movement, and dance. The interactive game-like nature of his work is heavily influenced by the struggles of parenthood and his immersion into the electronic gaming culture, which is so popular among contemporary youth.
Kim StringfellowKim Stringfellow
Kim Stringfellow is an artist/educator residing in Joshua Tree, California. Her work and research interests address ecological, historical, and activist issues related to land use and the built environment through hybrid documentary forms incorporating writing, digital media, photography, audio, video, installation, and locative media. She teaches in the Multimedia area as an Associate Professor in School of Art, Design, and Art History at San Diego State University. She received her MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000.