Then and Now:

The 40th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition



The University Art Gallery at Sonoma State University is pleased to announce the exhibition Then and Now: The 40th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition which opens with a reception on Thursday, February 14, from 4:00-7:00 p.m., and remains on view through Sunday, March 10, 2019.

The exhibition Then and Now, organized as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of the opening of Sonoma State University’s art building in 1978, presents the work of 39 former students who have continued to pursue careers as professional artists since studying at SSU. Many of the participating artists continued their education at prestigious graduate programs throughout the United States—California College of the Arts, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Duke University, Hunter College, Mills College, San Francisco Art Institute, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, University of Iowa, and University of Pennsylvania, among others—and several have become educators as themselves. Some have remained in Sonoma County while others have found new homes across the country. What they all share in common is an ongoing devotion to their work and a desire to share it with others.

The exhibition will feature work in a variety of media, including ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video.

Participating artists are Wyatt Amend, Jill AnnieMargaret, Kristina Baker, Dave Balona, Gordon Barnes, Todd Barricklow, Jenny Braun, Monica Bryant, Danielle Cartier, Wendy Anne Crittenden, Daniel Cronin, Abelardo Cruz-Santiago, Lorena Cruz-Santiago, Catherine Daley, Kevin Diminyatz, Cathy Ellis, Lori Gilbert, Tim Jag, Chris Jehly, Amber Fawn Keig, Machiko Kondo, Joel Mesler, Kathryn Miller, Matt Mullins, Kate Oltmann, Heather Patterson, Alissa Polan, J. Pouwels, Hadley Radt, Morgan Rosskopf, Frank Ryan, Amy Sampson, Matthew Scheatzle, Elaine Scheer, Jennifer Shada, Todd Smith, William Smith, Jennifer Sturgill, and Tyson Washburn.

On Thursday, February 14, Cathy Ellis, one of the alumni artists, will be speaking about her work in Schroeder Hall in the Green Music Center complex at SSU. On Tuesday, March 5th, the University Art Gallery will present a panel discussion in the Art Gallery featuring several alumni artists discussing their experiences at SSU and their current work. Both programs begin at noon and are free and open to the public.