Contemporary Images of America
May 30 – September 11, 2014
Referencing the iconic patriotic song "America the Beautiful," this exhibition gives a small but
powerful glimpse of the enormity and "the beautiful" that reside in American life, in the ordinary and in the monumental.
From dramatic landscapes to humble interior conversations, The Beautiful juxtaposes the allure felt toward the grandeur of the country's
wilderness and cityscapes with the everyday pleasures we quietly allow ourselves. Images investigate our diversity, from multiculturalism to socio-economic backgrounds, and seek to fill a vacancy of a nostalgia that awes us.
The exhibition features work hailing from across
the country, and includes a combination of paintings, photographs, drawings and digital collages.
Artists featured include Chris Christion, Terry Evans, Sonya Fe, Roni Feldman, Frank Gohlke, Amanda Joseph, Scott McFarland, Catherine Opie, Sandra Mendelsohn Rubin, Nicolas Shake, Toshio Shibata, Seth Tane, Christopher Ulrich, Jessica Wimbley and Christine Wu.
Artwork was generously loaned for the exhibition by Gallery Luisotti, Garboushian Gallery, L.A. Louver, La
Luz de Jesus Gallery, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), Regen Projects, Western Project and Zg Gallery.
Curated by Rachel T. Schmid
This exhibition was generously sponsored by the Ann Peppers Foundation Arts Education Series and the California Lutheran University Office of Advancement.
Image: Roni Feldman, Age of Exploration #4 (The Preservation of Beauty), acrylic on canvas, 36 x 27 inches, 2013. Courtesy of Garboushian Gallery.
Saturday, June 7, 2014 | 6:00–8:00 pm
Due to unforeseen circumstances New West Symphony has postponed this event until November 8, 2014. We'll keep you posted on developments.
Check back again soon!
About the Gallery
The William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art, located adjacent to the William Rolland Stadium, opened in October 2011 with an exhibit of bronze statuary and paintings from the collection of William Rolland. Since then the gallery has held many exhibits including: "Western Salon" featuring statues and paintings from the Bob Eubanks and William Rolland Collections; Resonating Images I 1900-1950 featuring representational masterpiece paintings, drawings and prints from the first half of the 20th century; and Resonating Images II, exhibiting representational works by modern and contemporary masters including Chuck Close, Fernando Botero, and Picasso. Exhibitions rotate approximately 4-5 times a year.
The Gallery also hosts a parallel educational series of events. The specific events vary by exhibition, but typically include a "Modern Variations" musical performance and a lecture by a professional in the visual arts.
For-credit and unpaid internships are available. These internships give students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working in a university museum-standards gallery setting.
For information about the gallery's current exhibitions or internships please call (805) 493-3697 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Collector
Rolland started as a collector in the mid-1950s, buying a 500 pound bronze statue of a boy on an electrical generator by turn-of-the-century German sculptor Hugo Kaufmann, a tribute to Germany's power industry.
Besides bronzes – including some large, muscular sculptures from the home of Elizabeth Taylor – the collection has Murano glass, oil and watercolor paintings, winning Indianapolis racing cars from three eras, and other high-performance cars. Additional curiosities include a letter penned by Mark Twain.
The gallery retains only a small part of the collection, which Rolland and his wife Kay Green are still assembling. He intends to donate it to Cal Lutheran over time.