Fall 2014 Visiting Artist Lecture Series
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All lectures are free to the public and held at Sonoma State University. This semesters lectures will be held on Wednesday, Cason Hall 68, from Noon - 1:00pm.

September 10- Shawn HibmaCronan
Shawn HibmaCronan creates large sculpture from wood, steel, and reclaimed objects intended to engage the viewer, activate an environment, and spark conversation. Embracing traditional and contemporary methods of making, Craftsmanship is critical in his work. No material is disguised and no mechanism is hidden; the resulting forms are honest, tangible, and iconic. HibmaCronan has a permanent sculpture in the San Francisco International Airport and has had a solo show with the Oakland Museum of California.
September 17- Michael Light
Michael Light is a San Francisco-based photographer and bookmaker focused on the environment and how contemporary American culture relates to it. He has exhibited extensively worldwide, and his work has been collected by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Getty Research Institute, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The New York Public Library, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, among others.
October 1- Kelly Inouye
Kelly Inouye is a San Francisco based artist whose work documents some of the more obscure aspects of popular culture, playing with the idea of collective memory. In addition to her studio practice, Kelly is an occasional contributor to San Francisco Arts Quarterly.
October 8- Chris Thorson
Chris Thorson has presented work in a solo exhibition with Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco and in group exhibitions with The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Southern Exposure in San Francisco, The John F. Peto Studio Museum in New Jersey, and The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York. She teaches painting at The Oxbow School in Napa, CA and she lives and works in Napa and Oakland.
October 22- Ranu Mukherjee
Ranu makes hybrid films, textiles, and works on paper to probe ways that contemporary life is shaped by creolization and nomadism. She exhibits nationally and internationally. Her work is in public collections of the Kadist Foundation and San Jose Museum of Art, where she held her first solo museum show in 2012. She is represented by Gallery Wendi Norris.
October 29- Anne Beck
Anne Beck is an artist, curator, educator, and hand papermaker. She works collaboratively & independently in a variety of media. She holds an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute & a BA in printmaking & art history from the University of Virginia. Anne lives & works in Northern California where she is founding director of Lost Coast Culture Machine, a contemporary art space & handmade paper mill focusing on interdisciplinary & sustainable creative practice.
November 5- Val Britton
Val Britton received her B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and her M.F.A. from California College of the Arts. A recipient of the Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant, she has participated in many national residencies and fellowships. Recent solo exhibitions include the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Foley Gallery / New York, and Gallery Wendi Norris / San Francisco. She is represented by Gallery Wendi Norris.
November 12- John Yoyogi Fortes
John Yoyogi Fortes is a Northern CA painter in Sacramento. He studied Studio Art at CSUFresno. He’s exhibited throughout California, Nationally and Internationally, and is represented in numerous private collections, the Asian American Art Centre in NY, the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, the Triton Museum of Art and Crocker Art Museum in California. John’s received grants from the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, the California Arts Council and the Joan Mitchell Foundation in NY.
November 19- Randy Colosky
Colosky received a BFA in ceramic from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1987. Colosky has been awarded grants from the Warhol Foundation for the Arts, The Fleishacker Foundation and the the Zellerbach Family Foundation. Colosky has done solo exhibitions at the SFAC Grove St Gallery, The Museum of Craft and Folk Art SF., Chandra Cerrito Contemporary in Oakland CA., K Imperial Fine Arts SF. As well as many group shows.


The Visiting Artists Lecture Series provides our students with valuable insights and exposure to art professionals and their work.

The Visiting Artist Lecture Series is supported in part through grants from the Instructionally Related Activities Fund of Sonoma State University, and the Imagery Estate Winery. Thank you.

A daily parking permit ($5) is required. Daily permits are not valid in reserved lots. Some permit machines accept quarters only. Sonoma State has complete program accessibility.

Sonoma State University is located 50 miles north of San Francisco, off Highway 101, adjacent to the communities of Rohnert Park and Cotati. From San Francisco Bay Area, take Highway 101 north to Rohnert Park Expressway exit. Turn right onto Rohnert Park Expressway and follow to its end at Petaluma Hill Road. Turn right on Petaluma Hill Road to the stoplight at East Cotati Avenue. Right on East Cotati Avenue to Main Entrance of the campus on your right. Information Booth is at the end of the drive.