Upcoming Events

Art from the Heart 2016

Sonoma State University Art Gallery
32nd annual benefit auction

ROHNERT PARK--Saturday, February 6, 2016, marks the date for the 32nd annual Art from the Heart silent art auction and party at the University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University, from 6 to 9 p.m. Proceeds from the auction directly benefit the Art Gallery's exhibition, publication, and lecture programs. There will be a free preview of the artwork on Wednesday, February 3, 11:00-8:00; Thursday, February 4, 11:00-4:00; and Friday, February 5, 11:00 a.m. -8:00 p.m.

As always, the Art from the Heart auction will be an exciting evening of art, food, fine wine, and music that has become one of the oldest continually-held fundraising events in the area and a “must” for novice and seasoned collectors alike (Dave Getz Jazz Trio will perform this year). This year more than 150 artists from Sonoma County and across the United States have been invited to create original works of art especially for Art from the Heart, which features modestly priced works of art that are sold during a silent auction. It’s a wonderful way to have a good time, support the Gallery (and in turn, the careers of worthy artists), and go home with an original work of art.

Delicious food and wine will be served, and tickets are $25 suggested donation. For more information, please call the University Art Gallery at (707) 664-2295.


YES! Glue:
A Half-Century of Collage by Bruce and Jean Conner

University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University

February 18 – March 13, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 18, 5-7 pm

The exhibition, which originated at the American University at the Katzen Arts Center and was organized by Katzen curator and director Jack Rasmussen, comes to SSU in advance of a major retrospective, Bruce Conner: It’s All True, which opens at The Museum of Modern Art in New York this July and then travels to the newly-reopened San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The title of the exhibition refers to the brand of glue used by Bruce and Jean Conner for the collages they created beginning in the late 1950s.

Collage—the art of cutting, gluing, and re-contextualizing found images from a variety of sources—has played a significant, if often subversive, role in the history of 20th century art, and it was used by a group of Beat Generation artists living in the Bay Area during the 1950s and 60s, among them Bruce and Jean Conner. According to Dr. Rasumussen’s essay for the American University showing of the exhibition, “Bruce and Jean Conner emerged from the San Francisco Beat scene in the late 1950’s. Bruce was already an artistic rebel, known for assemblages and experimental films while Jean had a much more reserved artistic presence. Bruce never used color in his collages, perhaps because he favored the unease evoked from a perfectly believable illusion of an alternate reality. Jean uses mass-produced images of American popular culture and advertising. The Conners sustained separate but related explorations within the tradition of surrealist collage. Jean began to create her wry combinations of images from popular magazines in the mid-1950s. Bruce embraced witty, often grotesque, and sometimes spiritual compositions built from 19th-century engravings.” Bruce Conner died in 2009 and Jean Conner continues to live and work in San Francisco.

As part of the exhibition program, Jean Conner will present a walkthrough of the exhibition, accompanied by Robert Conway, director of The Conner Family Trust, on Thursday, March 3 at noon in the University Art Gallery. Admission is free.

Yes! Glue Invite (PDF)