Jessica Rath with Robert Hoehn: A Better Nectar
January 28 - March 28, 2019
Artist Talk: Monday, February 11, 2:30pm, Mentry Hall 305
Reception will follow from 3:30-5:30 in the Art Gallery

This multisensory installation is based on the artists’ extensive research into co-evolutionary communication between flowering plants and their pollinators. In “A Better Nectar,” visitors encounter human-scaled sculptures that evoke a bee’s sensory journey from nest to nectar, with audio and visual elements that interpret the bee’s experience. Rath, in collaboration with composer and sound designer Robert Hoehn, creates an immersive and interactive experience using sculpture, light, and sound to explore how bees learn and remember multisensory floral symbols to find better nectar.

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Vibrant Bounty: Chinese Folk Art from the Shaanxi Region
January 28 - March 15, 2019
Gallery 206, Library 2nd Floor
Reception: February 13, 3 - 5pm

This exhibition carries visitors to the Shaanxi Province, one of the cradles of Chinese civilization, and broadens understanding of a people halfway around the world. Vibrant Bounty: Chinese Folk Art from the Shaanxi Region opens January 28, 2019 at College of the Canyons and runs through March 15 in Gallery 206, located on the second floor of the Valencia campus library. A public reception will be held on February 13 from 3-5 p.m.

Paintings and artifacts of rural China reveal a national spirit that is as charming as it is vital. The peasant or farmer paintings on display are closely related to the traditional Chinese arts of embroidery, batik (a fabric dying method), paper-cut, and wall painting. The artists use shui fen on thick paper to create the paintings. This technique includes paint powder and water, similar to gouache or tempera.

The artifacts included in this collection depict Chinese rural life and show traditional Shaanxi customs. They range from children’s clothing and toys to New Year’s prints and decorative household items, often embroidered with lucky figures and animals.

Both the art and the objects featured in this exhibition introduce an area, which, like the American Midwest, is dominated by agriculture and populated with working people. Fundamental similarities between America and this far away province of China become recognizable by observing these artifacts and artwork.
This exhibition was made possible by the support of COC International Services and Programs and the Patrons of the Arts. It was organized by ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) and underwritten in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. ExhibitsUSA creates access to an array of arts and humanities experiences, nurtures the understanding of diverse cultures and art forms, and encourages the expanding depth and breadth of cultural life in local communities. For more about ExhibitsUSA, email MoreArt@maaa.org or visit www.eusa.org. Additional information about M-AAA is available at www.maaa.org.  

About COC’s Gallery 206
Gallery 206 is a new extension of the main Art Gallery on campus. COC’s Gallery 206 is open Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. and by appointment. For more information please contact Pamela Lewis at pamela.lewis@canyons.edu.



 Pável Acevedo: Inland Empire
October 8 – November 29, 2018
Artist's Talk & Reception: Thursday, October 11th
Artist's Talk: 4:30pm, Reception: 5:30 -8:00pm
Pável Acevedo explores the political and personal effects of migration, immigration, borders, and the duality many immigrants contend with after leaving their homeland for a new nation. Acevedo melds elements of Mexican mural painting, printmaking, and classical drawing, with symbols and imagery from the codex of Huaxyacac and Nahuatl, the ancient Aztec language. With Inland Empire, Acevedo confronts issues of housing, displacement, and migration and explores what it means -- metaphorically and practically -- to reside on the outskirts, to commute between cultures, to live in an inconclusive state between families and between lands.
Born in Oaxaca and living in Riverside, CA, Acevedo typifies a new generation of contemporary Mexican artists telling powerful visual stories about Latino identity, personal experiences, American culture and the ever-changing socio-political environment of Southern California.


Chicanx/Latinx: Serigraph Prints from Self Help Graphics & Art
October 8 – November 29, 2018

Reception: Thursday, October 11, 5:30 -8:00pm
Since printed art was developed some 500 years ago, it has served as a vehicle to disseminate beliefs, educate, and inspire people to action. Chicanx/Latinx, surveys contemporary Chicana/o and Latinx artists engaged with the tradition of social and political printed art. Simultaneously vibrant works of art and primary historical documents, these handmade and unique prints make visible legacies, communities, struggles, and triumphs that are often hidden or forgotten. Artists in the exhibition include: Pável Acevedo, Dewey Tafoya, Votan, Sandra Fernandez, Zeke Peña, Luis Genaro Garcia, El Mac, Kimberly Robertson, Dalia Paola Mendez, Enik One, Cynthia Velasquez, Shizu Saldamando, Germs, Sonia Romero, Victoria Delgadillo, Judy Baca
Founded in East Los Angeles in 1970 and responsible for the largest collection of Chicano/Latino fine art prints in history, Self Help Graphics & Art has been at the heart of innovative and experimental printmaking by Chicana/o and Latinx artists for nearly 50 years. The eclectic selection of works by both activist and non-activist printmakers in Chicanx/Latinx, explores themes related to identity, spirituality, social justice and global equity in order to raise provocative questions, engage diverse communities, and create political change.




Devon Tsuno: California Seedlings
August 13, 2018  through May 31, 2019
Mural on the west exterior gallery wall.

Devon Tsuno’s recent abstract paintings, social practice projects, artist books, and outdoor installations focus on the LA watershed, water use, and native vs. non-native vegetation. Influenced by Japanese, 19th century Ukiyo-e woodblock prints and fabric, his vibrant, densely layered works are inspired by the vigorous and dynamic flora competing for space in our urban environment. With California Seedlings, the Art Gallery takes contemporary art outside, using the gallery itself as a canvas. Unlike traditional murals, this one won’t be painted directly on the wall, but will use a graphic film wrap to temporarily transform the building’s face and activate the public space around the Art Gallery.


For announcements of upcoming exhibits and programs, click here: vivian.lainfiesta@canyons.edu
Director, Art Gallery
Pamela Bailey Lewis
Mailing Address
College of the Canyons Art Gallery
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Administrative Assistant
Vivian Lainfiesta
(661) 362-3612
The Art Gallery is on the Valencia Campus
Hours during the exhibition:
Monday through Thursday 10:00am to 4:00pm
Friday by appointment
Closed Saturday, Sunday and all school holidays