Current Events



Jessica Rath with Robert Hoehn: A Better NectarJanuary 28-March 28, 2019Artist Talk: Monday, February 11, 2:30pm, Hall 305Reception will follow from 3:30 - 5:30pm in the Art Gallery
January 28-March 28, 2019
Artist Talk: Monday, February 11, 2:30pm, Mentry Hall 305
Reception will follow from 3:30 - 5:30pm 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 bees sensory journey from nest to nectar, with audio and visual elements that interpret the bees 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.
Devon Tsuno: California Seedlings
August 13, 2018 May 31, 2019
Reception: Saturday, August 18th, 4:00 - 6:00pm
Artist Talk: To Be Announced Devon Tsunos 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 wont be painted directly on the wall, but will use a graphic film wrap to temporarily transform the buildings face and activate the public space around the Art Gallery.


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 childrens clothing and toys to New Years 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 is 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 or visit Additional information about M-AAA is available at

About COCs Gallery 206
Gallery 206 is a new extension of the main Art Gallery on campus. COCs 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