William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art

Coming Home

An Exhibition of Alumni Art

Oct. 16, 2014 – Jan. 8, 2015

The pioneering Cal Lutheran graduating classes of 1964 and 1965 will come together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the college's first commencement. In honor of this milestone, the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art is pleased to present an exhibition of alumni artwork, opening just in time for Homecoming and Family Weekend. Decades worth of art in a variety of media will be on display, including oil, acrylic, bronze, ceramic, digital, drawings, wood block print, and glass work.

Artists featured include:

Michael Lynn Adams ‘72
Samantha Fried ‘06
Craig Fulladosa ‘79
Ben Hengst ‘07
Timothy C. Hengst ‘72
Carol Heyer ‘73
James Huchthausen ‘65
Margaret Knight ‘98
John Gilbert Luebtow ‘67
Christopher Marshall ‘03
Catherine Ferguson Miller ‘80
Shelly Ann Moore ‘06
Paul Neuhaus ‘83
Lisa Lindberg-Van Nortwick ‘83
Andrea Pappas ‘05
Glen P. Tarnowski ‘83
Grant Toland ‘06
Rev. Gregory Uthus ‘75
Carol Virak ‘66
Aihua Zhou ‘09

This exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Jerry Slattum.

Coming Home was generously sponsored by the Ann Peppers Foundation Arts Education Series and the Cal Lutheran University Office of Advancement.

Image: Timothy Hengst, Reflected Trees, digital print collage, 30 x 20 inches, 2005. Courtesy of the Artist.

Holiday Schedule: The exhibition will be closed during observance of Cal Lutheran holidays, including Nov. 27-29, 2014 for Thanksgiving, and Dec. 24, 2014-Jan. 2, 2015 for Winter Break.

Warp Detour Installation

Warp Detour, a giant 100-foot by 10-foot-tall interactive installation, is now on campus as part of an ongoing exhibit of Cal Lutheran alumni artists. The installation by Grant Toland '06 was built with a coveted grant from the organization behind Burning Man, where it was recently on display.

It is made up of wooden frames positioned so that the whole structure seems to curve or warp as visitors stroll through it. At night, the installation lights up in varying colors to illuminate the path within. Warp Detour is completely self-powered with a photovoltaic cell providing power for the entire night. 

Look for it between Pearson Library and the pedestrian bridge across Olsen Road to the Rolland Gallery. Fun for all ages, and don't forget to come back at night for a whole new experience. It will leave campus Dec. 12, 2014, and the wood will be repurposed, so this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the work before it is destroyed!

Join us at the installation for a closing reception on Dec. 12 at 4 pm, and remember to bring a jacket.

Special Programming for Coming Home

Opening Reception

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 | 6–8 pm

Foreign Language Tours of the Gallery

Italian: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 | 10:30-11:30 am
Spanish: Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 | 8:00 am and 9:15 am

Guest Writer Series: Heather Winterer Poetry Reading

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 | 4–5 pm

Warp Detour Closing Reception
Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 | 4-5:30 pm

Future Exhibitions

Chinese Figurative Realism in the 21st Century
January 22-April 9, 2015
Guest curated by Aihua Zhou, MFA
Opening Reception Tuesday, Feb. 10 | 5:30-7:30 pm

Figurative realism has a long tradition in Chinese art, especially in ink painting, sculpture and ceramics. Over the past 100 years, many Chinese artists have also been influenced by Western studio practices, adapting oil painting and drawing techniques to new styles with both classical and contemporary elements. This exhibition investigates Chinese figurative art in the 21st century in cross-cultural contexts.

Featured artists include Z.S. Liang, Nan Liu, Mian Situ, Ji Yu, Jove Wang, Zhaoming Wu and Weixin Xu.

This exhibition was generously funded by the Ventura County Community Foundation. Image: Jove Wang, A Day on the Silk Road, oil on canvas, 48 x 72 inches, 2009. Courtesy of the Artist.

Ruminations: Senior Art Exhibit 2015
April 23-May 16, 2015
Opening Reception Saturday, April 25 | 5-7 pm

Ruminations is a showcase of work by the senior art majors at California Lutheran University, featuring a wide variety of mediums and content. The contributing artists are: Sarah Barber, Brianna R. Duddy, John Galan, Kaitlyn Horpedahl, Shireen Mariyum Ismail, Kiana Matsuura, Susie McGrath, Emily C. Shandorf, and Joanna C. Van Nyhuis. Image credit: Brian J. Stethem. 

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 sculptures 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 foreign language tours and lectures by professionals in the visual arts. Curator- or volunteer-led tours are available for free; we request that you make reservations beforehand.

For-credit, paid, and unpaid internships are available. Internships are designed to give students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working in a university, museum-standards gallery setting.

For information about the gallery's exhibitions, tours, or internships please call (805) 493-3697 or email rollandgallery@callutheran.edu

About the Collector

Rolland started as a collector in the mid-1950s, buying a 500 pound bronze sculpture of a boy on an electrical generator by turn-of-the-century German sculptor Hugo Kaufmann, a tribute to Germany's power industry.

In addition to bronzes – including some large, muscular sculptures from the Collection 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.

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