November, 2018

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Upcoming Events

Current Exhibition:
Deep Etch: Legends of Chico Printmaking
October 9–December 8, 2018

James Kuiper | [untitled] | monoprint

James Kuiper, [untitled], monoprint

Generously sponsored by Dr. Joseph and Judy Chiapella, Deep Etch: Legends of Chico Printmaking is an exhibition that explores the legacy, as demonstrated by prints in the Turner Collection, of generations of faculty artists and educators. As Curator Catherine Sullivan explains, “in this exhibition we see the artistic voice of 76 years of making prints, a snapshot of the changing nature of artistic content and the echo these artists had in the development of successive generations of new artists through the student–mentor–instructor process.”

Reflecting on her relationships with some of the faculty included in the show, Professor Emerita Dolores Mitchell notes that she “taught art history during a ‘Golden Age’ of printmaking” with “Janet Turner, Paul Feldhaus, Marion Epting, Sal Casa, and Ruth Omerod. They’ve left such distinct impressions on me that one-word descriptions of their personalities and prints came to me as I developed this talk: Janet, the scientist; Paul the humorist; Marion the poet; Sal the traditionalist; and Ruth the mystic.” Sullivan further explains that “while this exhibition only focuses on those faculty that printed, it is not limited to those whose printmaking was, or is, their primary focus. The attraction to this graphic form by artists and educators more known by other media was supported by printmaking faculty, beginning with Janet Turner herself.”

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New to the Collection

Avaraham Eilat, Landscape, Etching 1991

Avraham Eilat, Landscape, Etching, 1991

Several years ago, we received a valuable donation of a print by noted Israeli artist Orit Hofshi, which was most recently featured in last spring’s exhibition Surprise! New Acquisitions. Recently, we were thrilled to accept a selection of prints by Avraham Eilat, Hofshi’s mentor. Eilat has an extensive international career in both photography and printmaking, and it is exciting to add his work to the Turner Collection. In addition to his work as an artist, Eilat has held important posts including a curator of photography at the Haifa Museum of Art, and co-founder and director of the Pyramida Centre for Contemporary Art in Haifa, Israel.

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Introducing Interim Dean Tracy Butts

Tracy Butts

Professor Tracy Butts was selected to serve as interim dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Butts received her BA and MA from Virginia Tech, and her PhD in English from the University of Georgia. She has taught at CSU, Chico as a professor of English since 2001, and has previously served as chair of the Department of English, associate dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and chief diversity officer and director of the Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies at CSU, Chico. She was recognized with the Outstanding Faculty Service Award in 2015.

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Dr. Joe and Judy Chiapella—Arts Patrons Extraordinaire!

Tracy Butts

Thank you to the Chiapellas for their sponsorship of the Turner exhibition Deep Etch: Legends of Chico Printmaking, and for their gift that enables the Turner to produce a catalog for this significant show. The Chiapellas are dedicated advocates and supporters for many arts organizations in and around Chico, and as Judy acknowledged, “especially at Chico State!”

Judy sits on the boards for The Turner and The North State Symphony, and the couple attends most NSS concerts and Turner exhibition talks and receptions. Joe is a rheumatologist with the Chico Hospitalist Group, who also supports the North State Symphony.

The Chiapellas chose to support this particular Turner exhibition because they have collected art by many of the artists represented in the show. Judy shared that the Chiapella and Steel families have long-term, close ties. In fact, when she and Joe returned to Chico after marrying in Georgia, Claudia Steel invited them to visit her studio to pick out a print as a wedding gift. They chose a mono-print of a sail boat, because it reminded Judy of Lake Almanor.

We are grateful to the Chiapellas for their generous support of The Turner, and for their dedicated participation in and advocacy for the arts and arts organizations.

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