Arts and Creativity

The University of La Verne has vibrant and diverse arts and creativity events though the auspices of the Harris Art Gallery, the Carleson Photography Gallery and the academic departments of Art and Art History, the Music Department, the Photography Department and the Theatre Department. Events sponsored by these galleries and departments will be documented in the videos contained here.


Here is a brief overview of the current Arts and Creativity events available at this site on iTunesU. Or click on any photo below to launch the Arts and Creativity page on iTunesU.


Harris Harris Gallery Reception: TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS , reception with artists Ruby Osorio & Macha Suzuki, October 27, 2009. The Harris Art Gallery of The University of La Verne presented Tomorrow Never Knows featuring works on paper by Ruby Osorio and sculptures by Macha Suzuki. Linked by a figurative thread, the distinct practices of Suzuki and Osorio yield objects and images that heighten anticipations while revealing quiet mysteries.


Francis Schanberger Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography
Forces of Nature January 25 through February 19, 2010
An exhibition of photographs Miller Hall, University of La Verne

Francis Schanberger
Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography
Forces of Nature
January 25 through February 19, 2010

An exhibition of photographs
Miller Hall
University of La Verne

About Francis Schanberger

From an early age I was fascinated by images of science. Illustrations accompanying articles on red blood cells, tomato –potato hybrid plants or a view of Saturn from one of its moons were some of the pictures that led to my interest in science classes. In college I ended up studying biochemistry but I struggled with grades in a very competitive Pre Med program. As a means to “boost” my grade point average, I took an introductory level black and white photography class. The instructor, Craig Freeman, introduced me to a pantheon of artists who had made a living as photographers. Following graduation I continued to do photography, taking classes at a community college to have access to a darkroom. After college I was hired as a lab assistant to grow and test cell lines. The work was easy and I found I could do most of the 40 hour a week job in about 25 hours. The remainder of the time became increasingly devoted to photography. I set up a dimroom, a place to coat UV sensitive photographic emulsions, in a lab that was mostly used for storage. The last year that I worked in the lab I would lay cyanotypes under the germicidal lamps of the glass cabinets in which we were supposed to be growing cells under sterile conditions. The cyanotypes were photograms made from the lab ware that I used in the lab. The exposures, 14 hours long, were made overnight and needed to be removed before anyone came back to use the lab the next morning.  Additionally I photographed the lab with studio lights and a 4x5 camera to create negatives for making palladium prints. After six years as a lab assistant I came to realize what I loved about science wasn’t the journal articles or the actual lab work, it was the pictures that science could produce. 

The work I did in the 1990’s was rooted in experimentation and responding to the research environment in which I found myself working.  After receiving my Masters in Fine Art in 2002, my images became characterized by an interest in self-portrait. The use of self-portrait was a response to moving from Southern California to the Midwest and until 2008 I struggled to call Ohio home. It took years to make the Midwest landscape familiar enough so that the little changes that happened everyday and throughout the year could become the objects of my study. I have returned to the scientific in my images. Like a 19th century naturalist, I am looking in places within the natural world that until recently I had forgotten to look and using my discoveries as the basis for my image making.



The Harris Art Gallery of The University of La Verne will presents "It's All Around You", a group exhibition of Los Angeles based artists whose work examines natural and synthetic elements of our environment.

The paintings of Samantha Fields and photography of Anita Bunn present natural landscapes with distinct individuality. The atmospheric surfaces of Fields' disastrous forest fires and turbulent storm clouds glow with a sense of beauty and danger, while Bunn's colors of changing chlorophyll and textures of cotton soft clouds radiate with optimism and mystery.

Lucas Reiner's oil on canvas paintings and Devon Tsuno's works on paper are fueled by photographed images of nature in the urban Los Angeles environment. The carefully rendered trees in Reiner's work confidently exist in an abstract time and place: a re-ordering of reality. Tsuno's densely layered imagery employs a rich artificial color palette to interweave silhouettes of leaves and foliage.

An artificial flower installation by Roland Reiss and a fake fur sculpture by Jared Pankin excite the senses with slyly synthetic representations of organic color, form and texture. Reiss has assembled a collection of plastic flowers to inhabit the gallery; the caricature and exaggerated colors of the faux flora animates the concrete floor. With seamless techniques of integrating fake fur surfaces and glass eyes, Pankin invites viewers to look closely at a creation that appears to be looking all around you.


Marc Malin “Phenomenal Consciousness”, Irene Clarlson Gallery of Photography, March 1 – April 9, 2010. Marc has been involved with photography for almost 40 years. Growing up in Rochester, N.Y., the home of Kodak, he was surrounded by great photography. As a teenager, he built a darkroom in his home and began learning and experimenting with film processing and printing. Most of the prints in this show were taken with infrared film that displays a subtle warm glow and luminosity. Marc’s  work expresses his view of the inherent irony in the photographic process, freezing a moment in time for the viewer to interpret and enjoy.

March 30 - April 30, 2010
Curtis Stage
Reception: March 30, 2010 6-8pm
Gallery Hours: Monday through Thursday 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, & by appt. Admission is free

The Harris Art Gallery of The University of La Verne will presents 'Side Effects I Didn't Expect' a solo exhibition of Los Angeles area based artist, Curtis Stage. The latest body of work by Curtis Stage is a series of manipulated photographs. These pieces combine samplings of seemingly unrelated images to create a context where new fragmented narratives emerge. Stage uses as a mental mapping strategy to develop digitally collaged works. By plotting events, images, people and timelines, compositional elements are juxtaposed and assembled; partial grids, interior spaces, artificial colors and landscapes are spliced together with Photoshop layering. These manipulated photographs playfully present simultaneity while achieving a formal abstraction.