Crude SpiritsCamarillo, Calif., Sept. 25, 2013 – The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to announce Crude Spirits: Oil and Awareness, the first solo student exhibition to appear at the University's new Grad Wall Gallery in Napa Hall, Room 1154, on the CI campus.

Created by CI senior Ryan Alexander, Crude Spirits examines the consequences of fossil fuel use in modern society. Using photography and illustration to create a chilling metaphor, Alexander places the viewer in a world inhabited by the specter of oil dependency and its inherent effect on the environment.

Crude Spirits will run from Thursday, Oct. 3, through Friday, Nov. 1, with an opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 6 to 8:00 p.m.

The Grad Wall is a new exhibition space intended to show off the work of some of the Art Program's finest graduating seniors. Each semester, CI Art Program faculty members nominate the top students in their respective medium. The final three solo exhibiting artists are chosen through a lottery system. Grad Wall exhibitions will run concurrently with the shows in Napa Hall's main gallery.

The Grad Wall is located in Napa Hall, Room 1154, on Ventura Street on the CI campus. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, contact the CI Art Program at 805-437-2772, email, or visit  

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