Camarillo, Calif., Oct. 29, 2013 – The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to announce the opening of the international exhibition Reflective Visions/Visionary Reflections (Part II), on view at the John Spoor Broome Art Gallery, Tuesday, Nov. 19, through Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.  The show is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between art professors from the world-renowned Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze in Italy, as well as faculty from the CSU International Program in Florence and the CI Art Program.  It presents the artists’ creative comparisons on themes related to Tuscany and California.

A free public reception will take place on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  Speakers at the reception include Alberto di Mauro, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles, and Karen Carey, CI Associate Vice President for Arts & Sciences.

Reflective Visions/Visionary Reflections is an eclectic, interdisciplinary exhibition in which the authors comment on their immediate environment (reflective visions) and a faraway place (visionary reflections).  All participants present two works: one reflecting on Florence/Tuscany and the other about California.  The exhibition debuted at the CSU Center in Florence in April 2013, where the curator, CI Art History Professor Irina D. Costache, served as Resident Director during the 2012-2013 academic year.  The 30+ participants in the exhibition include faculty from disciplines such as architecture, art history, Italian literature, classics, and history.  This innovative exhibition showcasing international faculty and presented on different continents, is perfectly aligned with CI’s international, interdisciplinary, multicultural, and service learning missions.

The artwork reveals a vast and rich series of unexpected connections between the two geographical areas.  The Golden Gate Bridge and Ponte Vecchio, the Pacific Coast and Demidoff Park, the Getty and Uffizi museums, and the Dome of the Florence Cathedral and the CI Bell Tower are only a few examples of the diverse visual and conceptual juxtapositions represented in this exhibition.  This vibrant, startling and inviting mosaic is enhanced by poems, short essays, and historical references, including one to Machiavelli, one of the many famous Florentines.

The gallery is located on the second floor of the John Spoor Broome Library.  Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.  For additional information, visit; contact the Art Program at 805-437-2772; Irina D. Costache at; or the John Spoor Broome Library at 805-437-8561.

Limited parking is available on campus with the purchase of a $6 daily permit; follow signs to the parking permit dispensers. Free parking is available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road with bus service to and from the campus.  Riders should board the CI Vista Bus to the campus; the cash-only fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at

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