Camarillo, Calif., Oct. 15, 2013 – The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to announce the opening of "Back to School: Inside the Artist's/Art Historian's Studio." This first exhibition of the academic year in the Broome Art Gallery is on view now through Thursday, Oct. 24. The gallery, located on the second floor of the John Spoor Broome Library, will host a free public reception and artists' talk on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the close of the show.

The exhibition is an innovative exposé of the artists' creative processes. Instead of highlighting finished works, the exhibition documents and makes visible the lengthy, progressive path from initial ambiguous ideas to tangible outcomes. CI Art faculty generously consented to display works that are unfinished, in progress, or that served as preparatory material. By daring to share these private creative moments with the public, they are allowing a rare glimpse into the visual, conceptual and practical processes at the core of their creative work. The exhibition explores concepts ranging from solar power as an art tool to the immediacy of local events and from found objects to visual narratives.

"Most artists and art historians are reluctant, for many different reasons, including perhaps the concern of revealing some of their 'trade secrets,' to present works that are unfinished," said CI Art History Professor Irina D. Costache, the show's curator. "This exhibition reveals the broad sources, innovative technologies and inventive devices used by artists and art historians to transform their thoughts, impressions and emotions into lines, shapes and words."

CI Art faculty represented in the show include Christophe Bourély, Beverly Decker, Matt Furmanski, Liz King, Beth Leister, Leslie Lloyd, Kate Martin, Alison Perchuk, and Kathleen Quaife.

John Spoor Broome Art Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, contact the Art Program, at 805‐437-2772 or

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