‘New Faculty Works’ art exhibition opens Sept. 7

~ By Taylor Blaire Mosher, student writer for the College of Arts and Humanities

The Fresno State Art and Design Department will present “New Faculty Works,” an exhibition of professional artwork created by two new faculty members, Dr. Ahran Koo and Dr. Laura Huisinga, on Thursday, Sept. 7, and Saturday, Sept. 16, at the M Street Graduate Art Studios in downtown Fresno.

The “New Faculty Works” art exhibition will showcase the diverse work of the two artists, both of whom have unique artistic backgrounds. Koo joined the faculty this semester and is an assistant professor of art education. Huisinga joined the faculty in fall 2016 and is an assistant graphic design professor, specializing in interaction design and augmented reality.

Both Laura Huisinga and Ahran Koo have strong backgrounds in research combined with the fine arts. We have asked both artists to include posters that highlight their research, which is different from previous exhibits at the Graduate Art Studios Art Gallery at M Street. Laura’s background is in interaction and multimedia and will present an interactive virtual reality display for this exhibit. Ahran has a collection of two-dimensional artwork combined with her research in education in the arts,” said Christopher Lopez, technician for the Art and Design Department.

Students, colleagues and visitors will have the opportunity to view a collection of artwork that showcases the diverse talent and depth of creativity these two artists will bring to the art programs at Fresno State and help to foster in their students.

The exhibition will begin with an opening reception to be held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, during ArtHop. The show will be on view again from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. The exhibition will be in the gallery at the M Street Graduate Art Studios, 1419 M Street.

The biennial faculty and staff show will return next year, which invites all art and design faculty and staff members to exhibit their work.

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The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

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