Art Notes: ‘Curiosity’ by Charles Shields at Phebe Conley Art Gallery

The Department of Art and Design presents “Curiosity,” artwork by recently retired faculty member Charles Shields in the Phebe Conley Art Gallery at Fresno State. Shields will give a talk from 4:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, with a reception to follow.

This retrospective consists of works beginning from Shields’s student work in the 1960s and spanning across his professional career up until the 1990s.

The majority of the gallery space is filled with his 1970s pieces but one of the highlights in the exhibit is his display of logos he designed, which includes that of the Chaffee Zoo.

Stephanie Wong, Jennifer Runyon and Duran Hernandez, who were hired by Shields, collaborated in the selection and curation of his artwork. In addition, they decided to include a “Message Wall,” where visitors are encouraged to write a short message to Shields where they can then be hung on this wall for everyone to view.

Shields received his BFA and MFA from the Art Center College of Design. His professional work comprises many diverse projects including illustrating a cover for Rolling Stone magazine, illustrating a book that received the New York Times Children’s Book of the Year award, and designing props for a Steven Spielberg motion picture.

Shields has won numerous awards from many sources, including: the Society of Illustrators of New York, the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, the Art Directors Club of New York, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the American Graphic Design Awards, the American Advertising Awards, the Summit Awards, the Clio Awards and a Silver Medal, Lifetime Achievement award from the American Advertising Federation.

His work has been recognized in Print and Communication Arts magazines and exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. He has been published in more than 60 books in the U.S., Japan, China and Germany.

The exhibition will continue until Sept. 29.

The Phebe Conley Art Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays during exhibitions, excluding holidays.

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