Local artists featured in virtual ‘PANDEMICAL’ exhibition

This is the view from my backyard. I was hypnotized by the clouds popping in and out of the window bound by trees, telephone poles, and my neighbors house.

The Center for Creativity and the Arts (CCA) exhibition “PANDEMICAL” will begin with a virtual reception and award ceremony at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1, on Zoom. The virtual exhibition will run Oct. 1 to Nov. 20 and will be hosted on the PANDEMICAL website.


In choosing an image from the submissions to represent the “PANDEMICAL” exhibition, Dr. Cindy Urrutia, director for the Center for Creativity and the Arts, said she was drawn to “Normalcy” by local artist and Fresno State alumna Shannon Bickford.

“There is a quietude that comes in the moments where silence envelopes us–it can bring peace or discomfort,” Urrutia explained. “It is simultaneously eerie, peaceful, beautiful and captivating. It underlines the chaos that can simmer on the surface of a sleepy, quiet state that, in a way, has become a normal state of being during the Pandemic.”

Like PANDEMICAL, Urrutia says, Normalcy captures the wide range of emotions and experiences that we as a society we are witnessing.

This is the view from my backyard. I was hypnotized by the clouds popping in and out of the window bound by trees, telephone poles, and my neighbors house.
“Normalcy” by Shannon Bickford. “When life slows down, one notices things that seemed so irrelevant to a busy brain. This is the view from my backyard. I was hypnotized by the clouds popping in and out of the window bound by trees, telephone poles, and my neighbors house.”

As the world locked down due to the pandemic, CCA shifted their focus from bringing nationally and internationally recognized artists to Fresno State to exploring the creative outlets of local and regional artists through the 2020 experience. PANDEMICAL explores the ways COVID-19 has impacted our lives, creativity, and artistry. Taking advantage of the online medium, it will showcase spoken word, poetry, theatre, music, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, video and animation.

The Center for Creativity and the Arts’ mission is to engage the public with the arts through dynamic interdisciplinary programming that highlights local topics that have global perspectives. As an institution, the center is committed to contributing to the intellectual, social and artistic life of the University and the Central Valley and seeks to create an environment where the arts function as a catalyst for intellectual and creative conversations that are grounded in the everyday life of the Central Valley.

Bickford has an M.A. in Special Major, combining art and biology, and an M.S. in Psychology from Fresno State. After 20 years as a school psychologist, she retired and now dedicates her time to art, writing, and family.

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