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Events Calendar 

Spring 2014 Data and Technology 

January 21 – February 14, 2014

2014 Artist Invitational

Time: Gallery Hours are M-F 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Location: Conley Art Gallery

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The 2014 Artist Invitational is here! In collaboration with CCA, the Department of Art and Design's fourth annual artist invitational exhibition began on January 21 and will last until February 14. The artists invited to participate in the exhibition each have differing, innovative, and visually engaging approaches to their practice revolving around ideas of CCA's 2013-2014 theme. Their work is expressed in a variety of mediums including video, print, animation, and installation.

Please visit the Conley Art Gallery to view the artists’ unique and engaging works.

Event artists include: Joelle Dietrick and Owen Mundy, Scott Groeniger, Jason Salavon, and Danielle Tagader 

February 20, 2014

hasan elahi

Hasan Elahi, Phd
University of Maryland

Time: 9:30-10:30 am
Location: Peters Building 191

Title: Hiding in Plain Sight

CCA is proud to welcome artist Hasan Elahi who will discuss the new normal of privacy along with his experiences with FBI interrogations and subsequent art projects in a public lecture titled “Hiding in Plain Sight.”

After an erroneous tip called into law enforcement authorities in 2002, Elahi was subjected to an intensive post 9-11 investigation by the FBI. After undergoing months of interrogations and nine lie-detector tests, he was cleared of suspicions. After this harrowing experience, Elahi conceived "Tracking Transience" ( and opened just about every aspect of his life to the public. Predating the NSA’s PRISM surveillance program by half a decade, the project has continuously generated a database of imagery and locative information that tracks Elahi and his points of transit in real-time. Although initially created for his FBI agent, the public can also monitor his communication records, banking transactions, and transportation logs along with various intelligence and government agencies who have been confirmed visiting his website.

With the widespread use of household digital tools today, we generate and archive more data than ever before. In an age where everything is archived and the need to delete is almost nonexistent, can we remain private anymore? 

March 6 - 29, 2014

art scientifique

Art Scientifique: Artistic Interpretation of Science

Gallery Hours: M-F 9:00-11:30 am and 1:00- 4:00 pm Saturdays 9:00 am-12:00 noon

Location: The Chris Sorensen Studio
                  2223 S. Van Ness Ave
                  Fresno, CA 93721 

In its fourth annual show, Art Scientifique has partnered with CCA to explore the science behind past, present, and future technological innovations. The show will take place this spring and include concepts such as computing, computer-generated art, engineering, nanotechnology, robotics, genetic engineering, data storage, internet and the web, trans-humanism and more.

This show provides a fantastic opportunity for local artists as works can be submitted to the gallery for viewing. Art submissions following the theme of "Data and Tech" are accepted in all mediums. If you or someone you know is interested in submitting a piece please do so in person on March 1, 2014 from 12:00-5:00 pm at the Chris Sorensen Studio. There is a $15.00 entry fee per piece with all funding going towards prizes.

The opening reception for the exhibition is on Thursday March 6 from 5:00-7:00 pm. You can visit the Chris Sorensen Studio's website at to find out more information of the studio and exhibition.  

March 16 – 29, 2014

Artist-in-Residence: Joseph Delappe, MFA
University of Nevada, Reno

Residency: March 16-29
Location: Conley Art, West Lawn

Title: Drone: A Participatory Memorial 

image of Joseph delappeThis March, CCA will welcome back artist-in-residence Joseph Delappe. During his residency, he will complete his project titled “Drone: A Participatory Memorial.” This project hopes to inspire healthy dialogue around the issues of the use of modern day technologies in domestic and world conflicts. 

Over the past decade of war, our military and intelligence services have enthusiastically embraced the use of armed, unmanned aerial vehicles as weapons of choice against terrorism. Although they have helped to save thousands of American lives, their extensive use has also caused the deaths of innocent civilians. Delappe’s sculpture seeks to memorialize the innocent victims and also stimulate conversations amongst faculty, staff, students, and Fresno community. 

In concurrence with his project on Fresno State’s campus an exhibition of Delappe’s other works will be featured at the Fresno Art Museum. This exhibit begins on  Friday, January 24. Examples of Delappe’s works can be found on his website at

April 4, 2014
image of artist

Title: Himalaya Song

Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Peters Education Auditorium

Himalaya Song is an experimental film with live narration and music, offering viewers a unique experience involving the convergence of film, new media technologies and live musical performance. This hybrid narrative multimedia performance uses storytelling, new media, and digital technology to examine the Himalayas as they undergo major environmental and ecological change. 

The story follows the journey of a fictional character, a geologist named Anya, as she goes on a search for her mother in the Himalayan mountains. During her journey, she comes across various intersections of climate science as well as Hindu and Buddhist approaches to nature.  Her journey, while set in the year 2050, is based on documentary and factual research about the water crisis and climate change in the Himalayas and draws on mythological narratives from the region.

This event is being sponsored by: ASI, Department of Art and Design, Campus as a Living Lab, CSU Chancellor's Office & Fresno State Sustainability Ambassadors, CineCulture and the College of Arts and Humanities

March 24 - April 14, 2014


The Book Tree
Henry Madden Library

Time: Library Hours
Location: Third Floor Balcony, Henry Madden Library 

Is there still a need for a hard copy of books, periodicals, journals, or even dictionaries? Fully immersed in the digital age, paper seems to be thing of the past. No longer do students go to the library to check out books for research; technology has replaced our longing to hold a book in our hands. A quick search through the library’s online catalogue can bring up thousands of articles that supplement a students need to search through long aisles of books. How many Fresno State students are actually aware that the basement of our own university library contains thousands of books just waiting to be read? For most, the only section of the library ever seen is the cozy “food friendly” second floor where power outlets for smartphones, tablets, and laptops are easily accessible. 

This new technological wave has left books dusty on their shelves. The Henry Madden Library has taken it upon themselves to memorialize this “old” form of data collection in a project called “The Book Tree.” Books that have never been checked out or even opened in the library will be used to construct trees showcasing the massive amount of data available to students that remains untouched.

March 24 - May 30, 2014

Turning Pages: Intersections of Books and Technology

Gallery Hours: M-F 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturdays 1:00 pm-5:00 pm, Sundays 2:00 pm-5:00 pm

Location: Ellipse Gallery, Henry Madden Library

turning pages

How have printing technologies changed the world of children’s picture books? How can you help create a collaborative digital book? How are artists transforming discarded books?

Technologies, both old and new, have changed the way we look at books, their creation, their content, and their range of formats. In collaboration with CCA, the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature and the Special Collections Research Center of the Henry Madden Library are putting on an exhibition that provides a glimpse into some of the ways technology has transformed books and book making.  Using examples from the Arne Nixon Center and the Special Collections Research Center, as well as book art from five world-renowned artists, the exhibition will explore the intersection of books and technology from advances in printing, to the digital arena, to new and exciting forms of art. Please join us on the journey through the landscape of books and technology.

Exhibition artists include: Thomas Allen, Su Blackwell, Brian Dettmer, Pamela Paulsrud, and Mike Stilkey

A catered reception to celebrate the exhibition’s opening will be held on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm in Room 2206 of the Madden Library at Fresno State. Book artist, Mike Stilkey will give a presentation beginning at 7:00 pm to discuss his process and the inspiration for his artwork, which is included in the show. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Please send RSVPs and inquiries to or call the Arne Nixon Center at 559.278.8116.