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Confluence 2017


CSUC & Butte College Student Exhibit

May 5-26

Reception: May 5, 5:00-7:00pm

Chico Art Center presents digital media art and design by students at CSU Chico and Butte College. This is a joint venture between Graphic Design and Multimedia at CSUC and Butte College.

This exhibit shows the public what creativity looks like in 21st-century institutions of higher learning with advanced methods of computer-assisted production. In today’s post-digital world, artists are using means of expression never before possible – from the functional beauty of graphic design to the fantastical illusions of animation and exploratory experiments in robotics.

Interview with Daniel Donnelly starts at minute 6:23 on Weekend Showcase

Curated by Daniel Donnelly
Sponsored by Butte College Digital Art & Design Department

Creative Fusion 2017Graphic design by Frances Mansour

13th Annual Junior High & High School Student Art Exhibit

Creative Fusion

April 7-28

Reception: Friday, April 7, 5:00-7:00
Drop Off: April 1-2; Pick Up: April 29-30
Fairy Doors Tour: April 29

This exhibition highlights the work of Junior High and High School students selected by their teachers. Fresh twists on traditional assignments as well as explorations in digital media make this exhibit an opportunity to see the visual and digital arts programming in Butte County schools. Over 100 works of art will be exhibited by Pleasant Valley, Chico and Fair View High, Inspire School for the Arts, Marsh, Bidwell and Chico Junior High, Blue Oak Charter School and Chico Country Day.

There will be a 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and viewer’s choice awards. This year’s juror is Paula Busch, a printmaker, painter and former art educator. For information about the juror, visit

This exhibit is generously sponsored by Graham Hutton from Made in Chico.

Chico Junior High Student Chico Junior High Student Chico Junior High Student Bryant Ian Hist. Comp. Fixed Christian's-Racial Profiling V2 Crow -Tay Francis- G11 Geovanna - Homeless PSA Jade Ryan Jesse Morse Joy Zeichick-Night Cityscape -G12 Madison Williams -Freewheel Jenna Ploog 2 Ryann Woods Dixie Thomas, Historical Comp Vanessa Kim Velazquez, Davis, Luna Grace Willmann
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Replication Machine

Replication Machine

March 3-31

Closing Reception: March 31, 5:00-7:00 pm

The Replication Machine is a contemporary living art machine made of artists! You bring something to our gallery and receive a handmade art replication.

“Stop In - Drop Off - Pick Up”

  1. Bring a thing you want replicated.
  2. Insert your thing in The Replication Machine.
  3. Wait approx. 20 minutes.
  4. Collect your Original and see your Replication. Fill out documentation.
  5. Pick up your Replication Friday, March 31st from 5:00 – 7:00 PM during the closing reception.

The replication machine is a contemporary living art machine. Artists will replicate objects brought in by You, the visitor. These art replications connect the artist to the community in real-time while providing a valuable, engaging experience.

Watch Live Stream Video | Listen to Interview starting at minute 17:00

History and Context

The first Replication Machine was executed for two weeks in 2007 at Chico State as part of the Chico State Art Club, a live group show featuring the BFA and MFA students collaborating in social engagement. The project was a success with over 100 copies made for the public in a two-week period. Engagement was extensively documented through the use of Polaroids and Questionnaires.

How are artists involved in The Replication Machine?

Working artists who have been involved in the first replication machine will participate. You don’t know who’s making your replication at any given time!

Core Replicators

Max Infeld
Dylan Tellesen
Sienna Orlando Lalaguna
David Hopper
Erin Lizardo
+ 30 more!

This project is designed by Max Infeld. Infeld designs typography and teaches printmaking at Butte College among many other creative expressions. Infeld describes himself as, “a designer, content publisher and producer. I make fonts, teach printmaking, and make movies. I also work in technology where I design and develop marketing, design and business solutions. When I am not socially engaging one or more audiences, I’m spending most my time thinking about what to do next...”

Discovery Series 2017

Discovery Series: State of Mind

February 3-24

Reception: February 3, 5-7 pm

This annual juried exhibition features artists that have had limited local exposure. The Art Center is very proud to present the following artists' work:

  • Bonnie Smith’s quilted wall work, “Swimming Upstream”. Artist’s website
  • Sandra Relyea’s poignant “shadows” depict populations often marginalized. Article
  • Jamie Blankenship’s photography and installation gives us a new look at familiar surroundings. Artist’s website

The show opens on Friday February 3 with a reception and light refreshments from 5pm to 7pm. The show is open Mon-Fri from 12-4 and Sat–Sun from 10–4 until February 23.

This year’s jurors were Upgraded Living magazine editor–in-chief, Erin Hansen, CAC Gallery Director and a CAC Board member and former Discovery Series artist, Penny Terstegge.

Sponsored by Mooney Farms + Interwest Insurance

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Member Showcase 2017

Member Showcase

January 6-27, 2017

Reception: Friday, January 6, 5:00-7:00pm
Member Potluck: Friday, January 27, 5:00-7:00pm
Drop Off: Dec. 28-30 Pick Up: Jan 28-29

Come see what’s landed! Chico Art Center presents the tremendous skill and diverse talents of our valued members.

This annual show is open exclusively to current members of the Chico Art Center. This is a submission-free non-juried exhibition to showcase the work of our valued members. All members are able to display one original artwork or design such as music, video, jewelry, furniture, etc. Questions? Contact: Cameron Kelly, Gallery Director , (415) 823-4418.

If you are not yet a member and are interested in participating in the Member Showcase, CAC membership dues are $40.00 annually. Click “become a member” to learn more about the benefits of membership. If you are unsure whether your membership is current or have further questions about membership please email with your inquiry.

Sponsored by Art House Contemporary Sculpture

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