"Another great example of free press can be found in the Euphrat Museum of Art at De Anza College where I am a work-study intern. They have all kinds of art shows that reflect parts of American life and history that aren’t often mentioned in the regular media… Community art museums like the Euphrat Museum are very important to have because here artists can express themselves freely and sometimes reflect another side of life that isn’t often mentioned in newspapers or on commercial television. This is an important part of democracy — the freedom to show, see, and talk about all kinds of artwork, ideas, and events."
|De Anza student Trang Tran, in a political science essay
De Anza Student Art Show
May 6 - June 13, 2013
Open Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., during exhibitions.
Open Saturday May 11, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., for New Student and Parent Open House.
Open Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., for Open Studios Weekend.
Closed Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day.
Open to tour groups by appointment.
Reception and Award Ceremony: Wednesday, May 22, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
The exhibition features paintings, drawings, mixed-media works, photography, sculpture, ceramics, furniture, and more created by students at De Anza College. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Arts 72 Internship in Art class.
The jurors are Kathryn Funk, curator, and Angelica Muro, Assistant Professor of Integrated Media & Photography, California State University Monterey Bay.
Sponsored by De Anza Associated Student Body, Friends of the Euphrat Museum of Art, Creative Arts Division, and the City of Cupertino.
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War & Healing
February 4 - March 21, 2013
Open Monday - Thursday, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. during exhibits
Open Saturday, March 2, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. with a Community Art Station
Closed Monday, Feb. 18
Open to tours by appointment
Reception with the artists: Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. with printmaking demonstrations by Diego Marcial Rios
Combat Paper workshops with co-founder Drew Cameron, Euphrat Museum of Art, March 7 and 9, from 10 a.m. - Noon. and 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Artists: Combat Paper Project with co-founder Drew Cameron, Joyce McEwen Crawford, Thomas Dang, Mike Dooley, Pantea Karimi with Daniel Konhauser, Linden Keiffer, Rolf Kriken, Sanaz Mazinani, Giuseppe Pellicano, Ehren Tool, Elizabeth Travelslight, Diego Marcial Rios, the Justseeds Artist Collective with the Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Xiaoe Xie.
War & Healing looks at war and the healing potential of art. Many of the artists have lived through war firsthand. Three focus on social and internal war. They examine the effects of war on everyone, tell stories, and document global history. Art-making is used as an integral part of the healing process. War & Healing invites us to examine our own perceptions about war and reaffirm our sense of humanity.
Special projects include a collaborative mural by Eugene Rodriguez's design students and winning entries from the Sakhaa On-the-Spot Peace Art Contest.
A concurrent display at the California History Center features The Art of Protest, a collection of 1960's and 70's protest posters from the San Jose Peace and Justice Center.
War & Healing is offered in conjunction with Silicon Valley Reads 2013. The program features two books that describe the invisible wounds of war, The Long Walk by Brian Castner and Minefields of the Heart by Sue Diaz.
Read the New York Times, Ultra Extra, and Sunnyvale Sun reviews of War & Healing.
Xiaoze Xie, April-December 2008, Guangzhou Ri Bao, 2011. Oil on canvas, 78” x 96.”
Xiaoxe Xie's oil paintings depict stacks of newspapers, each revealing a section of cover image over a specific period of time. War-related images are standard daily fare. He raises questions about how we perceive the world through the media and what ideologies are imbedded in those pages.
The Combat Paper Project utilizes art-making workshops to assist veterans in reconciling and sharing their personal experiences as well as broadening the traditional narrative surrounding service and the military culture. Through papermaking workshops veterans use their uniforms worn in combat to create cathartic works of art.
Combat Paper co-founder and papermaker Drew Cameron exhibits a selection of his own Combat Paper works. In 2004, upon returning from serving as a field artillery soldier in Iraq, he took Drew Matott's papermaking workshop at the Green Door Studio in Vermont. The Combat Paper Project grew from their collaboration and today he travels across the United States and abroad presenting Combat Paper workshops, residencies, and exhibitions.
Pantea Karimi, There Are Many Kinds of War, 2012. Watercolor on paper, 11” x 29.”
Pantea Karimi's watercolor paintings focus on recent uprisings around the world from Occupy protests in Zuccotti Park to the Arab Spring in the Middle East. They also reference her own childhood in revolutionary and post-revolutionary Iran. A digital animation, The Hubbub of Human Magma, incorporates imagery from her watercolor paintings with an original soundtrack by Daniel Konhauser. For War & Healing Karimi also created Middle of Nowhere: Locating a Retained Memory, a new digital installation that examines her father's Iran-Iraq War experiences and near fatal injuries.
Thomas Dang, Raku Bomb #18, 2011. Clay, mixed media, 12” x 5” x 3.”
Thomas Dang's ceramic/mixed-media sculptures serve as a reminder of the catastrophic events biological and chemical weapons can cause. Raku-glazed 'bombs' containing super-enlarged models of pathogenic organisms are suspended mid-air. In Dang's time with the Marine Corps he has done two combat tours in Iraq and has seen many hostile engagements. Biological and chemical warfare training gave him insight into their devastating potential and inspired a continuing study.
Sanaz Mazinani, Clouded Libya (detail), 2012. Digital photograph, 31” x 31.”
Sanaz Mazinani's digital photo-based installations investigate cognitive awareness and challenge the viewer to look at how our perceptions of war and enemy are formed. Clouded Libya features kaleidoscopic digital patterns made from images of military explosions over the Libyan desert. Threshold #1 - 4 draws from four recent news media images of explosions. She writes, "The symbolic likeness of an explosion stands in for an act of violence, but also for depictions of power that are sublime and awe-inspiring. We are surrounded by a culture of fetishism of weapons."
Elizabeth Travelslight, green parrots, 2011. Mixed media, c. 24” x 30.”
Elizabeth Travelight's installation, green parrots, addresses the widespread phenomena of anti-personnel mine casualties among young boys in Afghanistan. It exposes the, all too often, traumatic effects of childhood learning and play in worn-torn countries. Suspended like a child's mobile, floating paper-mache green parrot 'mines' cast shifting shadows onto a sky-blue wall. An audio component captures conversations among boys recuperating in EMERGENCY's Surgical Center for War Victims, Kabal, Afghanistan.
Linden Keiffer, The Reckoning, 2003. Oil on canvas, 62” x 67.”
Linden Keiffer's oil painting, The Reckoning, refers to inner wars and primal battles of acceptance. A lone figure climbs over a trail of battered wooden staffs, ruins of past struggles. The short story that inspired his painting describes the evolution of human violence and offers resolution through integration, a symbolic union of "human, beast, and staff." The Reckoning also points to a future where all humans are multi ethnic and free to live in peace. Keiffer is co-founder and president of The You In Me, Inc., a non-profit organization that focuses on art, multi racial/ethnic, and multicultural education.
Siri Maggerin, I’m a Sharpshooter: Chantelle Bateman, 2011. Silkscreen print, 16” x 12.”
War Is Trauma is a portfolio of handmade prints produced by the Justseeds Artists' Cooperative in collaboration with the Iraq Veterans Against the War. This portfolio transpired out of a street poster project, "Operation Recovery", a 2010 campaign to stop the deployment of traumatized troops and win service members and veterans right to heal. Posters were pasted in public, replacing many corporate advertisements, to focus public attention towards the issues not being discussed - GI Resistance, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), sexual assault in the military or Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Ehren Tool's ceramic cup installations seek to raise awareness of war and popular images of war. He points to children's toys such as, "Bombs Away," a miniature CBU-87 cluster bomb toy recommended for ages 10 and up. His cups also commemorate those who died in combat and he has given away thousands of them as a part of his artistic process. Tool says, "Drink out of the cup with bombs or skulls on it. We don't have money for schools or prisons that truly rehabilitate but we do have money for million-dollar Tomahawk missiles. Every single one of us is a part of that system." Tool is a third-generation soldier who served in Desert Storm.
Diego Marcial Rios, It Must Be Angels, 2010. Woodcut print, 3’ x 2.’
Diego Marcial Rios' woodcut prints merge politics and faith and decry the effects of war on all peoples. His 6ft print, It Must be Angels, illustrates a moral struggle between the vast profits of a militarized economy and the humanitarian desire for peace. Ancient and contemporary symbols for life and death confront the viewer in Tell the Sky and Flute of Death. Rios addresses violence and suffering that he has witnessed and advocates for social and economic reforms.
Mike Dooley, Friends, 2012. Digital photograph, 20” x 30.”
Mike Dooley's digital collages look at life after serving including the high rates of suicide amongst veterans. In Friends, a soldier moves through a dark urban tunnel back-lit by a band of cold blue light. Dooley writes, "A soldier meets many people and accepts many things over their career. As they walk down the path of conflict and war they become intimate with the only certainty of life." He chronicles his own transition back to the civilian world and addresses issues facing soldiers and veterans today. Dooley is an 82nd Airborne veteran and a Bronze Star recipient.
Giuseppe Pellicano, Tea Time, 2012. Photograph, 18” x 28.”
Giuseppe Pellicano's photographic series Grenade illustrates the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on soldiers and their families. A large-scale grenade sculpture symbolizes reintegration into civilian life. In Teatime, a young girl plays tea with the grenade, a tiara on its crown. Gifts From Dad features two small boys engaged in warfare play on Christmas morning, the grenade looking on. Pellicano is a U.S. Army veteran who served in Kosovo, Germany, and California.
Joyce McEwen Crawford, The Guardian, 2009. Graphite, colored pencil, 30” x 22.”
Joyce McEwen Crawford's drawing, The Guardian, was inspired by African and American Indian stories of ancestral and guardian spirits. She writes, “As adults, we are all “guardian angels.” As a social worker, I saw many children removed from harm and placed with guardians, earthly angels, who would care for them, love and protect them, speak on their behalf and assist in their healing. The angelic image in The Guardian surrounds the child with its wings, baring his scars, protecting him when he could not protect himself.”
Rolf Kriken, Prophesy, 2012. Bronze, 11’ 4” base 3’ x 3.’
Rolf Kriken's bronze sculptures honor America's veterans and point to the devastating effects of war. His sculptures incorporate soldier’s faces, Army code, weaponry, and other war objects. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War and is best known for his bronze sculptures at the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Sacramento. Referring to his work on memorials, Kriken told youngsters attending a career day presentation, "Put me out of business (by making sure no more wars occur) so your names won't end up on a wall."
The Art of Education: De Anza and Foothill Art Faculty/Staff Show
October 22 - December 7, 2012
Open Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. during exhibits
Open Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. with a Family Art Station
Open to tours by appointment
Reception with the artists and silent auction: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
The Art of Education exhibition will highlight the diverse yet interconnected work of art faculty and staff from De Anza College in Cupertino and Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. Painting, drawing, prints, mixed media, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and more will be on display. Also included will be Pick Up Your Pencils, Begin by Visiting Artist Harriete Estel Berman.
Kent Manske, San Francisco Bay, 2012. Portfolio of screen prints.
Masako Miki, Growing Antlers Against Her Wish, 2012. Wool on composition leafed wood panel.
Harriete Estel Berman, Pick Up Pencils, Begin, 2012. #2 pencils and monofilament fishing line.
Mark Engel, Birth of the New, 2012. Oil on canvas.
Kate Jordahl, Song Within, 2012. Photography.
Don't Be Afraid of Love
Project took place in July and August. Private reception. Open by appointment in August. Santa Clara County youth in the Foster Care system participated.
The Don’t Be Afraid of Love exhibition at the Euphrat Museum of Art featured artworks created by students in De Anza's 2012 Summer Bridge program. They began by directing, acting, and staging shadow theater scenes. Select images were then used as inspiration for a series of art projects including collaborative paintings, light-boxes with poetry, and a book. The students drew from their own wisdom and life experiences expressing love, fear, and faith.
Summer Bridge Project, Equity, 2012. Photograph of shadow theater scene.
De Anza Student Art Show
May 8 - June 14, 2012
Open Mon. - Thurs. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. during exhibitions.
Open Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., with ongoing tours led by members of the Gallery Exhibition Design class.
Closed Memorial Day, Monday, May 28
Reception and Awards Ceremony: Tuesday, May 22, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The exhibition features paintings, drawings, mixed-media works, photography, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, furniture, and more created by students at De Anza College. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Gallery and Exhibition Design class.
The jurors are Gale Antokal, Program Head for Pictorial Art at San Jose State University; Ala Ebteckar, visual artist and visiting faculty at Stanford University; and Xiaoneng Yang, Ph.D., Curator of Asian Art, Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University.
Sponsored by the De Anza Associated Student Body, the Euphrat Museum of Art, and the Creative Arts Division.
Feb. 3 - March 17, 2012
Open Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. during exhibits
Open Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m - 1 p.m. with Community Art Station
Open Saturday, March 11, Noon - 2 p.m. before Sounds of the Soul film presentation
Open to tours by appointment
Reception: Thursday, Feb. 9, 5:30 - 7 p.m. with calligraphy demonstrations by Zubair Simab
Invoking Peace interweaves tradition, innovation, faith, and activism. It emphasizes the immense diversity of Islamic art and reveals shared concerns. Traditional and hybrid calligraphy is combined with site-specific installations, animation, graphic design, a collaborative mural, and more. This shared call for peace brings together artists from around the globe and throughout the Bay Area.
Artists include: Seyed Alavi, Doris Bittar, Ala Ebtekar, Taraneh Hemami, and Saira Wasim with Legacy of Qur'an: Messages of Peace artists Um Amina, Salma Arastu, Davi Barker, Bassamat Bahnasy, Manli Chao, Haji Noor Deen, Azeem Khaliq, Ali Khan, Asma Khan, Fatima Ozgun, Mark Piercy, David Platford, Nabeela Raza Sajjad, Ayesha Samdani, Lubna Shaikh, Arash Shirinibab, and Zubair Simab.
The title wall features Occupy Everywhere, a collaborative mural by Color and Design students with De Anza College art professor Eugene Rodriguez.
Presented in conjunction with Silicon Valley Reads 2012 and the Islamic Art Exhibit.
Painting by Saira Wasim, Plea for Peace, 2008. Gouache, gold leaf, ink on tea stained wasli paper, 21.5" x 22.8 "
Painting by Saira Wasim, The Crucible, 2010. Gouache, marbling, metallic stars, silver and gold leaf, 11.5" x 7.8"
Painting by Seyed Alavi, The Homeless , 2011. Acrylic and spray on cardboard, 12' x 3'
Painting by Ala Ebtekar, Morning Breeze, 2007. Acrylic, ink and opaque watercolor on book page, 10" x 6 3/4"
Bridging Generations: De Anza Collects
Oct. 24- Dec. 8, 2011
Open Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. during exhibits
Open Saturdays Nov. 5 and Dec. 3 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. with Family Art Station and Art on Campus Tours.
A re-visioning of the college's Art on Campus Collection, with a look at art and globalization. The exhibition will feature awarding-winning works of art by the De Anza College students from 1971-2011 and a selection of contemporary art, photo and textiles from West Africa. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Arts 71 Gallery and Exhibition Design class.
Come Together For Art
A Special Benefit Auction for the Euphrat Museum of Art
Auction preview exhibition: June 22 and 23 (11-6pm)
FRIDAY JUNE 24, 2011
6pm Reception with hors d’ oeuvres, live music & silent auction
7pm Live Auction
Euphrat Museum of Art at De Anza College
First of a series of auction/exhibitions. Featuring a recent painting by Paul Hau (Hau Bei Ren), Qin Dynasty artwork (fan paintings, scrolls, and embroideries) from the collection of Connie Young Yu, and art from other accomplished contemporary artists and treasured collections.
Painting by renowned artist Paul Hau: Colorful Clouds over the River Gorge (detail). Signed and sealed by Hau Pei Jen, dated May 2011 at Old Apricot Villa. 21”x40”. Donated by Paul Hau (Hau Pei Jen) for Euphrat auction.
Sponsors include: Silicon Valley Asian Art Center, Chinese Historical Society of America, American Society for the Advancement of Chinese Art.
De Anza College Student Art Show
May 16 - June 14, 2011
Closed Memorial Day, May 30
Open Saturdays June 4 and June 11. From 11 to 3 pm. With special presentations by members from the Museum Studies class and some of the artists in the exhibition.
Reception: Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 5:30-7:30pm. Awards will be presented during this reception.
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With wide diversity in media and approach, this exhibition features paintings, drawings, mixed-media works, photography, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, and more created by students at De Anza College. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Gallery and Exhibition Design class.
For more details, visit our Student Shows page.
Come On Down!
Come On Down! is a multi-purpose project space that includes a collaborative communal area for connecting visual and oral history, and an experimental exhibition area for the results of interactive projects. Part of this campus/community space will feature frequently changing artwork. Spring 2011 presentations include:
- High school student activity: Jenny Truong, Nancy Yang. On exhibit is the artwork of two top honorable mentions of Congressman Mike Honda’s Congressional Art Competition. Here is more information about the Competition and the official press release.
An Artistic Discovery is the annual art contest conducted by Members of Congress for high school students across the country. This competition provides Members and the public an opportunity to encourage and recognize the rich artistic talents of young American high school students. The winning artist and 1 guest are flown to Washington, D.C., to attend an unveiling reception held at the Capitol this year. The winning piece from each district is displayed as part of a year-long national exhibition in the Cannon Tunnel, a pedestrian walkway leading from the Cannon House Office Building to the United States Capitol.
- Artist/student Activity: We are Socially Networked, installation by artist Pantea Karimi and students from Nimitz Elementary School. This installation was connected to Karimi’s Artist of the Year Award, which she received from the Fine Arts Commission, City of Cupertino. Nimitz students (3rd – 5th grade) viewed Karimi’s recent artwork and talked with her about its content. Then the students drew and collaged their own artworks, juxtaposing images of digital technology gadgets, logos, and/or our natural environment. The installation took the form of a social network diagram.
The technologically curious group of students from Nimitz School in Sunnyvale jumped right into the project. Connected with the Euphrat Museum’s acclaimed Arts & Schools Program, this project took the experience of art-making beyond classroom walls, inviting the youth to look at the intersection of art and life in Silicon Valley. Exhibited also are two of Pantea Karimi’s recent artworks. "Through my art, I want to capture moments when technological tools, computer-assisted sounds, programs, and images, simultaneously connect and separate us from one another."
CO-SPONSORS include: Cupertino Fine Arts Commission, City of Cupertino, Euphrat Museum of Art, Arts Council Silicon Valley.
ABOUT THE EUPHRAT MUSEUM OF ART
For over 30 years, the Euphrat has presented one-of-a-kind exhibitions, publications, and events reflecting the diverse heritage of our area. Our mission is to provide a venue and resource for visual ideas and communication that stimulate creativity and an interest in art among audiences of all ages. We provide for a spectrum of interactions with a large and diversified public, working on and off campus with specialists in all disciplines. The Museum has an outstanding Arts & Schools Program, primarily in Cupertino and Sunnyvale, at various school and community sites. Each year the Museum creates public art projects involving elementary and middle school students, De Anza student interns, and Euphrat artist/teachers.
The Euphrat is funded in part by De Anza College, De Anza Associated Student Body, City of Cupertino, City of Sunnyvale, Arts Council Silicon Valley. It is also supported by an Applied Materials Excellence in the Arts grant in partnership with Arts Council Silicon Valley, and by the Euphrat Museum Advisory Council and Friends of the Euphrat Museum.
For information, call:
Director of Arts & Schools Program