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For Fall 2021 the CSUSB campus is open again. Many art and design courses will be held on campus, with some remaining online. As we continue to monitor and meet established safety guidelines in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, our offices are open and operating normally. You can reach us by phone at (909) 537-5802 or via email at We will respond as quickly as possible.

Please keep a close watch for new announcements. Many of them, as well as several important and useful resources, can be found on CSUSB’s dedicated web page.

Also, useful and factual information about vaccinations for CSUSB students, faculty, and staff can be found on CSUSB's Protect The Pack page.

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CSUSB ART & DESIGN - NEWS - [click to expand]

News May 2022 - Professor Matthew Poole has a chapter included in this new anthology on institutional critique art and infrastructural critique art - BETWEEN THE MATERIAL & THE POSSIBLE (Sternberg Press & Edith-Russ-Haus, 2022) - edited by curator and theorist Bassam El Baroni.

News May 2022 - Come watch the MFA Grad Talks on May 13th at 3:15pm in VA101. This year's graduating MFA candidates are: Melanie Asalde- Smith, Melissa Medina, Marlee Üggen, and Jamie Valdez. Join us to hear about their artistic journeys and the inspiration behind their work.

News May 2022 - After a 2 year absence, it's back!!!

Year End Student Award Show followed by the 50th Annual Student Art Exhibition, opening at the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art. 6pm start in VA 101 and the VAC courtyard. Join us in celebrating our students! Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

News May 2022 - ART HISTORY  | Global Cultures Student Conference with Keynote Address from Alma Ruiz, starting at 10 am on Friday, May 13th, 2022 Visual Arts Building, VA 101. For more information and to see a list of the student speakers, please visit:

News Nov 2021 - Professor of Art History & Global Cultures Dr. Jane Chin Davidson has been appointed as the inaugural CSUSB Faculty Fellow for Diversity Equity & Inclusion in Teaching. In this position, Dr. Chin Davidson will join CSUSB's outstanding faculty development team, and she will provide guidance to faculty to embed diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of teaching and pedagogy.  Specifically, Dr. Chin Davidson will facilitate workshops on DEI in teaching and pedagogy, focusing on creating inclusive classrooms and decolonizing syllabi.

News Nov 2021 - 'Zineverse Zine Fest' at The Gresham Art Gallery, 701 S. Mount Vernon Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92410. December 10th, 2021 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm. For further information contact: / IG: zineverse_sanbernardino

News Nov 2021 - Dr. Nicole Dawn Strathman's book, "Through a Native Lens: American Indian Photography," (released 2020 by University of Oklahoma Press), has won the 2021 Western History Association, Joan Paterson Kerr Award for Best Illustrated Book.

News Nov 2021The Little Gallery of San Bernardino presents a solo exhibition "Endemic Treasures," by Fred Brashear - Opening reception Sat 27th Nov, 2021. Using the Endemic Joshua Tree as his muse for the past six years, Fred Brashear Jr. offers an exploration of a plant species that is threatened by climate change and human intrusion into the Mojave Desert biome. Fred Brashear is an alumnus of the MFA in Studio Art Program at CSUSB. Andrew K. Thompson, Co-Director of The Little Gallery of San Bernardino is a lecturer and photo technician at CSUSB. 

NEWS Nov 2021 - VA106 Gallery: "Huellas fotográficas: Memorias de un diario familiar / Photographic Footprints: Memories of a Family Journal", by Kevin Ramirez (BA in ART Plan II Studio Art), curated by Dr. Florencia San Martin (Art History & Global Cultures). OPENING RECEPTION: 3pm-6pm, Tues 16th Nov, 2021. SHOW DATES: 17th Nov - 15th Dec, 2021. LOCATION: VA106 Gallery (1st floor/ground floor), Visual Arts Building / Department of Art & Design, CSUSB, 5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino, CA 92407. All welcome!

News Nov 2021 - Artists talk by photographer, Örjan Henriksson, on Friday 12th November, 2021, at 10.30am (PST). Organised by Associate Professor of Design, Taylor Moon. For more information and the Zoom link please email:

News Nov 2021 - Lecturer Katie Grip is hosting "Zineverse" throughout November and December, where students and faculty can take part in Zine making workshops with Zine professionals. For more information please check out the Zineverse Instagram account.

News Nov 2021 - Professor Alison Petty presents an artist's talk about her practice as an artist working with ceramics and her exhibition "Liminal Reality", at Diana Berger Gallery, Mt San Antonio College, building 1B/C Room 10, November 18th, 2021, at 5pm.

News Nov 2021 - Visiting Artist Lecture by Nao Bustamente, Monday 8th November, 2021, at 1pm. Nao Bustamente is an internationally acclaimed Chicana artist, writer, and educator based in Los Angeles. She is currently the Director of the MFA in Art at the USC Roski School of Art & Design. This talk is supported by CSUSB's Intellectual Life Fund. For Zoom information, please contact:

News Oct 2021 - Visiting Artist Lecture - "Laura Aguilar and the Practice of Self-Portraiture", presented by Christopher Anthony Velasco, Co-Trustee of The Laura Aguilar Trust. Tuesday, Oct 26 at 07:00 PM PST. For Zoom information, please contact:

News Oct 2021: Lecturer in glass making, Aya Oki Salinas, has been chosen as one of 100 contemporary glass artists in Japan to be featured in a book titled "Honoho Geijutsu”, from Abe Publishing Ltd. This book series is well known internationally for featuring ceramicists, but since the current Japanese glass scene is getting more and more attention, a separate volume on contemporary Japanese glass making has been included. The English title of the book will be "100 Glass Artists: Elites of Contemporary Japan". 

News Oct 2021: AllEyesOnMe studio gallery, in Downtown San Bernardino, directed by professor of painting Bradley Spence, opens a new solo exhibition of paintings by MFA in Studio Art alum', Briar Rosa, titled “Menudo,” at AllEyesOnMeStudio. Open by appointment. Reception Oct 30 6-9pm.

News Oct 2021: Visiting artist lecture by internationally acclaimed documentary photographer/photojournalist, Antonio Turok - Friday, October 15, 12noon, room VA 101.

News Oct 2021: CSUSB professor of art history & global cultures, Dr. Florencia San Martín, to speak at the UAAC-AAUC 2021 Conference - 20-23 October, 2021.

News Oct 2021: The Calexico Chronicle features an article on The Mexicali Biennial's 5th edition, organised by Professor Edward Gomez.

News Sept 2021: The Mexicali Biennial, the long-term curatorial project of Professor Edward Gomez, collaborates with the Library of Congress, in a project titled "Expanding the Borders of Art".

News Sept 2021: Professor of Art History & Global Cultures, Dr. Jane Chin Davidson, will be presenting at the international panel discussion "Okwui Enwezor: The Art of Curating", Friday 24th September, 2021, at 9am (PST), in collaboration with the Zacheta National Gallery of Art museum in Warsaw, Poland. 

News Sept 2021: Design faculty and our IST, Nathaniel Dubbs, use Digital Electronic Fabrication Technologies (DEFT) to collaborate with CSUSB Assistive Technologist, Kevin Cleppe, to produce a hand-held 3D-printed tactile campus map for sight-impaired students.

News Sept 2021: MFA in Studio Art student, Edgar Perez Pena, is showing work in an exhibition at the El Comalito Collective in Oakland, CA, titled "Black & Brown Bodies with Plants 2" - from 3rd September to 31st December, 2021. 

News Sept 2021: MFA in Studio Art student, Jeanne Holbrook is exhibiting in the Norco College Alumni Exhibition - from 7 September to 15 October, 2021.

News Sept 2021: Professor Edward Gomez's arts organization, The Mexicali Biennial, is presenting a virtual talk on the Land of Milk and Honey project at Santa Cruz MAH, Friday 24th September, 2021, from 6pm-7-pm.

News Sept 2021: The Little Gallery of San Bernardino (TLBSG) - founded and directed by CSUSB Department of Art & Design lecturer and photography technician, Andrew K. Thompson, and former BA in Art student and local artist and community activist, Eric Servin - has been awarded an Impact Projects program grant from the California Arts Council. TLGSB will stage a city-wide outdoor exhibition with the California Arts Council's support, celebrating unheard voices by pairing community photographs with local businesses. The intent is to celebrate this diverse city, drive traffic to local businesses, and uplift the local economy through the arts.

News Sept 2021: Assistant Professor of Art History & Global Cultures, Dr. Florencia San Martín, in conversation with Executive Director of Aperture and former Chief Curator of photography at MoMA, NYC, Sarah Meister - to be broadcast on Facebook Live, Wed 8th Sept, 2021, at 7pm. This event is part of the celebrations around the month of photography organized by the Ministry of Culture in Chile.

News July 2021: Professor Katherine Gray's work is exhibited in a duo exhibition with Nancy Callan at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bainbridge, WA, in a show titled "The Clown In Me Loves You", until September 26, 2021. Artists' talk via Zoom, July 28, 2021, at 7pm PST. Register here.

News July 2021: CSUSB MFA in Studio Art students Marlee Uggen and Jamie Valdez to speak at the ASAP (Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present) conference "Reciprocity", October 27-30, 2021, with a paper titled "Art in Action: Social Change and Reciprocity Through Public Spaces" -

News July 2021: Assistant Professor of Art History & Global Cultures Dr. Florencia San Martin publishes with Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, website on the work of Mapuche-Chilean artist Sebastián Calfuqueo.

News July 2021: CSUSB MFA in Studio Art students Melanie Asalde-Smith and Melissa Medina have been chosen to exhibit in the highly competitive and prestigious SoCal MFA Show.

News July 2021: CSUSB MFA in Studio Art student Jamie Valdez is awarded a $4,000 Walmart Foundation grant for the Arts in Action Club.

News June 2021: Professor Bradley Spence opens new gallery in downtown San Bernardino, "AllEyesOnMeStudio", at 395 North E Street, Unit 108, San Bernardino, CA 92401. The gallery is dedicated to showing artists of the Inland Empire. The inaugural exhibition is a solo show by A’Kailah Byrd-Greene, until July 24, 2021.

News June 2021: Photography Lecturer Tamara Cedré launches major photo/video/audio/zine project "A Space Between Us", funded by the California For All Awards, which documents the stories of San Bernardino County residents and how they have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

News May 2021: MFA in Studio Art graduating students - Amber Bowser, Andrea Clary, and Ordando Prieto - show their thesis exhibitions virtually.

News May 2021: Professor Katherine Gray (studio art) will be giving a TEDx Talk on Saturday 15th May at 12:30pm (PST).

News May 2021:  Professor Edward Gomez wins the 2020-21 College of Arts & Letters Outstanding Professor in the category of Research & Creative Activities award, and Lecturer Steve Kings wins the 2020-21 College of Arts & Letters Outstanding Lecturer Award. CONGRATULATIONS, Ed and Steve!

News April 2021:  Professor Katherine Gray wins CSUSB's highest honor and most prestigious award, the CSUSB Outstanding Professor 2020-21. Click here to watch the video of Professor Gray receiving her award. CONGRATULATIONS, Kathy!

News March 2021:  Minor & Certificate Programs in Video & Photography launched - check out the promo' video for the new Minor in Video & Photography. For program details visit the CSUSB Bulletin of Programs & Courses.

News February 2021:  CSUSB Studio Art Professor, Edward Gomez, wins significant grant award from California Humanities for "The Land of Milk & Honey", which is a series of multi-disciplinary and multi-lingual traveling arts and culture programs presented by The MexiCali Biennial (co-founded and co-directed by Prof. Gomez) in conjunction with partnering institutions based in the Inland Empire, the Monterey Bay region, the Imperial Valley and along the California/Mexico border:

News January 2021:  CSUSB MFA in Studio Art student, Andrea Clary selected for the CAMFA (California Master of Fine Arts) exhibition 2021.

News January 2021: The new series of Netflix's "Blown Away" starts 22nd January, 2021, featuring our very own Professor Katherine Gray, as Head Judge, and MFA Studio Art alumna, Nao Yamamoto, as one of the contestants.

Inside CSUSB news article on the new season of "Blown Away"

Netflix trailer for "Blown Away - Season 2"

News September 2020: Applications are now open for an Open Rank tenure-line faculty position in UX/UI Design. For details and to apply please visit:

News September 2020: Applications are now open for an Assistant Professor tenure-line faculty position in Design. For details and to apply please visit:

News September 2020: Graduating MFA Studio Art artist Rebecca Waring-Crane has won the campus-wide CSUSB 2020 Outstanding Graduate Thesis Award! To view Rebecca's thesis exhibition please go to:

2020 MFA in Studio Art Thesis Exhibitions ONLINE

News August 2020: Please visit the online exhibition of three of our five graduating MFA in Studio Art students: Jacob Adame (Briar Rosa), Patricia Miller, and Rebecca Waring-Crane:

2020 MFA in Studio Art Thesis Exhibitions ONLINE

News June 2020: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and the CA Governor's 'Stay at Home' orders, all courses in the Department of Art & Design will be delivered via online platforms for the Summer 2020 quarter and the Fall 2020 semester.

All courses are still scheduled to run, and will run via online platforms, and our amazing instructors are working hard to continue to deliver their courses remotely. They will be using a combination of Blackboard, Zoom teleconferencing, emails, and other platforms, so please check in with your instructors by email to find out how it's all going to work. [You can find their email addresses by exploring the "Faculty & Staff" link in the blue menu above]

News Dec 2019: In Fall 2020 the California State University, San Bernardino campus will change from a quarter academic year calendar to a semester calendar, and because of this our undergraduate programs are changing. From Fall 2020, we will be offering:

  • BA in Art History & Global Cultures
  • BA in Design Studies
  • BFA in Design (with concentrations in 3D Design, Interface Design, Motion Graphics & Video Design, and Marketing)
  • BA in Studio Art Studies
  • BA in Art (with concentrations in Visual Arts & Visual Studies)
  • BFA in Art (with concentrations in Studio Art & Visual Studies)


  • MFA in Studio Art

You can apply to any of these programs now via the Cal State Apply online application portal. 

Also, you can find all the details of our new courses/classes and degree programs in this PDF catalogue.

Mission Statement

The Department of Art & Design strives to inspire creativity and innovation through artistic and intellectual inquiry. We educate both majors and non-majors to develop future artists, designers, scholars, patrons and educators into innovative thinkers, creative problem solvers, compassionate human beings and life-long learners.



CSUSB’s Department of Art & Design offers outstanding teaching in Art History, Design, Visual Studies, and Studio Art at both undergraduate and graduate levels. We have some of the best art and design making facilities in the CSU system of twenty-three campuses. We also have a terrific team of faculty and staff from across the USA and across the world supporting you, mentoring you, advising, and fostering innovation in you as you study with us.

In our studio arts area, we have specialist workshops and studios for painting, drawing, ceramics, glass making, sculpture, illustration, wood, and furniture design, as well as printmaking and photography, all augmented and invigorated by new digital electronic fabrication tools (such as 3D printers,  3D scanners, laser cutters, and an industrial CNC router) so you can make almost anything imaginable in your art practice. 
Our design area covers a broad range of design sub-disciplines including graphic design (now known as interface design), web-design, UX/UI (user-experience/user-interface) design, 3D modelling, virtual and augmented reality design, motion graphics, and video editing design, or study design in tandem with marketing, and we have computer labs and digital electronic fabrication tools (such as 3D printers,  3D scanners, laser cutters, CNC routers, and virtual reality) to prepare you for the diverse and rapidly changing design universe.
Our art history area has its own stand-alone degree for those wishing to move into careers in museums, galleries, archives, and other arts organizations, or go on to graduate level study of art history or related fields. Art history also feeds into all of our other teaching, bringing rigorous research, analysis and contextualization skills to every artist and designer in our department to help develop a wide range of creative professional practices.
A long-standing collaboration with the College of Education on our campus also sees our visual studies area creating innovative, skilled and thoughtful K-12 teachers for our community as well as a whole host of other collaborations with community partners giving our students the opportunity to become life-long educators, community leaders, and arts activists.

All of our students, faculty, and staff also benefit from our ever-growing Visual Resource Center, and its new Innovative Materials Collection. The VRC houses not only thousands of art and design specialist books, magazines, and journals, plus many curated online resources specific to our curricula, but students can now study hundreds of carefully selected samples of art- and design-making materials. The VRC also has powerful iMacs, laptops, and iPad Pros, with software and other resources for students, as well as other equipment that can be checked out. The VRC also provides critical support for all students as they learn visual literacy, material literacy, digital and information literacy, research methods, academic conventions, as well as software training and other workshops specially tailored for our students' needs.
We have the people-power, the facilities, and the resources to help you get where you want to go in some of the most exciting and interesting careers in the creative industries. Book in a tour to find out more or simply give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer all your questions.
From, the CSUSB Department of Art & Design Team

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