Cal State San Bernardino art student Melanie Asalde-Smith will present her Master of Fine Art thesis exhibition titled FUTURE PROOF in the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art’s Dutton Family Gallery at CSUSB from April 14 to April 20. An opening reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, April 14.

Driven by color, light and space, Asalde-Smith’s work warps its environment through the illusion of illumination and dimension, and invites viewers to lose themselves in the real and unreal. An exploration of technology and perception in our present time, Asalde-Smith’s work looks toward the future with a precarious mixture of hope and anxiety.

Asalde-Smith received her Bachelor of Arts in studio art from California State University, San Bernardino in 2017. Asalde-Smith’s work has been featured in the SoCal MFA Annual Exhibition, RAFFMA’s Emerging Artist Virtual Exhibition, and DotPhotozine. She was awarded the xREAL Lab scholarship for spring 2022 to augment and translate her exhibition into virtual reality.

This exhibition is made possible with a grant from the CSUSB Office of Student Research. Asalde-Smith’s work can be found at


The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art is a nationally recognized museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The only accredited art museum in San Bernardino, RAFFMA has accumulated a permanent collection of nearly 1,200 objects focusing on Egyptian antiquities, ceramics and contemporary art. Located at Cal State San Bernardino, RAFFMA houses the largest permanent and public display of Egyptian art in Southern California.

General admission to the museum is free. Suggested donation is $3. Parking at Cal State San Bernardino is $6 per vehicle and $3 on weekends. 

The museum is open Monday, Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is closed Friday and Sunday. For more information, call (909) 537-7373 or visit the RAFFMA website.