The Department of Art and Design and the Center for Creativity and the Arts  will present the work of four major artists in the 2015 Artist Invitational Exhibition Thursday, Jan. 29 through Tuesday, Feb. 27 in the Conley Art building at Fresno State.

The exhibit features an opening reception from 5-8 p.m. Thursday in the Phebe Conley Art Gallery and includes lectures Wednesday and Thursday in Conley Art, Room 101.

This year’s theme, “Water in Crisis,” features artists who offer unique visual strategies for engagement with water issues. The artists’ works approach water from a wide range of perspectives, including aesthetic, cultural, economic and environmental.

On exhibit will be works by:

  • Robert Dawson, with photographs and presentations from his “Water in the West” project, the “Global Water” project and the “Great Central Valley” project.  Dawson teaches photography at Stanford University.
  • Newton and Helen Harrison, with work from projects including the “Sacramento Meditations Project,” “Sagehen: A Providing Ground” and “The Bays at San Francisco Become a 400,000-acre Estuarial Lagoon When the Oceans Rise about 3 Meters.” The Harrisons are research professors at University of California, Santa Cruz and professors emeriti at the University of California, San Diego.
  • Isabelle Hayeur, with films entitled “Flow,” “Castaway” and “Aftermaths. The Montreal native is recognized for her photographic montages, videos and site-specific installations in which she highlights urban blight and sprawl.

Dawson and Hayeur will lecture from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28 and the Harrisons will present from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29. Both lectures will be in Conley Arts 101.

For more information, contact Nick Potter at or 559.278.4731.

(Copy by Akyia Westley, University Communications news assistant.)

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