The work of a collection of multimedia artists who positioned themselves as “water protectors” in Standing Rock, ND in opposition to the North Dakota Access Pipeline opened this week at Fresno State and will be on display through Jan. 27 in the Phebe Conley Art Gallery at Fresno State with a lecture set for Jan. 24. “This is a Creation Story: Merritt Johnson and the Unnamed Collective” is a multimedia exhibition that combines video installation, sculpture and performance. Johnson, a multidisciplinary artist of mixed Mohawk, Blackfoot, Irish and Swedish heritage, will give an artist lecture from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in Conley (Room 101), followed by a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Phebe Conley Art Gallery. The exhibition is sponsored by the Department of Art and Design and the Center for Creativity and the Arts, which serves as a hub where artists from a variety of backgrounds can work to stimulate public engagement through inquiry, discussion and understanding. INFO: Cindy Urrutia at or 559.278.8341. Original press release.


(University Communications news assistant Ron Camacho contributed to this report.)