Department News & Events
Emeritus art professor J. Ronald Pecchenino, passed away August 4, 2015
Emeritus art professor J. Ronald Pecchenino '56 passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, surrounded his family in Kona, Hawaii, his home for the past two years. He was 83 years old.
During his more than 40-year career as an art educator, he spent 26 years at Pacific, more than 10 years as department chair. He guided Pacific's art department through a renaissance in the early 1980s, bringing in new faculty and leading a restructuring of instructional programs and renovation of the studio, lecture hall and gallery facilities. He brought computer technology into the art curriculum, initiated the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design degree program, and worked to obtain Pacific's first full program accreditation for professional degrees in studio art and graphic design from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. He also served on many University committees and task forces, including on the first University Computer Planning Committee, advocating for the instructional role of computer technology. Read Pacific's News Announcement to learn more about this outstanding professor, mentor and artist.
Visual Art Students Continue Collaboration with Pacific's OIT
In what is quickly becoming an annual tradition, Visual Arts students in visiting professor Ilena Finocchi-Wilson's sculpture class converted a pile of computer parts from the Office of Information Technology's Recycle Bin into a visual lesson in physics. The challenge: Create a work of art that demonstrates one or more of the five physical forces: Compression, Tension, Bending, Torque and Sheer.
This is the second year professor Finocchi-Wilson's class collaborated with OIT for a creative approach to recycling old computers. OIT supplied the recycled materials and contributed to the cost of adhesives and supplies. The outcome was seven creative sculptures, including an apple, a tornado and a brain.
Read this Pacific News article to learn more about the collaborative project with OIT; visit this page for past works by our stduents and OIT.
2014 McKee exhibition Judge
Monika Meler, Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at University of the Pacific has been selected as this year's judge of the Haggin Museum's, 83rd Annual McKee Student Art Contest and Exhibition. Open to all schools in San Joaquin County—public, private, charter and homeschools—this longest running student art exhibition in the country features the work of student artists from kindergarten through grade 12.
For more information please visit the Haggin Museum website.
The End of Uncle Tom and the Grand Allegorical Tableau of Eva in Heaven, 1995; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, Photo: Cameron Wittig, 2007
Crocker Art Museum Event
Icons in Conversation: Kara Walker
Sunday, November 17
The Department of Visual Arts co-sponsored this event at Sacramento's Crocker Art Museum featuring internationally renowned artist and MacArthur "Genius" Fellow Kara Walker who spoke about her work. Students, faculty and staff from the Visual Arts department were in attendance to hear the artist discuss her works on view at the Crocker Arts Museum, previous and upcoming exhibitions as well as curatorial projects.
To learn more about this event, Icons in Conversation: Kara Walker, or the Crocker Art Museum.
The Department of Visual Arts hosted a 2-day fabric printing workshop and lecture with guest artist Ryan Parker. This workshop covered hand-printing patterns and images onto large pieces of fabric. Ryan Parker, an art educator, textile designer and printer works with fashion and furniture designers to make usable products from his unique fabric designs. Professor Parker, who is currently at Temple University in Philadelphia, also delivered a lecture detailing his creative work and research. This event was generously supported through the Pacific Arts and Lectures Committee
Demonstrating how to use old blue jeans and other cotton fibers for creating artisan papers, Visual Arts faculty member, Professor Monika Meler, presented a papermaking workshop, in the Jeannette Powell Art Center. Professor Meler showed how to repurpose unconventional materials into the ingredients used to produce paper. Participants were given an opportunity to explore the process and make their own paper.
Professor Jennifer Little invited documentary film director Eric Black, to hold a video workshop on Nov. 6, with students from Professor Little's Time Based Media class. Mr. Black played excerpts from his films Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth and Frozen Angels as examples to discuss techniques for conducting documentary interviews. He also staged a mock interview in the Photo Studio in the Art Building to teach students techniques for lighting and recording audio and video for documentary interviews.
Eric Black is an award winning documentary film director and cinematographer whose work has been featured in many international film festivals, including Sundance and IDFA Amsterdam. For more information, see the web site for his latest film, Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth: http://www.heart-of-sky.com