Registration Open for Prestigious Intensive Summer Arts Courses

The application deadline for Summer Arts 2022 is May 27.

What happens when students have a safe space to take artistic risks, live in a vibrant community with world-class artists, and create, perform, and study with students who share their passion? Transformation.

For more than 30 years, CSU Summer Arts brought together some of the world’s best creative artists to teach and inspire students through intensive masterclasses in all artistic genres. The 2022 Summer Arts program runs from June 27 to July 24 and offers 15 classes at Fresno State and four overseas courses in Ireland, Spain and Germany.

Guest artists include Charles Gaines, Yannick Jacquet, Dinty W. Moore, Pepe Romero, Urban Bush Women and many more.

This year, four teachers from Fresno State will lead classes on campus. Theater teacher Kristine Doiel will lead “Contemporary Puppets and Designed Performance,” a course that will explore the power of puppetry in theater and the visual arts.

English teacher Carole Firstman will coordinate “Writing from Life: Creative Ways to Tell Your Story”. Students in this class will work with award-winning authors to learn how to turn memories into memoirs, ideas into essays, and life into literature. Guest authors include Dinty W. Moore, ​Katey Schultz, Mark Arax, and Armen Bacon.

Art teacher Matthew Hopson-Walker will lead “Off the Wall – Alternative Print Methods and Forms”. This collaborative course will focus on the role of engraving in three-dimensional space. Students will use their printmaking techniques to transform two-dimensional prints into unique three-dimensional print installations and airborne objects.

Art teacher William Raines, who attended Summer Arts as a student last year, will host a world-renowned artist Charles Gaines and other guest artists for “Art > Anthropocene

“The beauty of the Summer Arts program is that it provides a deep immersion in an inclusive experience of developing content and exploring your unique style,” Raines said. “The multitude of overlapping materials, concepts, and content relationships exceeds what is typically delivered and experienced in a typical college course. And you have the incredible opportunity to learn from incredible artists and leaders in their field.

Other highlights include:

  • “Dance and Identity with Urban bush women » – Engage in the power of dance and live performance to inspire, speak out, transform and build community. Create live performance through embodied expression that honors one’s identity and lived experience.
  • “From Bomba to Timba: Afro-Caribbean jazz at 21st Century” – Jazz instrumentalists and singers will explore the musical worlds of Cuba and Puerto Rico in this performance-based workshop. Experience daily rehearsals with world-class musicians and discover why Afro-Caribbean music is an irresistible combination of improvisation, dance, rhythms and expression.
  • “Video Projection Mapping in 3D Space” – Students will experience the innovative artistic approach of video projection mapping to create large-scale digital video art and installations. The course will be taught by a videographer and a visual artist, Yannick Jaquetwhose work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in Paris, Moscow, Tokyo, Brussels, Montreal and Taiwan.

Registration is open now. Undergraduate, graduate, emerging, and advanced artists are invited to apply to live and study on campus with world-renowned artists and CSU faculty in visual arts, creative writing, dance, media, music, and theater.

CSU has offered this prestigious multidisciplinary program since 1985, marking the fifth consecutive year the festival has been held at Fresno State (and the 17th year overall). This summer, two sessions are offered, the first from June 27 to July 10 and the second from July 11 to July 24. Students accepted into the program have access to on-campus housing and work alongside arts professionals for intense, learning-like study. .

In the evenings, during Summer Arts Sessions, local communities surrounding campus are invited to a Public Art Festival, where Summer Arts students showcase their artistic talents and guest artists and instructors perform on the campus.

“Summer Arts is truly unique, and the professional opportunities are simply unparalleled during the intensive two-week courses,” said Ray Smith, Summer Arts program director. “Many resident artists and faculty share on-campus accommodations with students, so they share meals and late-night conversations that are truly transformative. Something magical happens when you eat, breathe and experience the arts for up to 14 hours a day, working with an artist or instructor who also happens to be one of the best in their discipline.

CSU Summer Arts is now accepting applications for the 2022 program through May 27. Students admitted to the program can earn up to six units of transferable college credit and scholarships are available. Anyone 16 or older who wants to master their craft is encouraged to apply.

For more information on CSU Arts Summer Schools, enrollment, artists, or available scholarships, visit the CSU Summer Arts Website.