Upcoming Exhibitions


Main Gallery Room
October 22–December 18, 2018
Reception Wednesday, November 14 at 5:00 pm
Artist talk at 5:30 pm
Closed November 12 for Veteran’s Day and November 22–24 for Thanksgiving


Print of a human figure wrapped in an American flag     Print of a profile view of a person

Malaquias Montoya: Artist Biography

Malaquias Montoya was born in 1938 in Albuquerque, New Mexico and raised in California's San Joaquin Valley. Montoya graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1969. Since then, he has lectured and taught at numerous colleges and universities in the San Francisco Bay Area including Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley. Since 1989, Montoya has held a professorship at the University of California, Davis, teaching both in the Department of Art and the Department of Chicana/o Studies. A professor emeritus since 2008, Montoya's classes at Davis included the silkscreen workshop, community muralism, and survey courses focusing on Chicano culture and history. 

His own works include acrylic paintings, murals, washes, and drawings, but he is primarily known for his silkscreen prints, which have been exhibited around the world. He is credited by historians as one of the founders of the social serigraphy movement in the San Francisco Bay Area in the mid-1960's. Montoya's unique visual expression is an art of protest, depicting the resistance and strength of humanity in the face of injustice and the necessity to unite behind that struggle.

Malaquias Montoya: Artist Statement
It is important to note that my other "voice" is the poster/mural. I am much more articulate and able to express myself more eloquently through this medium. It is with this voice that I attempt to communicate, reach out and touch others, especially to that silent and often ignored populace of Chicano, Mexican and Central American working class, along with other disenfranchised people of the world. This form allows me to awaken consciousness, to reveal reality and to actively work to transform it. What better function for art at this time? A voice for the voiceless.



North Gallery Room
October 22–December 14, 2018
Reception Tuesday, November 13 at 5:00 pm
Discussion at 5:20 pm
Closed November 12 for Veteran’s Day and November 22–24 for Thanksgiving

An adult bends toward a child and the child is kissing them on the forehead  A woman uses a breast pump in an airplane bathroom

Showing (work x family) is an expansive, six-screen photography installation featuring 186 photographs by 135 photographers from around the United States. Showing (work x family) provides both a focused look at social-landscape photography today and a powerful, documentary perspective on the complex issue of work/life/family balance in our harried world of constant connectivity. 

Showing (work x family) reveals the intimate choreography—the push and pull of work and family—in our everyday life and explores a universal domestic balancing act that has no fixed dynamic. These photographs reveal the intimate routines of mealtimes and bedtimes; commutes and carpools; calendars and keys; school-day mornings and weekend chores; childcare, eldercare, and grandparent shifts; single-parent households and blended families. The photographers whose images are featured in the exhibition offer sensitive perspectives on work and family, ranging from small, beautiful moments of intimacy to raw expressions of daily tensions. 


Art drop-off January 17
January 22–January 31, 2019
Reception Thursday, January 31 at 6:00 pm
Artist talk at 6:30 pm

A youth looks up against a colorful abstract background

This annual exhibition features artwork by high school students from Turlock and the surrounding area.

February 11–March 15, 2019
Reception Thursday, February 28 at 6:00 pm
Artist talk at 6:30 pm

Color digital image of an abstract objectColorful, abstract digital image

Artist Biography

Ms. Perlin's first commission in 1999 allowed her to create a collaborative large-scale mural hung outside of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. When she entered the newly created Design | Media Arts program at UCLA shortly thereafter, several University archaeologists recruited her as a graphic artist to accompany them on excavations across South America. Afterward, her increasing fascination with digital imagery led Perlin to enroll in the inaugural cohort of Digital Arts | New Media graduate students at UCSC. 

While working as a course assistant for topics such as Intro. to Digital Media, Two-dimensional foundations, Drawing, & Intro. to Film, she became devoted to disseminating her knowledge base with students. She's thrilled to continue fulfilling her passion for digital art in higher education as an Art Professor at Merced College. Ms. Perlin maintains an active studio practice and regularly shows her work at venues such as the San Jose Museum of Art in the Bay Area and the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, Mistlin Gallery and Carnegie Center for the Arts in the Central Valley. She’s been awarded two artist residencies at I-Park in East Haddam, Connecticut and recently completed a third residency with the Digital Fabrication Studio.

Artist Statement
Based on my desire to explore new forms of digital imagery, I've designed custom artistic software that generates wild patterns from my hand-drawn animal concepts. Since we find ourselves mired in a technological age typified by consistently wading through digital experiences, my disparate animal and dessert imagery draws inspiration from the abrupt nature in which we experience artwork. Each symmetrical food-themed piece exists as a meditation on the compressed nature of the small “bites” that we’re continually served-up on-screen as encapsulated by digital media. 


March 25–April 19, 2019
Reception Thursday, April 4 at 6:00 pm
Artist talk at 6:30 pm
Closed on April 1 for Cesar Chavez Day

6 panel print series show cut out human and animal figures against a mountainous backdrop

Artist Biography
Randy Bolton (b. Dallas, TX) is known for his innovative work as a print artist and teacher. Bolton received a BFA from the University of North Texas and a MFA from the Ohio State University. Bolton has taught in many visiting artist positions across the country, including four years at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. From 2002—2013, Bolton was the Head of the Print Media Department and an Artist in Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. After recently leaving academia in 2016, Bolton currently lives and works full-time in Fayetteville, TX.

Artist Statement
Bolton is interested in making and working with representational images that are paired or grouped together to form abbreviated visual allegories or narratives. He employs a kind of visual metaphoric language that is familiar, direct, and accessible on the surface, but one that is layered to have a more subversive subtext that is rich in double-meanings and ambiguities. His work reflects an abiding interest in literary works (especially fiction), narrative construction devices, and storytelling conventions. In recent years, Bolton’s prints have literally come off the wall to become freestanding or sculptural versions of his earlier wall-based screenprints and digital banners.

April 29–May 24, 2019
Reception Friday, May 3 at 6:00 pm
Book launch and reading at 6:30 pm

An exhibition of artwork from the 2019 edition of Penumbra, the Stanislaus State Annual Art and Literary Journal. Every Spring semester since 1989, Penumbra has proudly published a literary and art journal run entirely by students, who make the editorial decisions, format the journal, and sell the ad space. They accept submissions from the Stanislaus region, throughout the U.S., and abroad.