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Barajas painting the mural in the BMU.

Honoring Chicano ancestors: An interview with Mexican muralist Javier Barajas Villanueva

Christopher Hill, Staff Writer // June 4, 2022

Hidden in a meeting room on the Bell Memorial Union’s third floor is a mural that many students have likely never seen before. Dedicated for Cinco de Mayo in 1995, the mural memorializes the struggles...

Four Figures of Michaela by Dr. Kelly Otani

Full Frontal Nudity: deconstructing sexual misconceptions of art modeling

Michaela Harris, A&E Editor // April 16, 2022

I stood in place on a platform covered in plush curtains and pillows. A space heater sent enough warmth to my chest to distract from the draft that attacked my rear.  I hold my arms in a ballet...

State of Affairs by Angelea Heartsong-Redding

The Janet Turner Print Museum pushes boundaries with printmaking

Jolie Asuncion, Multimedia Editor // March 23, 2022

Art is one of the motivators for us to think and act. One exhibition covers everything from US politics to immigration concerns to environmental and social justice. Janet Turner’s Print Museum's...

Photo by Jolie Asuncion.

‘Life in Color’: The watercolor works of Yolie Reyes

Jolie Asuncion, Multimedia Editor // February 9, 2022

Yolie Reyes' artwork is best described in three words: alluring, captivating and colorful. "Life in Color," a new exhibit on the third level of the Bell Memorial Union, is showcasing their work. Reyes,...

Jane Turner Print Museum - University Galleries. Photo by Carrington Power

Creativity through the eyes of Chico State artists

Carrington Power, Reporter // November 2, 2021

On Oct. 28, Chico State’s Studio Arts and Interior Architecture students participated in an open gallery in the Janet Turner Print Museum University Galleries. The artwork from 30 student artists was...

Various supplies were provided for mask-decorating, courtesy of monca. Photo by Maricarmen Becerra-Gonzalez

monca’s Halloween ‘Mask●er●ade’ connects community through crafts

Maricarmen Becerra-Gonzalez, Reporter // October 24, 2021

Chico’s Museum of Northern California Art kicked off its third installation of “3rd Fridays @monca” on Oct. 15, showcasing clay sculpting, altar building and mask-decorating workshops. The event...

header image featuring Bloom

‘Bloom’ spreads deaf awareness in Chico

Michaela Harris and Shae Pastrana // October 21, 2021

In honor of Deaf Awareness Month, Chico artist Valerie Rose unveiled her latest mural “Bloom” to highlight the importance of sign language and accessibility within the community. The piece displayed...

Carolina Pollard draws inspiration for her art from the female body. nature, and her culture. Photo by Maricarmen Becerra-Gonzalez Sep. 9, 2021.

Carolina Pollard: a Chico artist finding an outlet during COVID-19

Maricarmen Becerra-Gonzalez, Reporter // October 7, 2021

When the world came to a halt in March 2020, it appeared to be the ideal time to pick up a brand new hobby. Carolina Pollard, a Chico native and self-taught artist, was no different⁠ — she learned...

Interactive Weaving, No Word for Art, photo by Carrington Power

monca’s latest exhibit is a Hmong-American take on self-identity

Carrington Power, Reporter // September 20, 2021

Art defies boundaries, breaks norms and introduces audiences to foreign concepts. The new exhibit at the Museum of Northern California Art in Chico is no exception. “No Word for ‘Art”' compels viewers...

This year at monca: from ‘nightclub atmosphere’ to young, hidden voices

This year at monca: from ‘nightclub atmosphere’ to young, hidden voices

Shae Pastrana, Reporter // September 12, 2021

Bars can be boring, however drinking isn't to blame. The dealbreakers are the bartenders who  don’t consider my napkin doodles to be works of art.  Instead, Chico’s Museum of Northern...

Maria Alquilars collection is made of of various pieces that reflect a surreal and alternate reality. Photo by Sophia Pearson

monca celebrates reopening

Sophia Pearson, Reporter // April 8, 2021

The Museum of Northern California Art reopened on March 12. This grand reopening marks almost a year to the day when the museum had to shut down for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The...

Social Activism In Art

Social Activism In Art

Jessica Shippelhoute, Social Media Editor // February 23, 2021

A pair of red stiletto heels clicked in rhythm against the asphalt after the bright flash of the walk sign. Suddenly, a wolf-whistle pierced from a raised pickup truck shocked the woman out of the steady...

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