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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...

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‘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...

On Nov. 8, a wall of art in Nics depicts local artists expressions of hope for the future of Paradise and its residents.

On the Camp Fire’s second anniversary, Paradise looks to a brighter future with ‘The Hope of Daffodils’

Thomas Stremfel, Reporter // November 18, 2020

Nov. 8 marked two years since the Camp Fire that ravaged the town of Paradise, a horrific event that garnered coverage across the globe. While Paradise has still been recovering even after all this time,...

The Living Room Gallery may have started from a school project, but with help from colleagues, Holland has started a full-fledged brand that will only grow from here.

Living Room Gallery provides a new platform for local artists

Thomas Stremfel, Reporter // October 30, 2020

Eric Holland is enrolled at Chico State as a Music Industry and Recording Arts major, and what started as one of his school assignments has evolved into a project on Instagram called Living Room Gallery....

A illustration showing the frustrations and difficulties of doing an art class from home

Taking an art class in the midst of a pandemic

Melissa Joseph, Editor // September 4, 2020

I stood in Home Depot, staring at the different dimensions of plexiglass, wondering what my professor was imagining when she told us we needed a surface for rolling ink.  This was my first time...

William Bays poses with his artwork.

Featured Artist: William Bays explores the depths of art and mental health

Melissa Joseph, Staff Writer // April 1, 2020

Among the chaos and traffic in today’s world, artist William Bays finds a way to channel his anxieties into emotionally evoking works of art.  During the art department’s open studios on campus,...

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