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Firing Up a Discipline for Artists

One of the College of the Arts’ early visual arts offerings is poised for a state-of-the-art revitalization. The glass program, which dates back to Cal State Fullerton’s nascent period in the 1960s, is being reinvigorated through a multiphase upgrade that will include a redesign of the studio and new energy-efficient equipment.

“Glass is an important discipline, and most schools do not have the faculty or physical resources to offer this specialized training,” said Jade Jewett, chair of the Department of Art. “Ours is one of only three CSU glass programs. When students experience the beauty of liquid glass blowing, new creative possibilities emerge.” Taking the helm of this new effort is Hiromi Takizawa ‘05 ’07 (B.A., M.A. art), assistant professor and glass program coordinator, who is no stranger to the medium; in 2012, Urban Glass Quarterly named her the youngest of 50 artists from the Studio Glass movement “whose work will remain relevant for the next 50 years.”

A $300,000 lead gift from a local patron of the arts is providing the funds for new studio equipment, an enhanced curriculum and guest artists.

“We are proud to support the vision of the Department of Art in revitalizing the glass program at CSUF to create a dynamic, sustainable learning environment for both students and faculty,” explained the donor, who prefers to remain anonymous. “We know art programs benefit not only those students pursuing art as a career, but also anyone who takes a single class that encourages creativity, problem-solving or expression. We believe community partnerships are a key way to ensure that art is around all of our lives, bringing more brilliant color into our world for years to come.”

The gift, said Takizawa, “will ensure that our students can experiment and explore their creative potential and that Cal State Fullerton will continue to be a leader in the field of glass study.”

To make a gift to the glass program or to the College of the Arts, contact Patricia Falzon, the college’s senior director of development, at 657-278-7695 or pfalzon@fullerton.edu.