In collaboration with the Art Department Chairs from California Lutheran University, California State University Channel Islands, Moorpark College and Ventura College it was determined to select only three artists and provide these artists with a curated museum exhibition.
Out of the hundreds of submissions received for this Open Call, the jurors, who met and worked together for the first time on this project, faced difficult decisions. Luckily for us, the jurors worked well together and selected 'the cream of the crop.'
As you will see, each of these artists possess superb talent in their creative approaches to art making. This exhibition supports CMATO's mission to engage, educate and inspire the human spirit through the palette of Art. I hope you will enjoy the exhibition and spread the word that something special is going on in downtown Thousand Oaks!
This exhibition is the result of a strong and committed Board of Directors, generous sponsorship from Albert "Bud" Marley, Richard and Joyce Johnson, The Lake Avenue Group at Morgan Stanley, the City of Thousand Oaks, and volunteers and members like you who want art to blossom in the community.
Thank you for sharing in our goal of establishing an enduring arts institution in the Conejo Valley region. As this exhibition demonstrates, collaboration and adventuresome thinking can produce high quality art experiences.
-Tish Greenwood ,CMATO Executive Director
Erika Lizée is a Los Angeles-based artist that creates site-specific installations, as well as drawings and paintings. Most recently, Ms. Lizée built an installation within the International Terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). She will be exhibiting new installations in the High Priestess show at ArtShare LA in March, and in a solo show at Gallery 825 in October. Her work has been featured in Juxtapoz, Beautiful/Decay, HiFructose, The Huffington Post and Beautiful Bizarre magazines. Ms. Lizée is the Chair of the Digital, Media and Visual Arts Department at Moorpark College, and the Director of the Moorpark College Art Gallery.
Bob Moskowitz earned his B.A. in Liberal Arts from Westchester University and later a four year certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. There he won a Franklin Watkins Grant and a Scheidt European Scholarship. He earned is M.F.A. in Painting at Washington University where he met his wife, artist Margie Moskowitz. He taught in St. Louis and Illinois until moving to California to teach at Ventura College where he is the art department chair. Bob currently divides his time between Southern California and Maine. Bob has exhibited nationally in galleries and museums and has done over 200 commissioned portraits. His work has always been figurative and has changed stylistically over the years.
Luke Matjas , ss an expatriate of Orange County’s suburban outback, Luke has some expertise when it comes to colonized space and constructed narratives. Hearkening back to the willful chaos of early curiosity cabinets, his work investigates the ways in which natural and unnatural histories have again become intertwined and entangled. The formats Luke employs alternate between immense room-sized digital prints, site-specific installations, and intimate drawings. The large digital prints, in particular, employ a unique process which painstakingly integrates traditional graphite drawings with thousands of overlaid digital vector drawings. The resulting effect exists somewhere between Hieronymus Bosch and contemporary skateboard graphics.
Luke’s work has been featured in a wide range of venues, including exhibitions at the Pasadena Museum of California Art (2013), the UC Davis Design Museum (2012), and the Crocker Art Museum (2011). His work is also included in the permanent collection of the Ventura County Museum of Art and History. He is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Art Department at California State University Channel Islands.
Timothy C. Hengst is a professor in the Multimedia Program and the Department Chair of the Art Department at California Lutheran University.
After receiving his graduate degree in medical and biological illustration from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he illustrated for Dr. Denton Colley at the Texas Heart Institute and served as Director of Photography and Audiovisual Communications. He joined the faculty in the graduate program at Johns Hopkins and served as production manager in the graphics and illustration division and assistant professor in the graduate program.
He began a freelance business in 1986 offering services in all areas of biomedical communications. He has illustrated more than 50 medical textbooks and has won numerous national awards in medical illustration, including three Best Illustrated Medical Text awards from the Association of Medical Illustrators.
He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Medical Illustrators in 2013. He has also worked as consultant for a commercial multimedia firm.
In addition to medical illustration, he produces digital fine art using original photography and Adobe Photoshop. He has exhibited in numerous regional art shows.