32 Degrees Latitude: Landscapes International Juried Art Exhibition


Timothy C. Hengst, Chair of the Art Department, California Lutheran University

Luke Matjas, Chair of the Art Department, California State University Channel Islands

Erika Lizée, Chair of the Digital, Media and Visual Arts Department, Moorpark College

Bob Moskowitz, Chair of the Art Department, Ventura College


The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) proudly announces the winners from our Inaugural International Juried Art Exhibition – 32 Degrees Latitude. Out of hundreds of applications received from around the globe, only three artists were selected to exhibit at CMATO this summer.

The goal of CMATO’s International Juried Art Exhibition is to provide an avenue for artists to reach new audiences through the support of a curated museum show. The museum is using its 32 Degrees Latitude location to signify its physical starting place for the inception of what is hoped to be an annual summer exhibition where collaboration between the region’s local academic community supports the museum’s mission of being a place where ideas are shared and people connect.

In collaboration with the Art Department Chairs from California Lutheran University, California State Channel Islands, Moorpark College, and Ventura College, CMATO is delighted to share unique visions of landscape from these powerhouse artists. As you will see, each of these artists possess superb talent in their inventive and thought-provoking approaches to art making.

Featured Artist- Rebecca Rutstein

CMATO is honored to showcase Rebecca Rutstein, a Philadelphia-based artist whose works are based in her interest in technology, geology, maps and the undercurrents that continually shape and reshape the world. Her largescale landscape sculptures and paintings are inspired by from her prestigious residency aboard two scientific naval exploration vessels that traveled the world. From these missions, Rutstein has mined the satellite and sonar data to present the wild, unbounded grandeur of the natural world with a technological sublimity that grasps at the infinite possibilities suggested by computers. Jennifer Li, Art in America contributor, writes in the exhibition catalogue,

“With her unique background and experience on board the Nautilus and the Falkor, Rutstein brought back reports not of measurable figures, but paintings and sculptures that give form to the nebulous enigma of the sea and its terrain, inspiring and propelling the scientific community and general public with visual poetry and portraits of the Sublime.”

Rutstein holds a BFA (Magna Cum Laude) from Cornell University and an MFA from University of Pennsylvania. She has been featured on NPR, Huffington Post and Vice Magazine.

Artist Talk with Rebecca Rutstein – Saturday, June 17, 2017 (1:30PM – 2:30PM) at CMATO

Rebecca Rutstein, Galapagos II, 2015

Rebecca Rutstein, Galapagos II, 2015

Contributing Artist: Inguna Gremzde

Inguna Gremzde is an artist based in Riga, Latvia and London, United Kingdom. Gremzde captivates the viewer with her inventive approach to using plastic milk bottlecaps to represent the outside world. In her works, the external world is shrunk down, grouped together, and lovingly painted inside a series of plastic caps. The artist’s eco-aesthetic approach to art making is meant to juxtapose contemporary consumer lifestyles with humankind’s historically romantic relationship with nature. Viewing Gremzde’s prolific output, one is triggered to reflect on the relationship between mass production and the growing alienation from nature. Gremzde’s work represents an artist attempting to make a difference in the global environmental crisis by producing meaningful art geared to motivate society to more sustainable lifestyles. Gremzde received her MFA from Wimbledon College of Art (London, UK) and had exhibitions in United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, France, Belgium, Ireland, Bulgaria, Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, Japan, South Korea and Canada.

Inguna Gremzde, 13/15/19/28 cm in diameter; oil painting/ found plastic, 2016

Inguna Gremzde, 13/15/19/28 cm in diameter; oil painting/ found plastic, 2016

Contributing Artist: Thomas Wheeler

Thomas Wheeler is an artist based in Palos Verdes, California. Wheeler’s painted-light photography, all shot on solitary vast locations without any post-production effects, highlight the bewildering wonderment of the universe. The artistry found in Wheeler’s painted-light photographs comes from the combination of long exposures, hand-held light-emitting tools, and his decisive talent creating a photograph’s punctum (the personal touching detail which establishes a direct relationship with an object or person within a photograph). Wheeler is part owner of the TAG artist-owned gallery group in Los Angeles and has been featured at the 5th Biennial of Fine Art for Abstract and Fine Art, London (2017), Soho Photo Gallery, NY (2016), 4th Biennial of Fine Art Berlin (2016), and in the Top 40 Artist Show at the LA Center for Digital Art (2015).

Thomas Wheeler, Red Fence Alabama Hills, 2016

Thomas Wheeler, Red Fence Alabama Hills, 2016

For additional information about 32 Degrees Latitude, contact Tish Greenwood, Executive Director at (805) 405-5240 or info@cmato.org.

The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks is a non-profit organization committed to serving diverse audiences through the exhibition, interpretation, and exploration of Art. CMATO is committed to educating the community about the visual arts and dedicated to establishing a premier art museum that will serve Ventura County and surrounding communities through participatory programs.  The City of Thousand Oaks is committed to supporting The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks at the Civic Arts Plaza as part of their goal to have a vibrant arts community. The City approved the rezoning of a 2.8 acre parcel of land on the west side of the Civic Arts Plaza where the art museum will be constructed.




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