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LAVC Art Gallery is located in the Art Building. 

All exhibitions and events are free to the public.


LAVC Art Gallery





A new project by Karl Burkheimer

Closing reception
Wednesday Nov. 28, 6-8p

The closing reception for tautline will feature sculptures made out of the ruin by Prof. Jamison Carter's sculpture students, exhibited alongside the work of Karl Burkheimer.


Q+A with independent curator Diana Nawi
Tuesday Nov. 20, 1p

Diana Nawi is an independent curator based in Los Angeles. Most recently, she has organized Adler Guerrier: Conditions and Forms for blck Longevity at the California African American Museum. She previously served as Associate Curator at PĂ©rez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) for five years, where she curated major exhibitions and organized newly commissioned projects. Prior to joining PAMM, Nawi worked as an assistant curator on the Abu Dhabi Project of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and served as a fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. She received her BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her MA from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. Nawi will serve as the co-Artist Director (alongside Naima J. Keith) of Prospect.5 in New Orleans in 2020.

Catching a Wild Ass: A forum addressing creative action within academic models
Saturday Nov. 10, 1p
Panelists: artist Karl Burkheimer, Prof. Phung Huynh (Los Angeles Valley College), Prof. Brandon Lattu (UC Riverside), moderated by LAVC Gallery Director Jenene Nagy

Noting the difficulties associated with faith, the 14th century Sufi master Sharafuddin Maneri was quoted, “Not everyone catches a wild ass, but only a person who is actually running can hope to catch one.  This forum intends to provoke a dialog into the nature of running not watching, proposing learning occurs through the public act and risk of doing, trying, failing—not through the contemplations of accomplishing.

Exhibition runs Sept. 19-Dec. 6, 2018
Artist talk: Friday Sept. 14, 12:15p, LAVC Art Department room 103
Reception for the artist: Wednesday Sept. 19, 6-8p
Gallery Director walk through: Wednesday Oct. 24, noon


Beginning first as architectural interventions built with common construction materials, the gallery space will be a laboratory that allows for a call and response style of mark-making and surface treatment. Over the course of several weeks LAVC students will have the opportunity to participate in a collective art process through contributing imagery, text, gestures and marks to the facades of these works. The artist will respond, by further manipulating and integrating those contributions.

Tension implies persistent adjustment, a provocation to engage. The rhythm of rebuffing avoids stasis, as previous acts elicit response. Over the duration of this exhibition, creative acts lose continuity as subsequent reactions conflate authorship, negating intent; tautline invites uncertainty through the public space of continuance, eschewing the apathy of comfort or knowable result.

Embracing collaborative acts exceeding the limitations of the individual, Burkheimer orchestrates and participates in a practice of blurring authorship—lowercase “c” collaborations. Large acts of one are offset by subsequent acts of many, and thus responded to and so on: marking, redacting, rebuffing, recurring, remarking. The fluid process yields outcomes intended to challenge completeness and stasis, reflecting an art of an erratic continuance, from conception to ruin to return.

Karl Burkheimer’s artistic practice is founded on his complicity with material culture and the built environment, particularly as expressed through a making space. His work has been exhibited nationally, including exhibitions in Seattle, Washington, Snowmass, Colorado, American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon, the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the Portland Art Museum in Oregon. His critical writing has been published in Ceramic Monthly. He has been awarded a Professional Fellowship, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; an Individual Artist Fellowship, Oregon Arts Commission; Project Grant, Oregon Arts Commission; Faculty Achievement Award, Oregon College of Art and Craft; the 2013 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards at the Portland Art Museum; 2013 U.S.-Japan Creative Artist Fellowship; and the 2016 Ford Family Fellowship in Visual Art. 

Burkheimer is currently the Chair of the MFA in Craft at Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC). He received his MFA from the Department of Crafts and Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from North Carolina State University. Formally the head of OCAC’s Wood Department, Karl has been actively involved in the development of OCAC’s MFA programs, and was the Associate Chair within the Applied Craft + Design program, a collaborative MFA with Pacific Northwest College of Art. Prior to joining the faculty at OCAC, Burkheimer was an Assistant Professor of design at Virginia Commonwealth University’s branch campus in Qatar. He has also worked with students and faculty from the University of Manitoba as a guest artisan for service learning studios in Turkey and Africa.





essay by Travis Diehl


Los Angeles Valley College Art Gallery serves as a resource for students and the greater community of the San Fernando Valley. Presenting ambitious visual arts exhibitions, lectures and collaborative partnerships, we provide a dynamic platform for dialogue, inquiry, and discovery.


DIRECTIONS to the LAVC Art Gallery:

From the 170 (Hollywood Freeway): exit Oxnard Street, head west, enter Campus Drive to Lot B or D. – SEE CAMPUS MAP AND PARKING INFORMATION BELOW.

From the 101 (Ventura Freeway) heading West: exit and head north on Coldwater Canyon Avenue, left on Oxnard Street, enter Campus Drive to Lot B or D - SEE CAMPUS MAP AND PARKING INFORMATION BELOW.

From the 101 (Ventura Freeway) heading East: exit and head north on Woodman Avenue, right on Oxnard Street, enter Campus Drive to Lot B or D - SEE CAMPUS MAP AND PARKING INFORMATION BELOW.


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Enter the campus at Oxnard Street and Campus Drive (between Fulton and Ethel). Parking Lot  D  is closest to the gallery. Guest parking permit is required during regular gallery hours and available from lot kiosks for $2 cash. Free parking on top level of Ethel Street parking structure during artist receptions and special events.


M 1-3
T 11-2
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Th 11-2

All exhibitions and events are free to the public.


Jenene Nagy, Art Gallery Director
Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Avenue
Valley Glen, CA 91401


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