Regional Invitational Exhibition


Eight local artists, many of them Humboldt State graduates, are premiering their works this summer at HSU’s First Street Gallery.

Sculpture, ceramics, painting, and photography comprise the Regional Invitational Exhibition, 2003, running July 1 through August 3. A diverse group of artistic styles and mediums will be on display. “I’m very excited by the new artists, many of them HSU alumni, whom we are introducing to the North Coast this summer,” said Jack Bentley, First Street Gallery director. “The scope and breadth of the artists’ abilities are impressive.”

Invitational participants include sculptor Cyrus Smith, ceramists Ginny Gromer and Justin Mitman, and painters Kelly Allen, Andrew Daniel, Michael East, and Jody Schwab. Photography and mixed media works will be presented by Tsuya Pratt and Jake Mondragon.

HSU students enrolled in the Art Museum and Gallery Practices program are assisting in the production of the Regional Invitational Exhibition, in conjunction with a class at the gallery led by Professor Martin Morgan. They also participate in the daily management and show planning at the gallery. Developing hands-on museum and gallery skills, HSU students enter the job market with the advantage of professional experience under their belts, Bentley noted.

Student participation constitutes a “research and development component in the evolution of the gallery,” he explained. “The students are given latitude to come up with creative solutions, and they will then implement them.”

Many students who have participated in the certificate program have gone on to careers in museums and galleries throughout the nation, according to Bentley.

First Street Gallery is open to the public from noon – 5 p.m. daily, Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is always free, and school groups are encouraged to call ahead for reservations. The gallery can be reached at 707-443-6363 or at A public reception for the invitational local artists is slated for Saturday, July 5, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., during Eureka Main Street’s “Arts Alive.”