Humboldt State University First Street Gallery is pleased to present, ANIMALIA ALUMNA ARTISFABRICUS, featuring nine alumni artists who studied in the Art Department at Humboldt State UniversityThe exhibit runs from July 3 through September 12, 2009. The exhibition is billed by First Street Gallery as a clear demonstration of the excellent career preparation that Humboldt State University offers its Art Majors.  The exhibition will feature a special memorial section dedicated to the work of the late Nancy Finch-Halliday.

“The alumni participating in this show have all developed to a point where they are working at a professional level as artists,” states First Street Gallery Director Jack Bentley.  “All nine participants have developed as unique artists who clearly demonstrate their facility with their media while engaging with a variety of themes.  Crucial to their success, however, are the less tangible qualities they all share—a dedication and commitment to making art as a way of life and a deep engagement with their work on poetic and intellectual levels.”

Some of the artists participating in the exhibition have gone on to further studies at other institutions, earning their MFA degree, the highest degree attainable in the fine arts.

Participating artists are:

Erica Botkin

Erica Botkin – photography,


Allison Harrington

Allison Harrington – jewelry,


Alyse LaVerne

Alyse LaVerne - painting,


Joshua Martinez

Joshua Martinez – photography,


Justin Mitman

Justin Mitman – ceramic sculpture,


Gina Tuzzi

Gina Tuzzi – drawing and painting,


Christopher West

Christopher West – mixed media works,


Erin Whitman

Erin Whitman - painting;


Nancy Finch-Halliday

and a special memorial section dedicated to the late Nancy Finch-Halliday.

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Art is one of the highest enrolled majors at the HSU campus. HSU’s Art Department offers classes with 25 full and part-time instructors, multiple, well equipped studio facilities and several campus showcases that enable undergraduates to enjoy an early experience of presenting their works to the public.  Additionally, students enrolled in the Art Department’s Museum and Gallery Practices Program gain practical, hands-on experience as they design, coordinate and curate exhibits at First Street Gallery.

There will be a public reception for the alumni artists on Friday, July 3, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. First Street Gallery will be closed on Saturday, July 4, during the Eureka Arts Alive program.  HSU First Street Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5:00 p.m.  The gallery is located at 422 First Street in Eureka and admission is free to all. School groups are encouraged to call ahead to arrange tours. For more information call 707-826-3424.