Past Exhibitions

Diana Behl: Maybe Bermuda

Exhibition Dates: January 19 – March 6, 2015
Artist talk: Monday, January 19 at 7 p.m.

Maybe Bermuda draws its name from a happenstance juxtaposition of collage elements. The works in this exhibition encompass a fusion of multiple sources, acknowledging Henri Matisse’s paper cutouts and William S. Burrough’s literary Cut-Ups. Salvaged printed proofs, forgotten then found scribbled notes, painted and cut paper are culled together to connect disparate fragments. Though, contrary to the writer’s chance-based (Cut-Up) practice, I am most often reconfiguring and re-contextualizing years of collected material in a gestated manner—at times, seeking both a textural harmony and discord.

Diana Behl’s recent work embodies an assortment of material exploration, including print media, collage and drawing. Her images are prompted by specific instances—memories of places visited, passages read, bits of everyday references, or interactions of material and form—both in and outside of the studio. Using these prompts, her practice then evolves around the improvisation and discovery uncovered while making, further enabling form to embody the evolution of that specific cue.

She has exhibited works in the Upper Midwest at the Soo Visual Arts Center, Highpoint Center for Printmaking and Minnesota for Book Arts (Minneapolis, MN); the South Dakota Art Museum (Brookings, SD) and Ipso Gallery (Sioux Falls, SD); as well as at venues such as the International Print Center New York (NY, NY) and SPACE (Pittsburgh, PA). Her works on paper have been featured in the Western Edition of New American Paintings (Volume 66) and the 2004 New American Paintings MFA Annual.

A past recipient of a South Dakota Arts Council grant, Diana Behl holds an MFA from The University of Iowa, and a BFA from Bowling Green State University. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at South Dakota State University.

Troy Richards and Ashley John Pigford: twoLovers

Exhibition: December 1, 2014 - January 16, 2015
Artist Talk and Reception: December 2, 2014 7 p.m.
Reception: October 19, 2014 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

twoLovers is one of a developing series of works that embody technology with human qualities in order to investigate interpersonal relationships, issues of power and group dynamics.  These works are created utilizing simple robots built and programmed by the artists to write/draw while navigating space.

The two robots circumnavigate the gallery, but never come in contact with one another and never unite; there is a romantic love that goes unconsummated. In doing so they cover the floor writing, searching, and yearning.

Through this work we are interested in exploring the idea of just what it means to be human when, as philosopher Joel Marks has written, “Today it seems plausible to postulate that we are material mechanisms of a high order, who have evolved from common ancestors with the other animals (and plants) and may eventually merge with our digital creations to become ‘trans-human’ cyborgs.” Where once we understood ourselves in relation to animals and some kind of divine being or beings we now can add a new category- robots.



"Storytelling" by Ihrie Means
Exhibition: March 4 – April 18, 2014
Artist Talk: Tues., March 4, 7 p.m.

“This exhibit is arranged to give an unedited, non-glorified look at the process of putting together a graphic novel. By bringing my studio into the gallery space visitors will get the chance to see what goes into the making of two very different genres of graphic narrative. The Saltines Are… Getting By, a completed graphic novel, will be displayed in both its finished form and in its various stages of completion. The Saltines…  is a dark, humorous look at the unexplored world of saltine crackers. An Apartment for the Disappearer, a graphic novel in progress, will be shown in its current unfinished state.  An Apartment…  is an intertwined love story centering around two high school students whose lives converge in adulthood in a seemingly very unpleasant way. Both book projects are constructed out of drawings and paintings pieced together into more complex layouts. Visitors to the exhibit will be able to flip through all the rejected layouts, rejected drawings, completed layouts, revisions and sketches. This is an opportunity to see an artist’s process. Interaction is encouraged and thoughts and suggestions are welcome.”

Means was born in Frederick, MD in 1976. She earned her BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1998 and her MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale School of Art in 2003. She also studied fine-furniture making at the Penland School of Art and Craft. Her studio practice includes intaglio printmaking, sculpture, painting, illustration and video work. Her drawings have appeared in the New Yorker Magazine, in Simon and Schuster’s Johnny Appleseed: The Man, The Myth, The American Story and on the covers of Clockroot Book’s trilogy of narrative works by Margarita Karapanou. She has also designed album art for Thrill Jockey Records. Her work has been exhibited at Moravian College, Brooklyn Fireproof Gallery and Capsule Gallery, among others. Means teaches video art at the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, CT and is an adjunct professor of fine arts at Southern Connecticut State College. 

Mindy Shapero
Spring 2014
March 27, 7:00 p.m.

Los Angeles based artist Mindy Shapero earned her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA from UCLA. Her work has been shown widely at galleries and museums across the nation and abroad including the Wexner Center for the Arts, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, the Hirshhorn Museum and the UCLA Hammer Museum.

The work of Los Angeles-based artist Mindy Shapero fuses an elaborate, crafty materialism with spiritual undertones. As Village Voice critic Jerry Saltz writes, Shapero’s amazing feel for color and materials results in a tactile and visually intensive work with a mesmerizing jolt. Her drawings become transformed into totemic spirits, while the sculptures look like matter organizing itself into other life-forms or states of ecstatic consciousness. These elements of colorful, labor-intensive, shamanistic sensationalism that result in works charged with an archetypical, totemic presence. Their highly visual impact and transgressive logic reinforce the connotations towards a critique of rationalism, while staying true to the postmodern tradition of assemblage that unveils the metaphysical/paranormal undertones of Mindy Shapero’s fantasy world.“My work is not about thing-ness, its not object-oriented; it’s narrative-based”, this is how Mindy Shapero describes her art. She is not the only artist who tells herself wild stories as a way to make her work come to life. In surprising ways the narrative trajectory of her work ricochets off the likes of Lucas Samaras, flies past Louise Bourgeois and lands somewhere near Mary Shelley. Her influences include the paranormal images of English Romantic painter Henry Fuseli, Andre Breton’s automatic writing and offbeat works of fantastic literature like Jan Potocki’s 1804 Saragossa Manuscript – the last a transfixing mise en abyme that abounds in supernatural forests, esoteric rites and gothic horror. – The Breeder Gallery

Bob Alderette and Margaret Lazzari: Place, Change, Light
​Exhibition Dates: January 22 - February 28, 2014
Reception: Wednesday, January 22
Whittier College is pleased to present two discreet bodies of work by Los Angeles artists Bob Alderette and Margaret Lazzari. Place, Change, Light juxtaposes these artists’ approaches to the act of painting. Through the physical abutting and layering of both representational and non-representational imagery on traditional and non-traditional surfaces, Alderette’s work explores the idea of paintings as portable, non-permanent objects. Conversely, Lazzari’s work is rooted in a more traditional approach to painting. While her large works reference landscape space, they are devoid of anything specifically representational. Through color, saturation, density and layering, she explores ideas of tension, energy and movement in space.

Klutch Stanaway: Return to the Unknown
Exhibition Dates: December 2, 2013 – January 17, 2014
Reception: Tuesday, December 3
Klutch Stanaway is a sculptor investigating artifice and exploration. He has had solo shows at SolwayJones, Haus Gallery, and at Spacecraft Gallery. His work has been reviewed in Art Scene,, Artweek, and LA Weekly. Stanaway’s sculptures and drawings have been exhibited throughout the US, as well as in Germany and the Netherlands. Klutch received an M.F.A in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a B.F.A. from CSU Chico. He is a sculpture professor at Fullerton College. “Like bad sci-fi films from the 1950s, my sculptures are layered with faux surface treatments, futuristic efficiency, and anachronism," said Stanaway. "NASA explorations, ‘50s science fiction films, and common building materials are springboards for Return to the Unknown. I explore the act of exploration by constructing simulated instruments and props. The sculptures resemble lunar probes, modernist sculptures, and Exquisite Corpses with faux marble bodies on spindly legs. I’m trying to create objects that are multi-faceted and ridiculous. NASA, DIYers, and amateur tinkerers strive to understand their universe. I feel their ambition is universal, and so I am more interested in the act of their pursuits as opposed to the results.”


Jennifer D. Anderson: Reminiscent
Exhibition Dates: October 16 - November 22, 2013
Reception: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Jennifer D. Anderson is an artist and educator with a creative and scholarly focus in printmaking. Through the combination of traditional hand printmaking processes and digital imaging, Anderson examines in her creative work the complexity of the human form and life, creating hard, harrowing images tempered by their vulnerability and ephemeral nature. Her work has been exhibited in both national and international venues and is included in several public and private collections including the Royal Museum of Fine Art, Antwerp, Belgium and the Ben Shahn Center Galleries at William Paterson University. She received a MFA from the University of Georgia and has taught at public and private institutions across the United States including workshops at the J Paul Getty Museum and the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. She is currently assistant professor of art at Hollins University.

Carleton Christy: Give-Up
Exhibition Dates: September 9 - October 11, 2013
Reception: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Give-Up is a solo exhibition by Long Beach-based artist Carleton Christy. Christy earned his MFA from Cal State Long Beach and his BFA from Brigham Young University. He has shown his work at such venues as the Long Beach Museum of Art, LACE, and Sam Lee Gallery. In his new body of work, Christy presents a series of drawings and sculptural pieces, some of which incorporate text and some of which are interactive. There is a political undertone to the works and an exploration of what it means for one party or another to “give up.”  Some of the pieces address contemporary issues that we are all familiar with while others transcribe literal movements from conflicts centuries old. Christy states: “To give up in some cases, is a virtue.” 

Senior Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: April 22, 2013 – May 3, 2013

Adrian Paules: Facts and Opinions
Exhibition Dates: March 4, 2013 – April 19, 2013
Reception: Saturday, March 9, 2013
Facts and Opinions is a solo exhibition of new sculptures and drawings by Los Angeles-based artist Adrian Paules. Paules earned his MFA from Yale University and his BFA from Tyler School of Art. He has had solo exhibitions at Parker Jones in Los Angeles and his work has been included in group shows at Black Dragon Society and Jail Gallery.

William Lamson: Mercy of the Waves
Exhibition Dates: January 22, 2013 - March 1, 2013
Artist Talk: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Reception: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Mercy of the Waves is a sculptural and sound installation in which sand from the beach and water from the Pacific Ocean form fragile structures that exist as undetermined durational events. Lamson is a New York-based artist who has had recent solo exhibitions at Pierogi, Brooklyn, Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver.

Martin Shenal: Secondary Nature
Exhibition Dates: November 26, 2012 - January 18, 2013
Artist Talk: Monday, November 26, 2013
Reception: Monday, November 26, 2013
A solo exhibition by Martina Shenal. Shenal is an Associate Professor of Art in the Photography division at the University of Arizona. She earned her MFA from Arizona State University and a BFA from The Ohio State University. Prior to relocating to Tucson, Shenal was an Assistant Professor of Art at the Memphis College of Art from 1998-2004.


Kyle Riedel: She Speaks
Exhibition Dates: September 3-October 12, 2012
Artist Talk: Thursday, September 20, 2012
Reception: Thursday, September 20, 2012
A body of work from artist Kyle Riedel. Riedel received his MFA in Transmedia from University of Texas, Austin, and he is currently an associate professor at California State University, Long Beach. He has exhibited his work internationally, and he recently completed residencies at the Banff Art Center in Canada and the Nida Art Colony in Lithuania.

Tm Gratkowski: Accumulation
Exhibition Dates: January 2-February 10, 2012
Artist Talk: Thursday, February 9, 2012
Reception: Thursday, February 9, 2012
A new body of work from Los Angeles-based artist Tm Gratkowski. Gratkowski did his undergraduate work at University of Wisconsin and he earned his MA from Sci-Arch. He has exhibited his work widely with recently solo exhibitions at Blythe Projects and Gallery 825 and recent group exhibitions at the Torrance art Museum, LA Municipal Art Gallery and the Armory Center for the Arts.


Artist Xana Kudrjavcev-DeMilner
Artist Talk: Monday, November 21, 2011
A new body of work from Los Angeles-based artist Xana Kudrjavcev-DeMilner. Kudrjavcev-DeMilner earned her BA from Swarthmore College and her MFA from Yale University, and she has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at venues including ACME, Los Angeles, ICA Philadelphia, Kunst-Werke Berlin and Nosadella.due, Bologna.

Dawn Hunter: Sid and Nancy Go Back to the Beach
Exhibition Dates: October 17–November 19, 2011
Artist Talk: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
A new body of work from South Carolina based artist Dawn Hunter. Hunter earned her BFA from Kansas City Art Institute, and her MFA from University of California, Davis, and she is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. Hunter has exhibited widely throughout the country. Some of her most recent accomplishments include solo exhibitions at Ithaca College Handwerker Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Madison and at Brown University Sarah Doyle Gallery. In the exhibition, Sid and Nancy Go Back to the Beach, Dawn Hunter utilizes iconic images that explore fashion, lifestyle, and capitalism. Within her images of cultural displacement she charts a "history" of commodity and consumption that result in or represent “fiasco.”

Jamie Sweetman: Layered
Exhibition Dates: September 5–October 7, 2011
Artist Talk: Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Reception: Wednesday, September 21, 2011
A new body of work from Los Angeles based artist Jamie Sweetman. Sweetman has exhibited widely throughout California, and in recent years, she has shown her work at the Brand Library, the Long Beach Museum of Art and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery among numerous other venues. Sweetman earned her BFA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her MFA from California State University, Long Beach, and she teaches drawing courses at the University of Southern California, California State University, Long Beach and the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Diana Baumbach: Heimlich Reset
Exhibition Dates: February 14 - March 25, 2011
Artist Talk: Monday, February 14, 2011
A new body of work from Wyoming based artist Diana Baumbach. Baumbach earned her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and her MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Recently, she has had solo exhibitions at Dynamo Expo in the Netherlands and at Penn State University. Baumbach is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Wyoming.

Exhibition Dates: January 10 - February 11, 2011
Artist Talk (part of the Garrett House Working Artists Series): Thursday, February 10, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 10, 2011
A new body of screen prints from New York based artist Stella Ebner. Ebner earned her BFA from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery, International Print Center New York, and Boston Center for the Arts and Kala Art Institute among other venues. Ebner is currently an Assistant Professor at SUNY Purchase.


Lisha Bai, Nicole Belle, Alexa Forosty, Erik Frydenborg, Justin Horne, Adrian Paules and Rachel Roske: Material & Gravity
Curated by Jenny Herrick
Exhibition Dates: November 16 - December 17, 2010
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 20, 2010
Artist Talk with Adrian Paules made possible by the Garrett House Working Artists Series: Monday, December 6, 2010

Noah Thomas: Ten Years Gone
Exhibition Dates: October 11–November 12, 2010
Artist Talk: Thursday, October 14, 2010
Closing Reception: Thursday, October 14, 2010
Ten Years Gone is a solo exhibition of artwork by Noah Thomas. Thomas lives and works as a multimedia sculptor in Long Beach, CA. After receiving his BA in Piano Performance at Skidmore College, he studied sculpture at California State University Long Beach earning his MFA in 2003. He has shown his work extensively in the Los Angeles Area with solo shows at Raid Projects and Cypress College. His work was recently on view at The Attic Gallery, and Laguna Art Museum. His diverse studio practice includes sound installation and performance, public art, and sculpture. His work has been reviewed in the Los Angeles Times, and the OC Weekly.

Greg J. Hayes: Any of These (or Others Like These)
Exhibition Dates: August 23–October 8, 2010
Artist Talk: Thursday, October 7, 2010
Closing Reception: Thursday, October 7, 2010
Any of These (or Others Like These), a solo exhibition of artwork by Greg J. Hayes. Hayes is a Los Angeles based artist who studied for a year at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston before receiving his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2010. In recent years, he has exhibited work in Boston, Los Angeles, San Diego and Troy, NY, and images from his current body of work will be on display in the GLAMFA exhibition at Cal State Long Beach through mid-September. This fall, Hayes will be an artist-in-residence at the Cultural Center at Eagle Hill in Massachusetts.

Danny Jauregui: There Goes the Neighborhood
Exhibition Dates: April 13 to May 11, 2010
Artist Talk: Thursday, May 6, 2010
Closing Reception: Thursday, May 6, 2010
There Goes the Neighborhood, a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Danny Jauregui. Currently as Assistant Professor at Whittier College, Jauregui earned his BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, his MFA from the University of California, San Diego and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has shown his work widely and currently has a solo exhibition at Bowdoin Museum in Brunswick, Maine and has work in Phantom Sightings, a traveling exhibition now on view at El Museo del Barrio in New York City.

Kate Hoffman, Malisa Humphrey and Justin Michell: The Excavators
Curated By Danny Jauregui
Exhibition Dates: March 1 to April 2, 2010
Artist Talk: Thursday, April 1, 2010
Closing Reception: Thursday, April 1, 2010
The Excavators groups three Los Angeles based artists highlighting their exploration or “excavation” of sites, histories, and subject matter. Scientific excavation refers to the exposure, processing, and recording of ‘archeological remains’. Through the artists working process, all three engage in a form of ‘digging’ that results in poignant revelations and discoveries.

Aili Schmeltz: La Fuente de la Vida
Exhibition Dates: January 26 – February 25, 2010
Artist Talk: Thursday, February 25, 2010
Closing Reception: Thursday, February 25, 2010
The La Fuente de la Vida (The Fountain of Life) project is a collaboration between American and Mexican artists, filmmakers, professors, writers, dance professionals, and students. The body of work is comprised of four elements: a video installation with sound, drawings, a catalogue, and still digital photographs. The video component of the project is a three-channel projection in which each video is edited by a different artist, one American and two Mexican.

Liz Carney, Walpa D’Mark, Mark Dutcher, Asad Faulwell, Wendell Gladstone, Willian Ransom, Ana Rodriguez:  Set the Controls For the Heart of the Sun
Artist Talk: Thursday, December 3, 2010 (with Walpa D’Mark and Asad Faulwell)
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 3, 2010
Exhibition Dates: November 24, 2009 – January 15, 2010
This group exhibition brings together a diverse group of artists who all, in some way or another, rely upon the psychedelic aesthetic made popular in the 1960s. While the works in the show address themes as varied as politics, religion, biology, identity, and popular culture, the visual iterations of these themes are exemplified by a visual language derived from the digital realm which explores complex patterns, biomorphic forms, intricate spatial and compositional relationships, and perplexing color combinations. The show’s title, Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun, is drawn from the 1968 Pink Floyd song of the same title and alludes to the passion, wonderment and confidence that drive these artists to create.


Jerrin Wagstaff: New Paintings
Artist Talk: Thursday, October 22, 2009
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 22, 2009
Exhibition Dates: October 22 – November 19, 2009

Eunkang Koh: Cityscape–Landscapes of Human Mannerisms
Dates: September 14 – October 16, 2009
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Gallery Talk: Wednesday, September 16 at 5:15pm

Andre Woodward: Living In Taste Inside My Hit
Dates: April 6 - May 9, 2009
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 9, 2009
Gallery Talk: Thursday, April 9, 2009
In his installation "LIVING IN TASTE INSIDE MY HIT", Andé Woodward presents a solo exhibition of recent sculptural works.

Nick DeFord, Maps and Legends
Dates: February 25 - March 27, 2009
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Gallery Talk: Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
Nick's work explores the languages of geography, cartography and information systems which he edits and alters in order to codify the relationship between identity and place. Using maps, globes, calendars and cosmic charts, information is either revealed or obscured in relation to recognizable geographic imagery. These actions occurs through additive processes, such as stitching, drawing, White-out, tape, etc. This disruption of visual information examines the thin boundary between the known and unknown. In order to examine this boundary, he selects as subject matter, places that are infamous for their mystery. Such sites include a center of conspiracy, the habitation of monsters and a vortex of mysticism.

Julia Latane, "I Will Never"
Dates: January 21-February 20, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 24, 2009
Gallery Talk: Thursday, February 19, 2009
Julia Latané presents a solo exhibition of objects and drawings.


Ron Christe, Impressions of China
Dates: October 22 - November 20, 2008
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 23, 2008
In July 2006 three educators from Whittier area schools traveled to Whittier’s Sister City - Changshu in the Jiangsu Provence of China to conduct the "Changshu English Summer Camp" for approximately 90 public school teachers. They were William C., "Ron" Christie, Dean of Business and Economic Development at Rio Hondo College, Richard Gebhard, Principal of East Whittier Middle School and Raquel Gasporra Principal of Orange Grove
Elementary School. Christie, an avid fine-art photographer, documented his impressions of this fascinating country with the images on display in the Greenleaf Gallery.

Rachel Roske: Things in Themselves
Dates: September 15 - October 17, 2008
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 8, 2008
Things In Themselves is a selection of paintings, drawings and other two-dimensional objects by Rachel Roske, whose work employs subject matter as a means to an end of exploring the nature of representation, perception and abstraction. Trompe l¹oeil painting techniques, manipulations of surface and physical supports and collage are among the devices Roske uses to exploit the contradictions of the canvas as both literal, physical object and conceptualized pictorial space.

Drawing: Solo exhibition featuring recent work on paper by Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing Jenny Herrick
Dates: April 10 - May 9, 2008
Greenleaf Gallery is pleased to present "Drawing” a solo exhibition by Whittier College Assistant Professor Jenny Herrick. According to Herrick, "I am interested in natural, constructed and social systems that are hermetic by nature and in the causal relationships between implied actions and reactions within these systems. My drawings meld architectural, diagrammatic and programmatic visual languages with naturalistic rendering techniques." Herrick was hired this year in the Art Department at Whittier College, having previously taught at Mitchell College in Connecticut. She earned her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA at Yale.