Cal Lutheran December Events



3 to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 2 through Dec. 4

William Rolland Art Center Gallery

Watch Delesprie, a world-renowned sculptor and adjunct professor in the Visual Arts Department, sculpt and demonstrate her technique and expertise. The Ventura resident’s bronze sculptures adorn The Promenade in Westlake Village, Janss Marketplace, Los Robles Medical Center, The Commons in Calabasas, The Grove in Los Angeles, The Americana in Glendale and Angel Stadium. She also has been commissioned to sculpt figures for many private collectors including Sylvester Stallone, Dick Van Dyke, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan. Delesprie is one of the few living sculptors to have been honored by the Laguna Pageant of the Masters. Former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley honored her for her contributions to the arts in the city.

Born in Montreal near the Mohawk Iroquois Reservation, Delesprie collected clay from its riverbanks to create her first statues. She became fascinated with and sculpted the Native Americans living there and later throughout the United States. At 26, she began sculpting Gene Autry and his horse Champion for the Autry Museum, a commission that launched her career.

Cal Lutheran’s Artists and Speakers Committee and Visual Arts Department are sponsoring the free sessions. For more information, email Tim Hengst at

“Humanizing the Other: Art by Salomón Huerta”

Friday, Nov. 1 – Friday, Jan. 3

Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture

Assembled from private collections, this exhibit of work by Salomón Huerta aims to disrupt strictly negative representations of Mexicans and Mexican Americans by offering nuanced portraits. Huerta gained international fame from his paintings of anonymous subjects who are viewed from behind, playing with ideas of identity and viewers’ assumptions. The subjects, their Latino faces and their poses are identifiable, familiar and intimate in this series.

Artwork by Huerta has been shown at influential spaces and events such as Gagosian in London, the Whitney Biennial in New York City, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Hammer Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles and Studio La Città in Italy. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and his master’s in fine art from UCLA, where he studied under Lari Pittman.

The Sarah W. Heath Center for Equality and Justice is sponsoring the free exhibit. The gallery, located in Soiland Humanities Center, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or visit

“Key Frames: A Celebration of Animation & Production Art”

Friday, Nov. 8 – Thursday, Jan. 9

William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art

Despite the storied history and undeniable cultural significance of animated

works, their artistic value remains subject to debate, the more so because of the large commercial industry built around the process. Even when animation is recognized as art, teams of dozens, hundreds or even thousands of artists often go unnoticed and underappreciated.

Curated by S. Mackenzie Eastman, this exhibit celebrates the many artists behind animated

productions large and small, present and past, big-budget and independent. It invites you to walk through the entire production process, from the earliest concept art to finalized designs, and get to know the diverse range of talents who bring these works to life. It highlights unseen stages of the animation process such as character design, environment art and storyboards.

Admission is free. The gallery, located in William Rolland Stadium, is open from 10 a.m. to 4

p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or or visit

World AIDS Day observation

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 4:30–7:30 p.m.

Ullman Conference Center 100/101

Part of Ventura County’s annual observance of World AIDS Day, this three-part program invites everyone to consider HIV/AIDS as not only as an issue of global health but also one of social justice that impacts our local communities.

From 4:30 to 6 p.m., “HIV/AIDS 101,” a sexual health education session, will provide new medical information as well as global, national and local updates. At 6 p.m., a speaker living with HIV/AIDS will share his personal health story and experiences as an advocate and activist. The event concludes with a nondenominational candlelight vigil beginning at about 7 p.m. The vigil is an act of commitment: to stand with others in loss, against injustice and connected in hope.

Cal Lutheran’s Sarah W. Heath Center for Equality and Justice, Sociology

Department, Religion Department, University Honors Program, Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture and Campus Diversity Initiative are sponsoring the free event in conjunction with Quilt Project Gold Coast, HIV/AIDS Coalition of Ventura County, Ventura County Public Health, Diversity Collective Ventura County and Planned Parenthood California Central Coast. For more information, contact the center at 805-493-3694 or

Christmas Festival Concerts

“Let All the Nations Be Gathered Together”

Wyant Morton and Yoshika Masuda, conductors

Friday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel

The Cal Lutheran choral ensembles and University String Symphony will combine forces to present the annual Christmas Festival Concerts. As always, the program for the university’s longest-running annual event will feature a narrated performance of Christmas music that will include delightful lesser-known carols as well as familiar favorites.

This is always a popular concert, so arrive early for convenient parking. Doors open one hour before the concert. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance. For tickets or

more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3305 or visit

Fall Dance Showing

Saturday, Dec. 7, 8 p.m.

Preus-Brandt Forum

This evening of dance will showcase a multitude of styles and artistic expression.

Cal Lutheran’s Theatre and Dance Department is presenting the free event. For more information, call 805-493-3452 or visit

Las Posadas

Sunday, Dec. 8, 6-9 p.m.

Student Union

In this Christmas season tradition dating to 16th-century Mexico, students playing Mary and

Joseph travel by donkey through campus looking for shelter. Their journey begins in the Student Union and ends at Lundring Events Center, where the evening concludes with hot chocolate, pan dulce and a piñata.

Cal Lutheran’s Student Life division is sponsoring the free event. For more information, contact Leslie Madrigal at or Jackie Tovar-Bernal at

History Lecture Series

“Accommodation and Resistance”

Dec. 11: “The British Raj” – Paul Hanson

7 to 8:30 p.m.

Lundring Events Center

This year’s lecture series focuses on the cultural conflicts that occur when two worldviews

collide. The fall lectures by Cal Lutheran faculty members deal with First Nations’ resistance to and accommodation of English settlement in colonial North America, the Inca opposition to the Spanish incursion by Pizarro, and responses to the British Raj that led to modern-day India.

Cal Lutheran and the Thousand Oaks Grant R. Brimhall Library are sponsoring the free series, and a Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Grant provided funding. For more information, contact Cindy Keitel at

Mariachi Ensemble Concert

Rocio Marrón, conductor

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel

The Cal Lutheran Mariachi Ensemble will perform classic songs from the mariachi repertoire.

Admission is free. For information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit

Jazz Collective

Uziel Colón, conductor

Friday, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m.

Preus-Brandt Forum

Student performers in the jazz ensemble will play standards and modern classics. Admission is free. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit