Senior art majors to display works
Colored pencil drawing by Joanna Van Nyhuis.
Colored pencil drawing by Joanna Van Nyhuis.
Cal Lutheran exhibit to feature paintings, drawings

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The annual spring art exhibit showcasing the work of graduating art majors at California Lutheran University will run from April 23 through May 16 in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art.

An opening reception for “Ruminations: Senior Art Exhibit 2015” will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 25. The exhibit and reception are free.

The exhibit will feature works by nine students. Sarah Barber of Los Angeles creates installation art, sculptures and mixed-media works. The works of Brianna Duddy, a Simi Valley resident who also majored in criminal justice, include figurative drawings, oil paintings and ceramic sculptures.

The oil paintings and ceramics by John Galan of Oak Park are influenced by the human figure, nature and his Mexican heritage. Kaitlyn Horpedahl, who has spent the past two summers as a properties apprentice at the Santa Fe Opera in her hometown, specializes in theatrical props, upholstery and printmaking.

Shireen Mariyum Ismail, a Thousand Oaks resident who also majored in biochemistry and minored in religion, translates theme, interpretation and poetic structure of the Qur’an into color, shape and line in her paper art, oil paintings and ceramics. Kiana Matsuura of Thousand Oaks works in digital and traditional mediums and her figurative oil paintings focus on the theme of “repose.”

The oil paintings, charcoal drawings and photography by Susanna McGrath of Thousand Oaks reflect her travels throughout the U.S., Mexico and Central America. Emily Shandorf of Florence, Italy, has gotten to know people from throughout the world and strives to represent diversity in her photography and painted photographs. Joanna Van Nyhuis of Winchester specializes in Prismacolor pencil portraits and figurative oil paintings.

The gallery is located in William Rolland Stadium north of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard on the Thousand Oaks campus. It 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 Schmid at or 805-493-3697 or visit