Gimme an ‘art'!
California State University at Sacramento’s (CSUS’s) 11th annual Festival of the Arts is worth cheering about. Opening this Thursday and continuing through Saturday, April 12, the event includes music, poetry, dance, film, theater and visual art by local and international artists. One of the festival’s highlights is a retrospective of work by Wayne Thiebaud. Thiebaud began his art career in Disney’s animation department in 1936 and went on to receive three art degrees from CSUS. An art instructor at the University of California at Davis until his retirement in the early 1990s, Thiebaud was awarded the National Medal of Arts, a presidential award, in 1994. His work will be on display throughout the festival at the University Library Gallery. Thiebaud will discuss his career at noon on Saturday, April 5, at the Yamshon Alumni Center.
Those who like motion in their art should try Dale Scholl Dance/Art’s new show, Classical Meets Jazz; Abandon Productions’ physical comedy Sorta; or a performance of the lively musical Cabaret. 2002 American Book Award-winner Al Young, the CSUS Jazz Ensemble, filmmaker Chris Simon and the Guarneri String Quartet also are part of the festival. Admission fees vary. Many events are free, and all take place on the CSUS campus. Call (916) 278-ARTS or visit www.csus.edu/news for an event schedule.