Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, The Broad, Los Angeles

“Wit and wonder draw audiences into the existential realm of Yayoi Kusama (b.1929), a visual, installation and performance artist; and leading figure in the Western avant-garde and 1960s counter culture of political activism.” Jill Thayer, Ph.D.

Diana Shui-lu Wong: Ephemerality of Change

By Jill Thayer, Ph.D., Contributing writer, book essay for Diana Shui-lu Wong Retrospective 1977 – 2017, ARTVOICES Art Books, Los Angeles, June 2017   “I think culture is history, what people have accumulated, what people have done. I cannot copy, but can only renew.”                        […]

Lauren Mendelsohn-Bass – The Perceptual Mystique

By Jill Thayer, Ph.D., Contributing writer, book essay for Lauren Mendelssohn-Bass “On The Verge of Domestication,” ARTVOICES Art Books, Los Angeles, June 2017   “I form my oppositions in a way that tells a psychological story, feeling, thought, or idea. Juxtapositions… these strong, straight lines, as I often use circles, which is how I form an ambiguous […]

“A Conversation with Bruce Everett,” by Jill Thayer Ph.D.

“A Conversation with Bruce Everett,” by Jill Thayer Ph.D. The following interview features Bruce Everett, regionalist landscape painter in Templeton, California on the Central Coast. Excerpts of the interview air in “The Art of Life,” my weekly podcast series on Voice of Paso Internet radio Fridays at :15 past the hour at 6 – 9am. The interview includes topics such as Background and influences on career; Photorealism and Professional Practice; Plein Air and Studio – First Glance and Memory; and Methodology and Large-scale Commissions.

“A Conversation with Grace Pucci, El Paso de Robles Area Historical Society,” by Jill Thayer, Ph.D.

Audio Interview Podcast: A Conversation with Grace Pucci, Paso Robles Historical Society Promo Part 1: History Part 2: Archives of R.J. Arnold Part 3: Community Full Interview The following interview is a narrative transcript from my conversation with Grace Pucci, Past President and longtime volunteer of El Paso de Robles Area Historical Society. Grace shares the work of the historical society at […]

Diego Santanelli – Resilience

By Jill Thayer, Ph.D., Contributing Writer, ARTPULSE Magazine, Miami, June, 2016 8 April – 25 June 2016, Canale Diaz Art Center, Coral Gables “My work is precisely the result of that interaction between the artist and the medium with which he works, between the individual and the world that surrounds him. Through this gesture, I attempt to recount my personal story, presenting it […]

CSUB Alumni Hall of Fame 2016 Inductees: Greg Colson and Jeff Colson

In honor of Greg Colson and Jeff Colson’s induction to CSUB Alumni Hall of Fame 2016, California State University, Bakersfield Office of Alumni Engagement asked me to share my thoughts and experiences on growing up with the Colsons, two internationally recognized artists and good ole’ boys from Oildale. I was happy to oblige. The following links and narrative […]