Cerritos College Art Gallery




Cerritos College Art Gallery is pleased to announce the latest installment of the annual Cerritos College ART+TECH Artist-in-Residency program, which partners a local professional visual artist/collective with the amazing vocational technology resources available on the college campus (rotating through one technology-based department per year). This coming Fall 2015 semester, the Technology Division partner will be the Automotive Collision Repair department (future annual partners will include Architecture, Cosmetology, Machine Tool Technology, Plastics and Composites, Welding, and Woodworking).


Residency Description

This year's paid residency ($2000) gives the selected artist or artist collective extended access to the college's state-of-the-art Automotive Collision Repair equipment, providing the opportunity to experiment with non-traditional industrial art-making tools, including autobody fabrication molds, sheet metal reshaping equipment, and automotive spray-paint stations.

Over the course of the residency, the recipient will work with select fine art and technology students, staff, and faculty to realize a proposed art project, developed by the recipient and to be featured in a solo exhibition held at the Cerritos College Art Gallery in early Spring 2016 (exhibition catalog included). The selected project will inevitably be visually compelling and/or technological innovative, and ideally should conceptually address the history of car culture in Southern California or serve as a critical commentary on existing models of industry production and/or related urban infrastructure.

Note: No prior experience with automotive repair equipment required. Instead, we are looking to partner with a creative artist that is interested in realizing innovative aesthetic forms and/or addressing pertinent social concerns using non-traditional technology-based tools/materials. Because of safety concerns and specialized skills required, the artist will primarily work with, and/or direct, the experienced students and staff to manifest their vision.


Conditions of Residency

The selected resident will be awarded a $2,000 honorarium at the end of the Residency Period to cover personal costs of the residency. The college will not arrange, nor provide reimbursement for, any travel or room & board expenses on the applicant's behalf, nor will the college be held financially responsible for such expenses.

Workshop and lab times are flexible, but the resident is expected to work with the Art & Technology faculty/staff to provide the most effective interaction with participating students, as well as to avoid conflict for resources from non-participating courses held within the same facilities. The resident should expect to be on campus for a minimum of 16 hours per week, though more production time is possible, depending on the scope of the resident's project and availability of technology labs.

In addition to the honorarium, the college will cover the material costs of all residency production, such as autobody parts, acquired at local Pick-A-Part facilities to artist's specification, and any automotive paint (with total material costs not to exceed $1000; any additional material costs will be at the artist's expense, i.e. deducted from the artist's honorarium). The college will cover costs of exhibition promotion (announcement cards, reception, panelist honorariums, etc.) and will provide five free copies of the exhibition catalog to the resident artist.

Individuals who are offered the residency may be required to obtain fingerprints for a criminal history clearance through the State Department of Justice and remit the required fee for processing the fingerprints, produce an original social security card, and submit negative TB test results before the residency may begin.

Note: Acceptance of Residency includes willingness and ability to participate in the associated exhibition, even though it takes place after the initial residency period (January 2016) and willingness to contribute to the exhibition catalog, as well as willingness to donate at least one piece produced during the residency period to the college art gallery's permanent collections.


Application Deadline

In order to be considered during the selection review period, the applicant must submit all required materials and information by 11:59 PM (PST) on July 31, 2015. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all application materials are received. If you have any questions regarding the residency or the application/selection process, you may contact James MacDevitt, Director of the Cerritos College Art Gallery, at jmacdevitt@cerritos.edu


Complete Selection/Residency Timeline:

   June 1, 2015: Application Posted

   July 31, 2015: Applications Due to TechAIR@cerritosgallery.com

   August 2015: Review of Candidates by Selection Committee

   September 1, 2015: Announcement of Selected Residency Candidate

   October 19 - November 22, 2015: Residency Period

                 October 19-30, 2015: Equipment & Facilities   Training for Artist with Tech Staff/Faculty

                 November 2-20, 2015: Proposed Project Lab Time (i.e. producing work/s for the exhibition)

   January-March 2016: Exhibition & Artist Talk/Panels


Application Procedure

Interested applicants must submit the following, in a single email message, to TechAIR@cerritosgallery.com


Email subject header should use the following template:

   Applicant Full Name : Proposed Project Title


Application Email Must Contain All of the Following to be Considered (list by number in the body of your email):

   1. Full Name of Applicant(s); use collective's name, if a collaborative residency, but also list all members

   2. Contact information (Mailing Address, Phone Number(s), Email Address, Website)

   3. Two Professional References (Name, Title, Institution, Contact Phone, Contact Email)
      Note: Do Not Send Letters of Recommendation. References will be Contacted Directly only if Applicant is Shortlisted.

   4. A brief description (300 words max.) of your proposed project and/or art piece describing:

       a. An overview of the work you would like to undertake during the residency (be specific),

       b. Including how this opportunity would further your own artistic practice

       c. And how it could benefit the students, the industries involved, and the arts in general

   5. A brief description (150 words max.) of your vision for the accompanying Exhibition and Catalog.

   6. A brief description (150 words max.) of supplementary programming you envision describing:

       a. At least one artist-led workshop held with Tech & Art students during Residency Period (Nov 2015)

       b. At least one public artist talk, panel, or symposium to coincide with the Exhibition (Jan 2016)

   7. File Attachment: Current CV/Resume

       a. Listing education, previous exhibitions, awards/residencies, publications, teaching, etc.

       b. Title as follows: ApplicantFullName.CV.FileType

   8. File Attachments (or links to images/video online): Previous Work

       a. Up to Five (5) work samples - see acceptable formats and restrictions

       b. Title all attachments as follows: ApplicantFullName.WorkTitle.Date.FileType

       c. If previous works require additional textual description/information, provide it here.


Acceptable formats and restrictions include:

   Images: (300 dpi & less than 2MB each) - .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, .tif, .tiff, .psd, .ai, .eps, .svg, .dxf

   Videos: (less than five minutes & less than 5MB each) - .mov, .mp4, mpeg, .mpg, .avi, .m4v, .dv, or links to YouTube or Vimeo

   Audio: (less than five minutes & less than 3MB each) - .mp3, .ogg, .aiff, .wav, or links to SoundCloud

   Documents: .pdf
, .doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf


Selection Procedure

Following the closing date, all application materials will be independently evaluated and scored by the Cerritos College ART+TECH institutional selection committee members using a standard point-value rubric. Individual member scores will then be collated to identify a shortlist of top applicants.

Candidates selected for further consideration (finalists) will be limited to those applicants in the competitive group who best meet the qualifications for the residency and have a proven track record of innovative artistic projects. Finalists, and their references, may then be contacted for further clarification of qualifications and proposed project vision/scope.

The selected resident will be announced publically approximately one month after the application closing date.


2015 ART+TECH Artist-in-Residence Selection Committee:

   James MacDevitt (Director/Curator of the Cerritos College Art Gallery & Associate Professor of Art History)

   Kirk Miller (Professor of Graphic Design: 3D Modeling / Digital Illustration)

   Steven Portigal (Professor of Studio Art: Ceramics / 3D Design)

   Charles Robertson (Professor of Automotive Collision Repair)

   Kevin Taylor (Chair/Professor of Automotive Mechanical Repair)


Equal Opportunity Notice

Cerritos College is strongly committed to achieving diversity on its campus and the principles of equal opportunity will apply to this residency as well. The college encourages a diverse pool of applicants and shall provide equal opportunities to all applicants without regard to national origin, religion, age, sex or gender, race, color, medical condition, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or because he or she is perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. In fact, the college encourages applications from all segments of qualified people.


Documentation of Last Year's ART+TECH Residency Project

For documentation of the inaugural 2014 ART+TECH residency, which partnered artist Jeff Cain with the Engineering Design Technology department and resulted in the exhibition Natural History, preview the associated exhibition catalog at the art gallery's online bookstore: http://www.blurb.com/b/6027965-natural-history-jeff-cain/


Automotive Collision Repair Department Technical Resources Available for Resident's Use

Automotive Painting Resources:

  Full-Spectrum Mixing and Tinting Capability (using Spies-Hecker water-based paints)

  Five Spray Guns (each capable of spraying all automotive paints, including water-borne, solvent, or urethane)

  Two Blowtherm Down-Draft Spray Booths (accomodates up to full-sized vehicles for refinishing in either solvent or water based paints)

  One Spray-Tech Side Down-Draft Spray Booth (similar capacity to Blowtherme)

  One Double-Prep Station (spray booth with movable side curtains, two cars wide and one car deep, to apply primers, sealers, and paints)

Sheet Metal Benders/Rollers/Smoothing Equipment:

  A Pitney Bows 96" Hand Brake (has two sets of bits: one for full sheets of up to 1/8", and another for box flanges with spaced bits for access)

  A novice-level English Wheel and Planishing Hammer (for smoothing out formed sheet metal)

  A 16" square "shot" bag used with wood or plastic mallets and mounted on 42" post with flat top (to create initial shapes in sheet metal)

  A Plexto Sheet Metal Forming Tool (various shapes/sizes of fixed dollies; creates anvil-like base to hand form metal into different shapes)

  A 36" Sheet-Metal Hand Operated "Roller" (with capacity of about 18-20 gauge sheet metal)

  A Power Bead-Roller (to make various shapes and folds in sheet-metal with a variety of dies, 5-6 each for different radii of bends and louvers)

Welding and Cutting Equipment:

  Several Lincoln SP-145 110 volt MIG welders (with .023" wire for steel MIG welding)

  A Miller Dual Voltage, Dual application MIG welder; 220 or 110 volt (for welding Aluminum or MIG Brazing steel or stainless with bronze wire)

  Two Miller TIG welders

  Two Inverted Pressure Resistance Spot Welders with various capacities:

      A Saitek (good for up to 3 pieces of 20 gauge or 2 pieces of 16-18 gauge steel)

      A Midi Spot by Celette, liquid cooled capable of spot-welding up to 6 layers of 20 gauge mild steel ("Jaws" with a radius of over 26")

  14" DeWalt Cut-Off Saw; 110 volt (has been used it to cut up to 1/4" boxed steel tubing)

  Four Plasma Cutters; 110 volt, Central Electric and Eastwood Company (plasma arc tip, copper nozzles, to cut 3/6" steel from wood pattern)

  Oxy-Acetylene Welders and Cutting Torches (for heavier gauges of metal, or for alternative welding/forming tasks)

Fabricating Equipment:

  Specialized Equipment Designed to Accept User-Created Dies for Unique Shapes (similar to the bead roller above, except that the action of the die is vertical rather than rolling; It is similar to a sheet metal "stamper" with shapes of the male/female dies subject to designer creation)

Miscellaneous Equipment:

  Body Hammers and Dollies, Vice Grips, Screw Guns, Tech Screws/Fasteners, Riveting tools and Rivets from 1/16" to 1/4" (steel on steel rivets), Nutsert tool with Nutserts, Taps and Dies, Two Large Vices, Flange Pliers, MIG Welding Helmets (auto-dimming from 9-13 shade lens), Reciprocating Saw, and many other Hand/Power Tools, Extension Cords, and Air Ratchets


About the Automotive Collision Repair Program at Cerritos College: The Automotive Collision Repair department at Cerritos College provides state-of-the-art curricula training vocational students in three primary areas: collision repair, automotive refinishing technology, and damage estimating/management. Courses offered include Structural Damage Repair, Automotive Welding, Production Refinishing, Body Panel Customization, Full-Panel Fabrication, Air Brush Painting, and Lettering, Striping, and Design.

About the Cerritos College Art Gallery: The Cerritos College Art Gallery presents rotating exhibitions highlighting the work of emerging and mid-career artists. A special emphasis is placed on works that confront challenging and pressing issues in contemporary art and culture. In support of exhibitions, the Cerritos College Art Gallery also regularly hosts workshops, lectures, and performances. The mission of the Cerritos College Art Gallery is to serve as an educational, social, and culture enhancement for the Cerritos academic population, as well as the immediate surrounding communities.

About Cerritos College: Founded in 1955, Cerritos College is a public comprehensive community college in southeastern Los Angeles county. The campus is located at 11110 Alondra Blvd, Norwalk, CA 90650.