Art Gallery

Nan Rae Gallery

Hours: Wed. 12–8 p.m.
Thurs./Fri./Sat./Sun. 12–5 p.m.

The Nan Rae Gallery exhibits international, national and regional artists in a multidisciplinary venue for contemporary art. Artist-curated group exhibitions are a particular focus for gallery programming. In addition to professional exhibitions, the gallery displays works from student organizations within the various programs of the School of Media, Culture & Design. The diverse platform of contemporary fine arts programming at the Nan Rae Gallery enriches the cultural life of Woodbury University and provocatively engages the communal cultural fabric of Southern California.


Current Exhibition

Nan Rae Gallery Exhibition Grace au design












grâce au dessin is a group exhibition focusing on work incorporating drawing and drawing technique in non- traditional ways with respect to notational shorthand, invented personal and visual languages, as well as observational and/or conceptual information leading to – or which is part and parcel of  – other forms of an artist’s studio practice like video, installation, sculpture, photography, painting, performance, public art – and ‘drawing’ per se as the completed result or extension from a set of ideas. The exhibitions cast a far reaching net to assemble fascinating relationships, expand shared conversations and galvanize cultural exchange between contemporary art communities.



Group Exhibition of artists from Montreal at the Nan Rae Gallery
Exhibition title: grâce au dessin 

Curated by Jason McKechnie – featuring artists from Montreal.

Opening reception:

Saturday, January 27, 6 – 8 pm

Gallery hours:

Weds.  12 – 8 pm., Thurs. – Sun., 12 – 5 pm

Exhibit runs from January 27 to March 17.




Past Gallery Exhibitions

Stussy Exhibition Mortal Machine

The Mortal Machine: Art of Maxine Kim Stussy & Jan Stussy

Curated by Michael Duncan











Exhibition of Brad Killam Paintings, Duane Paul Sculpture

Brad Killam’s abstract paintings emphasize surface and color to flirt with ruminations on the natural world. These foreground-centric images keenly use the painterly surface and spontaneous gesture as intuitive guideposts

Duane Paul’s work is “concentrated on the fractured, fragmented memories of childhood, strung together and conflated by my adult reflection on past memories and experiences.” Paul uses various materials that may include canvas, plaster and wire, in combination with subtle variations of mold-making and hand-constructed assembly.
Duane Paul – Small Moments Video

The Photographic Imaginary Curated By Vincent Johnson

The title of the exhibition is posed as a question to allow for the inquiry into what constitutes the photographic imaginary today. We take the rectangular nature of the photograph as natural, yet it is clearly a formal invention, more precisely, both a framing and editing system of image capture that refers to a window onto the world. The photograph records and perceptually reenacts vision, yet photography can also be used to create a fantasy world. Then there are photographs that appears to have been manipulated but are unedited visual artifacts that the photographer witnessed and captured. In this instance I consider it to be a moment when the world reveals itself beyond its everyday appearances. Mainly, there are often photographs taken that one imagines one has captured until seeing the printed work on a screen. The difference between what one imagined having been captured and what the camera rendered is the space of the photographic imaginary.

Vincent Johnson Spring 2017

Neighborhood Watch

The political implications inherent within these projects not only underlie their collective group actions, they also influence each of these three artist’s practices outside of their respective collaborations. Through their individual work, they are continually examining larger notions of community via archives, history, language, performance, research, and site-specificity. Considering that we are living in a time tainted by uncertainty on all fronts, all of this material as a whole becomes that much more relevant and vital. The work in Neighborhood Watch will highlight these numerous expressions to promote a cross disciplinary dialogue between the three artists, the general public, and the community of Woodbury University.

Paint Before You Think
John Kilduff

A painter for over 30 years, Kilduff’s main focus is plein air painting (painting on location in the landscape). Kilduff’s work has been shown at numerous art festivals and galleries across the United States. For over 15 years he has also hosted a “how to paint” cable access show called “Let’s Paint TV”.

John Kilduff Opening Night Performance

John Kilduff film created by Woodbury University student Brandon Swofford

practice, Practice, practice: Abstract Spirituality in Los Angeles Painting, Sculpture and Performance
Curator Doug Harvey

A group exhibition exploring spirituality through the work of Dina Abdulkarim, Ryan Callis, Linda Day, June Edwards, David McDonald, Rebecca Niederlander, Khang Nguyer, Kenneth Ober, Mary Anna Pomonis, Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia, and Dan Tull.

Graphic Design Student Exhibition
Curators: Behnoush McKay, Cate Roman, Rebekah Albrecht

The annual exhibition of student work showcases the work of the Woodbury Graphic Design department, ranked as one of the top 25 programs nationally by GD USA Magazine. Exhibition highlights include the work of multiple studios including Entertainment, Advertising, Publications, Environmental, Motion Design, Typography, Photography and more.


Star Tracking
Lisa Diane Wedgeworth

Wedgeworth’s studio practice is rooted in storytelling. Her work is informed by both private and public, personal and collective memories. She makes paintings that become abstract interpretations of personal and historical experiences and employs video as meditations on memory, identity and relationships.