Professor Jim Isermann Featured Speaker at Citizens University Committee Breakfast

By Robert Bastone, Student Intern of CHASS College Computing

Jim IsermannOn Wednesday February 19th, the Citizens University Committee of UCR hosted a benefit breakfast that featured a presentation by Assistant Professor Jim Isermann of the Department of Art. The presentation, entitled “Fine Art as Interior Decoration: or how to hang a 40 ft chandelier in a 6 story atrium” showcased Isermann’s site specific work for Genentech Hall at the University of California, San Francisco’s Mission Bay campus.

Professor Isermann’s presentation topic was his site-specific art work and featured his most recent project for Genentech Hall at the University of California, San Francisco’s Mission Bay Campus. The project consists of a custom-built 5 pendant, 40-foot chandelier, accompanying carpet design and furniture selection for the 80 ft tall atrium of the Hall.

The breakfast was held from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. in the University Extension Center. A fifteen dollar donation was required for everyone who attended the presentation, the proceeds of which will be utilized to host similar events in the future.

The Citizens University Committee is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers from the community, sponsored and supported by UCR Office of Governmental and Community Relations. The Committee was originally established over 50 years ago, with the purpose of bringing a University of California Campus to Riverside. Currently, their focus is to raise scholarship money for undergraduate students attending this campus. The group holds breakfasts and miscellaneous events nearly once a month, usually featuring up and coming, or younger faculty speakers, in the Arts or in technological fields.

Professor Jim Isermann has a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Fine Arts. He came to UCR in July of 2003 after holding visiting appointments at Occidental College and UCLA. Professor Isermann is known internationally for his work in design and sculpture. He is the recipient of many awards including the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the California Community Foundation J.P. Getty Fellowship for Visual Arts, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.


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