Art Professor is Subject of L.A. Times Article

By Christine Kitano, Student Intern of CHASS College Computing

 Jim Isermann

Jim Isermann, assistant professor of art, was the subject of a June 1 st L.A. Times article entitled “In the NoHo Arts District, ‘I’ stands for Isermann.” The article showcased the Ticino Building in North Hollywood, Isermann’s latest project. A result of the L.A. Community Redevelopment Agency’s requirement that 1% of project costs be allocated for public art, Professors Isermann’s geometric tiles are featured on the balconies and in the lobby of the newly finished building.

Professor Isermann is widely renowned in the art world for his brave use of colors as well as his innovative designs and patterns. Although widely considered a design artist, he refuses to categorize himself or his artwork. As he said in the L.A. Times article, “Staying in L.A. after I got out of grad school, one of the things I benefited from was not having to be classified. I was able to make work out here that got a lot of attention without being really pigeonholed, and the work kind of developed on its own.”

The winner of many awards including a National Arts Endowment Fellowship, an Art Matters N.Y. Fellowship, and a California Community Foundation J.P. Getty Fellowship for the Visual Arts, Professor Isermann is also one of CHASS’s Guggenheim Fellows. He began teaching at UCR in 2003, following visiting appointments at Occidental College and UCLA.

In addition to teaching at UCR, Professor Isermann has continued to show his work in solo and group exhibitions around the United States and in Europe. In 2003 he completed an installation project in the atrium of Genentech Hall at UCSF. The first product of a public arts program at the Mission Bay Campus, Isermann was commissioned to design custom carpeting and create a 40-foot chandelier to hang above the atrium. His next project will be another commissioned work for the MTA Metro Arts for Transit program, which will entail the creation of an exterior design for the upcoming refurbishment of the customer service center in Los Angeles.

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