October 10, 2017

Endangered: Exploring California's Changing Ecosystems

By Office of Communications

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The San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery kicked off the new semester with an interactive and educational exhibit, “Endangered: Exploring California’s Changing Ecosystem”.

Assistant Chair and Art Professor Barbara Sexton said the event was, “thoroughly successful and well received by the community.” She estimates that the exhibit’s opening reception on Thursday, Sept 7 was attended by 250 people, and the exhibit averaged almost 60 visitors a day until it closed on September 28.

This exhibit included the work of eight artists who chose different areas of environmental and climate concern about which they are passionate. There was also an opportunity for attendees to write a promise on a wall inside the exhibit for how they will make a positive change in their lifestyle or daily routine to help the environment.

Artists Stephanie Bedwell, Stacie Birky Greene, Kira Carillo Corser, Michael Field, Jen Trute, Sasha Koozel Reibsten, Ruth Wallen, and Jim Riley are all committed to environmental justice and worked closely with exhibit curator Danielle Susalla Deery, former director of exhibitions at the Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA), and adjunct art history professor at Fullerton College to make this exhibit possible.

View photos here, and to learn more about the Fine Art Program, visit online here or contact Nathan Betschart at

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