Cuesta College continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year with three art exhibits featuring members of the college’s founding fine art faculty.

“The three featured artists have played an integral role in the creation, the cultivation, and the establishment of the legacy of the importance of fine arts at Cuesta College,” said Cuesta College Superintendent/President Gil Stork. “I had the extreme good fortune to have worked with all three of these emeritus faculty members and can attest to their dedication to their profession, their students, and to the college.”

Chet Amyx was the first art faculty hired in 1965 to start and help build the program. He served as division chair and retired in 1993, serving Cuesta students for 28 years. Amyx’s exhibit will take place Aug. 30th – Sept. 13th with a reception on Aug. 30th from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Barry Frantz joined Chet in 1967 to head up the sculpture curriculum and establish a foundry program. He also served as division chair and retired in 2001 after 34 years of service. Frantz’s art will be on display Sept. 23rd - Oct. 4th with a reception on Sept. 27th from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Bob Pelfrey became a member of the fine arts faculty in 1972 adding his expertise in printmaking. Like his colleagues, Pelfrey served as division chair as well as faculty senate president. After 31 years of service to Cuesta, he retired in 2003. Pelfrey’s exhibit will take place Oct. 16th – Oct. 29th with a reception on Oct. 18th from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

 The artwork will be displayed in the Cuesta College Art Gallery on the San Luis Obispo campus and will be open Mondays-Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. Artist talks are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. during the opening receptions. Free parking for the receptions will be available is Parking Lot 2.


Lauren Milbourne / (805) 546-3108 / Lauren_milbourne@cuesta.edu / Posted: 8/27/13