Now in its fourth year of residency on the CSUMB campus and celebrating thirty years of providing arts education, CSU Summer Arts will be offering over twenty-five exciting public events beginning June 29th through July 25, 2015.

Guest artists presenting concerts, lectures, and demonstrations include Grammy Award winning musicians, acclaimed dancers and actors, leaders in the field of mixed media, award winning writers, visual artists, and even world-renown entertainers from the professional world of the circus.

Tickets are available at bargain rates, and all performances take place in the exceptional confines of the World Theater on the CSUMB campus (box office phone-831-262-2714). In addition, at the conclusion of each two-week summer session, (July 10-11 and July 24-25) student participants will feature their work in a Showcase event which is free and open to the public.

Please be sure to check the website for the calendar of events and more information, or contact Dr. Rob Klevan, Community Relations Specialist at or at 831-582-3492.


Monday, June 29th- Cirque Show Intensive- World-renowned artists from Cirque du Soleil and The Clown School.

Tuesday, June 30th- New Photographic Portrait- Guest Artist David Hillard has won numerous awards such as the Fulbright Grant and Guggenheim Fellowship.

Thursday, July 2- Video Projection Mapping- Guest Artist Yannick Jacquet is a projection mapping artist and founding member of the Antivj visual label. Yannick's work is characterized by a desire to step outside of traditional projection formats and locate video in space.

Friday, July 3- Classical Guitar Legends- Eliot Fisk, Andrew York, and Roland Dyens perform!


Monday, July 6- Memoir Writing- Award winning writers Jimmy Santiago Baca, Lynda Barry, and others share their works and provide insight into the craft of memoir writing.

Tuesday, July 7- Cinematography- Join pre-eminent and respected Hollywood director of photography Robert Schaefer (Quantum of Solace, Finding Neverland, The Paperboy) for a discussion of the inside world of cinematography.

Wednesday, July 8- Contemporary Realism: Painting and Drawing- Artist Vincent Desiderio became the first American to receive the International Contemporary Art Prize awarded by the Prince Pierre Foundation of the Principality of Monaco.

Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11- Student Showcases


Monday, July 13- CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance- CONTRA-TIEMPO toured to South America as Dance ambassadors, as a part of DanceMotionUSA. This program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State, produced by BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), showcases the finest contemporary American dance abroad while facilitating cultural exchange.

Wednesday, July 15- Children’s Book Illustration- Deborah Underwood’s many books include Bad Bye, Good Bye, The Quiet Book, The Loud Book, the Sugar Plum Ballerinas series, Here Comes Santa Cat, Here Comes the Easter Cat, and Interstellar Cinderella.

Saturday, July 17- Mixed Media Sculpture- lecture with guest artist Katie Grinnan

Sunday, July 18- Solo Theater Performance- In his living memoir, Empanada for a Dream, Juan Francisco Villa uncovers the treasures of his family’s dark legacy in the streets of New York’s Lower East Side.


Monday, July 20- Poet’s Metamorphosis- Guest Artist Marilyn Nelson is the author of more than 24 books, including several award-winning books for young adults and translated works. Her latest publication is Faster Than Light: New and Selected Poems, 1996-2011.

Wednesday, July 22- Jazz Sextet Concert- World-renown jazz artists Steve Roach, Billy Drummond, Alan Ferber, Joe Gilman, Dan Pietro, and Dan Robbins join forces to present an evening of serious jazz!

Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25- Student Showcases