1976 and its Legacy: Essay by Professor Mark Johnson

Monday, June 16, 2014

ART PRACTICAL -- Mark Johnson, professor of Art and director of the Fine Arts Gallery, writes an in-depth essay on the legacy of artist Carlos Villa in the Bay Area. Another key figure was the Chinese poetry scholar and ink painter Kay-yu Hsu, who was the academic architect of the first-ever College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University (SFSU) in 1969. But Hsu died in a mudslide in 1982, and Castellon relocated to Costa Rica in 1992, after spending some time as the gallery director at UC Santa Cruz. By the late 1960s, San Francisco was at the forefront of the development of multiculturalism. In 1967, the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC), working with faculty from SFSU and members of the newly formed Artists Liberation Front, initiated the first community arts program in the country: the Neighborhood Arts Program.