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Cut, Copy, Paste: The Art of Contemporary Collage

Monday, Mar. 31, 2003

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—March 31, 2003—This spring, Santa Clara University’s de Saisset Museum will present Cut, Copy, Paste: The Art of Contemporary Collage. The exhibition, on view from May 3 through Aug. 3, 2003 will feature the very best in contemporary collage with a focus on Bay Area artists.

Artists in the exhibition include Bruce Conner, Jess, Robert Brady, John O’Reilly, Michael Pauker, and Beverly Rayner. The exhibition was organized by the de Saisset Museum.

"The medium of collage is a symbol of aesthetic freedom and versatility because it juxtaposes unrelated objects and images to form completely new meanings," said Karen Kienzle, curator of the exhibition. "Most of us can remember creating collages as young children by pasting together bits of magazine and construction paper. So collage is completely accessible – perhaps more than any other art form. Collage also offers artists the opportunity to revel in ordinary or mundane materials but raise them to the level of ‘high' art."

This exhibition is presented in conjunction with San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art 's (ICA) Bytes and Pieces exhibition which focused on digital collage.

Along with the collage exhibit, the museum will also feature the artwork of at-risk youth in Make, Create, Celebrate. The exhibit features artwork created by youth in Santa Clara in conjunction with local artists from the ArtsConnect, a program of Arts Council Silicon Valley.

ArtsConnect promotes art as an effective tool for students to access their creative functions and also enhance intellectual, social, and emotional development. Make, Create, Celebrate showcases the partnership between youth and professional artists. The de Saisset Museum serves as a venue for this partnership on an annual basis. Make, Create, Celebrate represents the fifth year of this collaboration.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will be closed from April 18-21 and July 4-7. Admission is free. For more information, call the de Saisset Museum at 408-554-4528 or visit

  • Opening Reception Friday, May 2 6- p.m., Free. Opening reception with artists to celebrate the exhibition Cut, Copy, Paste.
  • Panel Discussion Mouse or Glue? Directions in Contemporary Collage. Thursday, May 29 6-8 p.m., Free. Discussion with artists from the Cut, Copy, Paste exhibition and artists from the ICA’s Bytes and Pieces exhibition as they talk about the intersections between traditional and digital collage work.
  • Collage Workshop Saturday, June 7 1--4 p.m., Free. Join Cut, Copy, Paste artist Catie O’Leary for a collage workshop for adults. O’Leary will start the workshop with a slide lecture focusing on the origins of collage and then will lead students on their own explorations in the medium. Pre-registration is required.
  • Artist-in-Residence Program Thursday afternoons in May, join artists from the Cut, Copy, Paste exhibition as they work in the galleries. Artists will be on site from 12:30--4 p.m. with a different artist working each week.

About the de Saisset Museum

The 17,000-square-foot museum opened next to the Mission Santa Clara de Asís on the Santa Clara University campus in 1955. The member-supported, privately funded institution operated by SCU has been accredited by the American Association of Museums since 1979.

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its 8,060 students’ rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the third-highest graduation rate among all U.S. masters’ universities, California’s oldest higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. More information is online at



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