After an extensive search, Orange Coast College is pleased to announce that Tyler Stallings has been appointed director of the College’s Frank. M. Doyle Arts Pavilion in Costa Mesa.
Stallings — who will be the first full-time gallery director at the Doyle Arts Pavilion in seven years — comes to Coast from the University of California, Riverside, where he held various roles including interim executive director of UCR ARTSblock, and artistic director at the Culver Center of the Arts.
Prior to his role at UC Riverside, Stallings cut his teeth in the Orange County arts world as the chief curator at the Laguna Art Museum and as director of programs at the Huntington Beach Art Center. “In essence my professional curatorial career was really built in Orange County,” says Stallings. “It’s a great opportunity to be able to come back.”
Significant exhibitions that he has curated/co-curated over the years include ones that blend fine art and popular culture, such as “Surf Culture: The Art History of Surfing” (2002), or explored the intersection of science, technology, and art, such as “Intelligent Design: Interspecies Art” (2009) and “Free Enterprise: The Art of Citizen Space Exploration” (2013), while others delved into cultural identity such as the first Southern California solo show by MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient, Kara Walker (1997), “Whiteness, A Wayward Construction” (2003), and “Your Donations Do Our Work: Andrea Bowers and Suzanne Lacy” (2009).
Stallings also has organized exhibitions around new trends in photography, such as “The Great Picture: The World’s Largest Photograph & the Legacy Project” (2011), and scholarly books and catalogues have accompanied most of his exhibitions. In 2014, a book of his collected writings was published, “Aridtopia: Essays on Art & Culture from Deserts in the Southwest United States.” He is also a columnist for KCET-TV’s Artbound program.
OCC’s 3,400-square-foot gallery includes exhibition space and a project gallery, and hosts several shows each year, in addition to hosting special events, performances, films, installations and more. Last fall’s Arts Pavilion schedule saw a breadth of dynamic exhibits, including “ˌterəˈfərmə” a survey of work by noted Los Angeles artist, Kim Abeles, and “Ken Marchionno: 300 Miles, The Oomaka Tokatakiyaa,” multimedia documentary project highlighting a yearly pilgrimage undertaken by members of the Lakota tribes in North and South Dakota.
“I’ve always had an awareness [of the Doyle Arts Pavilion] — it’s just such a beautiful space,” Stallings says. “One of the things I’ve been really impressed with is the reputation of the Visual and Performing Arts Division, and how it really stays abreast of what’s new.”
Stallings is looking forward to building on the College’s tradition of bringing high quality contemporary art to the campus and its surrounding community. In particular, he’s hoping to work with other departments on campus to bring interdisciplinary projects to the Doyle Arts Pavilion. “The first show I’m working on will feature artists whose work involves the intersection of astronomy and art [that will] coincide with the grand opening of [OCC’s] Planetarium in the fall,” he says.
Stallings also is looking to raise the Doyle Arts Pavilion’s profile, and eventually establish an endowment that will support future programs and exhibits. “We feel very fortunate to have found such a talented director for our Arts Pavilion, who also is familiar with the local arts community and who has experience cultivating nonprofit gallery spaces,” says OCC’s Dean of Visual and Performing Arts Larissa Nazarenko.
Stallings completed his graduate degree at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, and his undergraduate degree at Atlanta College of Art (now part of the Savannah College of Art and Design) in Georgia. He lives in Huntington Beach with his wife, artist Naida Osline.
The Doyle Arts Pavilion’s next exhibit will be a retrospective of Southern California artist Jim DeFrance and an exhibition of several works by Eric Johnson, with two openings, one on Feb. 8 from 5–8 p.m. and another on Feb. 10 from noon until 5 p.m., with distinguished artist and art critic, Peter Plagens, as a guest speaker at 2 p.m.
Orange Coast College, founded in 1947, is one of the nation’s top transfer schools. With a student population of 25,000, OCC provides exemplary programs leading to Associate degrees and 130 career programs. The college’s 164-acre campus is located in the heart of Costa Mesa.
This article was released by Orange Coast College.