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Gallery Director Provides Pleasures in the Great and the Small
by Gail Matsunaga


from Dateline (February 13, 2003)

Veronica Chiang
Veronica Chiang, director of exhibitions, is nearly dwarfed by Ellen Jantzen’s organic paper sculpture Spirit Silo, made of reformed grocery bags and palm flower stems. The piece, along with additional works by Jantzen and other artists, are currently on display in the Atrium Gallery as part of the “Trans•Form: Paper Art & Paper Engineering” exhibit.

Among the many treasures and pleasures of the Pollak Library is the Atrium Gallery. Here, visitors, whether enroute to the library’s stacks for research or taking a much-needed respite from a hectic day, have found themselves transported and often transfixed by intricate paper sculptures, hatpins from another era, miniature historic battle scenes, a sand sculpture fashioned from a lightning bolt thousands of years ago and an exhibit of three-dimensional art recognizing the artistic accomplishments of the university community.

Putting these diverse exhibits together is Veronica Chiang, director of exhibitions. With an artistic background that includes an interdisciplinary degree combining art, filmmaking and exhibit design, she has created a space and environment that has attracted unique collections, international participation and promising new artists to Cal State Fullerton – thus enhancing the university experience.


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Q/A with Chiang

• Introduction

• Did you start as director of exhibition?

How did the exhibits and exhibition spaces evolve?

Did the gallery fit your original vision of the space?

• How do you come up with ideas for the exhibits?

Some of the exhibits are also tied to special events, right?

What goes into putting an exhibit together?

Except for help from student assistants, do you work on your own?

Is there a particular exhibit that was especially challenging for you?

What is the most enjoyable aspect of what you do?

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