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Third Floor (Virtual) Gallery

Dancing Dreams & Deities: Illustrating Artifacts of the Maya and Their Neighbors

Artist: Dana G Moot II

October 26 – November 20

Throughout the history of the study of artifacts from the cultures of the Western Hemisphere, illustration has played a key role in moving research forward. For the last four years I have had the good fortune of being able to work within a project which make use of illustrations in compiling a database of Maya hieroglyphic inscriptions (Maya Hieroglyphic Database). I have also had the pleasure of illustrating images for a recent book published on Maya art (The Beast Between: Deer Imagery in Maya Art). Additionally, during research projects for graduate courses and my Master’s thesis, I have prepared dozens of artifact illustrations using a combination of analog and digital techniques. This kind of visual aid is rarely if ever presented as artwork, therefore the general public rarely sees works like these unless they are studying one of the cultures whose artifacts are being illustrated. While each work is based on the designs of an ancient mind, fashioned by ancient hands, the technologies used in the creation of these illustrations are modern and require new creative choices in their application. This exhibit presents a selection of some of the works I have created based on ancient originals in the hope that it can help bridge the conceptual gap between art history and the act of creative visual expression. The majority of the items displayed are based upon original works from Maya artists, but also included are images based on objects ranging from Mexico to Peru and from circa 1000 B.C.E to 800 C.E.



Gallery Location:
Located on the 3rd Floor of the BMU (2nd & Chestnut)

Gallery Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 7 AM – 10 PM
Friday: 7 AM – 7 PM
Saturday: 9AM – 7 PM
Sunday: 12PM – 10 PM

We are the only Chico State art gallery to exclusively show student work. All types of art are welcome and you don’t have to be an art major to apply.

The gallery features:

  • Four shows each semester: Gallery shows are chosen the previous semester by a committee of students, staff and faculty. Fall 2020 Proposal Form
  • The AS provides publicity for your show: social media promotion, postcards and posters.
  • The AS hosts a professionally catered reception in the gallery for each artist or group of artists.