The Graduate Art Studios at M Street Presents

Distant Connections is a virtual exhibition created by students during the Spring 2020 semester in ART 240: Graduate Seminar in Studio at Fresno State. It features the work of students, faculty, area artists, and Fresno State alumni who generously shared their work with students during seminar presentations or in-studio visits.

Initially an exhibition was planned to open on Art Hop at the M Street Gallery. Due to COVID 19, we are obliged to present the work through a virtual space. Please enter our virtual gallery, where we offer a glimpse into the creative work of these artists.

Distant Connections


Resistance Aunties



Maya Monuments 
Anabella Monzon
October 3-13, 2019  


 Maya Monuments


 See the video on FB.  






Malaquias Montoya. A Voice for the Voiceless

February 7th - March 29th

Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Here is a link to his website as a preview.

 Montoya Exhibit
Montoya Invite
The Department of Art and Design opened graduate studios in downtown Fresno in May 2015.
Located at 1419 M Street, Fresno, CA, the studios provide excellent individual working spaces, a gallery and seminar room.


We have "The Business of Regret" at M Street during the month of October. 
The Business of Regret
We Will have "Jaime Ruiz Otis: Mined Matter" at Conley Oct. 25-Nov. 25. 




A Faculty and Graduate Exhibit

May 3rd-May 12th, 2018
ArtHop Reception: May 3rd from 5 - 8 p.m.

Water May 3rd





In collaberation with Center for Creativity and the Arts:

Avenal Postcard




     Intimate Space


December 7th - 20th, 2017
Reception: December 7th from 5 - 8 p.m.




  A show brought to you by Center for Creativity and the Arts


Magnifying the People's Voice: 
A Laurete's Journey Across America

October 5 through October 25th, 2017 as part of Art Hop
Reception October 18th from 6 - 8 p.m.




The Fresno State Art and Design Department is proud to present Faculty Works, an exhibition of artwork from their faculty and staff. For the first time this event will be held in the gallery at the M Street Graduate Studios in downtown Fresno. This exhibition showcases the diversity and talents of these established artists, many of whom have exhibited extensively in Fresno including other prestigious galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and abroad. Students, colleagues and visitors will have the opportunity to observe a collection of professionally produced work that is representative of the department’s longtime developed and seasoned art programs.

Faculty Works reception will be 5pm-8pm on Thursday, September 1st and the show will open again from 12pm-4pm on Saturday, September 10th. 

 Faculty Show Title

Back of postcard




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Grad show



5 - 8 P.M.                             

12 - 4 P.M.                                     

Fresno State Celebrates First Anniversary of the Graduate Art Studios in Downtown Fresno

The College of Arts and Humanities and Department of Art and Design at Fresno State will present the first anniversary Graduate Student Exhibition from May 5 through 14 at the Graduate Art Studios Gallery (1419 M Street) in downtown Fresno. The theme of the exhibition is “Content”.  Work in various mediums will be presented by graduate art students.

The work in this show is diverse and expresses the talent and thought processes of the graduate students.  As the title of the exhibit “Content” suggests, the work on display is meant to challenge not only on a visual and aesthetic level, but by focusing on the ambiguity of words and language, the question of how content an artist is with the content of their work is explored.

The Graduate Art Studios facility opened in May 2015 — Fresno State’s first satellite campus — is a creative collaboration between the College of Arts and Humanities and downtown Fresno.  Students work side by side with faculty, professional artists, and the studios offer educational opportunities and professional development.

To celebrate the one-year anniversary a reception will be held at the Graduate Art Studios gallery on May 5th, from 5-8 p.m. to coincide with ArtHop.  Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. during Second Saturday, May 14, 2016.

For more information, contact gallery technician Chris Lopez at:





De 5th WorldPast Events

 April 6 – April 29 at the Fresno State Graduate Art Studios at M street

                        Gallery hours: 12-4 Wednesday - Saturday 

Wednesday, April 20

3:00 p.m.  Artist Talk and Gallery Walk-Thru
5:00 p.m.  Artist Reception
Fresno State Graduate Art Studios at M Street
1419 M Street, Fresno, CA

Thursday, April 21

2:00 p.m.  Performative Lecture  "Visual Visions and Voices"
Conley Art Lecture Hall – CA 101
The Department of Art and Design
California State University, Fresno.

The College of Arts and Humanities at Fresno State will present American Indian artist James Luna’s exhibition, “De 5th World,” from April 6 through 29 at the Graduate Art Studios Gallery (1419 M Street) in downtown Fresno. This is the first time Luna’s iconic work will be shown in Fresno.

“De 5th World” reflects Luna’s reference to a new era of consciousness when humanity relearns its responsibility to the land after witnessing the destruction created by humanity’s greed. According to a Hopi prophecy, in the Fifth World a choice must be made between destruction and reconnection.

Luna’s work is a continuation of the conversation renowned First Nations artist Wanda Nanibush began with her recent exhibition, “The Fifth World.” Nanibush granted Luna permission to reference her exhibition. “De 5th World” is Luna’s response to aspects of our world that cannot yet be seen. Luna’s views have been informed by his personal social, political and cultural struggles.

Luna is a Pooyukitchum (Luiseno) California Indian who resides on the La Jolla Indian Reservation in North County, California. Luna is internationally recognized as a performance and installation artist. His works utilize found objects, audio, video and photography.

Luna became known with his exhibition “The Artifact Piece,” in which he portrayed himself as a living human artifact who questioned the institutional practice of objectifying Indigenous people as extinct artifacts and compared Indian representation to the exhibition of dinosaurs’ bones. By addressing misrepresentation, Luna reminds the viewer that Native American communities are vibrant, living and evolving.

“In my work I am not just criticizing a condition, I am in the condition,” Luna said. With “De 5th World,” Luna poses a new set of questions and critiques regarding humanity’s disharmony and destruction.

Luna’s exhibitions have appeared throughout the continental United States, Canada, Brazil and Europe. He was commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution to represent the newly opened National Museum of the American Indian at the notable Venice Biennale in 2005.

Luna has received numerous awards, including the coveted Joan Mitchell Award for Sculpture in 2010. His works are often described as a whirling mass of pop culture icons and visions falling between Miles Davis, Abstract Impressionism, Jimi Hendrix, Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams and D’Angelo.