Nathan Huff

Nathan Huff

Assistant Professor of Art
Phone: (805) 565-6843
Office Location: ADM 228A

Office Hours
Fall 2017
M: 10:30-2:00 p.m.
T: 9:30-12:00 p.m.
W: 10:30-2:00 p.m.

Drawing, Painting, and Installation



Down River

Fortunate Find

The LaunchShifting


glory trainOverprepared and Undertrained








Artist’s Statement

My recent drawing and painting installations create freewheeling narratives: personal stories of suspending gravity, traversing emotional vertigo, and sorting reservoirs of memories. I am fascinated by visual conversations that can occur between images and objects that tangentially relate yet lack a linear retelling. Exploring the gaps between visual perception and modes of representation, and possible interpretation of these objects, provides a rich and fertile arena for my art making.
In my studio practice I leave space for interpretive play and experimentation. I collect meaningful images, imagined experiences, or emotional conundrums. My initial responses take the forms of gouache drawings; sculpture made from altered found furniture, creative writing, an enacted dialogue, an Internet search and collage, or colliding personal mythology with actual objects. It is in these chance combinations that objects take on potential beyond what I might have immediately recognized. New visual observations, personal insights, and metaphorical links are discovered in the process of this exploration.

• M.F.A. in Drawing and Painting, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA 2010
• Study at Watts Atelier School of Art, Encinitas, CA 2005
• B. A. Studio Art, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA 2003

Selected Professional Positions
• Assistant Professor of Art, Westmont College, 2013-present
• Adjunct Instructor of Art, Los Angeles Southwest Community College, 2013
• Adjunct Instructor of Art, California State University Long Beach, 2009 - 2013
• Adjunct Instructor of Art, Biola University, 2010-2013
• MFA Mentor and Adjunct Instructor of Art, Azusa Pacific University 2012-present
• Art Instructor, Angels Gate Cultural Center, 2010-2013
• Art Instructor, Huntington Beach Arts Center, 2012
• Art Instructor, Oceanside Museum of Art, 2005-2007

Selected Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

Sadness Sleep and Sanctity, Ventura College, CA. 2017

Memories Moving Walls, George Fox University, Oregon. 2016

Playing Idioms again, SBCAST G Space, Santa Barbara, CA. 2016

Playing Idioms, with Chris Rupp, Ridley Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA. 2015 Domesticating Disturbances, Culver and Sweeney Galleries, Riverside, CA. 2014

Tension/Intention, L Gallery, Azusa Pacific University, CA. 2013

Downward Digging the Wrong Side Up, Biola University, La Mirada, CA. 2011

Excavations and Constructions, Six Pack Projects, Phantom Galleries, Long Beach. 2011

Nathan Huff, Sculptures and Drawings, D.E.N. Contemporary, West Hollywood, CA. 2010

Liminal States, Oceanside Art Gallery, Carlsbad, CA. 2010

American Painters, Galerie View, Salammbo, Tunisia. 2008

Selected Group Exhibitions

Still Life, from the permanent collection, Sweeny Gallery, Riverside, CA. 2016

UFOLOGY, Outpost Projects, Joshua Tree, CA. 2016

Tales that must be Told, Cypress College, Los Angeles, CA. 2016

Nature Humanity, Dream, South Bay Contemporary, San Pedro, CA. 2016

Fresh start, Barker Hanger, Santa Monica, CA. 2016

Flock, curated Nancy Gifford, Lotus Land, Santa Barbara, CA. 2015

Sculpture Show, ArtsFund Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA, 2015

ArtWatch 2014: Young Careers SB to LA, Ridley Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA. 2014

Storytellers, curated Jeff Rau, Green Gallery, Biola University, La Mirada, CA. 2014

Invitational: Familiar/Unfamiliar, Manual History Machines, Casa Agave, Joshua Tree, CA 2013
• Invitational: Connect and Collect, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA 2013
• Juried Exhibition: Peaceable Kingdom, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA 2013
• Group Invitational: Refresh: Furniture and Fiber, PS Zask Galelry, Palos Verdes, CA 2013
• Solo Exhibition: Tension/Intension, L Gallery, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA 2013
• Curated Exhibition: On the Perimeter, Jaus Gallery, Pasadena, CA 2012
• Curated Exhibition: NOW, Long Beach Expo, Long Beach, CA 2012
• Curated Exhibition: Human Presence, JK gallery, Culver City, CA 2012
• Solo Exhibition: Downward Digging the Wrong Side Up, Biola University, La Mirada, CA 2011
• Two Person Exhibition: Constructions and Excavations, Six Pack Projects, Long Beach CA 2011
• Group Exhibition: Encountering Place, US Ambassadorial Residence, Wellington, New Zealand, 2011
• Solo Exhibition: Nathan Huff, Sculptures and Drawings, DEN Contemporary, West Hollywood, CA 2010
• Two Person Exhibition: Limbo and Other Conversations, DDR Projects, Santa Anna, CA 2010
• Solo Exhibition: Liminal States, Oceanside Gallery, Carlsbad, CA 2010
• Group Exhibition: Mass Emergencies, Angles Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA 2010
• Solo Exhibition: The Launch, Absurd Excavations; B, Werby Gallery, CSULB, Long Beach, CA 2010
• Juried Exhibition: Insights, University Art Museum, CSULB, Long Beach, CA 2010
• Juried Exhibition: Tubular, Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA 2010
• Group Exhibition: Liminal States, Trebor and Nevets Gallery, Long Beach, CA 2009
• Group Exhibition: Overhung, Concrete Walls Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2008
• Group Exhibition: American Painters, Galerie View, Salammbo, Tunisia 2007
• Group Exhibition: The Artist Space, Del Mar, CA 2007
• Group Exhibition: Small images, The Lillian Berkley Collection, Escondido, CA 2006
• Feature Exhibition: Heritage Revisited, Shiva Artistic Collections, Escondido, CA 2006
• Solo Exhibition: Heritage Revisited, The Julian Gallery, Julian, CA 2005

Outstanding Leadership in the Academic Community, Commencement CSULB, 2010
Marylin Werby Scholarship Recipient, CSULB, Long Beach, CA, 2009
Dean’s Purchase Award, College of the Arts California Sate University Long Beach, CA, 2008
Outstanding Arts Graduate, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, 2003
Third Place, Juried Exhibition, San Giovanale Quarter, Orvieto, Italy, 2002

Artist Lectures and Curating
Visiting Artist, Southern California Pastel Society, Torrance, CA 2012
Guest Critic, Rancho Bernardo Art Association, CA 2012
Guest Curator, Art in Embassies, Wellington, New Zealand (catalogue), 2011
Visiting Artist Talk, Idylwild School of the Arts, Idylwild, CA June, 2011
Artist Lecture, Biola University, La Mirada, CA March 2011
Juror, Escondido Arts Partnership, CA 2011
Visiting Artist Talk, The Santiago Steps Salon, Seal Beach, CA Sept, 2010
Performance, Chaos Confounded, with Barbara T Smith, Highways, Santa Monica, CA 2010
Visiting Artist, Rancho Bernardo Art Association, Nov 2007, Sept 2008, Sept 2010
Visiting Artist Lecture, Drawing Club, CSULB, Long Beach, CA. Oct, 2009
Visiting Artist Demonstrator, Ramona Art Guild, Feb 2007, Aug 2008, Jan 2009
CoCurator, Greater LA MFA Exhibition, CSULB, (catalogue) 2008
Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Assistant, CSULB, (Hosted guest lecturers, PR and promotion of events, and running technical needs), 2008
Visiting Artist Lecture, Escondido Art Association, Escondido, CA Oct 2006
Art Juror, Celebration, Escondido Art Association, Escondido, CA Nov 2006
Sketch Artist for Film, Azusa Street Project, Hollywood, CA 2006