Wk 3: Artist Conversation – Nicole Goudarzian


Artist: Nicole Goudarzian
Exhibition: Florida and California exchange exhibition
Media: Photography
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
Instagram: nsleepless

Nicole Goudarzian is a surrealist photographer who will be graduating this up coming spring. She is a student in the School of Art’s Photography Program and will be obtaining a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in photography. Ever since she was little she was always interested in art. However, it wasn’t until she attend Cal State Long Beach that she feel in love with photography. Nicole currently works at a museum, and is hoping her work will continue to be displayed in exhibitions in the future. However, if that doesn’t work out, Nicole wants to help other artists exhibit their work. Nicole has been part of four exhibitions so far and will have her fifth one later this year, but none of her work was actually out in display during this exhibition.

Instead, Nicole has had the opportunity to coordinate a Florida and California exchange exhibition, for the past two semesters. The organization is called From Here To There, a bi-Costal exchange exhibition. If you had the opportunity to go into the Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery this week, you would’ve realized a couple of things. One, it was one of the smallest galleries out of all the School of Art Galleries. Two, there was only photographs in display. And three, the work was done by students from Florida. This exhibition has been going on for a couple of years now and only consists of approximately 20 to 30 pieces of photographs. During the fall semester, work is sent to Cal State Long Beach from the University of Central Florida to be displayed for only a week and then during the spring semester, CSULB ships work to the University of Central Florida. So if you didn’t see the art this last week, unfortunately you won’t be able to see any other work from the students at Florida until next fall semester.

Nicole’s favorite photograph in the gallery was Idols and Anchors by Michelle Blomn. She stated that it was her favorite because she was able to take it all in and simply appreciate it so much.

I decided to do my first artist conversation on Nicole Goudarzian for various reasons. I wanted to know more about the Florida and California exchange exhibition and she was one of the very few people who weren’t being interviewed. I got to know a lot about the bi-costal exchange exhibition, along with the responsibilities it comes with. Nicole informed me that it was stressful to coordinate the organization because it takes up a lot of her time. She got to choose the 18 photos that are displayed on the walls of the Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery. Some of the other photos are not displayed because they didn’t fit. I enjoyed getting to know Nicole and wish her the best of luck after graduating.

You can look forward to Nicole’s work being displayed after Thanksgiving break in one of the Gatov Galleries.


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