NATHAN HUFF produces paintings, drawings, and sculpture that create freewheeling narratives: personal stories of suspending gravity, traversing emotional vertigo, and sorting reservoirs of memories. He earned an MFA in Drawing and Painting from California State University Long Beach, a degree in art education from Azusa Pacific University, and has also studied art in Italy, France, the UK, and Spain. Actively exhibiting in Los Angels and abroad, his work has been collected throughout the west by universities, churches, and private individuals. Nathan has taught classes with art students at CSU Long Beach, LA Southwest College, Biola University, and Azusa Pacific University as an adjunct lecturer. Currently he works as an assistant professor of art at Westmont College in Santa Barbara.

NATHAN HUFF

Born: New Orleans, 1981   

EDUCATION

2010            MFA Drawing and Painting, CSULB. Long Beach, CA
2005            Watts Atelier School of Art, Encinitas, CA
2003            B.A., Art Education. Azusa Pacific University, CA
                    Special Studies.  Gordon College.  Orvieto, Italy
2000            Palomar College.  Escondido, CA

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS  * indicates Solo Exhibitions

2015

(Forthcoming) Flock, Lotus Land, Santa Barbara, CA

2014

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

MAS attack 6, Torrance Art Museum.  Torrance, CA

*Domesticating Disturbances, Curated Jennifer Frias, Culver and Sweeney Art Galleries, UCR Arts Block, Riverside, CA

Minuscule, Flower Pepper Gallery, Pasadena, CA

Unexpected Activity, Angels Ink Gallery, San Pedro, CA

Teachers Break to Create, Casa Magazine Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

Storytellers, Curated Jeff Rau, Biola University Art Gallery, La Mirada, CA



2013

Connect and Collect, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, CA

Familiar/Unfamiliar, Manual History Machines Casa Agave,  Joshua Tree, CA

Peaceable Kingdom, Bedford Gallery; Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek

*Tension/Intention, L Gallery, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa

Refresh: Furniture and Fiber, Zask Gallery, Palos Verdes
 

2012

NOW, Curated Hilary Norcliff,  EXPO Building, Long Beach

Case Sudy Los Angeles II. On the Perimeter, Curated Devon Tsuno.  Jaus Gallery, Pasadena

Human Presence,  JK Gallery,  Curated Tomas Whittaker Kidd. Culver City, Los Angeles

2011

Encountering Place,  Art in Embassies, Wellington, New Zealand

Liminal Examinations,  PS Zask Gallery,  Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

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

Excavations and Constructions,  Phantom Galleries, Long Beach  Curated by Six Pack projects.
two-person exhibition with Jonathan Anderson.

2010    

Open Show 2010, Los Angeles Art Association. Curated by Franklin Sirmans, Curator of Contemporary Art at LACMA.  Los Angeles, CA

* Nathan Huff, Sculptures and Drawings. D.E.N. contemporary, PDC B261.  West Hollywood, CA

LIMBO, and other conversations.  Collaboration with Christina Shurts, DDR Projects, Santa Anna. 

Mass Emergencies Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA 

Tubular!  Pacific Design Center.Curated by Doug Harvey, Los Angeles, CA    

* The Launch; Absurd Excavations; Part B.  Marilyn Werby Gallery, CSULB

2009   
 
Objectivity,  Curated Chris Alegra, Merlino Gallery,  CSULB.  Long Beach, CA 

Liminal States, Trebor and Nevets Gallery,  Long Beach, CA

* Gravity and More; Absurd Excavations Part A,  Gatov Gallery. CSULB, CA 

Insights, 2009,  California State Long Beach Art Museum. Long Beach, CA

Café of Dreams, The Royal Theatre aboard the Queen Mary. Long Beach, CA

Pocket Change,  Werby Gallery. CSULB, Curated Christina Shurts, Long Beach, CA

 

2008    

OverHung,  Concrete Walls Gallery.  Los Angeles, CA
                                      
Approaching Memory,  Curated Marie Thibeault, The Loft. San Pedro, CA
                                    
The Liminal,   Dutzi Gallery, CSU Long Beach. Curated Chris Alegra, Long Beach, CA        

* Growth and Other Realities,  Portfolio Coffeehouse. Long Beach, CA

Insights,  University Art Museum, CSU Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

Graduate Student Exhibition,  301 Pine.  Long Beach, CA
 

2007    

American Painters, Galerie View.  Salammbo, Tunisia

Everyday Encounters,  The Ranch.  Escondido, CA

The Artist Space,  Del Mar, CA

Facing Spring,  Sotherland studio and garden. Escondido, CA


2006    


Small Images,  The Lillian Berkley Collection, Escondido, CA

Heritage Revisited,  Shiva Artistic Collections. Escondido, CA

Glimpses of Europe,  The Ranch. Escondido, CA


2006    

* Heritage Revisited, The Julian Gallery. Julian, CA
 

2003   

* Vessels for the Divine, Gallery West, Azusa Pacific University. Azusa, CA


2002    

Reflections of Orvieto,  Darling Hall Library, Azusa, CA

Orvieto,  The Convent of San Lodovico, Orvieto, Italy

San Giovannale Quarter. Third place in Juried Exhibition, Orvieto, Italy



AWARDS, LECTURES

2011 Visiting Artist Lecture,  Idylwild Arts, School of the Arts.  Devon Tsuno color class.  
 
Artist Lecture.  Biola University Art Gallery, La Mirada

2010  Outsanding Leadership in the Academic Community.  College of the Arts, CSULB

2009    Marylin Werby Scholarship Recipient

Visiting Artist Lecture. Drawing Club. CSULB.  Oct

2008    Dean’s Purchase Award. College of the Arts CSULB. Juried Exhibition, “Insights”

Visiting Artist Lecture,  Escondido Art Association.  Escondido, CA. Oct.

2004     First Place, Juried Exhibition, “Colors of Fall.” EAP, Escondido, Oct. 

2003    Outstanding Arts Graduate, Azusa Pacific University.

Presidents Academic Scholarship, Azusa Pacific University. 2000-2003.

2002    Third Place, Juried Exhibition, “San Giovannale Quarter”, Orvieto Italy.             

Featured Artist, Dinner Rally Fund Raiser. Azusa Pacific University. Oct.
            Festival of Roses. Jan 2003. Inauguration ceremony , Duke Academic                 Complex

Featured Artist, Azusa City Chalk Festival. Sponsored by Azusa Management
        Association. Oct., 2002/2004.

 

TEACHING and CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE

Westmont College, Assistant Professor of Art, 2013-present

Los Angeles Southwest College, Adjunct Lecturer, 2013

California State University Long Beach.  Adjunct Lecturer, Foundation 2-D Design, Drawing, Fall 2010-2013

Art in Embassies, Guest Curator, Wellington, NZ 2011

Azusa Pacific University. Adjunct Lecturer, MFA mentor.   Present

Biola University.  Adjunct Lecturer, Figure Studies, Drawing 1& 2, Art Appreciation, Design Charette, Spring 2011 - 2013

CoCurator,  GLAMFA.and Open Studios (Greater LA MFA)  4th year.  Sept 7, 2008.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Assistant.  Cal State Long Beach.  2008
                                 
Art Instructor, The Oceanside Museum School of ART. Oceanside, CA 2006-2007

Art Instructor, Escondido Adult Ed. ROP. Escondido, CA 2006-2007

Guest Demonstrator, EAA 2006, Ramona Art Guild, Feb 2007,  Aug 2008, Jan 2009.

Art Juror.  Escondido Art Association  “Celebration”                                    Nov. 2006

Rancho Bernardo Art Association, Nov 2007, Sept 2008.

Painting and Sculpture Instructor, ROP Adult Ed. Escondido, CA 2005-2007

Mural Seminar, Choice Program San Marcos, CA 2005

Substitute Teacher. Secondary Education, Escondido 2005

ESL Instructor. Rome, Italy 2004

ESL Instructor. Prague, Czech Republic 2004

Art Jurist, CSI school arts festival 2002







 

 




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