Art collaborative incorporates student artists

Demo(cra)tic’s exhibition will run through Oct. 31. (Contributed image)

SAN LUIS OBISPO — In a unique art collaborative at College’s Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery, sculpture, two-dimensional artwork, and performances will be the mediums on display for the month of October during Industry of the Ordinary’s (IOTO) Demo(cra)tic exhibit. IOTO is a two-person conceptual art collaborative, made up of Chicago-based artists and educators Adam Brooks and Mathew Wilson. Their work is usually performative or sculptural, often incorporating audience participation and interaction with the artists.

IOTO’s exhibit at Cuesta College follows a program led by the artists on Cuesta College’s San Luis Obispo Campus over the summer. The program consisted of a three-week, intensive residency for 12 Cuesta College student artists, culminating in a group show titled “The Sadness of Maps” featured in downtown San Luis Obispo on Aug. 11. IOTO provided students with a comprehensive presentation of contemporary art across a range of media, and led workshops in performance, installation, documentation, and video strategies.

“After weeks of group presentations, discussions, and workshops, IOTO worked intensively one-on-one with each student artist to develop their concepts and fine tune presentation strategies,” said Cuesta College Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery Coordinator Emma Saperstein. “This exhibition is the culmination of that residency and a rare and exciting experience for our community. The goal is to repeat this experience for students every year.”

Demo(cra)tic’s opening reception took place in the art gallery on Oct. 4. The exhibition will run through Oct. 31. For more information on the exhibit, visit the Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery website at

The Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery Located on Cuesta College’s San Luis Obispo Campus in room 7170. For information about hours of operation, call 805-546-3202 or email [email protected]


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