Walter Gabrielson (1935-2008) was a southern California painter, sculptor, professor, and arts writer. He served as professor
at California State University Northridge (1966-1981) and helped form the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art (1973-1988).
The collection consists of professional records and writings as well as preparatory drawings, visual reference materials and
documentation of his artwork.
Walter Gabrielson was born in Orr, Minnesota in 1935 and moved to Inglewood, California with his family in 1953. Gabrielson
attended both Chouinard Art Institute and then transferred to the Otis Art Institute receiving his M.F.A in 1965. While still
at Otis, Gabrielson worked as a printmaker for the Fantasmagoric Print Workshop and later for the Tamarind Institute. In the
fall of 1966, Gabrielson began serving as a professor of art at California State University, Northridge and continued until
1981. During this time he participated actively in the local and national arts community. Most notably he was part of the
founding committee of the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art where he served as publications chairman. In 1974, he
worked with Ed Wortz to lead an influential seminar through the UCLA extension program focusing on "The Ironic Los Angeles
Artist," which included participation from John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, Terry Allen, Karen Carson and many others.
84 document boxes (42 linear ft.)
2 oversize boxes
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