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The annual Carnegie Art Showcase will take place this summer in the Ferrari Gallery of the Carnegie Arts Center in Downtown Turlock. This exhibition will be the finest showcase in the Central Valley for new work by California artists in a variety of media.


Trowzers Akimbo (Bill Davis), award-winning painter & graphic artist (

Trowzers Akimbo (Bill Davis) signs his paintings with this alias to avoid confusion with the myriad other artists named Bill Davis.   A third-generation artist, he grew up in Venice, CA, which in addition to providing encouragement of the visual arts, gave him his first taste of what has become a life-long love of surfing. Bill believes immersion in the surfing culture measurably affected his imagery and palette. He’s been creating art, in one form or another, all his life.

Art instruction began with his mother, at home, continued with art teachers at Venice High School (his high school art teacher Betty Edwards wrote the influential book, Drawing on the Right Side of Your Brain) and continued at California Institute of the Arts where he received his BFA.


Bill worked in graphic arts for NBC as well as in commercial advertising, illustration, and animation.  He has led creative teams for video game companies Sierra Online, Rocket Science Games and iWin, as their chief creative officer, overseeing some 50+ games in the process. He’s received numerous awards for these commercial endeavors, among them, a national primetime Emmy award.

He works in both representational and abstract styles, using oils, acrylics, watercolor, soft pastels and any other medium he comes across. His work has won awards in group shows with the Yosemite Sierra Artists, the Society of Western Artists, and Yosemite Renaissance, and he exhibits regularly at Chris Sorensen Gallery in Fresno and the Yosemite Gateway Art


Matthew Hopson-Walker, printmaker & Assistant Professor of Art at Fresno State (

Matthew Hopson-Walker was born and raised in Fresno, CA, where he grew up reading comic books and dystopian science fiction novels; exposure to films such as Mad Maxx, Blade Runner, and Total Recall in his youth has also influenced themes in his work. He received his BFA in Printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1998. After graduating he and a friend opened their own gallery and screen-printing business.

In 2002 he completed his MA followed by his MFA in 2003 both from the University of Iowa. In 2006 he was recipient of the prestigious James D. Phelan Award in Printmaking given by the San Francisco Foundation. Matt has been included in over 220 juried or group exhibitions and 14 solo shows since 2006. His work is in the collections numerous museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the University of North Dakota Art Collections, The University of Iowa Museum of Art, and the Tama Art University Museum in Tokyo, Japan.

Matt is currently Assistant Professor in printmaking at Fresno State University. He has three times been an instructor at the nationally recognized Frogman’s Print and Paper Summer Workshop, as well as a visiting artist and lecturer at more than 15 colleges and universities throughout the U.S., giving demonstrations involving his knowledge of screen printing, lithography, intaglio, and prints that combine more than one technique.


Tonya López-Craig, sculptor, photographer, Associate Professor in Visual Art & Director of the Art Gallery, UC Merced (

Tonya López-Craig studied studio art, photography and design at the University of Georgia, Athens, and California State University, Los Angeles, receiving numerous honors and awards. Her emphasis during her studies was in sculpture and photography, and she has exhibited widely in both media. Scholarly work includes a book chapter entitled "Self-Orientalization and Multiculturalism as Tools for Self-Exploration in the Art of Shirin Neshat", published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2007) and reprinted by Gale Publishing in 2011, and a book chapter entitled "The Role of Carmelita Tropicana in the Performance Art of Alina Troyano", published by Harrington Park Press (2003) and reprinted by Gale Publishing in (2011). She has a wide range of teaching experience that includes sculpture, printmaking, design, art history, art writing and ESL. Tonya has been teaching studio art and design in the Global Arts Study Program at UC Merced since 2008. She is currently the executive director of the UCM Art Gallery.

To Enter the annual Carnegie Art Showcase

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