Professor's Picks: Q&A with Tor Hovind

BY: JULIE CHUNG

Tor Hovind has been a graphic design professor for more than 22 years. He is a competitive swimmer who swims six days a week. He is also a swim coach. He is a photography hobbyist who has traveled to more than 30 countries. He just may be a contender for the most interesting man in the world, next to Mr. Dos Equis. We sat down with Cal State Long Beach graphic design professor Tor Hovind to ask him a few questions about what inspires him and where he goes to view art in Long Beach.

Q: What are some places that you would recommend for someone seeking art in Long Beach?

A: We have wonderful art museums such as Long Beach Museum of Art (LBMA) and Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA). For students at CSULB, we have an amazing art museum on campus, the University Art Museum and the art department’s art galleries. During the semester, there are art openings every Sunday that are diverse, creative and inspiring. On top of that, Long Beach has art galleries throughout the community to seek out.

Q: What places do you like to go to in Long Beach to take photographs, find graphic design inspirations or find any type of art?

A: I love the vibe on 2nd street at night and Pine Street. Long Beach has the strand along the beach and the harbor. There are so many areas to draw inspiration from; you just have to explore. There is a wide variety of sports events such as the Long Beach Grand Prix and events within the Marina Stadium. Long Beach has some wonderful architecture both modern and historical. Long Beach is an extremely diverse community in which you can draw inspiration from its citizens on the streets.

Q: Are there any art events in Long Beach that you enjoy attending?

A: As far as events, again look on CSULB campus first. There is the Artist Lecture Series [that show] worldrenowned artists and the Visual Communication Design Association (VCDA) lecture series and the UAM has their lecture series too. Also, Long Beach Museum of Art hosts LBMA After Dark, which happens twice a year. There is also the 2nd Saturday Art Walk and the East Village Arts District to take some walking tours.

Q: Do you think art in Long Beach is different from other locations?

A: I think there are many wonderful art communities in which artists congregate and produce their art. I think the fact that Long Beach has its East Village Arts District and one of the top schools of art in the country puts it on the map for both inspiration and cutting edge art.

LONG BEACH ART WALKS

1. First Fridays in Bixby Knolls

Where: Atlantic Boulevard between E Bixby Road and E San Antonio Drive When: First Friday of every month starting at 6:30 p.m. What: Local artists and musicians showcase work in businesses and art galleries along Atlantic Boulevard.

2. East Village Art Walk

Where: Linden Avenue between 1st Street and Broadway Avenue When: Second Saturday of every month from 4-10 p.m. What: Linden Avenue is closed to traffic where local artists, craft vendors and commercial vendors set-up booths on the street.

3. Twilight Walk on Pine Avenue Where: Pine Avenue between 3rd and 8th Streets. When: Third Friday of every month from 6-10 p.m. What: Live music and art exhibited by local artists. A new art walk sponsored by the Historic Old Pine Avenue and the North Pine Neighborhood Alliance.