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Carol Tikijian was born on February 2, 1950 in Fowler, California, a small rural community in central California near Fresno, where she currently resides. Tikijian earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fresno State College in 1973 focusing on performance (including experimentation with fire and body kinetics), sculpture, and painting. During her undergraduate years, she studied with Terry Allen and Stephen Antonakos, New York based guest artist at Fresno State College in 1970-71. She completed her Master of Arts degree from California State University, Fresno in 1985 studying with Charles Gaines. Work for her master’s exhibit included sculpture and painting.
Tikijian experiments with a wide range of materials including fire, glass, clay, acrylic painting, pen/brush and ink, charcoal, wood, and mixed-media constructions, soft sculpture, and textiles. Content for her work is derived from her history of experiences. She combines conceptual, visual, and tactile elements when constructing work.
Tikijian is affiliated with Gallery 25, a cooperative gallery in Fresno, California and has exhibited locally, regionally, and internationally since 1970’s. She has served on the board of the Fresno Art Museum’s Council of 100 and is an active member of the San Joaquin Valley arts community.
Professional experiences include curating and adjunct-teaching at California State University, Fresno and Fresno and Madera Community Colleges. She has planned and facilitated art workshops including A Hundred Languages of Learning at California State University, Fresno.
In 2008 Gallery 25 in Fresno, California and Gallery 25 in Gyumri, Armenia learned of each other's existence during a Sister City Rotary visit. As a result, Tikijian organized and traveled with the work of 25 local artists to Armenia and promoted the exhibit on Armenia’s national television and in state press conferences.
In 2015, Tikijian co-curated an exhibit at the Fresno Art Museum commemorating the 100-year Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. This exhibit included the work of international, national, and regional artists including John Altoon, Varujan Boghosian, Arshile Gorky, Charles Garabedian, Rueben Nakian, Varaz Samuelian.
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@2019 Carol Tikijian