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Anthony Caltabiano, MFA

Adjunct Professor, Department of Art and Design
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5726
Fax: (626) 387-5727
Growing up in Southern California’s urban sprawl, Anthony Caltabiano, MFA, did not experience the natural landscape until he was able to drive—his childhood knowledge of wilderness was informed by television and books. He gradually realized that the most alluring places were not the romanticized ponderosa-laden vistas in the imagination of his youth, but the indigenous oaks and sycamores of the foothills and grasslands—the lesser-known wildernesses on the fringes of human habitation. These locations are rarely more than an hour away from where he was raised, and he is repeatedly drawn to these areas, to ponder and to document cycles and seasons. Caltabiano’s tools range from digital to large-format 4x5 film cameras; one of his favorites is an imprecise 80-year-old Zeiss Ikon Nettar—the “point and shoot” of its day. Through his image-making and writing, his investigates the intersection of modern phenomenological philosophies, postmodern photographic ontologies, local histories, and reflections on place. Visually, these collisions are manifest in the simultaneous layering and breaking through of paint into the photographs. This visual dislocation between “precise” mechanized recording and human gestures is an echo of tension between ideas of frontier and wilderness, between beauty and fear, each projecting its psychological dramas within the viewer.


MFA, Azusa Pacific University
B.S., Biola University


  • School of Visual and Performing Arts
    • Art and Design
  • College of Music and the Arts


  • Photography

Courses Taught

ART 260 – Photography II
ART 320 – Digital Imaging
ART 446 – Graphic Design Processes
ART 495 – Special Topics in Art
ART 150 – Introduction to Art

Office Hours

By appointment only

Office Location

Building One, Room 228, West Campus

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