Lael Corbin, M.F.A.

Professor of Art

Lael Corbin is a native San Diegan whose work consists of sculpture, photography, and site-specific installation. His current work has been exploring his interest in workspaces. He views these spaces as a place where the evidence of manufacturing processes, the beauty of raw materials, and the tension between organization and chaos blend together with dreams, fragments of information, memory, and competing timelines to create an experience that is complex and stimulating.

Recent solo exhibitions include Remodel at Seminal Projects (2008), Peculiar Velocity at Biola University in Los Angeles (2009), Bird at the Contemporary Museum of Art San Diego (2010), Greeting From Earth, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles (2010), and Query at the Rose Art Gallery at Francis Parker School (2013). Corbin received the Cerca Award from the Contemporary Museum of Art San Diego in 2010, which recognizes an artist whose work addresses issues of Southern California, Baja California, and beyond, and his work is included in the museum's permanent collection. In addition, his work has been exhibited in the San Diego area at Art Produce Gallery, Simayspace, UCSD, and the Oceanside Museum of Art, as well as in Los Angeles and Miami.

Corbin has been teaching at PLNU since 2005. His wife, Christina, also an artist, teaches ceramics at PLNU.


  • M.F.A., San Diego State University

Courses Taught

  • Two-Dimensional Design – ART 103
  • Three-Dimensional Design – ART 104
  •  Drawing One – ART 115
  •  Drawing Two – ART 206
  •  Photography: Darkroom and Film – ART 221
  • Sculpture: Materials and Processes – ART 222
  • Photography: Digital – ART 226
  •  Contemporary Art History – ART 305
  •  Photography: Alternative Processes – ART 321
  •  Topics in Non Western Art History – ART 325
  • Photography: Contemporary Images – ART 326
  •  Advanced Studio Practice – ART 390
  • Senior Exhibition – ART 467

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Exhibited in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Miami
  • Exhibited at The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego State University, University of California at San Diego, Cabrillo National Monument, Quint Gallery, Bread and Salt Gallery, The Oceanside Museum of Art, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
  • Lectured at University of California at San Diego
  • Work is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
  • November 2015 – May 2016: Guest curator of Not an Exit Gallery in Barrio Logan, San Diego
  • Leads a Summer Contemporary Art History Course in Europe, visiting locations in England, France, Germany, and Italy

Awards and Honors

  • Winner of the 2010 Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Cerca Award
  • 2009 Tiffany Foundation Grant Nominee
  • Winner of the 2007 San Diego Art Prize, San Diego Visual Arts Network
  • Top 10 Art Exhibitions for 2008, by Robert L. Pincus,  San Diego Union Tribune

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Work has been featured or reviewed in publications such as The Los Angeles Times, The San Diego Union Tribune, San Diego City Beat