Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Diane Williams | Cerritos College Gallery

Diane Williams | Cerritos College Gallery
“Beautiful Creatures”
A solo show exhibition as part of the Window Dressing Series at Cerritos College Gallery

11110 Alondra Blvd.
Norwalk, California 90650

Opening Reception
February 12, 2018
4pm - 6pm
On view through February 16, 2018

Cerritos College Art Gallery is pleased to present Beautiful Creatures, a solo show exhibition by Los Angeles artist, Diane Williams as part of the Window Dressing Series.

Diane Williams is a multidisciplinary artist whose work stems from the political and social landscape that surrounds her—specifically the ethnically diverse neighborhoods of Los Angeles. She uses art as a call to arms, creating works that explore issues about immigrants and gender to encourage cultural and social understanding.

Williams’ installation, “Beautiful Creatures”, will mimic the stereotypical presentation of commercial storefront displays, but with a surreal twist. The featured objects on display will be pulled from her “Monsters & Aliens” series, which involved the creation of abstract masks, monstrous (self) portraits, made out of shredded paintings and other discarded materials. The masks will be placed on mannequins and custom-made stands, combined with shredded acrylic paintings scattered on the floor and cut-up gel rolls hanging from the ceiling. These materials are semi-translucent, diffusing light in a pleasant aesthetic amalgamation, and obscuring the masked female object, subverting the way we are conditioned to see the unfamiliar as only-ever the frightening ‘Other’ - the outsider, the monster, the alien – replaced instead by fascinating, beautiful creatures.


About Diane Williams
Williams earned her BFA degree from California State University, Long Beach in 2013. Her work has been featured in select publications and exhibited in solo shows and several group exhibitions including With Liberty and Justice for Some at Walter Maciel, Culver City, Personal Narrative at the Annenberg Beach House Gallery, Santa Monica (2017), My America, a community activation at Museum of Art and History, MOAH in 2017, Countenance Divine, at Gallery 825, Los Angeles, with works in both private and public collections including the National Immigration Law Center, Los Angeles and Washington DC (2016) and Azusa Pacific University (2017). She’s currently working on a solo show in March of 2018 at Gallery 825 in Los Angeles, Ca.

www.dianewilliamsartist.com

About Cerritos College
The mission of the Cerritos College Art Gallery is to serve as an educational, social and culture enhancement for the Cerritos academic population as well as the immediate surrounding communities.

The Cerritos College Art Gallery presents rotating exhibitions highlighting the work of emerging and mid-career artists. A special emphasis is placed on works that confront challenging and pressing issues in contemporary art and culture. In support of exhibitions, the Cerritos College Art Gallery also regularly hosts workshops, lectures, and performances.

Images are available in google drive:
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Friday, January 5, 2018

Congratulations to the 2018 Publication Intensive Los Angeles participants

We are pleased to announce the participants in Triple Canopy’s fifth Publication Intensive, a free, two-week program in the history and contemporary practice of publication, which, for the first time, will be held in Los Angeles. The selected artists, writers, designers, technologists, and publishers were chosen from more than 100 applicants.

During the Publication Intensive, held January 10–19, Triple Canopy editors and invited artists, writers, and technologists will lead discussions and workshops with twelve participating students, who will research, analyze, and enact an approach to publication that hinges on today’s networked forms of production and circulation but also mines the history of print culture and artistic practice. The program will take place in various sites throughout Los Angeles, including seminar conversations hosted at the Underground Museum, and visits to studios of artists and designers, archives, and cultural institutions.

Layan Attari is a designer and photographer living in the United Arab Emirates.

Andrea Carrillo Iglesias is a multidisciplinary artist and designer from Tijuana. Her work focuses on the relationship between image, power, and knowledge, and its effects on the ways our reality is socially and aesthetically produced.

Nikita Gale is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. Her work uses ubiquitous consumer technologies as frameworks for considering how individuals potentially reproduce their physical and behavioral relationships to objects within their relationships to psychic space and political, social, and economic systems.

Sarah Hamerman is an art librarian, researcher, and arts organizer based in Brooklyn. She currently works at the libraries of MoMA and the Whitney Museum. Her recent projects have focused on artist-run library spaces and the intersection between artists’ publications and online and offline social networks.

Alexander Jusdanis is a writer wondering about media networks, technical knowledge, and power. He was an editor at Morocco World News, and before that he was a Fulbright researcher in Essaouira, Morocco, studying religious and technological change in the Gnawa brotherhood.

Juliana Leite is a writer and researcher based in Rio de Janeiro. She explores languages in search for female identities in literature, focusing on representations of the body, family, and affection. As a coeditor, Juliana is developing a digital magazine along with a group of Brazilian female artists, bonding art, feminism, and intermedial experiences as a platform for dialogue, networking, and the enhancing role of art produced by women in Brazil and Latin America.

Tyler Patterson is a writer and filmmaker based in Boston. He is the editorial assistant at Film Notes, a cooperative series of periodic film commentaries from the Brattle Theatre, and a research assistant for the Emerson College Prison Initiative.

KR Pipkin is a drawing and language artist from Bee Caves, Texas, whose work follows landscape as complicated by the advent of digital space. They produce printed material as books, chapbooks, and zines, as well as digital work in software, bots, and games. They also make drawings by hand, on paper. The are an MFA candidate at Carnegie Mellon University and have shown nationally and internationally at the Design Museum of London, the Texas Biennial, XXI Triennale of Milan, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and others.

Rodrigo Téllez Repetto is an artist and book publisher from Mexico City, and founder of Ediciones HungrĂ­a. He is interested in building networks and developing strategies that provide sustainability to independent publishing projects.

Naomi Riddle is a writer based in Sydney. She is the founding editor of Running Dog, an online arts platform that publishes weekly content on exhibitions taking place in Sydney and regional New South Wales. Naomi also holds a PhD in Australian literature from the University of New South Wales.

Magnus Elias Rosengarten is a writer and artist from Germany, currently living in Los Angeles. He explores bodies and stories—through text, performance, moving images, and the seductive potential of human voices—that move and float throughout the larger African diasporas.

Alfonso Santiago is a Mexican visual artist and designer. His work explores different relations between exhibitions and art books. Currently he is in charge of editorial projects at ESPAC, a nonprofit arts organization based in Mexico City.


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Location:Los Angeles

2018 People’s Gallery Exhibition Highlights Abundance of Local Talent Fourteenth Annual Exhibition opens February 23; Features Over 125 Artworks


2018 People’s Gallery Exhibition Highlights Abundance of Local Talent
Fourteenth Annual Exhibition opens February 23; Features Over 125 Artworks


AUSTIN, TX—January 5, 2018—The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, part of the Economic Development Department, announces the opening of the 14th annual People’s Gallery exhibition at Austin City Hall. The presentation will feature a wide array of painting, sculpture, drawing and other media by 102 artists from across the Austin area. The public is invited to an opening reception Friday, February 23, 6 to 9 p.m., to view artworks throughout City Hall, meet the participating artists, and to enjoy light refreshments and live music by the Austin Community Steelband. Remarks by Austin Mayor Steve Adler and others will begin at 6:30 p.m.. Limited parking is available in the City Hall garage and will be validated; however, visitors are encouraged to walk, bike, or use public transportation.

The People’s Gallery 2018 Opening Reception
When: Friday, February 23, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street
Free and open to the public

The People’s Gallery is designed to showcase the work of regional artists and to encourage public dialogue, understanding, and enjoyment of visual art. Each year, the Cultural Arts Division issues a call for artworks to Austin-area artists, galleries, museums, and arts organizations. This year, approximately 1,300 entries were submitted by more than 320 local artists.

The 2018 selection panelists were arts educator and artist Teruko Nimura; artist and Preparator (Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin) John Sager; and artist and Professor of Art, St. Edward's University Tammie Rubin.
Each year, the public is invited to vote for their favorite artwork in the exhibition, and a “People’s Choice” is selected from among the top-voted artworks to be purchased and added to the City’s permanent collection. Ballots for the 2018 People’s Choice will be available during the opening reception on February 23, and during normal exhibition hours through October 26, 2018. The People’s Choice award for the 2017 recipient will be presented at the opening reception at 6:30 p.m.

Visitors to City Hall can view the People’s Gallery during regular building hours, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. Admission is always free. The 2018 exhibition will remain on display through January 1, 2019.

For more information about The People’s Gallery, visit www.austintexas.gov/peoplesgallery

City of Austin Cultural Arts Division
The Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department provides leadership and management for the City’s cultural arts programs and for the development of arts and cultural industries. The Cultural Arts Division is responsible for the Cultural Arts Funding Programs, Art in Public Places Program, community-based arts development, and programs to assist the development of film and creative industries in Austin. For more information, visit www.austincreates.com.
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Images: (left to right) Dave McClinton, Monica Mohnot, Rachelle Diaz, B Shawn Cox


Kathleen Brady Stimpert
Public Relations and Marketing Specialist
Economic Development Department | Cultural Arts Division
201 E. 2nd Street |Austin, TX 78701
512.974.7875


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Location:Austin

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

CREATIVE ARTS CENTER AWARDED MAJOR GRANT FOR FACILITY IMPROVMENTS

CREATIVE ARTS CENTER AWARDED MAJOR GRANT FOR FACILITY IMPROVMENTS
City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs Awards CAC $200,000

DALLAS - January 2, 2018 - Creative Arts Center of Dallas (CAC) has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs for facility improvements. CAC was one of two organizations awarded the competitive grant as a part of the Cultural Facilities Program supporting the funding and investment in long-term improvement, renovation or major repairs of cultural facilities which are owned and operated by organizations with annual operating budgets of less than $5 million.

According to John Paul Batiste, Chairman of the Cultural Affairs Commission, the City set aside $400,000 last year for projects having a public purpose, a measurable community impact as well as addressing at least one of the identified five priority areas. "Those areas were: urgent-need remodeling; improvements to a historic building, the opportunity for significant organizational growth; ADA-compliance and parking expansion." CAC's proposal was the only one that addressed all five priority areas," said Batiste. "That, combined with the organization's strong community impact and public purpose, was the reason for its selection."

The grant will allow CAC to remodel and expand existing office space, construct two ADA-compliant bathrooms in the main building, renovate the staff and student breakroom as well as redirect the front entry of the WPA-built school with a more inviting and accessible entrance in three phases with construction beginning in the spring of 2018. The grant has been leveraged with other funders, and so far the Hillcrest Foundation and the Thomas Charitable Lead Annuity Trust have donated another $36,000. CAC is actively raising the remaining $64,000 from other foundations and individuals.

"To say that we are thrilled to have the support of the Office of Cultural Affairs is an understatement,' said Diana Pollak, CAC's Executive Director. "This was such a vote of confidence on the part of the City of Dallas that we are humbled. It's the largest grant we have ever received over our 50-year history."

The 10-person facility committee who helped make the strong presentation it was consists of five architects and one interior designer with two of those members serving on the board. Both architecture firms, Corgan and Gensler, leant their expertise on the project, and Corgan will serve as the lead once construction begins. One of the facility committee members, Charles Eisemann, who also serves on the CAC Advisory Board said this is a game-changer for CAC. "I am a long-time student at the Center who has witnessed the need for critical facility improvements for a number of years," said Eisemann. "CAC is a treasure to the community of artists it serves and this investment will advance the mission of the Creative Arts Center for years to come."

According to Pollak, the business community is also taking note of the significance of this project with the award of the Business Council of the Arts' 2017 Obelisk Award for medium-size companies given to Corgan in November for its on-going support of CAC and other arts organizations in North Texas.

ABOUT CAC: Not only is CAC a 50-year-old visual arts school, it is a thriving arts community for a diverse range of students from teens to seniors. Located on a two-acre campus four miles east of downtown Dallas, the nonprofit community arts organization is geared to beginning, emerging and working artists. Offering more than 500 classes and workshops per year in such disciplines as ceramics, clay sculpture, creative writing, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal arts, mosaic, painting, photography, printmaking and stone carving, CAC also offers free arts programming to underserved children through programs, such as Art as a Second Language, Camp MetalHead and unseenamerica. CAC recently launched ArtAbility, a new program for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

ABOUT THE OFFICE OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS: The City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA), a division of the City Manager's Office, fosters support, partnerships, and opportunities for Dallas citizens, visitors, artists, and arts and cultural organizations. Led by Jennifer Scripps, the OCA is responsible for the implementation of the City's cultural policy and programs and works to enhance the vitality of the City and the quality of life for all Dallas citizens by creating an environment wherein arts and cultural organizations thrive and people of all ages enjoy opportunities for creative expression and the celebration of our community's multicultural heritage.


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City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs Awards CAC $200,000 for Facility Improvements

City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs Awards CAC $200,000 for Facility Improvements

We are thrilled to be starting the New Year with the announcement that CAC has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs for facility improvements. The grant will allow CAC to remodel and expand existing office space, construct two ADA-compliant bathrooms in the main building, renovate the staff and student breakroom as well as redirect the front entry of the WPA-built school with a more inviting and accessible entrance in three phases with construction beginning in the spring of 2018. Staff offices have been relocated to Building C effective Jan 2.

The grant has been leveraged with other funders, and so far the Hillcrest Foundation and the Thomas Charitable Lead Annuity Trust have donated another $36,000. CAC is actively raising the remaining $64,000 from other foundations and individuals. It's the largest grant we have ever received over our 50-year history. Many thanks to both architecture firms, Corgan and Gensler, which leant their expertise on the project. Corgan will serve as the lead once construction begins. The business community is also taking note of the significance of this project with the award of the Business Council of the Arts' 2017 Obelisk Award for medium-size companies given to Corgan in November for its on-going support of CAC.


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