How a $ 185,000 scholarship fund supports Orange County’s arts program
Some of the funds from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts have returned to Orange County.
Among 50 museums and art organizations, Grand Central Art Center, Orange County Museum of Art and Laguna Art Museum are scholarship holders in spring 2021. The funds are used to support administrative expenses, programs, exhibitions and curatorial research.
“We are excited to support three exceptional institutions in Orange County,” said Rachel Bers, program director for the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, in a statement. “Their programs and exhibitions provide artists with an important platform for connecting with local communities, while maintaining the Foundation’s belief that artists can make a meaningful contribution to the social, political and cultural conversations taking place at the national level.”
TimesOC checked in with the three OC recipients to see what they might have planned in the near future.
Orange County Museum of Art
The museum received $ 60,000 to support the Fred Eversley: Reflecting Back (the World) exhibition, which will be opened as one of the opening exhibitions at the October 2022 new 53,000 square meter museum in Costa Mesa.
Eversley’s first retrospective sheds light on five decades of his career, his role in shaping California art history, and the technical innovation of his sculptures. Some of his sculptures consist of cast resin parts that act as lenses or mirrors that play with color and light.
One of his early solo exhibitions took place in 1978 at the OCMA, then Newport Harbor Art Museum. The artist is known as a key figure in the Californian movement of light and space, who incorporated his first-hand knowledge as an engineer into his works of art.
“Today, at the age of 80, his work is collected by major museums and repeatedly included in remarkable group exhibitions,” says a statement from OCMA describing the exhibition. “However, unlike many of his colleagues, he has not received the recognition that justifies his contribution.”
“A historical retrospective in California, where the work originated, will allow OCMA audiences to examine Eversley’s role in shaping California art history and to gain insight into the influence of his background as an African American and a scientist,” it said in the statement. “Eversley’s artistic career serves as a unique case study in examining the impact of technology on California sculpture from the 1960s and how those works inspired a deeper awareness of perceptual experiences and challenged ideas about what art could be.”
Grand Central Art Center
Over a two-year period, the center will receive US $ 100,000 to support its artist-in-residence program. This is the third time the foundation has awarded the center, which works with Santa Ana and Cal State Fullerton.
According to director and chief curator John Spiak, the grant will benefit the research and project development of the aspiring artists-in-residence Alicia Rojas, Carlee Fernandez, Kelley-Ann Lindo, Shaun Leonardo and Jasmin Mara López. The center suspended part of its programming due to the coronavirus pandemic, but plans to continue projects with artists such as Yumi Janairo Roth, Lexa Walsh, Susy Bielak and Fred Schmalz, Glenda Leon and Pablo Helguera, to name a few.
Some of the artists have Cal State Fullerton associations. Fernandez is a 1997 fine arts alumna. López will be working on a film about current Cal State Fullerton student Gilbert Anthony Romero, and Roth’s project features alumnus Erik Argote as a drawing spinner.
“GCAC’s residencies evolve from the belief that an actual creative process should be fluid and permeable and should not be constrained or constrained by constraints and preconceptions in the first place,” Spiak wrote via email. “The process should be able to move freely and offer opportunities for exchange, discovery and influence that are organic.”
Former artists in residence, such as Sarah Rafael Garcia of LibroMobile and Sara Guerrero of Breath of Fire, have continued to delve into OC-based arts programs.
The center is scheduled to reopen in early September with new exhibitions.
Laguna Art Museum
Reopened in March, the museum received $ 25,000 for its curatorial research fellowship with Sharrissa Iqbal, Cécile Whiting, and Michael Duncan.
Former Executive Director Malcolm Warner and UC Irvine Professor Whiting selected Iqbal and Duncan to curate Particles and Waves: Southern California Abstraction and Modern Physics, 1945 to 1980, which will examine how modern physics affected abstract art in the post-war era -South California has impacted.
The exhibition is a collaboration with the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time Initiative “Art x Science x LA“Is slated to open in 2024 with many simultaneous exhibitions, performances, publications and other programs.
Iqbal and Duncan will conduct extensive research that will include interviews and studio visits to write essays and catalog entries for the exhibition publication. Iqbal will travel to Washington, DC, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Taos and Berlin. Duncan will travel to Washington, DC, New York, San Francisco and Oakland.
“This exhibition provides an exciting opportunity to explore the interlinked histories of scientific research and artistic experimentation in Southern California,” said Sharrissa Iqbal, chief curator of the Laguna Art Museum’s exhibition in January.
“After World War II, a variety of artists in and around Los Angeles produced visually abstract works of art that explored scientific theories, mathematical models, and engineering technologies,” said Iqbal. “By bringing together a vibrant crossroads of non-figurative works of art influenced by modern physics, ‘Particles and Waves’ sheds new light on the history of artistic abstraction in the region.”
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