2015 Los Angeles Juried Exhibition

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Stephanie Sydney “Aerial Bridge” 2015, Chris Hopkins “Warhead” 2015, Andrew K. Currey “<3″ 2015

Biennial Show Captures LA’s Creative Spirit
On view from July 26th through September 20th

Follow online: #JuriedLA

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs’ Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) are pleased to present the 2015 Los Angeles Juried Exhibition, which will take place at the famed Barnsdall Art Park (4800 Hollywood Boulevard). On view from July 26th through September 20th, the pioneering biennial exhibition provides emerging artists from across Southern California with a competitive opportunity to exhibit their work.

Awarded biannually by the DCA, the displayed work is chosen by a panel of experts, this year’s jurors were art critic and curator Peter Frank, art professor & internationally-renowned artist, Fatemeh Burnes and Tomas Benitez, former executive director of Self-Help Graphics, the leading visual arts center serving the Chicano community in Los Angeles. This year, LAMAG received over 380 entries with over 850 works of art to be considered for the exhibition. The presentation features the selected works of over 80 talented Southern California-based artists across mediums including video art, sculpture, photography, printmaking, painting and digital arts as well as four installations, including a room-filling library by Chrystal McConnell that acts as an interactive self-portrait installation.

In honor of the exhibition’s summer debut, artists and the general public are invited to an opening reception on July 26 from 2-5 p.m. where awards will be announced for “Best of Show,” Second Place, Third Place as well as honorable mentions.

Celebrating the next generation of creative visionaries and nurturing the symbiotic relationship between LA, its artists, its history, and its identity as an international arts capital, the much-anticipated exhibition at the country’s last remaining municipal art gallery, explores our City’s truly dynamic and diverse arts scene. For more information, please visit: www.lamag.org

Selected artists include: Lillian Abel, Susan Amorde, A.S. Ashley, Anne Blecksmith, Ray Bravo, Elizabeth Chandler, Mark Crase, Andrew K. Currey, Laura Darlington, Kristin du Charme, Shannon Durbin, Paul Emberger, Michael Floeck , Kathi Flood, David Fobes, Sarajo Frieden, Curtis Green, Carole Goldman, Matthew Miles Grayson, Julie Green, Michael Haasis, Emily Halpern, Mark Hayward, Chris Hopkins, Walter Impert, Aazam Irilian, Louis Jacinto, Robert Klewitz, Russell Knight, Sheku Kowai, Joslyn Lawrence, Brian Kuhlman, Dave Lefner, Edward Lightner, Bruce Litz, Patricia Liverman, Erika Lizée, Ralph Loynachan, Dion Macellari, Louisa Miller, Jason Manley, Chris Mathis, Chrystal McConnell, Mike McLain, Zoran Milosavljevic, Stephen Morrison, Djibril N’Doye, Jim Newberry, Brooke Nasser, Jon Ng, Michael Ochinero, Monica Orozco, Thibault Pelletier, Susan Price, Antonio Pelayo, Melissa Reischman, Lynda A.N. Reyes, Todd B. Richmond, Regine Rode, Karrie Ross, Carol Roullard, Kerri Sabine-Wolf, Nairi Safaryan, Larisa Safaryan, Ilya Schar, Dorothy Shepherd, Mahara Sinclaire, Olga Seem, Lidia Shaddow, Aren Skalman, Baby Smith, Cheryl Smith, Kymm Swank, Stephanie Sydney, Lisa Talbot, Roger Thomas, Tiensirin Tienngern, Sue Tuemmler, Richard Turner, Emmalyn Tringali, Frank Ventrola, Art Venti, Dana L. Walker, Cecily Willis, Wendy Widell Wolff, Tomi Yang and Peggy S. Zask.

Peter Frank is Senior Curator at the Riverside Art Museum and an art critic for The Huffington Post. He has also written reviews for LA Weekly and served as editor of THE magazine Los Angeles and Visions Art Quarterly. He has contributes articles to numerous publications and has written many monographs and catalogs for one person and group exhibitions, organizing survey shows throughout the world, from the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid to New York’s Guggenheim Museum.

Born in Tehran, Fatemeh Burnes is classically trained in Persian art and verse. Received her BFA and MFA in art and art history, she is now a full-time professor of drawing and design as well as gallery director and curator at Mt. San Antonio College. An accomplished artist, she has exhibited both nationally and internationally and her exhibitions have been reviewed in publications such as art ltd, ArtScene, and The Huffington Post.

Tomas Benitez is the former executive director of Self-Help Graphics, the leading visual arts center serving the Chicano community in Los Angeles. Founded in 1973 and located in the heart of East L.A., Self-Help Graphics provides artists the opportunity to develop professional experience and serves as a vibrant community center. A working artist himself with a background in theater and writing, Mr. Benitez is a strong voice for Chicano arts in Los Angeles and beyond.

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Seeking Operations Administrator

Position Profile – Operations Administrator

The Search

The Barnsdall Art Park Foundation, an organization dedicated to the legacy of the Barnsdall Art Park as a dynamic and vibrant artistic, cultural, and recreational destination for Los Angeles and the world, is seeking an independent contractor to provide services in Foundation operations under the direction of a small committee led by the Foundation Board President. It is estimated that the services will require approximately 20 hours per week. The contract is for 6 months, upon which it will be eligible for renewal.

Mission Statement

To nurture the legacy of Barnsdall Park as a dynamic and vibrant artistic, cultural, and recreational destination for Los Angeles and the world.

The Tasks

  • Manage the completion of the new BAPF website, and keep information on the website current, including photos, calendar, etc.
  • Update and manage the donor and member database using Trailblazer software in concert with the Board Membership Sub-committee.
  • Manage processing of invoices and financial administration in concert with the Board Treasurer and Accountant.
  • Help with mailings and communications.
  • Interface with the Communications Director to facilitate up-to-date and accurate communications on BAPF social media channels.

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • History of providing equivalent services to other arts related non-profit organizations.
  • Computer literacy, with basic knowledge of Word, spreadsheet and database capacities, experience in fundraising database management (i.e.Trailblazer), and familiarity with website management, preferably WordPress.
  • Organization, planning, clear communication, and collaboration skills.
  • Understanding of social media, technology and marketing.

Contract terms and fee: To be negotiated.


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BAMBOOZLED: Fact. Fiction. Art?

unnamedBarnsdall Art Park Invites Angelenos to Participate in a Summer Reading Extravaganza

BAMBOOZLED: Fact. Fiction. Art?

On the heels of a successful April Fool’s Day kickoff, Barnsdall Art Park continues its literary arts fundraising series with Summer Reading.  On June 25th from 7:30-10 p.m., the Park’s iconic Gallery Theatre invites guests to participate in its second BAMBOOZLED: Fact. Fiction. Art? event, with an all new lineup for an engaging, interactive evening, exploring the art of deception.

Hosted by radio reporter Rico Gagliano and curated by writer Diana Wagman, BAMBOOZLED promises a night to remember with live readings by four notable LA-based authors, J. Ryan Stradal, Jillian Lauren, Gary Phillips and Naomi Hirahara. The audience then gets to decide whether or not each writer’s intricate stories are, in fact, Fact or Fiction? Prizes will be awarded to the winners. During the performance, talented, multi-media artist Aaron Axelrod will be creating a live painting inspired by the stories told, which the audience will have a chance to win in a grand prize drawing at the end of the night.

The event has been brought to the Park by the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation and made possible by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Underscoring Barnsdall Art Park’s distinctive year-round programming from famed wine tastings to movie nights, BAMBOOZLED supports the Park unique programming. Admission is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Register at http://www.barnsdall.org/events/bamboozled/  


Bamboozled host, Rico Gagliano has worked in public radio for almost a decade and his pieces have been heard on All Things ConsideredWeekend AmericaThe Savvy Traveler and other series, but he’s best known as a reporter on Marketplace. He co-hosts the Dinner Party Download, a fast and funny hour of culture, food and conversation, essentially, “public radio’s arts & leisure section.”

Bamboozled curator, Diana Wagman is the author of five novels and numerous short stories, essays and reviews including “Life #6,”and “Spontaneous,” which won the 2001 USA PEN West Award for Fiction. She also wrote the original screenplay for DELIVERING MILO directed by Nick Castle, starring Bridget Fonda and Albert Finney.

Naomi Hirahara is the Edgar Award-winning author of the Mas Arai mystery series and her new mystery series, includes “Murder on Bamboo Lane,” and “A Grave on Grand Avenue.”

For more information, go to her website: www.naomihirahara.com

Jillian Lauren is the author of the New York Times memoir, “Everything You Ever Wanted,” as well as “Some Girls: My Life in a Harem,” and “Pretty.” Jillian’s writing has appeared in The Paris ReviewThe New York Times, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Magazine, Elle and Salon, among others. For more information, go to her website: www.jillianlauren.com.

Gary Phillips was the editor of the bestselling Orange County Noir, co-editor of the Cocaine Chronicles, and his graphic novel, “The Rinse,” has been optioned for television. For more information, go to his website: www.gdphillips.com

J. Ryan Stradal is the author of “Kitchens of the Great Midwest” and serves as the acquisitions editor at Unnamed Press, fiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown, Advisory Board member at 826LA, and co-producer & host of the literary/culinary series Hot Dish. He also edited the 2014 edition of the California Prose Directory, featuring thirty California fiction and non-fiction writers and their stories about the Golden State. For more information, go to his website: www.jryanstradal.com

Aaron Axelrod is an L.A.-based artist, who is interested in the ideas of social interaction, psychedelia, and public space. Known for his unique use of the spectacle & aesthetic choices, Axelrod is inspired by Dr. Seuss, Walt Disney, donuts and Wu-tang. A practitioner of vast disciplines including painting, installation, performance, sculpture and video art, his work has been displayed in galleries, museums and public spaces in cities across the country. Collaborations have included projects for Walt Disney, KCRW, The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno, TOMS, Myspace, PTTOW!, City National Plaza, Coachella, Skee.TV, Vans, LA Sheriffs Dept. and Google to name a few. A CalArts graduate, Axelrod currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, go to his website: www.aaronaxelrod.com

About Barnsdall Art Park Foundation:

Barnsdall Art Park Foundation is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture Barnsdall Park as a dynamic and vibrant artistic, cultural, and recreational destination for Los Angeles and the world. For more information, please visit www.barnsdall.org

About the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA):

The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) generates and supports high quality arts and cultural experiences for Los Angeles’ 4 million residents and 40 million annual overnight and day visitors. DCA advances the social and economic impact of the arts and ensures access to diverse and enriching cultural activities through: grant-making, marketing, development, public art, community arts programming, arts education, and building partnerships with artists and arts and cultural organizations in neighborhoods throughout the City of Los Angeles. The cultural facilities at Barnsdall Park are managed by DCA. The Barnsdall Art Park Foundation works closely with DCA and other City agencies to provide programming, sustainability efforts, and the realization of capital projects to enhance experiences at the park for visitors.

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Call For Entries: Juried Exhibition

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) have a call for entries for the 2015 Los Angeles Juried Exhibition. Apply now through June 18th. Visit lamag.org or call 323-644-6269 for a prospectus. The Los Angeles Juried Exhibition provides artists with a competitive opportunity to exhibit their work.

Jurors Tomas Benitez, Fatemeh Burnes, Peter Frank

Exhibition dates July 26th to September 20th.

Submission Deadline:

Thursday, June 18th

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Barnsdall Art Center Summer 2015 Schedule

Summer 2015 Six Week Session
Arts Education and Training for Children, Teens and Adults

Children’s Class Registration begins June 15, 2015, 9 am – 6 pm
Children’s Classes run from June 22 – August 8

Adult Class Registration begins June 27, 2015, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Adult Classes run from July 6 – August 15

To view the Schedule of Children, Teen and Adult Classes, click:
Summer 2015 Schedule

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Meet DCA’s 2015 COLA Artists!

Introducing DCA’s 2015 COLA Artists! Looking forward to seeing the new work, show opens May 17th, 2-5pm


Miyoshi Barosh

Los Angeles-based conceptual artist, Miyoshi Barosh, playfully confronts the structural underpinnings of American culture while negating ideas about progress, both in the individual psyche, as well as in the larger socio-political arena.

Kelly Barrie

The London-born, L.A.-based emerging artist, Kelly Barrie, taps into Venice’s local surf and skate culture. He continues to refine his technique of performance-based photography while delving into new territories such as freestanding sculptural work.

Baumgartner + Uriu (B+U) 

Baumgartner + Uriu consistently push the boundaries of architecture and urban design. Their work often entails experimental concepts and techniques that are not commonly found in the architectural profession including music, science and computation. Utilizing the unique techniques and resources available in Los Angeles, they integrate a wide variety of sustainability concepts and new building materials into their work.

Jeff Colson

Jeff Colson is known for using numerous materials to create pieces that often conjure familiar objects. Merging pop and conceptual art through the use of different mediums, Colson has framed his work to, at once, evoke a sense of silence coupled with humor. His art is a balance of traditional and less traditional, modernism, and baroque.

Marcelyn Gow

The architectural work of Marcelyn Gow produces translations, which render themselves through various mediums and with differing degrees of perceived accuracy. A partner and founding member of Servo Los Angeles, Gow is an architect by profession who now serves on the faculty of SCIArc.

Alexandra Grant

Alexandra Grant is a Los-Angeles based artist who uses language as a foundation for imagery in sculptures, paintings, drawings, crochet, and videos.  Known as a “radical collaborator,” due to her tendency to work with various writers, her collaborations allow her to successfully express the relationship between word and image.


Harold Greene

Harold Greene, a master woodworker, thrives on making furniture that is both useful and beautiful. Based in San Pedro, Greene practices traditional methods in creating his wooden masterpieces. With the intent to make durable pieces, Greene mixes and matches various woods of contrasting and complementary colors from around the world to construct his unique pieces.

Sherin Guirguis

Sherin Guirguis is greatly attentive to the balance between abstraction and figuration in her multi-media work. She works at the cusp of several traditional categories, through 2D and 3D mediums. Born in Egypt, the LA-based artist has exhibited work around the globe. 

Elizabeth Leister

Elizabeth Leister has successfully intertwined her interests in technology and art into her artwork. Interlacing traditional and digital approaches, her work includes drawing, performance, and video art. In developing and presenting her work, she utilizes the method and form that she feels best communicates her aesthetic.

Alan Nakagawa

Alan Nakagawa has worked primarily in sound and has been creating audience participatory sound experiences for the past decade. Drawing from diverse influences including personal family immigration experiences, architectural history, as well as his fascination with ultra-sonic communication of bats and marine mammals, Nakagawa has created a repertoire of installations and sound works that breakdown and then expand our understanding of listening and invisible form.

Barbara Strasen

Barbara Strasen has become known for her creative multi-image artworks. By combining photography, painting, and installation, she has successfully made works that are truly unique.

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COLA 2015

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA)
 and The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) will host a public opening for the City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) 2015 Individual Artist Fellowship recipients on Sunday, May 17th from 2-5 p.m. at LAMAG at iconic Barnsdall Art Park. Representing a cross-section of accomplished artists, the exhibition, which runs through June 28th, presents the premiere of new works by the following master artists including Miyoshi Barosh, Kelly Barrie, Baumgartner + Uriu (B+U), Jeff Colson, Marcelyn Gow, Alexandra Grant, Harold Greene, Sherin Guirguis, Elizabeth Leister, Alan Nakagawa and Barbara Strasen. Related programming includes an adult art workshop on Sat. May 23rd and a family art and sound workshop on Sat. June 6th. Please visit www.lamag.org for more details.


SUN. MAY 17, 2:30 PM
The Invisible Lake Called Telepathy
Performed drawing by Elizabeth Leister with dancer Samantha Mohr

SAT. MAY 30, 2 PM
Conversations with the Artists
With Harold Greene, Alan Nakagawa, Baumgartner + Uriu (B +U)

SAT. JUNE 27, 2 PM
Conversations with the Artists
Marcelyn Gow Alexandra Grant Sherin Guirguis Barbara Strasen

SAT. JUNE 20, 3 PM
Performance by Elizabeth Leister

ART WORKSHOPS: No reservations are necessary and art supplies will be provided

SAT. MAY 23, 12-3 PM
Adult Art Workshop

SAT. JUNE 6, 12-3 PM
Family Art and Sound Workshop

GALLERY HOURS: Thurs. to Sun. 12-5 PM

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BAPF Seeking Operations & Event Manager

Operations and Event Management Services

Barnsdall Art Park Foundation is seeking an independent contractor/self-employed person to provide the following services:

  • Co-ordinate and manage the logistics of an average of 35 events a year
  • Liaise with event contacts such as caterers, security, musicians, valets
  • Arrange necessary licenses and permits
  • Liaise with Board Members and Staff to produce the events
  • Manage RSVP lists and ticket sales
  • Manage the CRM database keeping all contacts up to date
  • Keep the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation Master Calendar
  • Work with the Director and contractors to process invoices, payments and funding requests.
  • Liaise with PR and Social Media consultants to promote the Foundation’s work at all events
  • Collect and file all press cuttings

Please submit your resume to opportunities@barnsdall.org by 3/31/15.

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