Call for artists! 2013 Los Angeles Juried Exhibition

Call for artists: 2013 Los Angeles Juried Exhibition

The 2013 Los Angeles Juried Exhibition is a biennial exhibition providing artists with a competitive opportunity to exhibit their work.

Submission Deadline:

Submissions must be postmarked on or before June 28, 2013

Exhibition dates: July 28th to September 22, 2013

Opening reception: Sunday, July 28, 2013 from 2 to 5pm

To apply please download the prospectus here:


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Barnsdall Foundation Gives $25,000 in Facilities Grants

Great news! Barnsdall Art Park Foundation has approved $25,000 worth of grants towards important long-term purchases for Barnsdall facilities. We have offered $5000 to each of the 5 facilities at Barnsdall — the Art Center, the Junior Art Center, the Gallery Theatre, the Municipal Art Gallery, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House — and have worked closely with the city staff and other support organizations to identify the most needed items.

New Piano purchased through BAPF grants

New Piano purchased through BAPF grants

To date, we have dispersed approximately $18,000 of the total funds. Purchased so far:

  • A brand new piano for the music program at the Junior Art Center
  • A Bonny Doon hydraulic press for the jewelry program
  • State-of-the-art Sennheiser microphones for the Gallery Theatre
  • Patio furniture for the Gallery for use during its openings and events
  • New mahogany countertops that match the original kitchen countertops in Hollyhock House

Your generous tax-deductible donations and wine tasting tickets have made these important gifts possible. Please donate to help us keep Barnsdall as a vibrant and dynamic center of activity!

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Barnsdall Park Sign Dedicated on December 8th

On December 8th, the eagerly awaited entrance sign to Barnsdall Park was dedicated at 9:30am. Officiating were Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti and City Councilmember Tom LaBonge.

Barnsdall Sign Dedication

Also in attendance were Barnsdall Art Park Foundation co-Presidents Marshall Lewy and Jack Wiant, Department of Recreation and Parks’ Marc Mariscal, Manager of the Department of Cultural Affairs Olga Garay, and many members of the city staff of Barnsdall Art Park.

The completion of construction for the sign is the culmination of a project that the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation launched in September 2005, shortly after Barnsdall Park reopened after a significant renovation. “It’s been a long process and a major undertaking for a volunteer organization,” said Marshall Lewy, co-president of the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation. “The new sign has been our priority since the park reopened, “ he continued. “A key objective of the Foundation is to let the residents of Los Angeles know they have a major cultural landmark in their midst.”

Although the design for a landmark sign, by Sussman-Preja, one of Los Angeles’ premiere design firms, had been approved by the Cultural Heritage Commission at the time of the park renovation, funding was not available to complete it. The lack of a sign at the park became a major concern. Working with the city’s Departments of Recreation and Parks and Cultural Affairs, the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation launched the sign project in September 2005.

“Having the support of both Eric Garcetti and Tom LaBonge and the CRA/LA was essential,” continued Lewy. “Once we proved that the Foundation could raise the necessary funds, we were on our way.”

The Barnsdall Art Park Foundation raised the majority of the funds for the project, with additional support from the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles. The Hollywood Arts Council, a key partner in the project from the beginning, secured additional funding from AT&T, Edison International and Occidental Petroleum.

“The timing is perfect, since Hollyhock House has recently been added to the National Register of Historic Places and is currently up for designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site,“ said Lewy.

Former Foundation board member and architect Jim Heaton III was the project manager. Heaton shepherded planning, construction and installation, with assistance from former Foundation co-Presidents Cheryl Johnson and Nyla Arslanian. Vomar Products of Canoga Park fabricated and installed the landmark sign.

The Barnsdall Art Park Foundation is committed to nurturing Barnsdall Park’s legacy as a dynamic and vibrant cultural, artistic, and recreational center. In addition to completing the sign project, the Foundation funded kilns to help reinstate the art center’s ceramic’s program. Also, it recently provided $25,000 towards other needs, including new audio-visual equipment for the Gallery Theatre, a new piano for the Barnsdall Art Center’s music program, a 20-ton manual press for the Junior Art Center, and restoration of the Hollyhock House mahogany countertops. It brings thousands of new people to the park each year with its successful summer wine tasting events, and offers free Sunday art workshops for children.

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Hollyhock House Restoration News

Beginning 30 May 2011 restoration of the porch in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House in Barnsdall Park will commence.

Hollyhock House, a National Historic Landmark operated by the Department of Cultural Affairs is the fortunate recipient of a California Cultural and Historical Endowment grant in the amount of $1,935,000 and a Save America’s Treasures Grant (administered by The National Parks Service) in the amount of $489,000. The grants were obtained by Project Restore, a public/private partnership, on behalf of the City of Los Angeles who provided the matching funds.

Hollyhock House, completed in 1921, was designed and built for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall who commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design the residence and a performing arts complex for Olive Hill. The project was halted after Hollyhock House and two guest residences were completed. She gave Hollyhock House and a guesthouse plus 12 acres to the City of Los Angeles in 1927. The first renovation of Hollyhock House occurred in 1944-46 with the architect’s son, Lloyd Wright in charge. In 1974-76 Lloyd Wright returned to Olive Hill to take charge of a comprehensive restoration. Hollyhock House has operated as a house museum since 1976. In 2001-2005 the house was closed to repair damage caused by the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

In addition to restoring the porch of Hollyhock House, the grant funds will also be used to restore the Hollyhock House Garage and Chauffeur’s Quarters. Once these two primary areas are restored any remaining funds will be used to facilitate restoration in other areas of Hollyhock House.

Hollyhock House will remain open for docent-led tours for the public during the restoration on an abbreviated tour schedule.

Friday thru Sunday

12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Due to the uncertain nature of the restoration process the above tour schedule may require additional intermittent disruption. Please call in advance to confirm tour availability (323.644.6269).

Your donations for the restoration of Hollyhock House are tax deductible and will support the preservation of this national treasure. Checks made payable to Hollyhock House may be sent to Jeffrey Herr, c/o Hollyhock House, 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90026. 323.913.4030

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Progress on the Barnsdall Park Sign

Exciting news on the construction of the Barnsdall Sign! After breaking ground in December, Vomar Products has successfully completed the fabrication of the Barnsdall Park sign in their shop. It is truly an iconic sign and will increase awareness of the Park for decades once it is erected.

All those who have supported the Foundation through donations and attendance at our events have a part in this sign. Thank you for your support. To donate towards the sign’s construction and other great programs, donate here.


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Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy Event

Hollyhock House, World Heritage and Hollywood

hollyhockhouse094738Saturday, February 26: Los Angeles, California

Just one day before the Academy Awards, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy will roll out the (Cherokee) red carpet for a Hollywood-style event in the City of Angels.

Join the Conservancy for an architecturally star-studded double-feature with two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most innovative and engaging structures. The day will begin with a tour of the Millard House (1923-1924), also known as “La Miniatura” and referred to by Neil Levine, eminent Wright scholar and Harvard professor, as the most celebrated example of Wright’s textile block system. After spending the morning in Pasadena, participants will travel west to Barnsdall Park for a lecture addressing the ongoing UNESCO World Heritage List nomination process. The lecture, given by Lynda Waggoner, Director of Fallingwater, Vice President of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and FLWBC board member, will focus on the Conservancy’s serial nomination of several Wright structures, including Hollyhock House, for possible inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Described by professor Levine as “an exceedingly original adaptation of the local Spanish tradition of a patio house combined with reference to ancient Amerindian forms,” Hollyhock House stands as one of the most compelling examples of Wright’s work. “As a romantic expression of southern California,” professor Levine continued, “the house gives the idea of regionalism a truly modern form.” After the lecture, attendees will have a chance to talk with Ms. Waggoner, other Conservancy board members, City Council representatives and Department of Cultural Affairs representatives at a post-lecture reception. There will also be self-guided, docent-stationed tours for participants to enjoy the monumental splendor of Hollyhock House at their own pace. The evening will conclude with a trip to Beverly Hills for a sunset reception at the home of Ron Burkle, Green Acres Estate. Originally built for silent film star Harold Lloyd in the 1920s, Green Acres remains one of Hollywood’s most iconic residences.

Registration forms are available on the Conservancy’s website. The cost to attend all four events is $150. As part of the Conservancy’s educational outreach, the World Heritage lecture and Hollyhock tour will be offered at no charge although donations will be accepted. Reservations must be made before Monday, February 21.

>>Register today, space is limited.

>>If you are unable to attend but would like to receive future mailings, please contact the Conservancy

The World Heritage lecture and tour is hosted by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and co-sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
Department of Cultural Affairs


53 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 1120 | Chicago, IL, 60604
phone 312.663.5500 | fax 312.663.5505 |

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Construction breaks ground on Barnsdall Monument Sign

On January 6th at noon, a Groundbreaking Ceremony was held to celebrate the commencement of construction of the new sign at the entrance to Barnsdall Park. In addition to members of the community, City Councilmembers Eric Garcetti and Tom LaBonge were in attendance, as well as Co-President Jack Wiant of the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation, and Nyla Arslanian, President of the Hollywood Arts Council and VP of Advocacy for the Foundation.

This beautiful and iconic structure will reside at the foot of the Hill fronting Hollywood Boulevard to create greater visibility and integration with the surrounding neighborhood. The planning and fundraising for the sign project has been eight years in the making, and an important capital project for the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation. The sign project is a powerful example of the Foundation’s commitment to the park and its desire to help the City keep it a vibrant, viable, and integral part of our community.

We would like to thank architect and Foundation board member James Heaton III for all his efforts to bring the sign project to this stage. Without his hard volunteer work, it would not have been possible.


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Support the arts this holiday

Barnsdall Art Park is the only public community art park in Los Angeles and we need your support.

This holiday season we are offering a unique opportunity to give your loved ones and friends a gift that is like no other, while simultaneously supporting our efforts to maintain and protect the park, its icons and the integrity of its community based arts programming. Consider these holiday gift opportunities:

2010 has been one of great activity for Barnsdall Art Park Foundation, a support organization for Barnsdall Art Park:

Barnsdall Art Center held over 150 weekly classes for children and adults. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House hosted over 10,000 guests in guided tours, while it continues to be restored and refurnished. The Municipal Art Gallery held 7 exhibitions showcasing contemporary Los Angeles artists—including an Open Call for hundreds of local artists judged by curators from LACMA and the Hammer Museum—and generated significant accolades throughout the artistic community as a result.

The Barnsdall Friday Summer Wine Tastings have brought over 6,000 people to enjoy the majestic setting of the park and Hollyhock House. Saturday evenings in October, the Park hosted hundreds of people to enjoy screenings of architecturally significant films shot in our surrounding community.

Your support of the wine tasting and movie night events helped sponsor Free Art Sundays, offering over 1,500 children and adult community members the opportunity to explore creativity and art with their own hands.

We hope you share in our pride in these accomplishments, as well as our desire to achieve much more.

While Barnsdall Art Park has emboldened a community arts renaissance, the struggling economy has put extreme pressure on the Park. The City department which runs much of the Park has had its staff and budget severely cut. As a consequence the City has initiated a process to partner with a non-profit organization to sustain Barnsdall Park in the future. The Barnsdall Art Park Foundation continues to work with the City to ensure that this process does not strip the community of the wonderful resource it has had for over 50 years. For the last decade, the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation has been raising money and funding projects to enhance the Park. We ask for your help so we can continue this important work.

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Barnsdall Oct 5th Stakeholders Meeting: Full Audio and List of Questions

Thanks to everyone who came to the Barnsdall Community Stakeholders meeting on Tuesday, October 5th. In addition to remarks from City Council President Eric Garcetti and City Councilman Tom LaBonge, members of the panel were:

Olga Garay, General Manager, Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA)
Saul Romo, Asst. General Manager, DCA
Marta Segura, District-Field Director Council District 13, and member of the RFP Working Group
Terry Sauer, City Administrator’s Office (CAO)
Claudia Aguilar, CAO

Marshall Lewy, Moderator, Co-President Barnsdall Art Park Foundation
Nyla Arslanian, Opening Remarks, President of Hollywood Arts Council, VP Advocacy Barnsdall Art Park Foundation

You can listen to the full audio of the meeting here.
Meeting, Part 1 (48:15)
Meeting, Part 2 (52:17)

Click the links above to open in your browser, or right-click and select “Save File…” to download to your computer.

Download a list of all the questions submitted to the panel here. If there are any questions here not answered at the October 5th meeting, email and we will try to get a response.

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“Find Out the Facts” Barnsdall Community Stakeholder Gathering

Barnsdall Art Park Foundation, in cooperation with East Hollywood and Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council and the Hollywood Arts Council invites you to attend a Barnsdall Park Community Stakeholders Meeting on Tuesday October 5th at 6:30pm in the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre.

Los Angeles faces an unprecedented financial crisis that deeply affects its Department of Cultural Affairs. In order to continue to offer arts programs at 15 facilities in our city, a Request for Proposals process is being created to partner with non-profit organizations.
Barnsdall Art Park’s arts centers, gallery and theatre are among the facilities for which an operational partner is being sought.

There will be brief comments by the hosting organizations and presentation of the facts of the current situation by the Olga Garay, General Manager, Department of Cultural Affairs, Marta Segura, Council President Eric Garcetti’s representative to the Working Group, and Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Chair of Arts, Parks, Heath and Aging Committee. A panel will select your written questions for response.

October 05 2010
06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
@ Barnsdall Gallery Theatre

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