Grants Awarded



Located in Pomona, AMOCA is one of the few museums in the country dedicated solely to ceramic art and the only one of its kind on the West Coast.

Grants funding will be used for exhibition support, educational programs and an accompanying illustrated catalogue for Making in Between: Contemporary Chinese American Ceramics. This exhibition examines the works of first- and second-generation Chinese American ceramic artists from across the United States and provides a basis for dialogue and intercultural exchange during an era fraught with international tensions. The exhibition will run from March 14 to August 23, 2020.

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Located in San Pedro, Angels Gate Cultural Center is a lead partner in the state-designated San Pedro Arts and Cultural District, uniting art, community and culture through its contemporary art exhibitions, community arts education, and cultural events.

This grant will help support the print exhibition Mexicanismo/Chicanismo, curated by Kristina Newhouse, curator of contemporary art at Cal State Long Beach’s University Art Museum. The exhibition will explore the rise of and subsequent pushback against Mexicanismo in Mexico, as contrasted with Chicanismo in the United States and what that term means today, nearly 50 years after it was coined. The exhibition will be on view from September to December 2020.

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The Armory Center for the Arts is a community arts center that offers innovative approaches to creating, exploring, and presenting the visual arts to students of all ages. In addition to providing an outlet for contemporary art exhibitions and performances, the Armory offers studio art classes and a variety of educational outreach programs to schools and in the community.

This funding will support the solo exhibition Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe, a 30-year survey of sculpture and installations, showcasing female forms in various stages of transformation that activate histories and legacies of survival. The exhibition will run from September 14 to December 20, 2020.

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Established in 1930, ArtCenter College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. ArtCenter’s visionary approach to education is based on the College’s conservatory-like approach to teaching and learning; a desire for rich, intercultural and transdisciplinary dialogue; and a mandate to provide students innovative learning and making spaces.

Part of the grant will be used for scholarships to dedicated Fine Art students who otherwise would be unable to pursue their educational aims and career goals in the arts. The remainder of the funds will be used as exhibition support for two shows in the college’s exhibition spaces: Upgrade Available, a solo exhibition of Julia Christensen’s works which examine “upgrade culture” — the perceived, relentless need to upgrade technology to remain relevant, and Sky, an exhibition which will ponder art and science objects and artifacts that represent provincial human perspectives on Earth’s sky, and contrast that frame of reference to the boundless sky exposed today by astronomy and astrophysics. Upgrade Available will run from April to August 2020, and Sky will be on view from March 2020 into Summer 2020.

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Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock’s mission is to be innovative in providing multidisciplinary, arts-inclusive programming to the diverse communities of northeast Los Angeles . . . and beyond.

This grant will support the exhibition World on Fire, a group show featuring new original site-specific pieces by master printmakers from the LA Printmaking Society. In the tradition of printmakers responding to the current socio-political conditions, the exhibition will feature each artist’s response to fire and the destruction of our habitat. The show will be on view during April 2020, coinciding with Earth Day.

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Clockshop is a multi-faceted arts organization that works at the intersection of cultural production, politics, and urban space. Clockshop’s projects bring people together to explore the strange particularities of Los Angeles and situate the city in its global context. The organization curates conversations and screenings, and commissions new works from contemporary visual and performing artists.

The funding will be used in support of Four adult fruit trees, a new public sculpture project by Los Angeles-based visual artist Carmen Argote at the Bowtie. This exhibition will include four yet-to-be-titled sculptures, two of which will be more permanent installations made of durable materials, and two of which will be performative and ephemeral pieces which will be left to decompose at the Bowtie. The exhibition will run from March to May 2020.

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Coaxial is a multi-disciplinary media arts organization devoted to the creation of new video art. Coaxial provides artists a studio to use pro-video equipment to realize pieces that otherwise would be out of reach, including use of analog video synthesizers, green screen, and a public exhibition space for live events. Coaxial is LA’s only arts organization devoted exclusively to video art.

Coaxial will use the funding to support a series of four monthly artists’ residencies, which feature multidisciplinary artists who will create new site-specific video installations and performances. Coaxial’s brick-and-mortar venue hosts the residencies of the four artists and all related events including exhibiting the videos. The project will run from March 2020 through March 2021.

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California State University, Dominguez Hills provides education, scholarship and service that are by design accessible and transformative. The university is one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation. It welcomes students who seek academic achievement, personal fulfillment, and preparation for the work of today and tomorrow. The University Art Gallery is committed to providing work which involves the local community and engages the regional contemporary art dialogue.

This grant will support the exhibition and scholarly publication for Lauren Halsey: The Crenshaw District Hieroglyph Project, an exhibition of new work by artist Lauren Halsey. Halsey will use her signature Afro-funk style to create an immersive installation, which is a further component of her monumental Hieroglyph project, in planning for four years to date. In this exhibition, Halsey will create an installation using her iconography to expand upon her relationship to the local community and the university’s social justice history, and will create components of the monuments for the Hieroglyph project in public spaces on campus. The exhibition will be on view from April to December 2020.

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California State University, Long Beach is located in one of the most diverse regions of the country, with 82% of its student body identifying as non-white, and ranks second in the nation for degrees awarded to minority students. The Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum at CSU Long Beach creates exhibitions and programs that provide space for critical interpretation of contemporary modern art and culture to students and the greater community.

This grant will support Neha Choksi’s sequentially expanding, multi-channel film installation, Faith in Friction, which debuted in 2017 at the Manchester Art Gallery in England. At CSULB, it will grow to include new experimental animation and sculptural forms. Faith in Friction stems from Choksi’s conviction that to be oneself, one always needs others. She believes that interdependency is worthwhile, even as it depends on interpersonal friction. Installed across space, Choksi’s projections will provide an embodied experience for visitors who will be enveloped in their light, movement and sound, and yet unable to comprehend them all at once. This installation will be on view from January to March 2021.

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Descanso Gardens is a unique Southern California landscape distinguished by its specialized botanic collections, historical significance and rare natural beauty. In September 2011, Descanso opened the Sturt Haaga Gallery, an exhibition space housed in an environmentally sensitive reimagining of a historic building. The Haaga Gallery presents contemporary art exhibitions exploring themes of nature, science, and humankind’s place in creation.

Funding will support Castle Garden, an exhibition of contemporary artwork, videos and historic materials that explore how, over the centuries, plants and gardens have played a vital role in communicating our identity and culture. More specifically, the exhibition will examine issues surrounding Southern California landscaping, including origin stories of pervasive non-native plants, socio-political conditions surrounding gardening traditions, how drought and climate change route us back to native gardens, and how changes in climate will dictate our future landscapes. This exhibition will run from May 18 to September 6, 2020.

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The Hammer Museum champions the art and ideas that challenge us to see the world in a new light, experience the unexpected, ignite our imaginations, and inspire change. Originally built to showcase a private collection of historical paintings, the Hammer has grown to become a major institution dedicated to contemporary art and culture. The Hammer has a renowned exhibition program featuring young, new and under-represented artists, as well as dynamic public programming.

This grant will support of Made in L.A. 2020, the 5th iteration of the museum’s pioneering biennial devoted to the art and artists of Los Angeles. For the first time, the biennial will be presented in collaboration with The Huntington Library, Art Museum & Botanical Gardens in San Marino, bridging the west and east sides of LA. Thirty-five artists will be included in the biennial, addressing topics such as preconceived notions about the entertainment industry, performance art, breaking down the fourth wall through audience engagement, and entrepreneurship in art. This exhibition will be on view from July 17 2020 to January 2021.

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ICA LA is an epicenter of artistic experimentation and an incubator of new ideas. ICA LA builds upon a distinguished history of bold curatorial vision and innovative programming of its predecessor organization, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, to illuminate the important untold stories and emerging voices in contemporary art and culture. Through exhibitions, educational programs, and community partnerships, ICA LA fosters critique of the familiar and empathy with the different.

This grant will support Harold Mendez, the first LA exhibition of this artist, a first-generation American of Mexican-Columbian descent. Working between sculpture and photography, Mendez explores the tension between fiction and truth, with an interest in how constructions of history shape our sense of reality and self. This exhibition focuses on the artist’s work over the past decade, but will also include new commissions made specifically for this exhibition. This exhibition will run from July 12 to October 11, 2020.

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The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) is one of the nation’s premier culturally specific institutions. Through the building of a comprehensive collection of cultural material and development of multi-faceted exhibitions, educational activities, public programs and publications, JANM preserves and shares for current and future generations the rich and diverse stories of Japanese Americans for national and international audiences alike.

This grant will support the exhibition Stanley Hayami Diary: A Virtual Exploration of Camp through the Eyes of a Teenage Boy, an immersive installation which documents the journey of a young Japanese-American boy from his home in the San Gabriel Valley, to life in the WWII Heart Mountain concentration camp, to his service and eventual death in the U.S. military, through his letters, journal entries, and personal artwork. Using the latest technology, this contemporary exhibition will utilize virtual and augmented reality. This exhibition will be on view from April 25 to September 20, 2020.

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Freewaves creates public media art events that bring diverse audiences and independent media artists together in dialogue on current issues. Media arts include the work of artists who use communication technology — video, film, the web, and mobile devices.

This grant will support the third iteration of Dis…Miss, a multi-year, artistic exploration of non-binary gender images and issues as contrasted and compared with feminism, including research, editing, and five public events. In this phase of Dis…Miss, Freewaves will conduct further research and continue its engagement with participating artists and writers, in preparation for Dis…Miss, the book. This project will take place from March 2020 to March 2021.

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LACE both champions and challenges the art of our time by fostering artists who innovate, explore, and risk. By moving within and beyond their four walls, LACE seeks to provide opportunities for diverse publics to engage deeply with contemporary art. Uniquely positioned among commercial galleries and major art establishments in the heart of Hollywood, LACE has nurtured not only several generations of young artists, but also emerging art forms such as performance art, video art, digital art, and installations.

This grant will support the exhibition Ser todo es ser parte / To Be Whole Is To Be Part, which brings together a group of artists working fluidly within historical and contemporary traditions of drawing, illustration, graphic arts (including printmaking), street art, and muralism. These artists are connected by a seemingly-shared aesthetic language, manifested in their depictions of hybrid beings that are part human, part zoomorphic pre-Columbian deities, walking on Earth in the here and now. The exhibition will run from June 17 to August 16, 2020.

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Since its inception in 1965, LACMA has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography, in addition to representing the uniquely diverse population of Los Angeles. Today, LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection that includes 142,000 objects that illuminate 6,000 years of artistic expression across the globe. Through its collection and temporary exhibitions, LACMA highlights and supports living artists who represent the diversity of the Los Angeles area.

This grant will support the exhibition Cauleen Smith: Give It or Leave It, a solo exhibition by LA-based interdisciplinary contemporary artist Cauleen Smith which will showcase an interactive installation of Smith’s work that explores ideas about race, feminism, and radical social communities. Give It or Leave It conjures a world that is black, feminist, spiritual, and unabashedly alive. The exhibition will be on view from November 2020 to October 2021.

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Unique in its role as a constellation of historical architectural sites and contemporary exhibition spaces, the MAK Center develops local, national and international projects in art, architecture, and their intersections and tangents. The MAK Center acts as a cultural laboratory, encouraging the development of ideas in art and architecture by engaging the center’s places, spaces and histories. It collaborates frequently with guest curators, artists and architects in its exhibitions and programming.

This grant supports DEMO, an exhibition that reflects on the fate of our architectural landscape and the history it embodies, in the face of economic and ecological forces and the uncompromising effect of the passage of time. Four artists will present the records and results of four different ruinations that will be situated one each in the studios of the MAK Center’s headquarters in the landmark Schindler House in West Hollywood, suggesting that wrecking balls are not final acts. This exhibition will run from March 14 to June 14, 2020.

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M&A is a Los Angeles based cultural organization dedicated to presenting new ideas in architecture and art through built experiments and critical programs. M&A commissions new works that give space to exceptional experiments across multiple disciplines, while challenging the relationship between art, architecture, and public encounters.

This grant will support Veil Craft, an exhibition examining the cultural resonance of industrial “ready-mades” which screen constructions sites throughout Los Angeles. For every historic building that comes down, a new temporary architecture goes up: shimmering veils of green, white, orange and black construction textiles wrap themselves around an unknown future. This installation will transform an underutilized urban courtyard at the Craft Contemporary into a temporary pocket park. This exhibition will take place during January 2021.

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The OxyArts Office is a hub for the arts at Occidental College, supporting its exhibitions and public programming. OxyArts engages the campus and the surrounding Los Angeles arts communities with a contemporary art dialogue via its Weingart Gallery, campus-wide art projects, and work developed by artists-in-residence.

This grant will support artist Mary Fagot’s immersive exhibition, FLOW, an interconnected series of sensory visual art installations that will facilitate STEAM learning through visual exploration. This exhibition will take place during Summer 2021.

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PCC’s Visual Arts and Media Studies Division is one of the pre-eminent arts education providers in Southern California. The mission of the Galleries at PCC is to present high-caliber exhibitions of contemporary Southern California visual artists and to provide an educational resource and opportunity for PCC students and those in the surrounding community to view and discuss challenging works, interact with artists and other art professionals, and have their art exhibited to professional standards. Since 1987, PCC’s Artist-in-Residence Program has brought diverse, exciting, and engaging professional artists and their work to the campus community.

Funding will support PCC’s Student Scholarship Program for fine arts students; the Artist-in-Residence exhibition Jacci Den Hartog: Blood and Bones, featuring sculptural works in metals, resins and fiberglass that evoke waterfalls, conch shells and other fragile organic forms; and a concurrent two-person companion exhibition of Yo am; I Soy: Abel Alejandre and Eloy Torrez, which will expand upon Den Hartog’s intriguing inquiry into the sense of self through Alejandre’s drawings and woodblock prints and Torrez’s mural-scale works that deconstruct and examine the forces that shape our perspective and behavior. These exhibitions will be on view from February 18 to April 10, 2020.

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The Pitzer College Art Galleries provide visually arresting and memorable exhibitions for diverse community audiences, students and artists that promote the value and understanding of contemporary art within a local, national and international context. Through curatorial creativity and innovative programming, the Art Galleries seek to provide context, support, and a critical framework for artists and curators working today and, by doing so, inspire meaningful dialogue that fascinates, excites, and invigorates.

Grant support will go toward the catalogue for the solo exhibition entitled Candice Lin: Etruscan Sarcophagus, which will take the form of a traditional vintage-style natural history museum guide. Lin will make a life-size ceramic sculpture of herself reclining with a future cat, referencing Etruscan funeral sculptures from the 9th through the 2nd Centuries BCE which often featured a man and woman reclining together. Lin also will create a series of illuminated glass aquarium vitrines housing colonies of flesh-eating beetles, which will consume sculptures resembling skeletal fragments made from combining commercial meat paste with the artist’s own dried skin and fingernail clippings. This exhibition will be on view during the Summer of 2020.

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The Pomona College Museum of Art (which will be known as the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College beginning in August 2020) is the primary visual art facility of Pomona College. It serves as museum and gallery, overseeing the college’s permanent art collections and mounting a variety of temporary contemporary exhibitions during the academic year. The Museum of Art originates lively and innovative art experiences that foster creative and critical thinking. The Museum’s annual Project Series, inaugurated in 1999, is designed to showcase experimental or difficult-to-show works.

This grant will support a catalogue and artist fee for Project Series: Alia Ali. Artist Alia Ali will develop a site-specific installation for several spaces in the new Benton Museum of Art galleries, including photographs and multi-media work which explore cultural binaries and challenge culturally-sanctioned oppression. This exhibition will run from September 1 to December 19, 2020.

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Founded in 1983, the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College has a rich tradition of presenting outstanding exhibitions that enhance teaching in the arts and humanities for students at the Claremont Colleges as well as the surrounding community. Since 1996, the Williamson Gallery has invited guest curators to coordinate its annual ceramics exhibition.

This grant will help fund the color-illustrated catalogue for the 77th Scripps Ceramic Annual, entitled On Fire: Trailblazing Women, curated by Ashwini Bhat, a leading clay ceramic sculptor. The 77th Ceramic Annual will showcase 10 emerging and established ceramic artists from across the country who will exhibit three to four ceramic works each. This exhibition will be on view from January 23 to April 3, 2021.

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Self Help Graphics & Art (SHG) is the leading non-profit visual arts center serving the predominantly Latino community of Los Angeles. SHG’s mission is to develop and nurture Latino artists in printmaking.

This grant will support the production and presentation of the Veteranos and Maestrxs Ateliers, serigraphs which will be published by Self-Help’s Professional Printmaking Studio. These portfolios will document the experiences, voices and cultural memories of our community of veterans, as well as five to seven women and women-identified artists. This project will take place during the Summer of 2020.

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The mission of Side Street Projects is to give artists of all ages the ability and means to support their creative endeavors. This is achieved through educational programs and artist projects that nurture relationships between artists and communities to promote creativity, well-being, and the potential for collective growth. Side Street presents community-based contemporary Artist Projects with emerging and established socially-engaged artists, which are integrated into free community programming offered weekly. Side Street also offers support services for artists through its Skill Shares Workshops; teaches tool-based design and through its Mobile Youth Education Program, and provides other school-based and community programming.

This grant will support Seeding Space for Speculation, an exploration of collective futurism engaging the future permanent location of Side Street Projects, envisioned to be an “art park” hub for community-based contemporary art projects and social engagement. Two artists interested in community planning will be selected through an open call process, resulting in an exhibition. The project will take place during the Summer of 2020.

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The Industry is an independent, artist-driven company creating experimental productions that expand the definition of opera. The Industry’s interdisciplinary collaborations with musical and dance organizations and LA arts institutions result in productions which explore the intersection of visual artistry and musical ingenuity and have established it as an innovative force in American art and opera.

This grant supports the world premiere opera Sweet Land, at the LA State Historic Park in Chinatown, which will explore the myths of American identity by re-imagining narratives surrounding our founding and westward expansion to make visible the violence and erasure of history. Sweet Land audience groups will be moved along two tunnel paths to experience different perspectives of a journey through sixteen scenes created by multi-disciplinary artist Cannupa Hanska Luger. The opera is on view from March 1 to 22, 2020.

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Founded in 1891, the University of La Verne is a nationally recognized private university offering its students distinctive educational programs. The Harris Art Gallery, Tall Wall Space, campus sculpture garden and university permanent collections comprise the University of La Verne Art Exhibition and Outreach Programs. It is the aim of the gallery programs at the University of La Verne to advance artistic and cultural awareness through exhibitions, artists’ lectures, workshops, and symposia in synergy with the art and art history programs in the University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

This grant will support a group exhibition entitled About Place, featuring artists from Los Angeles and around the world who approach their work from a quintessentially sculptural position, and examine ideas related to a broad range of topics including geography, architecture, environment, migration and home. This exhibition will run from April 17 to May 20, 2020.

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The mission of USC PAM is to create inspiring encounters with the art, history and culture of Pacific Asia that promotes intercultural understanding in the service of elevating humanity through its Pacific Asian collections, exhibitions, and educational programming. Its permanent collection of over 15,000 objects span more than 5,000 years, and its most recent exhibitions have traveled nationally and internationally.

This grant will support the exhibition We Are Here: Art & Asian Voices in LA, which will challenge viewers to rethink the boundaries of “Asian art” and introduce them to the rising generation of Asian voices who bring plural perspectives to the experience of living and belonging in LA. Seven female, Asian-American artists living in LA will challenge viewers to consider the stark differences between the identities that choose us and the identities we choose for ourselves. The exhibition will be on view from March 13 to June 7, 2020.

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The mission of the Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW) is to cultivate Los Angeles’ feminist creative communities and practices. WCCW is the only LA organization and one of the few remaining in the United States to explicitly support the work of women artists. WCCW presents programming that delivers female, trans, non-binary, and femme-identified people with tools and skills, critical spaces for dialogue, research and creation, outlets for exposure and expression, all inside a designated safe and openly shared space.

This grant will support the artist-in-residence program for three women artists, including Andra Nadir-Shah (aka PHILTH HAUS). The artist-in-residence programs will take place from March 2020 to March 2021.

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Established in 2002, Project X Foundation for Art and Criticism promotes intelligent critical dialogue about contemporary art in Los Angeles and beyond though its quarterly print and online art journal, X-TRA, year-round public events, and digital programming, all of which address the political, social, and formal concerns of contemporary art. X-TRA is the longest-running critical art journal in Los Angeles, giving voice since 1997 to the impact and vision of artists in Los Angeles as well as the growing impact of Los Angeles as an international center of contemporary art.

This grant will support the Artist’s Projects and Commentaries in X-TRA, and related public programming. Each quarterly issue of X-TRA will feature an Artist’s Project commissioned specifically for publication. Four artists will present new, unique projects specifically designed for the pages of X-TRA. This project will take place from March 2020 to March 2021.

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