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.

Grant funding will be used to support the exhibition “Don Reitz: This is Not A Dress Rehearsal” which runs from June 2021 – Feb 2022, related educational programs, and a catalogue. This posthumous exhibition will feature, together for the first time, over 40 works from Reitz’s well-known but unstudied “Sara Series” from the mid-1980s.

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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 two exhibitions: Horses, Candlelight, Slaves and Genocide (July-Sept 2021) and Portals, scheduled to open January 2022 and run through March 2022. Horses is a contemporary group exploration of the revisionist history of the United States. Portals features the work of 6 contemporary artists examining portals as facilitators of human growth and experience.

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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 in the community.

This funding will support how we are in time and space (July through December, 2021), a major group exhibition of work by Nancy Buchanan, Marcia Hafif and Barbara T. Smith. This long-awaited historical survey is the first to focus on the collaborations and empathic intersections between three remarkable artists in the forms of drawing, photography, collage, video, performance documentation, and architectural proposals, comprising over 50 years of art making.

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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, multicultural and transdisciplinary dialogue; and a mandate to provide students with innovative learning and making spaces.

Part of the grant will be used for scholarships for dedicated Fine Art students who otherwise would be unable to pursue their educational and career goals in the arts. The remainder of the funds will be used to support two exhibitions: Kim Schoenstadt: Enter Slowly, the Legacy of an Idea (Spring 2021 in the Peter and Merle Mullin Gallery); and Cantos of the Sibylline Sisterhood (Art Center DTLA Gallery in summer 2021).

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The Benton Museum of Art is a 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 Benton Museum originates lively and innovative art experiences that inspire creative and critical thinking. The Museum’s annual Project Series, inaugurated in 1999, is designed to showcase experimental or difficult-to-show works.

Grant support will go toward the exhibition catalogue and installation costs for Sadie Barnette: New Work Project Series 54, September thru December 2021. Employing her unique art practices, Barnette examines her family’s story, in particular the experiences of her father Rodney Barnette, a former Black Panther.

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California State University, Dominguez Hills provides education, scholarship and service that are by design accessible and transformative. CSUDH is one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation. Serving largely first-generation college students, CSUDH welcomes students who seek academic achievement, personal fulfillment, and preparation for the workplace of today and tomorrow. The University’s art gallery is committed to exhibiting work which involves and engages the local South Los Angeles community.

This grant will support the exhibition of new work by Southern California artist Patrick Martinez, who will serve as CSUDH’s 2021-22 Praxis Artist in Residence. PRAXIS: Patrick Martinez will be implemented from Sept. 2021-April 2022.

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California State University, Long Beach is located in one of the most diverse regions of the country, with 82% of the student body identifying as non-white, and ranks second in the nation for degrees awarded to students of color. 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.

Funding will support the monographic painting exhibition by the LA-based painter Linda Besemer, scheduled for February 2022, which will be the inaugural exhibition in the newly expanded facility.

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The mission of the Ronald H. Silverman Fine Arts Gallery at Cal State LA is to serve the exhibition needs of the Department of Art’s students and faculty and to serve the entire urban and diverse university community by giving a forum for investigating a wide range of visual cultures, presenting cultural exhibits and the work of professional artists year round.

The funding will be used in support of the Diverted Destruction exhibition at the Ronald H. Silverman Fine Arts Gallery during January and February, 2022. The exhibition will focus on sustainability, and seeks to educate and disseminate global environmentalism through art, using objects and materials that would ordinarily be discarded.

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

This grant will support the exhibition The Golden Mean: A Procession (October 2021).
The world premiere of this immersive project will feature an exhibition and evening of events and workshops that explore the history of mysticism in California and the Golden Mean.

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Coaxial is a multidisciplinary 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 two, month long artist-in-residencies for Los Angeles based media artists Paige Emery and Derek Holguin, who will work on the Coaxial video platform. Each residency will include one week of programming and 4 weeks of installation in the residency storefront.

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The Craft Contemporary (formerly the Craft & Folk Art Museum) is the only museum in Los Angeles dedicated solely to the support of contemporary craft and folk artists, giving audience to diverse makers and artists whose work is usually not represented in larger art institutions.

This grant will support the first solo museum exhibition of Zimbabwean contemporary artist Moffat Takadiwa, October, 2021 to January, 2022. Takadiwa, a leading post-independence artist in Zimbabwe, has received international acclaim for his lush wall sculptures and installations made from found materials.

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The Fowler Museum explores global arts and cultures with an emphasis on works from Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Americas, past and present. The Fowler enhances understanding and appreciation of the diverse peoples, cultures, and religions of the world through dynamic exhibitions, publications, and public programs.

PAA funds will support the exhibition Painting with Beads: The Art of Myrlande Constant, from April through August 2022. The exhibition is the first retrospective of the Haitian artist’s ground-breaking thirty-year career, featuring approximately 40 elegantly hand-beaded banners depicting monumental scenes of Haitian history.

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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 Witch Hunt, October 2021- January 2022, a group exhibition showcasing the work of 15 international contemporary artists committed to examining social and political constructs through the lens of feminism.

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

This grant supports the exhibition Parable 003, scheduled for April 2021. This group exhibition draws on the history of Black communities and settlements as tools of resistance.

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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 year of artistic expression across the globe. Through its collections and temporary exhibitions, LACMA also highlights and supports living artists who represent the diversity of Southern California.

This grant will support Barbara Kruger: Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You. The large-scale, comprehensive solo exhibition will be on view from October 2021 through May, 2022. In addition, street banners, and images on buses and Metro fare cards will provide Angelenos with the opportunity to ponder issues such as gender, consumerism and equality.

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LAXART is a leading independent non-profit contemporary art space in Los Angeles, committed to the production of ambitious and experimental exhibitions, public art projects, and publications with both emerging and mid-career artists working locally, nationally and globally.

This grant will support a new site-specific mural by African American painter Nina Chanel Abney on the exterior of LAXART’s Santa Monica Boulevard building in West Hollywood. To be unveiled in Spring 2021, the mural will be on view for 4-6 months. Abney’s satirical work addresses issues including race, popular culture, incarceration, sexuality, education and police violence.

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The Long Beach Museum of Art is one of the region’s most dynamic and enduring cultural resources. It provides quality arts education for thousands of local school children, and offers diverse and compelling exhibitions of art both in its permanent collections and in temporary exhibitions.

Funding will support Alex Gardner‘s first solo museum exhibition on the West Coast, featuring seventeen acrylic on linen and acrylic on panel paintings by the Long Beach based artist. On view from March through May 30, 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 the intersections and tangents. The MAK Center serves as a cultural laboratory, encouraging the development of ideas in art and architecture by engaging the Center’s locations, spaces, and histories. MAK Center frequently collaborates with guest curators, artists and architects.

This grant supports the exhibition Kristin Posehn: Inverted Dome on view from July through August 2021 at the Mackey Garage Top in Mid-City LA. Through new-large scale sculpture, drawing and text, the artist decomposes, reformulates and reimagines the US Capitol Dome.

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MOCA was founded by a group of visionary artists, philanthropists and civic and business leaders in 1979 with the mission of building a permanent forum for contemporary art in Los Angeles. For over 40 years, MOCA has been committed to the collection, presentation and interpretation of its world-class permanent collection, as well as showcasing works in its “temporary” Geffen Contemporary space.

This grant supports the exhibition of the work of Tala Madani (September 2021 through February 2022) at The Geffen Contemporary, the first North American survey of 15 years of the artist’s work. The exhibition will feature 50 paintings, a selection of major animations, a selection of the artist’s notebooks, and newly conceived works made specifically for MOCA.

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Founded in 1996, the mission of MOLAA is to expand knowledge and appreciation of modern and contemporary Latin American and Latino art through its collection, groundbreaking exhibitions, stimulating educational programs, and engaging cultural events.

This grant supports the exhibition Judith F. Baca: Memorias de Nuestra Tierra, the first retrospective of the work of internationally renowned contemporary artist, Chicana muralist, public intellectual and community activist Judith Baca. This exhibit is scheduled to open in July 2021 and run for 6 months.

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PCC’s Visual Arts and Media Studies Division is one Southern California’s leading arts education institutions. The mission of the Galleries at PCC is to present high-caliber exhibitions of Southern California’s contemporary visual artists and to provide an educational resource and opportunity for PCC students and the surrounding community to view and discuss challenging works, interact with artists and other art professionals, and have the 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 community.

Funding will support PCC’s Student Scholarship Program for fine arts students and will also support (1) the Spring 2021 Artist-in-Residence, Elliott Hundley (both gallery and online exhibits); (2) a two-person companion exhibition of the work of Yvette Gellis and Maritta Tapanainen; and (3) an exhibition of work by Digital Artist-in-Residence Natalie Bookchin.

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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 global 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, in doing so, inspire meaningful dialogue that fascinates, excites, and invigorates.

Grant support will go toward the exhibition Sadie Barnette: New Work (September through December 2021), and two critical events accompanying the exhibition examining racial injustice, State surveillance, and the history of Black Power movements. Pitzer College Art Galleries will present this in conjunction with a joint show of Barnette’s work at Benton Museum of Art, Pomona College.

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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 through its biannual 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 Angeleno artists, as well as the growing impact of Los Angeles as a global center of contemporary art.

This grant will support the Artist’s Projects and Commentaries in X-TRA and related public programming. Each biannual issue of X-TRA will feature an Artist’s Project commissioned specifically for that publication. Four artists will present new, unique projects specifically designed for X-TRA. This project will take place from March 2021 to March 2022.

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Self-Help Graphics & Art is the leading non-profit visual arts center servicing the predominately Latinx community of Los Angeles. Their mission is to develop and nurture artists of color in the medium of printmaking.

This grant will support the production, exhibition and public programming for Phung Huynh’s Khmerican: Printing on Pink Donut Boxes and Tracing the Stories of Cambodian and Vietnamese Refugees. The exhibition is currently scheduled for Dec. 2021-Feb. 2022.

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

This grant will support the exhibition Divine Immersion: The Experiential Art of Nick Dong on view from June thru Sept, 2021. Nick Dong intricately integrates science and art to produce a new configuration of his immersive “Heaven” installation, in addition to new works unique to USC PAM.

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The Vincent Price Art Museum’s mission is to serve as a unique cultural and educational resource for the diverse audience of East Los Angeles College and its regional community through exhibition, interpretation, collection and preservation of works in all media.

This grant will support the exhibition Sonidx: Audio Culture in Latinx Art, scheduled for January 30 through July, 2021. This project, which includes a publication and public programs, presents the sound-based work of 40 Latinx artists, from early avant-garde to new interdisciplinary practitioners.

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