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. The museum champions the art, history, creation, and technology of ceramics through exhibitions, collections, outreach, and studio programming.
Grants funding will be used to support the exhibition and catalog for Breaking Ground: Women in California Clay, a survey exhibition of groundbreaking female ceramic artists with more than 90 works spanning over 100 years of artistic contributions. It will be on view August 2022 – February 2023.visit website »
Angels Gate Cultural Center provides space for artists to work and engages the community through arts education, exhibitions of contemporary art, and cultural events. It strives to provide a year-round schedule of gallery exhibitions and community classes. In addition, the Center provides professional work-studio space for 52 artists, including musicians, ceramists, painters, sculptors, writers, photographers, printmakers and jewelers.
PAA will help fund two exhibitions: 1) Slanguage: The Influentials will celebrate local artists who have made an impact on the community through muralism, graffiti, stencil art and hip hop, on view October – December 2022; and 2) Uplifting Tales and Eroded Histories, curated by local artists Michael Davis, Paul Harris and Richard Turner, will be an immersive installation that presents a speculative view on the geology and history of San Pedro. It will be on view October 2022 – March 2023.visit website »
The Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena is a highly-regarded, community-based contemporary arts center that offers innovative approaches to creating, exploring, and presenting the visual arts. Deeply committed to public access, education, and outreach programs, the Armory designs its exhibition and education programs to work together to offer innovative experiences for all visitors.
The PAA grant will help support At the Table, a group exhibition and mapping initiative that explores our communal relationship with food. This exhibition, on view from July – December 2022, features the work of artists Jackie Amezquita, Yrneh Gabon Brown and Yeu “Q” Nguyen.visit website »
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 method of teaching and learning; a desire for rich, intercultural and transdisciplinary dialogue; and a mandate to provide students innovative learning and making spaces.
The two-part grant will be used for: 1) scholarship funding to highly qualified undergraduate fine art students who would otherwise be unable to pursue education and career goals in the arts; and 2) partial support of two exhibitions: Victor Estrada: Purple Mexican in the Peter and Merle Mullin Gallery in Fall 2022, and Devin Troy Strother at Art Center DTLA in Summer 2022. Both Estrada and Strother are Los Angeles based artists and alumni of the College’s visual arts degree program. These exhibitions will engage viewers with frank, first-person dialogues around diversity, equity, and inclusion.visit website »
The Benton Art Museum at Pomona College 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 originates innovative art experiences that foster creative and critical thinking.
Funding will support the exhibition Christina Fernandez: Under the Sun, on view August – December 2022. Fernandez, a Los Angeles-based artist, examines the Southern California border region through urban and landscape photography and will curate these photographs in dialogue with objects from the Benton’s permanent collection.visit website »
The CSUDH campus in South Los Angeles was established in 1960 with a mission to provide education, scholarship and service that are accessible and transformative. The goal of the Department of Art and Design is to provide students with a rich and rigorous arts education through programs in Studio Art, Design and Art History. The University Art Gallery is a laboratory for contemporary art and design practices for many cultures.
The PAA grant will support the Praxis Artist-in-Residence exhibition Pau S. Pescador, Bronze, Silver and Gold. The total project will run from September 2022-April 2023 with the exhibition on display from January – April 2023. Praxis is an art engagement program founded by Devon Tsuno to provide a framework for bringing artists, students, and community members together to explore the history and social conditions of South Los Angeles. Pescador’s work will examine the effects of the summer Olympic Games on its host cities and citizens.visit website »
The Kleefeld Contemporary at the College of the Arts at Cal State Long Beach is a community of people who examine, critique and create contemporary art and culture. Its gallery hosts rotating exhibitions of work by both students and international artists. Following a significant two-year expansion and renovation project, the museum recently reopened to the public in February 2022.
The PAA grant will help fund the first museum-level solo exhibition for Los Angeles photographer, Clifford Prince King. King’s work explores Black Queer Identity, experiences that are outside those traditionally seen on museum walls. His historically-grounded figurative arrangements feature Queer Black bodies in moments of close intimacy largely absent from art history. The exhibition will be on view December 2022-March 2023.visit website »
Clockshop is a multidisciplinary arts organization that works to expand the dialogue around cultural production, politics, and urban space by commissioning new projects by contemporary visual artists and writers, and by partnering with diverse cultural institutions. The organization was founded in 2004 by artist and filmmaker Julia Meltzer to create opportunities for artists working in public space.
PAA funds will support Watershifter, a public art installation by Sarah Rosalena Brady in Los Angeles State Historic Park, on view from August – November 2022. Watershifter will physically and virtually reimagine LA River rocks to call attention to the river’s emergence, divergence and convergence over time. The artist envisions four monumental concrete sculptures arranged in a row, pointing from the LA River channel toward the Pacific Ocean.visit website »
Coaxial Arts Foundation is a multi-disciplinary media arts organization devoted to the support of media, sound and performance art. Coaxial provides residencies, studio space, technical support and public exhibition space for live events to showcase underground artists whose works are often not exhibited in galleries, as ephemeral art is not conducive to the gallery sales system. Coaxial activates a community of experimental media, sound and performance artists through commissions, events, workshops, live TV tapings, and exhibitions through the Foundation’s downtown Los Angeles studio space.
PAA Funds will support artists residencies in 2022 for media artists Julie Weitz and yunuen rhi. During the residency, each artist will create and present new video work.visit website »
Founded as a museum in 1973, Craft Contemporary reveals the potential of craft to educate, captivate, provoke, and empower. With a focus on contemporary art made from craft media and processes, Craft Contemporary presents dynamic exhibitions by established and emerging artists and designers who are often underrepresented in larger art institutions. Craft Contemporary cultivates an environment for people in Los Angeles to deepen their relationship to art, creativity, and one another.
The PAA grant will support a solo exhibition of recent work by Lezley Saar, on view from October 2022-January 2023. For this exhibition, Saar will engage with textile arts, costuming, and theatrical staging to create approximately seven tableaux, banners, and dioramas that address issues of race, gender, spirituality through the characters of Victorian-era black, female spiritualists or conjurers. The exhibition will encompass new work as well as work created in the last year.visit website »
Craft in America is a Los Angeles-based organization with a mission to promote and advance original handcrafted work through programs in all media. Craft in America includes the PBS documentary series, websites, Craft in America Center, ongoing exhibitions, educational programs, and publications. It is dedicated to the exploration, preservation and celebration of craft, the work of the hand, and its impact on our nation’s cultural heritage.
The PAA grant will support the exhibition and catalog for Ceramic Beacon: Joan Takayama Ogawa, on view September – December 2022. This is the first major survey exhibition for Takayama-Ogawa, a native Pasadena artist and educator, and will include approximately 30 sculptures created over three decades.visit website »
The Feminist Center for Creative Work nutures an ever-evolving, intersectional, intergenerational, and joyful collaborative feminist praxis – modeling ways of working and living through art, programming, media, publishing, and the redistribution of resources. The FCCW is the only organization in Los Angeles, and one of the few remaining in the country, that explicitly supports the work of gender marginalized artists.
The grant will support the exhibition Lylex 1.0, featuring new work by the artist collective known as Philth Haus. The exhibition will have three major elements: 1) a multi-edition sculpture series featuring blood bags infusing micropore fungus grow sacs with “blood”; 2) a multi-channel short film depicting an intravenous blood withdrawal; and 3) an installation mimicking a potential hub where many could donate blood to the production of Lylex. The exhibition will be on view March – April 2022.visit website »
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, informed by interdisciplinary approaches and the perspectives of the cultures represented.
PAA funds will support the exhibition Gala Porras-Kim: The resurrection of a past life before history. The Columbian-born, Los Angeles-based artist will explore the uncertain history of ancient objects, in the form of sculptures, drawings, sound and other media. The exhibition will be on view October 2022 – February 2023.visit website »
Located in Pasadena, Fulcrum Arts empowers artists to invent, inspire and provoke, and also provides resources and opportunities for artists, collectives and independent arts organizations to advance their visions and contribute to a vibrant, challenging and inclusive community.
The grant provides support for freq_wav, a visual and sound installation by CM Von Hausswolff as a featured part of the 2022 AxS Festival, a Pasadena-wide art and science initiative featuring exhibitions, performances and educational initiatives. Hausswolff will transform the interior of the Mount Wilson Observatory in a collaborative work that responds to issues that affect our oceans through auditory frequencies and multichannel projections.visit website »
The Hammer Museum at UCLA believes in the promise of art and ideas to illuminate our lives and build a more just world. It champions the art and artists who challenge us to see the world in a new light, to experience the unexpected, to ignite our imaginations, and inspire change. A vibrant intellectual and creative nexus, the Hammer is fueled by dynamic exhibitions and programs—including lectures, symposia, film series, readings, and musical performances—that spark meaningful encounters with art and ideas.
The PAA will help support the Hammer Projects featuring artists, Ho Tzu Nyen and noe olivas on view in the spring of 2022. Hammer Projects provide a dedicated gallery space for the work and ideas of emerging artists. Nyen’s presentation is a video and sound installation that explores the political narrative in the Korean Peninsula. Olivas, co-founder of the Crenshaw Dairy Mart, an artist collective in South Los Angeles, will create a garden installation, with handmade pots and large-scale sculptures.visit website »
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA) is a non-collecting museum considered an epicenter of artistic experimentation and incubator of new ideas. Founded in 1984, the current ICA LA builds upon a distinguished history of exhibitions, education, and public programs.
PAA will support a 15-year survey exhibition of works by the Los Angeles-based artist, Rebecca Morris. The exhibition will provide audiences the opportunity to see a range of paintings and drawings, produced since 2005, by one of the most formidable and important artists working today whose progression of style and approach demonstrates a rigorous commitment to experimentation and non-representational form. On view October 2022-January 2023.visit website »
The mission of the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) is to promote understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience. JANM has amassed the largest collection of Japanese American materials in the world, which include photographs, fine art, documents, moving images, and artifacts.
The grant will support the exhibition Kitsune & Orizuru (Fox and Crane), featuring the work of artist Glenn Kaino, which examines the injustice of Japanese American Internment in multiple forms including film, painting, drawings, a graphic novel, and sculpture. The exhibition follows the fictional story of three young Japanese Americans in America’s concentration camps during World War II and is inspired by the conflicts found in the traditional fable of the Fox and the Stork. On view September 2022 – January 2023.visit website »
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) both champions and challenges the art of our time by fostering artists who innovate, explore and risk. By moving within and beyond its four walls, LACE seeks to provide opportunities for diverse audiences 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.
The grant will support an Emerging Curator exhibition entitled Reclaiming Performance: A Revolutionary Act, curated by Cat Jones in Spring 2022. The exhibition will focus on Black Queer artistry and will consist of a series of performances where the gallery space will be transformed into a recreation center with dance, movement, and poetry from Jaden Fields, Aasir Cherot, Danni Cassette and Dr. Daniel B. Coleman.visit website »
LACMA is the largest encyclopedic museum in the western United States with a collection that includes more than 139,000 objects from ancient times to the present from all corners of the globe. LACMA’s mission is to serve the public through the collection, conservation, exhibition, and interpretation of significant works of art from a broad range of cultures and historical periods.
LACMA will host the first museum exhibition of works by the Venice, California-based sculptor Magdalena Suarez Frimkess. The show, Magdalena Suarez Frimkess: Immortality of the Crab, will bring attention to the artist’s 50-year practice and her significant body of works from the 1970’s to the present day. Additionally, LACMA will publish the first catalog of Suarez Frimkess’s work in conjunction with the exhibition which will be on view February – June 2023.visit website »
Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) is an arts organization committed to presenting site-specific projects in public spaces throughout Los Angeles and beyond. LAND believes contemporary art has the power to help people see and engage our communities in innovative ways that can lead to new modes of thinking about our collective existence.
The PAA grant will support LAND’s production and installation of Gatherings (Chapters 2 & 3), an exhibition of public sculptures, performances, and programming in Spring 2022. Gatherings invites 13 Los Angeles-based artists to imagine what collective healing could look like through a lens of feminist ideals, mythologies, and matriarchal knowledge and will include large-scale sculptures by artists Catherine Feliz, Rosha Yaghmai and Adee Roberson.visit website »
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) was founded in 1979 by artists, philanthropists, and civic leaders with the mission of building the defining museum of contemporary art. By providing a dynamic, interactive forum, the museum is able to introduce contemporary art to a large audience. MOCA serves over 300,000 visitors annually at two unique locations that make contemporary art readily accessible to the diverse communities of Los Angeles.
The PAA Grant will support the exhibition, Simone Forti, an exploration of the monumental career of Forti, artist, dancer, choreographer, and writer. The exhibition will feature weekly performances of historical works alongside a selection of works on paper, videos, sculpture, and performance ephemera, and will be on view August-November 2022.visit website »
The mission of The Galleries at PCC is to present high-caliber exhibitions of local contemporary visual artists and to provide an opportunity for students to view and discuss challenging works, interact with artists and arts professionals, and have their art exhibited to professional standards.
This year, PAA will support two Artist-in-Residence exhibitions in the Boone Gallery on the PCC Campus. The Carolyn Castano exhibition, Cali es Cali, explores the relationship between humans and the environment and will be on view from March through April 2022. The Jason Hanasik exhibition, John Who Lives in the Dark, explores the life of a Vietnam Vet who lives by flashlight due to a light sensitivity and will be on view from November through December 2022.visit website »
Pitzer College Art Galleries believes in the power of art to inspire, engage, and transform. The Galleries’ exhibitions and programs facilitate inquiry into contemporary and historical issues of importance and reflect Pitzer College’s core values of social responsibility, intercultural understanding, interdisciplinary learning, and environmental sustainability. With a focus on inclusivity, it seeks to expand and deepen the understanding of the surrounding world. Through collaborations and partnerships with artists, and the Pitzer community, it facilitates meaningful engagement across multiple constituencies and disciplines.
The PAA grant will support the exhibition of and catalog for Cammie Staros: New Work which will be on view September – December 2022. For this exhibition, Staros will create a museum environment that has been abandoned and reclaimed by nature. The project expands her ongoing interest in the relics of fallen empires, and links them to contemporary political and environmental instabilities that threaten our future.visit website »
Founded in Eagle Rock by a group of Los Angeles artists, X-TRA has been produced quarterly since 1997 by the Project X Foundation for Art and Criticism. Now found on newsstands and bookstores around the country, in addition to its online presence, X-TRA is a contemporary art journal that presents expansive features, historical essays, interviews, substantive reviews and more. It is also Los Angeles’s longest running critical art journal.
The grant will support artist projects and commentaries in X-TRA, print and online in 2022/23. Funds will be used for artist fees and production costs. X-TRA online has expanded the journal’s offerings with an emphasis on artist’s writings and conversations, documentation of readings and events, and a podcast, Artists and Rights.visit website »
Founded in 1983, the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College presents exhibitions spanning a wide range of art. Whether historical or contemporary, exhibitions enrich the teaching of art and humanities at Scripps as well as the cultural community of Claremont and environs. Since 1996, the Williamson Gallery has invited guest curators to organize the annual ceramics exhibition.
PAA will partially fund the catalog for the 78th Scripps Ceramics Annual, which presents new art in clay and will be on view in the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery on the Scripps campus from January – April 2023. The exhibition will be entitled, Words on Clay: Please Handle Carefully, and will include the work of 12 contemporary artists.visit website »
Since 1973, Self Help Graphics & Art fosters the creation and advancement of new artworks by artists of color through collaborative printmaking. SHG views the collaboration with artists as an exchange, where artists have the opportunity to create quality prints at no cost to them and share their perspectives and diverse narratives with a wide community. Located in East Los Angeles, SHG represents a critical part of Los Angeles’s art history and culture through our service to this community.
PAA will provide funding for the exhibition Essential Portraits of the Pandemic Portfolio, curated by Marianne Sandowski. On view in Spring 2022, the exhibition includes the work of 18 artists from across the United States. The works will be compiled as a print portfolio that includes a print, a photograph of the essential worker that inspired the print, and a short narrative from the worker that speaks to their pandemic experience.visit website »
An integral part of the University of Southern California, the USC Pacific Asia Museum creates inspiring encounters with the art, history and culture of Pacific Asia to promote intercultural understanding in the service of elevating our shared sense of humanity.
The PAA will support the exhibition, Movements: Battles and Solidarity featuring the work of Los Angeles-based artist, T. Kim-Trang Tan. This exhibition examines and explores the common ground of significant political events in the early 1970’s such as labor unrest in the garment industry and the Vietnam War. On view July– September 2022.visit website »