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. The museum champions the art, history, creation, and technology of ceramics through exhibitions, collections, outreach, and studio programming.

Funding will support Making In Between: Indigenous Americans, which brings together works by six artists exploring transgressive themes of identity, culture, history, heritage and community. The project will present the breadth of narratives these artists use to explore their heritage and communities, while expanding viewers’ expectations of what constitutes contemporary Indigenous art. It will run October 2024-April 2025.

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Angels Gate Cultural Center provides space for artists to work and also 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.

Grant support will go towards three contemporary art exhibitions. Displacing Structures, UPEND: Female Experience and Activism, and Black in Place. All exhibitions will be group shows, comprised of emerging and midcareer contemporary artists primarily based in Southern California, running June 2024-March 2025.

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Pasadena’s Armory Center for the Arts is a leader for contemporary art exhibitions and community-based arts education. The Armory believes that an understanding and appreciation of the arts is essential for a well-rounded human experience and a healthy community. At the core of their mission is a deep commitment to social justice through arts education.

This grant will help fund the Exhibition From the Ground Up: Nurturing Diversity in Hostile Environments. The Armory’s contribution to the Getty’s third Pacific Standard Time initiative, this group exhibition takes the idea, image, and potential of “the seed” as its metaphor and organizing principle. Our support will allow the Armory to fully realize one of its most ambitious exhibitions, honoring a 30-year legacy examining intersections of art and science pioneered by Armory founding curator and PAA friend Jay Belloli. The show will run August 9, 2024-February 23, 2025.

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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 method of teaching and learning; a desire for rich, intercultural and transdisciplinary dialogue; and a mandate to provide students innovative learning and making spaces.

Funding will support Kwame Brathwaite, an exhibition of works drawn from the Pasadena-based archives of Kwame Brathwaite, an artist whose seven-decade body of work remains relevant to the 21st century political, cultural and social conversations. Kwame Brathwaite is being organized by ArtCenter Director of Exhibitions, Julie Joyce, in close conversation with the artist’s family. It will run April 11-August 17, 2024.

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The Autry Museum of the American West brings together the stories of all peoples of the American West, connecting the past with the present to inspire our shared future. The Autry features unique galleries filled with paintings, sculptures, film memorabilia, photographs and more. The Autry’s collection of over 600,000 pieces of art and cultural objects includes one of the largest and most significant of Native American materials in the United States.

The Autry is a first-time grant recipient and will receive a grant in support of Future Imaginaries: Indigenous Art, Fashion, Technology – which is part of Pacific Standard Time’s Art and Science Collide. This three-part exhibition will showcase new work and emergent themes within the robust and evolving field of “Indigenous Futurism” within contemporary Native American art. Future Imaginaries will be the most diverse, dynamic, and forward-looking exhibition devoted to contemporary Native art presented to-date by a major LA museum. It will run September 7, 2024-June 21, 2026.

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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’s grant will support an exhibition examining brackish water and considering the implications of in-betweenness, including issues of access, inclusion, and ecological racism. Co-directed by Aandrea Stang and Debra Scacco and part of The Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time Art and Science Collide, this project looks at the ecosystems, infrastructures, and politics surrounding brackish water, which refers to the space where salt and fresh waters meet. Research will consider the larger implications of in-betweenness, including issues of access, inclusion, ecological racism, and the interchange of culture and class along Los Angeles’ waterways. Brackish Water Los Angeles will run August 12-December 14, 2024.

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Founded in 1891, Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering Institute that marshals some of the world’s brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions and pressing societal challenges.

The PAA grant will help fund a mural-size installation by former Caltech artist in-residence Lia Halloran, as part of the Getty’s 2024 PST Art & Science Collide. Caltech is presenting the exhibition Crossing Over: Art and Science at Caltech, 1920–2020, commissioning four Los Angeles artists—Lita Albuquerque, Lia Halloran, Ken Gonzales-Day, and Hillary Mushkin—to contribute original, site-specific installations to the show. The final monumental Lia Halloran work (25 feet x 10 feet) takes the shape of a human eye and will be hung above the wainscoting in historic Dabney Hall. Crossing Over will run September 14-December 14, 2024.

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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. 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.

Funds will support two artist residencies, Persia Beheshti and Nat Decker. Persia Beheshti will create a multimedia exhibition entitled ‘Urn of Sacred Ashes’ that will examine themes of afterlife, burial and rituals permeating the Gulf region.

Nat Decker will investigate disability aesthetics, technology, and crip fantasy. Their recent work utilizes 3D computer graphics to creatively reimagine the mobility devices – walkers, scooters, wheelchairs, canes – they use each day, imbuing them with fluid impractical form, vivid celebratory color, and questions about desirability. The shows will run April-June 2024.

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Descanso gardens is a 150-acre botanical garden located in La Canada Flintridge. With almost 1 million visitors per year and a mission to connect people with nature and one another, Descanso Gardens offers people an experience close to nature and cultivates understanding of the natural world and people’s place in it through inspiration, education, and example.

This grant will help fund HWAJODO: Birds and Flowers, a Korean art exhibition curated by Meher McArthur and scheduled for June 29 – September 29, 2024, in the Sturt Haaga Gallery. The exhibition will introduce Descanso Gardens visitors to the tradition of hwajodo, a Korean folk-art genre, in which birds, flowers, and other plants serve as symbols of good fortune, virtues, and spiritual values. The exhibition will present traditional examples of Korean art, as well as works by four local contemporary Korean American artists who explore similar natural themes. It will run June 29-September 29, 2024.

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Based in San Marino, The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens shares its world-renowned collections to support scholarship, foster learning, inspire creativity, and offer transformative experiences for diverse audiences. The Art Museum features British, European, American, and Asian art spanning more than 500 years and includes more than 45,000 objects.

Funding will support Raqib Shaw: The Ballads of East and West. The exhibition will present eight paintings and two tapestries by the Kashmiri-born, London-based artist Raqib Shaw in The Huntington Art Gallery’s North Passage. Organized by the Frist Art Museum and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, this exhibition will focus on the work of renowned contemporary artist Raqib Shaw and will be on view at The Huntington from November 16 to March 3, 2025. This exhibition will build on other exhibitions in the Hilton Als series, by continuing to feature artists of color who consider what it means to be of British colonial heritage.

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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.

The PAA grant will support Scientia Sexualis, an upcoming group exhibition presented as part of the Getty Foundation’s PST ART: Art & Science Collide initiative. The approximately 30 artists in the exhibition will bring attention to the material, conceptual, and psychic forms of the lab and the clinic as aesthetics that operate across scientific and artistic discourses. The exhibition aims to examine and reconfigure the relationship between art and science and, in turn, create an alternative access point to the history of science where sex, gender, and pleasure are concerned. It will run October 5, 2024-January 12, 2025.

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JOAN is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit art space for exhibitions, performances, screenings, and discursive events. Founded in 2015 by three female curators, and inspired by the history of feminist performance spaces, JOAN supports experimental practices that exist outside of commercial contexts and aims to enrich the communities it serves with free, public programming that is intellectually stimulating and that has creative, cultural, and educational value.

Funds will go to JOAN in support of Sofía Córdova: The Wreck and Not the Story of the Wreck. Sofía Córdova is a rising star amongst young Puerto Rican artists. She has recently shown at the Whitney Museum as well Tufts University. This will be her first solo exhibition in LA and will look to science-fiction as alternative history, consider dance music’s liberatory dimensions, and critique the conditions created by late capitalism and its technologies. The show will run May-July 2024.

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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.

The PAA grant will help fund Greg Ito’s Motion Picture. This will be Ito’s second solo show and will support a turning point in his work, featuring his first venture into video mixed with paintings, sculpture, and storytelling. It will run October 2024-February 2025.

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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.

Funding will support Screening Room: A LACE Video Art Series. In 2023, LACE put out a request for proposals for the 2024 Emerging Curators exhibition with a specific lens towards proposals focusing on video art. After reviewing the candidate pool, the innovation and inspirational proposals made selecting an awardee a difficult assignment, and LACE ultimately decided that alongside the awarded Emerging Curator, they would present multiple projects as a larger commitment to experimental video artists and curators. Hence Screening Room, a seven night multimedia show that will run from March-August 2024.

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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.

The PAA grant will support a traveling exhibition and the first comprehensive survey of the richly layered work of artist Simone Leigh, including works presented at the U.S. Pavilion in the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022. This survey presents works from the U.S. Pavilion for the first time in the United States and over 30 key examples of Simone Leigh’s ceramics, bronzes, videos, and installations created over the past two decades. It will run May 26, 2024-January 2025.

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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.

Funds will support Lita Alberqueuque’s Intimate Seas. Spanning multiple sites, including the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy in Malibu, the Getty and the LA State Historic Park, the exhibition is an homage to maternal lineage and the enduring legacy of female creative force. A significant portion of the project will be the recommissioning of the seminal earth work, Malibu Line, Lita’s first ephemeral pigment piece. It will take place in June of 2024.

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Mount Wilson Institute manages and promotes the Mount Wilson Observatory for scientific research, historic preservation, education, public engagement and the arts. Arts @ The Observatory include exhibitions and events in the spirit of founder and polymath George Ellery Hale.

First time applicant, the Mount Wilson Institute will receive a grant in support of Of Sea and Sky: Video by Rebeca Mendez, Works on Paper by Stephen Nowlin. Of Sea and Sky will be a two-person exhibition of work examining human-to-nature relationships by artists Rebecca Mèndez and Stephen Nowlin, in the 100-inch telescope dome at Mount Wilson Observatory. The show will run May-October 2024.

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Museum of Contemporary Art 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.

Funds will support the Fall 2024 Olafur Eliasson show at MOCA. The exhibition will present a series of newly-commissioned site-specific installations by Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson as part of The Getty’s PST Art & Science Collide initiative. It will consist of an articulated series of installations comprising kaleidoscopes in five sections of The Geffen Contemporary that draw on different geometric and mathematical principles and their impact on perception. These works will respond to the architecture and place of the building itself as well as to the specific atmosphere of its setting in Los Angeles. Olafur Eliasson will run September 2024-March 2025.

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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.

PCC will receive a grant to present two Artist-in-Residence exhibitions at the PCC Boone Family Art Gallery featuring artists April Bey in Spring 2024 and Rodrigo Valenzuela in Fall 2024, along with a Guest Lecture Series. April Bey’s upcoming exhibition is a continuation of the conceptual exploration of Atlantica, her speculative AfroFuturist nation that extrapolates cultural ideas of a liberated space-faring culture rooted in Caribbean culture.

For Valenzuela’s exhibition entitled Garabatos, he proposes to make a new series of photographs of his signature sculptural environments, as well as abstracted sculptural forms based on hand gestures and words that are used by working people to express unfairness, anger, and justice. Atlantica will run March 4-May 4, 2024 and Garbatos will run October 7-November 22, 2024.

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The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University was dedicated in September 1992, and since then, has showcased modern and contemporary art by internationally recognized artists, with a focus on art made in California. Under the current director, it is redirecting its focus to the work of women artists.

Pepperdine will receive grants in support of two shows, Notes on Gesture and Isabel Yellin: Mothership. Notes on Gesture is a thematic exhibition about the hand in contemporary art, and Isabel Yellin: Mothership is a solo show of abstract paintings and sculptures addressing themes of loss and grief. These exhibitions articulate art’s unique ability to illuminate crucial discourses, namely those around gender, labor, and mental health, and to help us understand ourselves and the world around us. Notes on Gesture will run August-December 2024 and Isabel Yellin: Mothership exhibition dates are to be announced.

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The Benton Art Museum at Pomona College serves as museum and gallery, overseeing the college’s permanent art collections and mounting a variety of contemporary exhibitions during the academic year. The museum originates innovative art experiences that foster creative and critical thinking.

This grant will help fund Roy Thurston, Recent Work, which will be a feature installation of the contemporary, LA-based artist Roy Thurston. Thurston graduated from Claremont Graduate School, so it is natural that his work finds commonalities in the earlier work of Pomona College alumni, such as James Turrell, Helen Pashgian, and Chris Burden, all of whom created variations on field and color that emphasize experience over image. Roy Thurston, Recent Work, aims to expand the narrative of the Light and Space movement and will run August 17-January 5, 2025.

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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. 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 PAA’s grant will support the X-TRA Archive Project and the final print edition of X-TRA. To honor X-TRA’s 25-year legacy, X-TRA will catalogue and organize their extensive archive of over 100 issues so it can be accessible to artists, critics, writers and journalists, art historians, curators, scholars, and students. A Sunset Working Group has been formed, composed of members of the Editorial Board and the Project X Foundation Board, who will oversee the sunsetting process and launch the X-TRA Archive Project.

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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 its environs. Since 1996, the Williamson Gallery has invited guest curators to organize the annual ceramics exhibition

Funding will support the 80th Ceramic Annual Catalog hosted by the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery. The Scripps College Ceramic Annual has the distinction of being the longest running ceramics exhibition in the United States. The 80th Annual will highlight works from the collections of Fred Marer and Forrest L Merill. Together, their holdings are unsurpassed embodiments of the influential story of clay that emerged out of California in the twentieth century.

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Since 1973, Self Help Graphics & Art has fostered 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 equality prints at no cost 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 their service to this community.

The PAA’s grant will help fund Pachucxs Revisited, a multigenerational women-centered serigraph print atelier curated by Sandra de la Loza. Pachucxs Revisited will run March 2024-February 2025 during the three-year window of the 50th anniversary celebration of Self Help Graphics. Through their Professional Printmaking Program, under the guidance of master printer Dewey Tafoya, this series of hand-pulled serigraph pieces will be exhibited in Self Help Graphics’ newly renovated building, reopening at the end of 2024.

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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, informed by interdisciplinary approaches and the perspectives of the cultures represented.

Funds will support two groundbreaking exhibitions as part of this year’s Pacific Standard Time initiative. The two exhibitions are Sangre de Nopal/Blood of the Nopal and From Fire We Are Born: Fire’s role in traditional ecological knowledge and California Indian ways of life. These projects will work in tandem to take an in-depth look—the first of its kind in Southern California—at traditional Indigenous ecological knowledge and its representation in historical and contemporary visual artworks by Indigenous artists. From Fire We Are Born will run September 2024-June 2025 and Sangre de Nopal will run July-November 2024.

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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.

This grant will support Hammer Projects, a series of solo exhibitions featuring new work and site-specific installations that provide critical exposure for emerging artists from Los Angeles and around the globe. While the full schedule of Hammer Projects is still in development, the Hammer can confirm three iterations of the series featuring the work of artists Jordan Strafer, Lap-See Lam, and Colectivo Cherani. The shows will run March 2024-March 2025.

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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 spans more than 5,000 years, and its most recent exhibitions have traveled nationally and internationally.

The PAA grant will help fund Humaira Abid, Searching for Home. This will be Abid’s first solo exhibition to travel the world, focusing on the plight of women and girls, who account for a disproportionate number of the 27 million refugees around the globe. The show will run September 27, 2024-January 12, 2025.

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