Friday, December 2, 2016

If you're an artist who wants to sell your own, start by seeing what it feels like by buying another artist's work. I think it gave me a lot of perspective.   I suggest going on etsy or ebay and buying something within your budget.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Call for Applicants: White Leaves Artist Residency (Northern NM)

whiteleavesCall for Applicants: White Leaves Artist Residency (Northern NM) 
Deadline: April 1st, 2017
The White Leaves Artist Residency Program annually awards 2-3 artists the unique opportunity to concentrate on their work in the isolated, rural environment of the high desert landscape near El Rito, New Mexico. Open to artists working in all mediums who wish to develop or complete a project of their choosing, residency length ranges from 10-21 days during either a Fall (Sept-Nov) or Spring (April-June) session. Accommodations include a small private cabin with solar power and potable water, kitchen and shower access with additional outbuilding workspaces available based upon the needs of the artist. Residents also receive an edition of archival pigment prints of work that was created during their stay (sponsored by Frontier Fine Art Printing).
For more detailed information and link to apply:


Yesterday I got a call from a colleague at the school where I used to teach, Ohlone College. This person asked me if they thought I should apply for the job that I left last May. This person is a really good person an excellent teacher and I had to warn them that the administration and the other faculty that I worked with refuse to cooperate with each other, put monetary gain in front of the idea of a quality education, and wouldn’t even rise to the occasion to defend something as simple as making sure that the deaf students had closed captioned videos to study from.

Often when a student would come and complain about a professor’s behavior to the administration the administration immediately would call the professor and ask what they had done wrong. This is happened several times to me in the last 17 years and I know it’s happened with many other professors on campus. I think there’s something wrong when you trust the students who we are supposed to be helping and who are basically kind of ignorant of the infractions, and disrespectful behavior that they been taught is okay.

After I got the phone I was a little heartbroken. It made me think about how this is sort of a time of self-interest and mediocrity and this is probably why Trump was elected.

When administrators, those with the authority to make a change don’t step up and do the right thing, choose to avoid conflict, or act in a so-called political way in which they don’t want to harm their constituency. They compromise their morality.

I think that people such as Trump get elected, and there is a gradual decay of our discernment between right and wrong. 2 to 3 years ago I went to my Dean and I asked him to intervene and to mediate some conflicts in which I and other faculty members were unable to work together. This person would nod his head in affirmation of everything I was saying and then not act on anything that would make it possible for the conflicts to be resolved, such as hiring a mediator or ordering people to do the work that they were supposed to do.

It pains me to see that the college that I taught at for 17 years has an enormous hole in the middle of campus because the current president, Dr. Browning, made sneaky or sleazy business decisions when it came to looking for funding and of course it came back to bite her in the ass.

After all of these conflicts, I just had to retire/quit my job because I knew there was no way I would see the administration behave in an equitable and honorable way. I ask them for six years to caption videos for my students who were complaining that they didn’t have closed captioned videos and needed them to be able to study. By the way this is also in violation of the Americans with disabilities act, and after the vice president, Leta Stagnero refused to act on any of the complaints I had to report the school to the office of civil rights in San Francisco. Of course, after dragging their feet, halfway through a semester I had the videos captioned, but when I was in a faculty meeting and the issue came up and I spoke about it to professors rolled their eyes as if I was a nut, Katie Frank and Sheldon Helms who happens to be a psychology professor. No empathy there.

I just wish the world was a better place and that people make better moral decisions and I wish that teachers were honored more and cared for and trusted rather than seen as adversaries by students and administration. However, I think that this behavior is part of a larger problem and why our country is now in trouble with an immoral president coming into office.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

ArtBeat: Grants webinar tomorrow; application deadlines approaching; plus, celebrate arts education!

It's not too late to register for tomorrow's grant overview webinar!
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Informational Grants Webinar Tomorrow!

Join us for an informational webinar on Thursday, December 1st at 11AM when we'll provide an overview of all of the California Arts Council's 2016-17 grant programs, highlighting some changes and new additions to our grant offerings. Our programs staff will review the application process, provide some tips for grant writing success, and answer questions from the public. Click here to register. The webinar will be archived online for those who cannot participate. 

Six Programs Accepting Applications Now!

Six of our grant programs are now open for applications - with eight more opening in the near future. As a result of increased state arts funding, this year we'll award more grants than we have in 13 years as we support projects in 14 unique grant programs. In fact, we may award as many as 1,000 grants this fiscal year... that's more than triple the number of grants awarded annually in the past! On top of that, the maximum grant request amount has increased in nearly all our programs.
The following grant programs are currently accepting applications:
ARTISTS ACTIVATING COMMUNITIES: Up to $18,000 for artist residencies in community settings.
ARTISTS IN SCHOOLS: Up to $18,000 supporting students' overall well-being and academic achievement through arts engagement. New categories offered this year supporting PreK, field trips, afterschool and summer programs! 
CREATIVE CALIFORNIA COMMUNITIES: Up to $50,000 a year for small and mid-sized organizations and up to $75,000 a year for large organizations to support collaborative creative placemaking projects. Now a two-year grant program!
LOCAL IMPACT: Up to $18,000 for arts projects in underserved communities.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CONSULTING: $1,000-$5,000 for capacity-building professional development or consulting projects for arts organizations. DEADLINE: Dec. 14th
STATEWIDE AND REGIONAL NETWORKS: Up to $30,000 to support culturally-specific, multicultural, and discipline-based statewide and regional arts networks and service organizations.

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Declaration of Affection, oil on canvas panel 16x20 inches by Kenney Mencher Starting bid:US $39.99

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Time: 10 am – 3 pm
This family-friendly event is FREE and open to the public

Be our Guests at the Annual Special Event featuring: 

AEP Art Sale with Local Artists & Crafters 

10% Discounts on Art Class Registrations 

ELF – The Christmas Comedy Movie starring Will Ferrell
– Film Screens at 12 Noon
Visit & Photos with Santa 

Elf Village Gift Wrapping Store 

Holiday Photo Booth & Live Music 

Santa’s Sweet Shop & Hot Cocoa Station 

Give the Gift of the Grand! – Commemorative Gift Cards 

Rockapella Christmas Concert Tickets on Sale 

Art Co-Opted Exhibition in the Galleries
– New Items on Display
– 10% Discounts on Art Gallery Sales
– Exclusive Ltd. Ed. Moleskine Sketchbooks
Art Co-Opted - A Collaborative Artspace with over 40 Artists & Lenders 

Hundreds of original works, limited editions and artist-designed products are available at reasonable prices! These unique and high quality items make perfect gifts for birthdays, graduations, anniversaries and special occasions. You can also build your own art collection featuring artists of the region and beyond.


The current Class Catalog can be downloaded here.

Fall semester offers classes and workshops in Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts from September 10th through December 17th.

If you are an instructor in Dance, Drama, Music, Literary or Visual Arts who is interested in teaching at the Grand, the Contract Instructor Handbook can be downloaded here.

For additional information about our interdisciplinary educational offerings, contact the Arts Education Program Coordinator, Valerie Pavlakis, at (209) 831-6279.
Monday – Thursday 10 am – 6 pm
Friday 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 2 pm
Gallery opens 1 hour prior to most Presenting Season performances in the theatres

Visitors may be dropped-off and picked-up in the loading zone at the front entrance on Central Avenue. Free parking is available on nearby streets and public lots at 6th Street and Central Avenue. Disabled parking is available on 7th Street.

Tours are available, and private and group gallery talks can be arranged. The Galleries are accessible to persons with disabilities and patrons are asked to call ahead to address special requests and needs.

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Join us in celebrating our 10th Anniversary! 
An on-going series of special events — presented by the Arts Education, Exhibitions & Presenting Programs — will be featured across the 2016–17 Season in honor of you, our Patrons!

We thank you for your continued interest and support of our programming! Together, we make the Grand truly unique in the State of California and a model collaborative arts project for other communities across the nation.

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boychild, Performance still from "The Future" with Korakrit Arunanondchai, MoMAPS1 (2014). Photo credit: Michael Moser.

Touch On: Aesthetics in the Art, Politics and Ontology of Touch 
Opening reception Thursday, December 16–9pm

Take a deep dive into the multifaceted nature of touch! Curated by James Fleming and Kelly Lovemonster, Touch On is the first exhibition in the 2016–2017 season of the SOMArts Curatorial Residency. This group exhibition challenges viewers to reconsider preconceived notions of the meaning of touch through sculpture, installation, performance, traditional art and digital mediums. 
This Thursday, December 1, help us activate Touch On with a free public reception featuring performances by acclaimed international performance artist boychild and Bay Area luminary Dia Dear. Both artists will compose performances that will culminate in their own visual ephemera. Expect to be challenged by large dynamic pieces and small contemplative works all exploring: what is touch and what does it mean to be touched?
Learn more about the queer curatorial vision that inspired Touch On

Upcoming at SOMArts...

Craig Calderwood, “Beast of Burden,” image courtesy of the artist.

Touch On: Aesthetics in the Art, Politics and Ontology of Touch
Exhibition on view December 1, 2016–January 12, 2017
Gallery Hours: TuesdayFriday 12–7pmSaturday 12–5pm

Curated by James Fleming and Kelly Lovemonster, fourteen multidisciplinary artists present deep inquiries into the multifaceted nature of touch through painting, sculpture, photography, performance and video.

Touch On Opening Reception
Thursday, December 1, 6:00–9:00pm

On Thursday, December 1, Touch On will open with a free public reception featuring  performances by acclaimed international performance artist boychild and the Bay Area’s emotionally visceral and visually fascinating Dia Dear. Both artists will compose performances that will culminate in their own visual ephemera. Learn more here! 

Yves Saint Croissant hosts The News: Futurism and the Avant-Garde
Tuesday, December 6, 7:00–9:00pm

Step into a psychedelic world exploring the sights and sounds of futurism and the avant-garde, including performances by Lady Fair Cigarettes, Persia, Skin, Derrierykah Badu, Pseuda, and host Yves Saint Croissant! RSVP to guarantee your seat!
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