Dane Smith Intern

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It’s been just over a month and the time has flown by. Working for an employer that pays you is one thing, but interning somewhere that you truly enjoy and that inspires you…now that is a gift. My time here has meant more to me than anyone would know. I started with the notion that interning would simply look good on a resume, and left with a passion and understanding of the art world that would not have been possible without the outstanding members of Laguna Art Museum. I have been truly … [Read more...]

Art Shack in the News

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. Hi-Fructose says "a more enjoyable art show may be hard to find," and OC Weekly calls Art Shack "an art triumph not to be missed." The Orange County Register thinks "Art Shack is a hit...it's an intriguing, interactive concept," while Juxtapoz Art and Culture Magazine insists that you "get in the car and get yourself to Laguna Art Museum!" . >> Coastline Pilot (6.4.10) . >> Hi-fructose.com (5.30.10) . >> Riviera Magazine (Page 46) . >> Coast Magazine (Page … [Read more...]

Laguna Art Museum Exceeds Fundraising Expectations, Announces Noguchi Exhibition

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Palette to Palate 2010 . Laguna Art Museum's Annual Fund and Signature Palette to Palate Event Exceed Expectations Plus Museum Announces Major Noguchi Exhibition for 2011 . Laguna Art Museum surpassed its fundraising goals for its annual Palette to Palate event and 2009-2010 Annual Fund. The Museum has also announced plans for a major Noguchi exhibition to take place in Spring 2011. . The Museum's May 22 Palette to Palate event broke the $100,000 mark for the first time since the event's … [Read more...]

John Paul Jones

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October 31, 2010-January 23, 2011 John Paul Jones (1924-1999) was a painter, sculptor, printmaker, and arts educator. First gaining national recognition in the 1960s with his figurative prints, drawings, and paintings, Jones turned to spare sculptural work in the 1980s. Jones received his bachelor's and master's of fine arts degrees at the University of Iowa, where he studied printmaking, and later taught. In 1953, he was recruited to the University of California in Los Angeles to set up a … [Read more...]

E. Roscoe Shrader

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October 31, 2010-January 23, 2011 A dynamic and influential teacher and leader in the arts for three decades, E. Roscoe Shrader produced colorful, post-impressionistic paintings-landscapes, figures, and still lifes-that when exhibited elicited praise from critics and patrons alike. Shrader was influential as a teacher and head of the faculty at Otis Art Institute from 1919 to 1949. He was also president of the California Art Club for several terms during the 1920s and 30s. His devotion to his … [Read more...]

Sean Duffy: Searcher

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Sean Duffy's (b. 1966) installation, Searcher, was a narrative based on his history and interests growing up in Southern California. Sean Duffy: Searcher includes objects from Duffy's life including a reproduction of his father's Baja 1000 racing Land Cruiser (pictured above). October 31, 2010-January 23, 2011 Off-road racing, music, coastal vistas, and autobiography were the materials with which Sean Duffy explored Southern California culture and landscape in Searcher. With these elements, … [Read more...]

Art Shack

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. June 13-October 3, 2010 Hi-Fructose said “a more enjoyable art show may be hard to find,” and OC Weekly called Art Shack “an art triumph not to be missed.” The Orange County Register thought “Art Shack is a hit…it’s an intriguing, interactive concept,” Artillery Magazine called it a "groundbreaking show," and Juxtapoz Art and Culture Magazine insisted that you “get in the car and get yourself to Laguna Art Museum!” . Artists combined art and architecture in Laguna Art Museum's group … [Read more...]

OsCene 2010: Contemporary Art and Culture in OC

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February 21-May 16, 2010 OsCene 2010 was a survey of contemporary art and culture in the OC featuring some of the most provocative painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, multi-media installation, video, architecture, performance, music, and design that Orange County had to offer in 2010. This OsCene extended into Long Beach and San Pedro, often considered the blurred boundary between Orange and Los Angeles counties.  In the face of international biennials, world-wide art fairs, and … [Read more...]

Collecting California: Selections from Laguna Art Museum

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November 8, 2009 - January 17, 2010 From the earliest to the most current California art, Collecting California: Selections from Laguna Art Museum outlined some of the most significant works of art created in California over the last 150 years. The exhibition was a celebration of California art and artists and explored what makes California different. . Although one may imagine that the Laguna Art Museum collection began with the development of the Laguna Beach Art Association in 1918, the … [Read more...]

Jeremy Fish: Weathering the Storm

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November 8, 2009 - January 17, 2010 This was the first museum exhibition for San Francisco-based artist Jeremy Fish. Fish transformed the upstairs galleries by creating an installation with symbols and characters that he had been developing over the last ten years. . Weathering the Storm was a timely exhibition largely about transformation and rebirth through struggle. Deliberately drawing from the current economic and political events and its impact on us socially and emotionally,Fish's … [Read more...]