Laguna Art Museum Open House a Success

Dennis Boyer, left, with Robert Hayden III

Laguna Art Museum hosted its annual Open House and Volunteer Recognition Reception on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. Over 200 people attended the event which included a video montage recapping 2011-2012 at the museum and announcing museum plans for 2012-2013, an introduction of new members of the Board of Trustees, and a presentation recognizing outstanding volunteers, including 2012 Volunteer of the Year Dennis Boyer. Following the presentation, the museum provided drinks, small bites courtesy of … [Read more...]



Marketing and Public Relations Intern Kelly Wilson demonstrates the value of student museum membership. As a recently graduated Art History college student, finding student deals at museums has been one of my top priorities the past four years. What better resource do my fellow art students and I have than experiencing art in the flesh? There is something lost in the meaning of an artwork as it appears before us in two dimensional form from a projector in a classroom. This is one of the reasons … [Read more...]

New Acquisition: Pound Box – A Tableau by George Herms

gerogre herms

New Acquisition: Pound Box - A Tableau by George Herms . The museum has received an important assemblage by George Herms from the estate of Dr. John Menkes. Dr. Menkes gifted a large body of work to the museum from the estate of his late wife, Joan Simon Menkes, in 2002. He kept the Herms, but after his death in 2008 his widow decided to give the work to the museum in his honor. She was encouraged in this by noted art dealer Joni Gordon. . Janet Blake, curator of early California art, spoke … [Read more...]

Gone but not forgotten


Marketing and Public Relations Intern Kelly Wilson reminisces on the life of California artist Karl Benjamin. Every Tuesday and Thursday as I walk up the stairs from the lobby to the staff offices, I am confronted with Karl Benjamin’s artwork, Abstraction. The geometric, yet distorted shapes and interesting combination of colors never cease to grab my attention. Unfortunately, we recently lost this important California artist at his home in Claremont, California on July 26th at age 86. Karl … [Read more...]

Call for Docents


Laguna Art Museum seeks volunteers to join its team of docents, who form an essential part of the museum’s education department. They are highly-trained volunteers who lead interactive tours of museum exhibitions for visitors of all ages. Through facilitating discussion and learning, docents enhance the visitor experience and provide a vital link between the art and the audience. In addition to leading tours, docents meet once a month for ongoing professional development. . Prospective docents … [Read more...]

Every Child is an Artist

Students working on their art projects.

Curator of Education Marinta Skupin enlightens us on the CoachArt program. For the past month my colleague Jennifer Gardiner and I have spent most Sunday afternoons in a wonderful art studio in Tustin, teaching art classes to a group of students whose work will be featured in our museum’s Young Artists Society Gallery. The students are all part of CoachArt, an organization that improves the quality of life for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses, as well as for their … [Read more...]

Interning with a View

Brittany Binder

Development and Outreach Intern Brittany Binder looks back at her time with Laguna Art Museum. Deciding how to fill the time between June and September is always difficult for college students. As an Art History major at UC Irvine, I’m so glad that I have been able to fill my summer with an internship in administration at Laguna Art Museum. As an intern, I have worked under the guidance of Development and Outreach Associate Jennifer Gardiner in assisting various staff members with projects. I … [Read more...]

Meet the Staff

Ed Fosmire

Deputy Director Ed Fosmire introduces you to some of the staff at the museum… . You may have noticed a lot of exciting changes taking place at the museum lately including some wonderful and positive personnel changes. Longtime Membership Manager Dawn Minegar now fills the position of registrar. In her new role Dawn is in charge of cataloging and caring for the collection and managing the incoming and outgoing loans of artwork. You can read her recent blog post below. . Filling the position … [Read more...]

Summer 2012 Exhibitions in the News

. . Read news stories and reviews about the museum's 2012 summer exhibitions Clarence Hinkle, Modern Spirit and the Group of Eight, and ex·pose: peter bo rappmund. . "Clarence Hinkle is one of the most accomplished American painters you probably never heard of." ~ Richard Chang, The Orange County Register . >> Laguna Beach Independent (Hinkle) . >> Coastline Pilot . >> OC Social Scene . >> The Orange County Register . >> . >> … [Read more...]