Education Department Receives Special Recognition and Grants

Jim Denevan's illuminated sand sculpture from Art & Nature 2013. Photo by Eric Stoner.

Laguna Art Museum's Education Department Receives Special Recognition from AAMD, and Grants from the NEA and Festival of Arts Foundation Laguna Art Museum’s Education Department recently received special recognition from The Association of Art Museum Directors. In addition the museum received grants from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Festival of Arts Foundation for its educational programming. . The Association of Art Museum Directors (which represents 240 art museums across … [Read more...]

Drive the Arts, Buy the Plate!

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Drive the arts, buy the plate! Laguna Art Museum has partnered with the California Arts Council to spread the word about the California arts license plate. Did you know that renowned California artist Wayne Thiebaud (whose work is on display at the museum through June 1) designed the Arts Plate in 1993? Proceeds from sales and renewals of California’s arts license plate support arts education programs across California. . The arts and arts education cultivate imagination, creativity, and … [Read more...]

Experiencing Art & Nature 2013

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. Art & Nature Committee member Yasuko Bush attended all of the 2013 Art & Nature events and shares her experiences. . Thursday, November 7 Conversation with Malcolm Warner Malcolm gave a comprehensive slide lecture about art in nature from Stonehenge to works of Jim Denevan with a lot of humor and keen observation as an art historian. It was a very informative and enjoyable talk. The space was perfect for the lecture. . Friday, November 8 Surround Art & Sound Herman Ekbote … [Read more...]

First Art & Nature a Success

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. Laguna Art Museum presented the first annual Art & Nature, a multidisciplinary exploration of art’s many and various engagements with the natural world, November 7-10, 2013. . . The centerpiece of the event was Land Artist Jim Denevan’s monumental sand drawings on Main Beach in Laguna. Beginning at 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 9, Denevan worked with sticks and rakes to create a large geometric pattern of circles on the northern point of Main Beach. In the mid-afternoon, … [Read more...]

Wayne Thiebaud Gifts Painting and Prints to Museum’s Collection

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Legendary Artist Wayne Thiebaud Gifts Painting and Prints to Laguna Art Museum's Collection On October 12, artist Wayne Thiebaud donated a painting and a group of six prints to Laguna Art Museum on the occasion of the presentation to him of the museum’s California Art Award. The award recognizes the extraordinary part he has played in raising the reputation and appreciation of California art, nationally and internationally. It was presented to Thiebaud by President and CEO of the J. Paul … [Read more...]

Michele Monda Named 2013 Volunteer of the Year

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Michele Monda Named 2013 Volunteer of the Year Laguna Art Museum hosted its annual Open House and Volunteer Recognition Reception on Tuesday, September 10. During the presentation, Laguna Art Museum's Executive Director Malcolm Warner announced volunteer Store Manager Michele Monda as Laguna Art Museum’s 2013 Volunteer of the Year. . In 2012, Monda, a Laguna Beach resident and longtime supporter of Laguna Art Museum, came on board to help revamp the museum store. Monda’s goal for the … [Read more...]

In Memoriam: Gerald E. Buck

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In Memoriam Gerald E. Buck, 1940–2013 The museum is mourning the loss of one of the great patrons and collectors of California art, Gerald E. Buck. A longtime resident of south Orange County, Gerald passed away on August 24 after a brief illness. It was just seven months after the death of his beautiful wife of fifty years, Bente. . For over twenty-five years, Gerald was a passionate champion of California art from the late nineteenth century to the present day. During his years of … [Read more...]

Former Chief Curator of Laguna Art Museum Passes Away

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In Memoriam Michael McManus, 1952-2013 Former Chief Curator, Laguna Art Museum One of the great treasures of the Southern California art world, artist/critic/curator/teacher Michael McManus passed away at his home on the evening of Saturday, August 10. Originally from Ohio, where he earned a BFA at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1976, Michael received an MFA from the University of California, San Diego in 1981. Active as an artist and thoroughly engaged in art theory and history, … [Read more...]

Ekphrasis

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. . Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach Live!, and Laguna Dance Festival have joined forces to commission a short, original, music-and-dance piece inspired by a work of art in the museum’s collection. The composer will be selected by Laguna Beach Live! and the choreographer by Laguna Dance Festival, both by November 1, 2013. They will be expected to work closely together and to embrace the challenge of ekphrasis, the interpretation of a work of art in another art form. . As soon as possible … [Read more...]

#LagunaArtMuseum

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. Share Your Experience with Laguna Art Museum! Share your photos from the museum's new exhibitions online with #FauxReal for the Faux Real exhibition, #SeaChange for Sea Change: Tanya Aguiñiga’s Bluebelt Forest, and #LagunaArtMuseum for the museum in general. The museum will share the most fun and inspiring images on its various social networking sites. Photography in the galleries is allowed. More than that, we encourage it! . Follow us on Instagram (@LagunaArtMuseum), Facebook, and … [Read more...]