Brand Library Art Galleries presents
Brand 43: Works On Paper
Brand 43: Works On Paper
The Forty-third Annual National Juried Exhibition organized and sponsored by the Brand Associates
Juried by Kent Twitchell
- Opening Reception: Saturday, September 26, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
- Exhibition on view: September 26 - November 13, 2015
Brand Library & Art Center and the Brand Associates celebrate art in public spaces with the 43rd annual Associates-sponsored National Juried Exhibition juried by muralist Kent Twitchell, along with a program of dynamic discussions and presentations by artists and leaders in the realm of public art. Download the Brand 43 postcard.
Join us for Special Events at Brand Library & Art Center that Celebrate Art in Public Spaces!
Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Walk the Talk: The Los Angeles Mural Program
Isabel Rojas-Williams, executive director of the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, will share highlights from her vast experience in bringing public mural programs to Los Angeles and other municipalities and will share her perspective on how Glendale can develop a successful mural program to enliven our city’s landscape and enrich our artistic heritage. Rojas-Williams is dedicated to restoring, preserving and documenting the murals of Los Angeles and played a major role in the crafting of the mural ordinance signed by Mayor Garcetti 2013, which lifted the 2002 mural moratorium on private property in Los Angeles. In October 2014 the Los Angeles City Council honored Isabel Rojas-Williams as one of the fifteen "Latinas in the Arts" who has made an impact in the cultural landscape of Los Angeles.
Thursday, October 8, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Identity, Community and Memory: A Photographic Investigation by Ara Oshagan
Glendale-based photographer and artist Ara Oshagan will discuss his artistic practice and the collaborative large-scale installation “iWitness”, which was on view at the Music Center and Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles during the commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Oshagan’s work is focused on the intersection of identity, community, and memory, and iWitness – the culmination of 15 years of work – explores these themes in a profound way. Oshagan’s work has been featured in publications such as The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Weekly, and National Public Radio and he currently serves as a commissioner on the City of Glendale Arts & Culture Commission.
Thursday, October 22, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Seeking an Identity: Public Art in Glendale
Can Glendale be a Regional Public Art Destination?
The panel will be moderated by Ara Oshagan, accomplished artist and City of Glendale Arts and Culture Commissioner. Each of the guest panelists will make a short visual presentation showcasing a successful public art project in their city, addressing questions like what are the ingredients for success? and What are the challenges and lessons learned? They will engage the audience in a discussion about how communities can crystalize their arts identity and build a thriving public art program.
Expert panelists include:
Marc Pally: Public art planner and curator. Artistic Director of "CURRENT: LA Water" (the first iteration of the Los Angeles Public Art Biennial) and former artistic director of GLOW (Santa Monica).
Robert Crouch: Interim Executive Director Pasadena Arts Council, producer of the AxS Festival, a two‐week citywide celebration of art and science featuring exhibitions, performances, educational activities and more.
Joy Feuer: Founding Director of Art from the Ashes/AFTA Productions. Joy is currently implementing the “You are Here” art project for the City of Glendale Arts & Culture Commission.
A wine and cheese reception will follow the discussion.
About the Exhibition and Juror
Brand 43 features sixty-eight works in a variety of media from artists across the country. Juror Kent Twitchell selected these pieces from the nearly 900 entries received. He described the selection process as “quite an experience”, saying it was “very, very hard not being able to accept so many worthy works of art.” Brand Library Art Galleries and the Brand Associates would like to recognize all the artists who took the time to submit and share their work with us.
Kent Twitchell is an American artist and muralist who is famous for his realistic multi storied mural portraits. Kent studied art at East Los Angeles College, California State University, Los Angeles, and the Otis College of Art & Design. In the late 60's he began doing what became known as "Street Art." His ambitious series of murals, "Monuments to American Cultural Heroes," started in 1971 with "Steve McQueen Monument" near downtown LA and "Strother Martin Monument" in Hollywood. In 1973 Kent painted a five-story "Bride & Groom" followed by "The Freeway Lady." He has painted over 100 portraits within some 30 exterior murals including the "Julius Erving Monument" (Dr. J) in Philadelphia; monuments to visual artists including Ed Ruscha, Jim Morphesis, Lita Albuquerque and Gary Lloyd, and the LA Chamber Orchestra on three eight story walls overlooking the Downtown Los Angeles Harbor Freeway. Kent is a co-founder of the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, an organization dedicated to restoring, preserving, and documenting the murals of Los Angeles since 1987.