Wednesday, January 11, 2017

“Propagate Progress” by Artist Renae Barnard – Final Installation of Bergamot Station’s NEA Our Town Project

  
The City of Santa Monica with support from the NEA Our Town program, will debut a temporary artwork installation by local artist Renae Barnard at Bergamot Station on December 15th, 2016. The artwork is located within People’s Park at Bergamot Station Arts Center, and will be on view daily until January 15th, 2017. People’s Park will not be accessible to the public for the duration of the installation, though the artwork remains visible and activates the park space. This project is the last of a series of six temporary projects funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Santa Monica as part of the City’s Our Town program grant received in 2013.

Propagate Progress is a participatory community-building event that culminated with this sculptural installation. Barnard states that “the project explores and memorializes our community’s diverse visions for society's future progress.” According to Barnard, much of her work grapples with what progress means, including changes in our environment, as well as changes in equality for women, LGBTQs and people of color. This paper sculpture is not intended as a permanent monument.  Rather, it is a “progressive” and, therefore, ephemeral gesture of community and will deteriorate with time and weather.  In the same way “progress” today becomes history tomorrow, this sculpture is about transformation and change.

The NEA Our Town grant, which the City received in 2013, supports temporary public art interventions in and around the Bergamot Station Arts Center in celebration of the arrival of the Expo Line – a new, multimodal transit hub. Previous activities for the program included Amir H. Fallah’s Perfect Strangers Art and Performance Festival and Kate Johnson’s Everywhere in Between, an all-encompassing installation of video and light projections with live dance and music. Both projects were curated by 18th Street Arts Center. Two additional components of the Our Town program were Ed Moses, an installation by John Cerney, P2S, a projection piece by local artist Alia Malley, and most recently Because It Has A Peel, a sculptural installation by Joy Taylor.

Renae Barnard is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Los Angeles. Barnard’s work has been shown at Harriet & Charles Luckman Gallery, Annenberg Community Beach House Gallery, Berkeley Art Center, SOMArts Gallery, Pete & Susan Barrett Gallery, Grace Albrecht Gallery, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Peggy Phelps Gallery as well as screened at U.S. and international film festivals. Barnard has been the recipient of many awards including but not limited to Outstanding Experimental Film, Sue Arlen Walker and Harvey M. Parker Memorial Fellowship, Armory Center for the Arts Teaching Artist Fellowship, Ahmanson Annual Fellowship, Christopher Street West Art & Culture Grant, Lincoln Fellowship Award and the Pasadena Arts Council Fiscal Sponsorship.  Barnard has spoken about her work at the Open Engagement Conference at the Queens Museum, NY, The Long Beach LGTBQ Film Festival, Shoshana Wayne Gallery and Los Angeles Municipal Gallery.

ABOUT THE CULTURAL AFFAIRS DIVISION
The Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division brings the City’s art scene to life for residents and visitors each year by supporting engaging and accessible cultural events for all ages throughout the year. Cultural Affairs nurtures local arts organizations, promotes artist involvement in the community, manages the landmark Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and presents and produces innovative programs citywide at the Annenberg Community Beach House, the historic Miles Playhouse, 1450 Ocean and in the city’s parks, enriching Santa Monica’s reputation as an international cultural destination. For more info visit smgov.net/arts.
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Renae Barnard
Propagate Progress at Bergamot Station, 2016. Photo courtesy of Abby Sin.
           
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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Defend & Advance: A Special Exhibition for the National Immigration Law Center


For Immediate Release: 04.22.16

Contact: Renae Barnard, Curator

310.823.7331  renaebarnard@gmail.com    www.renaebarnard.com

 

Defend & Advance: A Special Exhibition for the National Immigration Law Center

Dates:  April 1, 2016- March 31st 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday May 26 2016 6-9pm (Free Admission)

Location: NILC 3435 Wilshire Blvd 16th Floor Los Angeles CA 90010

 
Defend & Advance is a temporary exhibit of 39 original artworks by 17 artists that celebrates the establishment of the National Immigration Law Center’s permanent art collection. With broadly varied approaches and narratives, the artists in this exhibition explore current conditions of immigration and migration, displacement and labor, and struggle against collective amnesia. The artists are from a diverse range of geographic, political and social backgrounds. Considering their work in dialogue allows us not only to reflect on their differences but also to consider their shared concerns. The exhibit offers new perspectives on issues we may have previously thought familiar. The curation seeks to discover shared experiences that can be explored in conversation and used to promote intellectual and emotional engagement with the subjects being presented.
 
 

 

Artists: Anna Stump, Arturo Cambron, Cintia Segovia, Diane Williams, Dohnbi Kim & Oshri Hakak, Hyunji Lee, Joseph Muchina Mwangi, Jose Ramirez, Kuniko Ruch, Lori Dorn, Mahsan Ghazianzad, Michael Fischerkeller, Miggie Wong, Mona Nicole Sfeir, Narsiso C. Martinez, Paige Emery, Xilomen Rios.

 


Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.

NILC believes that all people who live in the U.S.—regardless of their race, gender, immigration and/or economic status—should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Over the years NILC has been at the forefront of many of the country’s greatest challenges when it comes to immigration issues, and plays a major leadership role in addressing the real-life impact of polices that affect the ability of low-income immigrants to prosper and thrive.

 


Renae Barnard is a multidisciplinary artist and curator.  She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University. Barnard’s work has been shown at Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Harriet & Charles Luckman Gallery, Berkeley Art Center, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery and SOMArts Gallery. Recent curatorial projects include From Her, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. (March 2015). Almost Home, Claremont City Hall. (March 2015). Pathway Analysis, Claremont City Hall. (October 2014). Home Makers? Underground Tunnel, Los Angeles, CA (July 2014). Hamartia, Claremont City Hall. (April 2014). Barnard has been the recipient of the Armory Center for the Arts Teaching Artist Fellowship, Ahmanson Annual Fellowship, Christopher Street West Art & Culture Grant and the Lincoln Fellowship Award.
 
 

 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Temporary Shelter: Renae Barnard's MFA Exhibition


For Immediate Release: April 8, 2015

Contact: Jennifer Gracia

(909) 621-8071| jennifer.gracia@cgu.edu |  http://cgu.edu/art  | www.renaebarnard.com

 

Exhibition:                  Temporary Shelter: MFA Thesis Exhibition of Artist Renae Barnard            

Dates:                          April 27- May 1, 2015, 10am-5pm

Opening Reception:    Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 6-8pm

Location:                     Claremont Graduate University, East Gallery

251 E. Tenth Street, Claremont, CA 91711

 

  Temporary Shelter: MFA Thesis Exhibition of Artist Renae Barnard

 

Claremont, CA –Claremont Graduate University presents Temporary Shelter: MFA Thesis Exhibition of Artist Renae Barnard, a solo exhibition of sculpture and installation.  Many of Barnard’s sculptures are worked within inches of collapse. The meticulously folded, twisted and sewn objects are both destroyed by and reinforced with the repetitive gestures by which they are made.

 
Renae Barnard is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Los Angeles. Barnard’s work has been shown at Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Harriet & Charles Luckman Gallery, Annenberg Community Beach House Gallery, Berkeley Art Center, SOMArts Gallery, Pete & Susan Barrett Gallery, Grace Albrecht Gallery, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Peggy Phelps Gallery as well as screened at U.S. and international film festivals.

Barnard has been the recipient of many awards including but not limited to Outstanding Experimental Film, Sue Arlen Walker and Harvey M. Parker Memorial Fellowship, Armory Center for the Arts Teaching Artist Fellowship, Ahmanson Annual Fellowship, Christopher Street West Art & Culture Grant, Lincoln Fellowship Award and the Pasadena Arts Council Fiscal Sponsorship.  Barnard has spoken about her work at the Open Engagement Conference at the Queens Museum, NY, The Long Beach LGTBQ Film Festival, Shoshana Wayne Gallery and Los Angeles Municipal Gallery.

 

About Claremont Graduate University
The MFA program at Claremont Graduate University begins with the conviction that art is an enterprise that is intimately linked to the individuals who make it, often in ways that are not yet known to themselves or others. CGU is one of the seven members of the Claremont Consortium, which includes the five Claremont Colleges (Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps) as well as the Keck Graduate Institute. The faculty, facilities and resources of these world-class institutions are available to MFA students

Claremont Graduate University's 2015 Open Studios


Join us at Claremont Graduate University's 2015 Open Studios Event. Sunday May 3rd, 2015 from 11am-5pm. Art Studios are located in the CGU Art Department building at 251 E. 10th Street Claremont, CA 91711. For more information visit www.cgu.edu/art or call 909-607-3631.

Open to the Public. Free of charge.


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Almost Home: An Exhibition of Paintings by Emerging Claremont Artists

 
 
Almost Home: An Exhibition of Paintings by Emerging Claremont Artists
Free art exhibit to take place at City Hall from March 23rd 2015 – September 11th 2015.
 
Almost Home presents fourteen works by ten emerging artists currently enrolled in Claremont Graduate University’s MFA Program. This exhibition continues a long tradition of highlighting MFA candidates in the galleries of Claremont City Hall. Almost Home was curated by Renae Barnard and Jonathan Elder. It will be on display from March 23rd 2015 – September 11th 2015.
 
 
Almost Home celebrates the process of exploration and recognizes the intricacies involved in the movement from the conceptual to the physical. These experimental practices and open-ended methods of discovery allow viewers the opportunity to engage with a broad range of materials and artistic approaches. Abstract paintings by Hazzar Samman, Devin Johnson, Lara Salmon, Jonathan Elder, Lei Shen, Elizabeth Hoffman, Hessah Alajaji, Lana Duong and Alana Medina are in quiet conversation with representational  works by Raheem Fadul and Yehsiming Jue.
 
 
 
 
General Information:
Claremont City Hall
207 N Harvard Ave, Claremont, CA 91711
Telephone: (909) 399-5444
Monday –Friday 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Admission: Free of charge


 
Contact:
Email: renaebarnard@gmail.com                jonathan.elder@cgu.edu
Web: www.renaebarnard.com                    www.jonnyelder.com

 

 

 


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Les Femmes Folles: The Women, 2014


Happy Women’s History Month! Available March 1 on Blurb.com:

Les Femmes Folles: The Women, 2014, is the fourth annual anthology including art, interview excerpts, poetry and short-form writing by women in all forms, levels and styles of art from around the world. Cover art by Christine Stoddard.

Writes author Cat Dixon (catdix.com): "Again Les Femmes Folles (now in its fourth year) delivers powerful poetry and inspiring art from some of the finest women producing creative work. From Laura Carlson's studio shot that begins the book to Susan Bee's bright collage and oil on canvas to Selima Dawson's powerful black, gray and red painting to the raw poetry of Andrea Potos…every page vibrates with intensity and vulnerability. Make no mistake: these women are proud, strong and fierce. The end of the book features a quote from beloved artist Wanda Ewing that says "You be you." Here each artist is herself and the book embraces the individual styles of the artists and writers. When these different artists are combined in one collection, the result is passionate and memorable."

Writes poet Sara Henning (sarahenning.net): "In Les Femmes Folles: The Women, 2014, expect to encounter a literary feast of feminism, a cornucopia of works and interviews from female artists and writers, a soirée of the divine feminine spirit that has always surged from patriarchy’s confining thumb-hold. Here, the fourth annual edition continues a lineage of female empowerment vetted in the previous editions, drawing on the sage guidance that women have shared with each other, words that have kept us alive. ‘Resist that anxious feeling that time is running out,’ Stephanie Kadel Taras tells us in one interview, ‘your artistic life lasts your whole life.’ Or as Ayn Frances dela Cruz tells us, ‘If art does things to you, makes you see and feel things, makes your heart beat you know, if you live it and breathe it, then maybe you could have a fuller, happier life in pursuing it.’"

Contributors include: Linda Adato, Beatriz Albuquerque, Renae Barnard, Sharon Louise Barnes, Susan Bee, Sandra Bouguerch, Tracy Brown, Jessica Burke, Laura Carlson, Amy Cerra, Olivia Ciummo, Tusia Dabrowska, Andrea Davis, Selima Dawson, Ayn Frances dela Cruz, Aster V. Delgado, Karen Fitzgerald, Sheila Grabarsky, Zoe Hawk, Megan Hildebrandt, Cindy Hinant, Breanne Holden, Patricia Izzo, Nugent Kos, Alinta Krauth, Melissa Ann Lambert, Erin Leland, Robin Little, Amelia Marzec, Rachel Mindrup, Mother Art Collective, Ellen Mueller, Christie Neptune, Christy Nicholas, Jane Odartey, Cathleen Parra, Stacey Piwinski, Joyce Polance, Caroline Record, Cindy Rehm, Martha Rial, Lauren Rinaldi, Elizabeth Ross, Marisol Salanova, Asia Scudder, Evelin Stermitz, Christine Stoddard, Simone Stoll, Brenda Stumpf, Bonnie MacAllister, Katrin Talbot, Cendres Lavy, Isabel Perez del Pulgar, Susana Amundaraín, Marlana Adele Vassar, Amy Gigi Alexander, Liz Axelrod, Tanaz Bhathena, Susana H. Case, Sarah A. Chavez, Carol Ciavonne, Kirsten Clodfelter, SuzAnne C. Cole, Julie Schwietert Collazo, Sally Cooper, Kate Falvey, Jamie Feldman, Sherese Francis, Sara Henning, Fran Higgins, Patrina Jones, Stephanie Kadel Taras, Kelli Stevens Kane, Sandra Gail Lambert, M. Mack, Mariana McDonald, L.Nahay, Andrea Potos, Nicole Provencher-Natale, Vanessa Raney, Gabrielle Selz, Emma Jo Stankiewicz, Donna Steiner, Jennifer MacBain Stephens, Judith Gold Stitzel, Nicole Tong, Joanna Valente, Deb Vanasse, Saira Viola, Amy Schriebman Walter, Phyllis Wax, Patricia Wellingham-Jones, Allison Wilkins, Laura Madeline Wiseman, Sara Landas and Holli Rae, Muriel Louveau, Mary Carrick and Maia Kumari Gilman.



Les Femmes Folles is a volunteer organization founded in 2011 with the mission to support and promote women in all forms, styles and levels of art from around the world with the online journal, print annuals, exhibitions and events; originally inspired by artist Wanda Ewing and her curated exhibit by the name Les Femmes Folles (Wild Women). LFF Books is a micro-feminist press that publishes 1-2 books per year by the creators of Les Femmes Folles including Intimates & Fools (Laura Madeline Wiseman, 2014) and The Hunger of the Cheeky Sisters: Ten Tales (Laura Madeline Wiseman/Lauren Rinaldi, 2015). Other titles include Les Femmes Folles: The Women 2011, 2012 and 2013, available on blurb.com, including art, poetry and interview excerpts from women artists. A portion of the proceeds from LFF books and products benefit the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Wanda Ewing Scholarship Fund.



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