KUSP Visual Arts Calendar
Warren Chang at the Monterey Museum of Art
The Monterey Museum of Art’s Monterey Now series displays the work of artists from the Monterey Bay area who have influenced the direction of art. The new show highlights Warren Chang. Chang began his career as an illustrator and his work earned him awards. Beginning in the year 2000, he turned to fine art paintings. His subjects tend to be figures, often in groups. He’s done numerous pieces depicting farmworkers in the Salinas valley. His work shows clear influences from nineteenth-century artists Jean-Francois Millet (1814-1875), and Winslow Homer (1836-1910), among others. His light seems to come from 17th-century artist Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675). His figures tend to be active and suggest a narrative. Chang was born in 1957 in Monterey. The show opens Thursday and will continue through April 6th. More at montereyart dot org.
The Art of Incarceration at the Santa Cruz MAH
Santa Cruz’s Museum of Art and History presents “The Cell and the Sanctuary: Art and Incarceration” November 7, 2014 – February 22, 2015. The exhibit includes paintings, drawings, sculptures and writing from inmates in California prisons accompanied by two-dimensional work and installations by teachers who work in prisons. The William James Association and Barrios Unidos, both of which provide education for prisoners, collaborated on the exhibit. The work represents prisoners work to define themselves and connect with life beyond prison. The programs appear to reduce recidivism. More at Santa Cruz MAH dot ORG.
A Plein Air Celebration of California
Pacific Grove Art Center hosts a show by the Santa Cruz Oil Painters. “Painting the Golden State” includes plein air work from throughout California. Twenty-three artists participate. The 13-year old oil painters group formed to support artists through education and exhibits. The show continues through January 9th. More at P G art Center dot ORG.