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.
Submit Your Ocean Art to the MAH
The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History’s Everybody’s Ocean exhibit includes a combination of curated works and whatever museum visitors submit that staff deem appropriate. The crowd sourced art will continue to move through the gallery among the curated works until the exhibit closes in April. The show intends to highlight our individual relationships with the ocean and the various roles it plays in our personal mythology.
Celebrating the River in Santa Cruz
The Ebb and Flow project celebrates the San Lorenzo River in 2015 by bedecking it in art. Temporary art installations and kinetic sculptures are planned throughout the year to highlight the river and Santa Cruz’s relationship to it as well as the Tannery Art Center which located on its bank.
Artists Ana Oneglia and Kathleen Crocetti invite the public to help build a community mosaic at the Tannery Art center. The project begins at mission hill middle school. In February, the mosaic will be moved to the tannery.
Visitors are invited to help make the mural Tuesdays through Thursdays afternoon and evening and daytime on Sundays during January. Training is provided. Clubs and groups are especially encouraged. Learn more by visiting the arts council Web site, artscouncilsc.org.