18th Street Arts Center will hold their inaugural gala fundraiser event on May 9, 2019 at 7pm at La Residence de France in Beverly Hills, the home of the French Consulate General of Los Angeles. Honorees include 18th Street Arts Center current artist-in-residence Suzanne Lacy, an artist widely considered one of the vanguards of social practice art (SFMOMA just opened a retrospective of her work); 18th Street alum Candice Lin, an artist and UCLA professor; and Rita Gonzalez, head of contemporary art at LACMA and one of the organizing curators of 18th Street’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibition A Universal History of Infamy: Virtues of Disparity.
Fellow artist Andrea Bowers will present the awards for Lacy and Lin, and UCLA Chicano Studies professor and distinguished scholar Chon Noriega will honor Gonzalez.
Executive Director Jan Williamson says, “We are thrilled to celebrate the artists and individuals who have made 18th Street Arts Center what it is today, 30 years after it was first started by a group of groundbreaking feminist artists who understood the value of creative time and space. Their vision is more relevant than ever, and we want to expand and grow that philosophy to serve even more artists. Suzanne, Rita, and Candice embody that philosophy and commitment to the LA artistic community.”
As 18th Street Arts Center embarks on a period of intense growth (the Center just won the management contract from the City of Santa Monica for artist studios and a gallery program at the Santa Monica Airport), the gala will raise funds to support the Center’s wide-ranging artistic programs, including artist commissions, community programs and artist services.
EVENT INFORMATION: 18th Street Arts Center Inaugural Gala, May 9 | 7-9 PM, La Résidence de France
Tickets are on sale through May 7 or until capacity is reached. For tickets, visit here
ABOUT 18TH STREET ARTS CENTER
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018-2019, 18th Street Arts Center is one of the top 20 artist residency programs in the US, and the largest in Southern California. Conceived as a radical think tank in the shape of an artist community, 18th Street supports artists from around the globe to imagine, research, and develop significant, meaningful new artworks and share them with the public. We strive to provide artists the space and time to take risks, to foster the ideal environment for artists and the public to directly engage, and to create experiences and partnerships that foster positive social change.
Additional information: 18thstreet.org