Artist Opportunities and Exhibitions from City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division


Annenberg Community Beach House
and Camera Obscura Art Lab

Luchita Hurtado
Luchita Hurtado, “untitled,” c.1975, graphite on paper
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Address 415 Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica, California 90402
phone (310) 458-4904
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hours Gallery: Monday – 9am-4pm
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Luchita Hurtado: Figures and Icons
Through January 4, 2018

The City of Santa Monica is pleased to present Luchita Hurtado: Figures & Icons, an exhibition of historical works from the 1940s until the 1990s by the artist. The show features figures cast in multiple styles and lights by Hurtado (b. 1920, Caracas, Venezuela), and a number of works that feature icons that recur throughout the artist’s oeuvre. Hurtado’s figurative works maintain a sinewy line that alternates between bold, dashing, and quick strokes, to more ambiguous etchings along the contours of her androgynous, often alien-like subjects. These works mix the primordial and ancient with the spiritual and otherworldly, a distinctive, fluid and open characteristic of Hurtado’s output. There are a number of works that develop her non-dichotomous relationship between figuration and abstraction, and nature and the body. Here, the artist’s pictures suggest that the individual’s relationship to nature and landscape are inextricable, with one feeding into the other and with no separation between the two. An even more surprising element in the artist’s repertoire are her “icon” works. These feature animals, classical and biblical imagery, Tarot, symbols, text, and other bold forms, which reflect a private, personal world developed by the artist throughout her life, within the home, the studio, and out in the world.

The artist lives and works in Santa Monica, California. Exhibition developed by Hurtado, Ryan Good, and Paul Soto.

Katherine Kean
Katherine Kean, “Width of a Wave,” 2014, oil painting
Four Million Angels
January 18 – April 30, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 25, 6-8pm 

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Four Million Angels takes a look at the people who fill the streets of Santa Monica on a sunny day.  Whether they are visiting the Santa Monica Pier, the 3rd Street Promenade, Angels’ Attic, Bergamot Station, a concert at McCabe’s Guitar Shop or Santa Monica State Beach, a diverse cross section of Angelenos will be in the crowd.  Given the dramatic presence of the ocean, the four million people that live in the City of Los Angeles find Santa Monica to be one of our greatest magnets. The artists in this exhibit make work that reflects a passionate interest in the people of Los Angeles and speaks of our universal experiences. Four Million Angels investigates the City’s history, environment, lifestyle, psychological range, architecture, and geography.  We hope to trigger a dialogue about the essence of our unique population and elicit a better understanding of who is beside us in line at Pacific Park.

This exhibition will feature artworks by Mark Steven Greenfield, J. Michael Walker, Kathi Flood, Michael Massenburg,  and Katherine Kean.

Michael Massenburg
Michael Massenburg, “Lashawn Lives,” 2009,
oil painting

Shannon Freshwater
Studio Resident Shannon Freshwater speaks to visitors at her culminating exhibition,
November 2017
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Address Camera Obscura Art Lab
1450 Ocean Avenue 
Santa Monica, CA 90401
phone (310) 458-2239
hours Camera Obscura Device: Mon. – Fri.,9am-3pm; Sat., 11am-4pm
parking Around the corner at Structure 6 on 2nd Street; $4 for 3.5 hours
Call for Artists and Artisans Studio Residencies at the Camera Obscura Art Lab Palisades Park,
Santa Monica
Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 10, 2018, by 12:00pm PST

The City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division seeks proposals from artists and artisans living in Los Angeles County for a fourteen-week studio residency at the Camera Obscura Art Lab in Palisades Park, Santa Monica. The Studio Residency Program offers artists a shared glass-walled studio with a spectacular ocean view in an iconic midcentury park building overlooking the Santa Monica Pier, four blocks from the terminus of the Expo line. The City seeks artists whose work offers opportunity for inspiring the public through example and instruction. All disciplines and mediums will be considered. There are two terms offered in this Call, each spanning 14 weeks. Up to two applicants will be chosen to fill each term. The terms are: April 25 – August 1, 2018 or August 8 – November 14, 2018. An honorarium of $2000 and use of the facility for a final presentation is offered each successful applicant.

For further information visit:

City of Santa Monica, Cultural Affairs Division

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