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2014 Santa Monica Artist Fellowship Talk

Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

2014 Santa Monica Artist Fellowship Talk

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Please plan to arrive by 6:15pm to retain your reservation. Late seating is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email beachhouse@smgov.net.
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This Tuesday, May 27th at 6:30pm: join five extraordinarily talented Santa Monica artists as they share and discuss their work and take questions from the audience in the annual, interactive Santa Monica Fellowship Artist Talk.

Local science fiction author Charles Yu – the City’s first fellow in the literary category – will read from his work. Choreographers Donna Sternberg and Cynthia Ling Lee will show excerpts and discuss recent performances, and visual artists Helen K. Garber and Doni Silver Simons will talk about their images, their interests and their process.

The City’s Artist Fellowship Talks are fun evenings full of conversational twists and turns that span a wide variety of art forms and topics. Make a connection with a local artist and learn more about what goes on in your community! .

HELEN K. GARBER is known for her night urban landscapes taken in cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Venice. Her images are exhibited internationally and her work is in museum, private and corporate collections, including LACMA, the Brooklyn Museum, New York, the George Eastman House, International Museum of Film & Photography, New York and the Portland Museum of Art, Oregon. Garber worked in many different art disciplines, including theatre scene and costume design, painting, computer animation and video documentary, but focused on photography in 1991 after she documented Le Cirque du Soleil in Santa Monica, Costa Mesa and New York. Her portraits were reproduced in many periodicals such as The New York TimesLos Angeles Times, Playbill, Hollywood Reporter, New York Magazine and LA Weekly. She directs multi-media installations including the inaugural NoirFest Santa Monica, a 3-month long, citywide, interactive cultural festival using Noir as the unifying theme. Garber continues to work in photo-based mixed media with an exhibit of her new work presently on view at AD Gallery: Contemporary Fine Art, Beverly Hills, CA. Her 360 degree photographic panorama of the Santa Monica Pier at Sunset is also on view at the Kolga Tbiliisi Photo festival in Tbilisi, Georgia. She teaches at Otis College of Art & Design and Emerging Focus/Photo LA, and lives in Santa Monica with her husband Stuart and their two spaniels.

CYNTHIA LING LEE instigates thoughtful, friction-filled dialogues between American postmodern dance and North Indian classical kathak. Committed to the collaborative process, she co-creates with dancers, composers, and visual artists of diverse backgrounds, deftly weaving creative writing, theater, live music, and multimedia into her performance work. Her scholarship analyzes contemporary South Asian performance through the lens of queer, postcolonial, and feminist-of-color lenses. She’s a member of the Post Natyam Collective, a web-based coalition of woman artists dedicated to critical and creative approaches to South Asian dance. Lee's work has been presented at venues such as Dance Theater Workshop (NYC), Painted Bride Arts Center (Philadelphia), REDCAT and Highways Performance Space, and in Jakarta, Padang, Surakarta, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Dhaka, New Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, and Chennai. Lee is the recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, an Asia-Pacific Performing Arts Exchange Fellowship, a Swarthmore Project Residency, a Taipei Artist Village Residency, a NET/TEN grant, two Santa Monica Individual Artist Fellowships, and two Artists' Resource for Completion grants. She holds an MFA in choreography from UCLA and is a board member of the Network of Ensemble Theaters, dedicated to propelling ensemble theater practice to the forefront of American culture and society.

DONI SILVER SIMONS is a painter, installation, and performance artist. Silver Simons received a Bachelor of Studio Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1971 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing from Wayne State University, Detroit. In the late 1970s, Silver Simons participated in a number of seminal solo and group projects including Caesura III (performance, Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, 1978); 1st Annual Downtown Artists Show, (exhibition, LACE, Los Angeles, 1978); 2nd Annual Downtown Artists Exhibition/Six Downtown Sculptors, (exhibition, LACE, Los Angeles, 1979); Caesura (a Study), (exhibition, University of California, Irvine, 1979); Doni Silver/Episodes (exhibition, LACE, Los Angeles, 1980); and Contemporaries: 17 Artists (exhibition, Security Pacific Bank, Los Angeles, 1980). Silver Simons' recent solo exhibitions include Center Justified; …lines…; Omer 5769; August (Sherry Frumkin Gallery, Santa Monica, 2007, 2009, 2009, and 2010 respectively); and Marked (exhibition and performance, Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles, 2009). Select group shows include Global Soul, (Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles); FRESH (Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles); It's a Numbers Game: Doni Silver Simons in the Projects Room (The Loft at Liz's, Los Angeles); INCOGNITO (Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica); Memory and Transformation, (Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles, CA), and Send Nothing to the Tate Modern; A Project by David Horvitz, (Tate Modern, London, England). A recipient of numerous grants and commissions, Silver Simons' work is in many private collections and in the public collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts, the National Endowment of the Arts, Washington D.C. and the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor.

DONNA STERNBERG has professionally premiered over 70 works since 1975 throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico; several have been collaborations with artists of other disciplines including composers, visual artists, poets, actors and digital media. Sternberg has been commissioned to create works for the California Science Center, Dance Moving Forward Festival, California Choreographer’s Festival, Catlin Gabel School in Oregon, Valley College and the Alleluia Dance Theatre. As Artistic Director of Dance Collaborative she has choreographed and performed in solo and collaborative concerts. She founded Donna Sternberg & Dancers, a contemporary dance company, in 1985, after having danced in the companies of Donald Byrd, Mary Jane Eisenberg, Yen Lu Wong and Dance/LA. She has participated in adjudicated dance festivals such as Dance Kaleidoscope, Festival of Solos and Duets and Dance Moving Forward in Los Angeles, Choreographer’s Festival in Laguna Beach and Summerfest in San Francisco. Donna Sternberg & Dancers has been featured in Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit and on PBS station KCET’s Life and Times program.

CHARLES YU’s fiction has been published in a number of magazines and literary journals, including Oxford American, The Gettysburg Review, Harvard Review, Mid-American Review, Mississippi Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review, and cited for special mention in the Pushcart Prize Anthology XXVIII. He received the 2004 Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award for his story, "Class Three Superhero." In 2007, he was selected by the National Book Foundation as one of its "5 Under 35," a program which highlights the work of the next generation of fiction writers by asking five previous National Book Award fiction Winners and Finalists to select one fiction writer under the age of 35 whose work they find particularly promising and exciting. Yu was selected for the honor by Richard Powers. His first novel, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, was ranked the year's second best science fiction novel by the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas — and a runner up for the Campbell Memorial Award. The book was also optioned by film director and writer Chris Columbus' Production Company, 1492 Pictures, the same company behind the Harry Potter films.

Unlike any other City-based arts program in the U.S., the Santa Monica Artist Fellowship offers five fellowships annually to individual artists to create new work and advance the public discourse about art and ideas. Instituted in 2010, the program acknowledges our community’s regard for creativity and innovation and recognizes the excellence of Santa Monica-based artists. Each year, fellows present their work in a public forum, followed by a lively Q & A with the audience moderated by Cultural Affairs Administrator Nathan Birnbaum. More info at smgov.net/Portals/Culture/Grants/Grants.aspx

Stop by early to save your seat and check out the historic site! Docents generally available from 5:15pm.

Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are required. If you would like to attend, please reserve online. Please plan to arrive by 6:15pm to retain your reservation. Late seating, even for reservation-holders, is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email beachhouse@smgov.net. We appreciate your keeping in touch!

Getting Here: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway. Enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light.

Parking: May-September the parking rate is $3/hr & $12/day at the park and pay machines available in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Machines take cards and cash. Handicapped placards and Senior Beach Permits are accepted. For updated parking info and lot hours, please check the website for details.

Other events: To view & make reservations for future free Beach=Culture events, check http://annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture.

General Info: For hours, events and more, visit http://www.annenbergbeachhouse.com, or call (310) 458-4904. Back on the Beach Café hours are subject to change but are generally through 8pm in the summer, call (310) 393-8282 to confirm


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Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach Coast Way
Santa Monica

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

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Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Welcome to Beach=Culture, a year-round series of free arts and culture events at the Annenberg Community Beach House. The Beach House is a City of Santa Monica facility and is open to all - no membership required. For more information, please visit annenbergbeachhouse.comClick to join the Beach House email lists or the Cultural Affairs Division lists for info on other arts programming, including artist opportunities, annual festivals, and arts events around town.

The Beach House is made possible by a generous gift from the Annenberg Foundation, at the recommendation of Wallis Annenberg, and in partnership with the City of Santa Monica and California State Parks. Additional funding was provided by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development and the federal Preserve America program. The Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. For disability related accommodations, please call Guest Services at 310-458-4904.


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