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Santa Monica Artist Fellowship Talks - Eileen Cowin • John Humble • Cynthia Ling Lee • David McDonald • Michael C. McMillen

Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Monday, April 22, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

Santa Monica Artist Fellowship Talks - Eileen Cowin •...

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5:15-6:15pm Docents available to discuss the site at the Marion Davies Guest House
6:30-8:30pm Slideshow presentations and discussion

Join lifelong Santa Monica resident and internationally celebrated assemblage artist Michael McMillen, award-winning artist luminaries Eileen Cowin, John Humble and David MacDonald and web-based, intercultural and multidisciplinary choreographer Cynthia Ling Lee and as they show images and video of recent work and open a dialog with City residents in the fourth annual Santa Monica Artist Fellowship Talk.

The unique Santa Monica Artist Fellowship, unlike any other City-based arts program in the U.S., offers five fellowships annually to individual artists to create new work and advance the City’s 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 the Fellows present their work in a public forum for discussion, followed by a lively Q & A with the audience moderated by Cultural Affairs Administrator Nathan Birnbaum.

Eileen Cowin's work has been seen in more than 30 solo exhibitions and 165 group exhibitions. Cowin has received numerous awards, among them are fellowships from the City of Santa Monica, the National Endowment for the Arts, a commission from the Public Art Fund in New York, an Individual Artist Grant from the City of Los Angeles, and an Artist's Fellowship in New Genres from the California Community Arts Foundation and CCF Fellowship for Visual Artists. Her work was exhibited at The J. Paul Getty Museum in October 2011 and she is currently working on her second public art work for the Los Angeles International Airport.

Brought up in a military family, John Humble spent his childhood moving around the country from one military base to another. After being drafted into the Vietnam War, he then became a photojournalist for the Washington Post before pursuing a graduate degree at the San Francisco Art Institute. He traveled the world in the early ‘70s, going from Europe to the Middle East, then to Africa and Asia in his Volkswagen van. Since the summer of ‘74 Humble has lived in Southern California, creating images that explore the postmodern qualities of America's second largest city.

Cynthia Ling Lee instigates thoughtful, friction-filled dialogues between American postmodern dance and North Indian classical kathak, creating intercultural, interdisciplinary choreography performed at theatrical venues and alternative sites throughout the United States and Asia. She is a member of the Post Natyam Collective, a web-based coalition of woman artists dedicated to critical and creative approaches to South Asian dance.

David McDonald was born in Liverpool, England and raised in England, Canada, Brazil, and Venezuela. He graduated from Boston University with a BS in Film and Broadcasting, but his focus gradually shifted to art and he attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and CalArts where he received his MFA. McDonald’s work has been shown in galleries and museums around the U.S., and he has been the recipient of a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant and the Santa Monica Artist Fellowship.

Part sculptor, installation artist, printmaker, filmmaker and cultural anthropologist, Michael C. McMillen has been creating environmental installations with architectural references that deal with themes of time, change, and illusion since the 1970s. Raised in Santa Monica, McMillen’s childhood was marked by a particular curiosity about the artifacts of postwar California. From previous artist statements by McMillen: “I use architectural references as a metaphoric language to express and reveal this continuous state of flux and entropy.” “The viewer's memory and sense of reality are subtly subverted by the use of altered scale and the fabrication of elements that are both familiar and strangely dystopian.” “Illusions of permanence and perfection are recurring themes in my work.”

Stop by early for information on the Beach House by docents from the Santa Monica Conservancy.

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 We appreciate your keeping in touch!

Directions: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway, a half mile north of the California Incline and a half mile south of Chautauqua Blvd. Plenty of public parking is available - enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light. The facility is easily accessible by foot or bike from the beach bike path, although the Beach closes at sunset. There is ample bike parking at racks throughout the site - remember to bring your own lock.

Parking: For weekday evening Beach=Culture events October - April starting at 5pm, there is a special $5 parking charge at the park and pay machines available in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Machines take cards and cash and this special rate is only for Beach=Culture attendees; please inform the attendant you are here for Beach=Culture. For regular fees and parking lot hours, please check the website for details.

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General Info: For hours, events and more, visit, or call 310-458-4904. Back on the Beach Café hours are subject to change but generally close by 3pm on winter weekdays - call ahead.

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415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach Coast Way
Santa Monica

Monday, April 22, 2013 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. We look forward to seeing you! 

The Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach is open to all - no membership required. For more information, please visit

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If you have any questions, please email or call (310) 458-4904 for the Guest Services desk at the Beach House.

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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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