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2013 Arts Awards Profile:

  Laguna College of Art + Design

  This is the third in a series of profiles on the honorees who will be recognized at the 14th Annual Orange County Arts Awards on Tuesday, September 24 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.  More information and tickets to the event here.

2013 Achievement Award for Outstanding Arts Organization


Founded over half a century ago in 1961 by members of Laguna Beach Art Association and the Festival of Arts, Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) has evolved into one of the leading visual arts colleges and is the only dually accredited BFA- and MFA-granting institution of its kind in Orange County, offering degrees in Animation, Fine Art, Illustration, Game Art and Design and Digital Media.


For 39 years, LCAD has hosted Color It Orange, a multimedia exhibition of works created by pre-college students countywide. LCAD also opens its campus to the community at large for admission-free, world-class exhibitions and programming. Recently, the LCAD Gallery has hosted such prestigious exhibitions as the original sculptural works of Auguste Rodin.


Between January 2012 and May 2013, LCAD mounted premiere and debut solo exhibitions of rare and original works by such world-renowned artists and designers as Federico D'Allesandro (head Storyboard Artist and Animatics Supervisor for Marvel Comics), Charles Schulz (the revered illustrator of The Peanuts), Jerome Witkin (an artist characterized by New York Times as a "a virtuoso figurative painter whose work mixes elements of the old masters, social realism and Abstract Expressionism") and Andrew Byrom (the world's leading designer of three-dimensional typefaces).


Additionally, LCAD has hosted visits and lectures from such art luminaries as Frank Gehry, Brenda Chapman (Academy Award winning director and first female director of a feature length animated film), the Charles M. Schulz family, the Chuck Jones family, Bob McKnight (co-founder and former CEO of Quiksilver), Charles Solomon (the world's leading animation critic and historian), Eric Goldberg (acclaimed Walt Disney animator and director of Pocahontas) and John Kricfalusi (celebrated animator and creator of The Ren and Stimpy Show). Recently, LCAD expanded its facilities by adding a three-acre East Campus, one of five campuses it operates along Laguna Canyon Road, including a state-of-the-art residence hall, directly across from its historic Main Campus.

Tim Shaw Joins ArtsOC's Board

Arts Orange County has appointed THINK Together Chief Development Officer Tim Shaw to its Board of Directors. In his role with THINK Together, a statewide academic support and extended learning organization with its home office and strong programming in Orange County, Tim brings a unique perspective on the arts and arts education in particular. In his previous roles as CEO of the Irvine Public Schools Foundation and as Manager of External Affairs at the Orange County Great Park, Tim was a staunch advocate for expansion of the arts in our schools and public venues.   "I have long admired the great work done by Arts Orange County," said Shaw, 48. "It's an honor to work with people so passionate about ensuring that the arts are expanded and enhanced in our community. With a son who recently graduated from USC with a Theatre Degree, I know firsthand the positive impact the arts make in our lives. Serving on the ArtsOC Board will provide greater opportunities for me to advocate for the central role of the arts in Orange County."





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Michael McManus, Artist, Art Critic, Curator and Teacher

Has Died



Originally from Ohio, Michael graduated with an MFA from the University of California San Diego in 1975.  Always an active artist and thoroughly engaged in art theory and history on an ongoing basis, Michael wrote hundreds of reviews for Artweek during the 1970s and 1980s prior to becoming the Chief Curator at Laguna Art Museum in 1987, where he curated or organized exhibitions.  After leaving the Museum in 1989, Michael began to focus more on his art. He had his first solo exhibition at the Peter Blake Gallery in Laguna Beach in 1995, and at the same time he taught writing, the history of art, and aesthetics at the Laguna College of Art and Design (then called the Art Institute of Southern California). A debilitating heart condition forced Michael to quit teaching in 2004 and his health slowly began to deteriorate.

There will be a celebration of Michael's life at the Laguna College of Art and Design on Sunday, September 8 at 2 p.m. 

 Cultural Arts Grants Available

Arts organizations offering cultural arts programs for Newport Beach residents and visitors may apply for 2013-14 Newport Beach Cultural Arts Grants available through the City Arts Commission.  Guidelines and application forms may be found here.


OCPRSA Offering Free Consultations to Nonprofits



Orange County Public Relations Society of American has launched a new initiative "PR Gives Back" to invest the knowledge and expertise of its professional members in organizations who are inspiring and helping develop the community.  More details here.  


"Best of British Theatre" Series Adds Donmar Production of "Coriolanus" on March 6




The third season of the "Best of British Theatre" series of HD screenings at the Irvine Barclay Theatre in collaboration with Arts Orange County begins September 7 with Helen Mirren in "The Audience."  A 2 pm screening has been added by popular demand. 


This year's series also includes:


October 10- Shakespeare's "Othello" starring Olivier Award-winner Adrian Lester


October 31- A reprise of last year's sold out "Frankenstein" starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller


November 23- Kenneth Branagh starring as "Macbeth" in the acclaimed Manchester International Theatre Festival production


March 6- Tom Hiddleston starring in Shakespeare's "Coriolanus" from London's renowned Donmar.


Details here.  


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