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City of Newport Beach Approves 10 Artworks for Inaugural Sculpture in Civic Center Park Exhibition


Ten pieces of artwork have been selected by a special panel of jurors for installation in the Sculpture in the Newport Beach Civic Center Park Exhibition.  The works will be prominently showcased for a period of two years in the heart of Newport Beach at the newly created Civic Center Park. The 14-acre, ocean-view site was specially designed by renowned landscape architect Peter Walker as an intended sculpture garden.


A presentation of the selections was made before City Council and approved on May 13, 2014.  Installation of the sculptures in the Civic Center Park is anticipated to be completed in September 2014.  The works and their locations may be viewed in this presentation. 


In addition to three members of the City of Newport Beach Arts Commission (Rita Goldberg, Chair; Robert Smith, Committee Chair; Charles Ware), the selection panel included Dan Cameron, Interim Director and Chief Curator, Orange County Museum of Art; Richard Turner, Artist and Co-Director, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University; Christina Varvi, Art Conservator, Rosa Lowinger & Associates.


The Sculpture in the Newport Beach Civic Center Park Exhibition program is being managed by Arts Orange County in partnership with Green Public Art

ArtsOC Gathers Arts Leaders for Advocacy Briefing

Arts Orange County convened OC's top arts leaders to hear a briefing on federal and state arts funding and local arts education advocacy on May 14 at Antonello's Ristorante in Costa Mesa.  Speakers included Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Executive Director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund in Washington DC (above right), Wylie Aitken, Chair of the California Arts Council (above left), and Richard Stein, Executive Director and Pat Wayne, Deputy Director of Arts Orange County.  Attending were:  Pam Blaine, Vice President-Education, Pacific Symphony; Victoria Bryan, Executive Director, Arts Council for Long Beach; Jonathan Burke, President, Laguna College of Art and Design; Peter Keller, President, The Bowers Museum; Joseph S. Lewis III, Dean, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, University of California, Irvine; Katie Liberman, General Manager, Laguna Playhouse; Marc Masterson, Artistic Director, South Coast Repertory; Oanh Nguyen, Artistic Director, The Chance Theater; Elizabeth Pearson, President & CEO, Pacific Chorale; Caitlin Quinn; Vice President-Development, Segerstrom Center for the Arts; Dawn Reese, Executive Director, The Wooden Floor; Larry Rosenberg, Executive Director, Anaheim Ballet; Berenika Schmitz, Executive Director, Casa Romantica Cultural Center & Gardens; Peter John Spiak, Director/Chief Curator, Grand Central Art Center;  John Walcutt, Artistic Director, Shakespeare Orange County Summerfest; Malcolm Warner, Executive Director, Laguna Art Museum.



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Orange County Museum of Art Appoints New Director:  Todd DeShields Smith from the Tampa Museum of Art

Orange County Museum of Art's Board of Trustees announced today that Todd DeShields Smith has been appointed to succeed Dennis Szakacs as its director.  


Smith comes to the Orange County Museum of Art from the Tampa Museum of Art where, as executive director for the past six years, he oversaw the building of a new internationally award-winning museum in 2010-opening on time and under budget-which has already served as a prime catalyst for the cultural and economic rejuvenation of downtown Tampa. The post-opening successes exceeded all expectations with attendance 87% above projections and new memberships 145% above stated goals.  Complete details here. 

Santa Ana City Council Appoints Its First Arts  & Culture Commissioners

After much fanfare last fall surrounding the establishment of its first Arts & Culture Commission, the Santa Ana City Council has now completed the appointment of the seven individuals who will serve as its inaugural Commissioners:  Don Cribb, Mike J. McGee, Erika J. Ochoa, Lisandro Orozco, Sandra "Pocha" Pena,  Marytza Rubio, and Carolina Sarmiento.  The Commissioners will be sworn in next month.  Additionally, leading up to its May 20 meeting, the Council had been considering a sizable reduction in the proposed arts funding within its new Five Year Strategic Plan, which caused alarm within the arts community--especially as  the new Arts Commission is just being put into place.  At that meeting, however, the Council made no such change.

The next EAL|OC (Emerging Arts Leaders) event will take place on Wednesday May 28. Members will meet at Taco Rosa in Newport Beach at 5:30 pm to enjoy happy hour food & drink specials, then head over to the Merage JCC for a 7:00 pm performance of the Swan Lake Fusion project featuring a modern dance and traditional ballet. Free with RSVP.

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