Curator, Author and Educator Jo Lauria to Jury 2021 Studio Channel Islands Collector’s Choice

CAMARILLO, CAStudio Channel Islands Arts Center (SCI), a non-profit dedicated to bringing together art, artists and community, has announced this year’s Collector’s Choice exhibition will be juried by renowned curator and author Jo Lauria. The annual Collector’s Choice exhibition presents a wide range of styles and mediums including photography, painting, sculpture, fiber and assemblage works by exciting emerging artists, as well as work by nationally exhibited and award-winning artists. The exhibition kicks off with a Facebook Live opening reception, 1 p.m., March 6, at the SCI Blackboard Gallery, 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, where all are invited to view more than 100 works from artists around the country.

The exhibition will open online on March 9 with an interactive virtual tour. The gallery will have limited opening to the public during March, see website for details, and will be fully open to the public as COVID-19 health restrictions are lifted.

Lauria is a specialist in the field of craft, design and decorative arts. She was a curator at LACMA and has subsequently organized many national museum and touring exhibitions and has authored more than 16 major publications. She will give a talk on April 17 at 1 pm to discuss how she selected the works for the show, how people build private collections of art and craft and how to live among rare and precious objects.

“The Collector’s Choice exhibit concludes with a unique interactive fundraising event where each ticket holder is guaranteed the opportunity to select one of the artworks to take home,” said SCI Board President Daniel Bednar.

This year, the annual Collectors Choice fundraiser will be held 6–9 p.m., May 22, at the Blackboard Gallery. Sponsorship opportunities for this high-profile exhibition and event are available by contacting Peter Tyas, SCI executive director, at [email protected] or by calling 805-383-1368. All proceeds support Studio Channel Islands’ mission to deliver diverse artistic programming, exhibits and education that fosters creativity and engages audiences in learning about the arts.

The exhibition’s curator, Lauria, is a Los Angeles-based curator, author. She received the 2016 American Ceramic Circle Book Award for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty, and the Silver Muse Award from the American Association of Museums for the documentary Color and Fire (2000).

Currently, Lauria is the Adjunct Curator of the American Museum of Ceramic Art (Pomona, CA) and is completing a monograph on modernist architect William F. Cody with coauthors Catherine Cody and Dr. Don Choi (Monacelli Press, June 2021).

Tickets for the Collector’s Choice fundraising event are $300; each ticket admits two people and allows for one artwork to be collected. Tickets are available online at http://studiochannelislands.org, by phone at 805-383-1368, or in person at SCI’s office.

Studio Channel Islands is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to promote and preserve the arts in Ventura County and surrounding regions by providing studio space to working artists, fostering connections between artists and collectors, presenting diverse gallery exhibitions and providing unique artistic encounters for all ages. Studio Channel Islands is located at 2222 E. Ventura Blvd, Camarillo, CA 93010. Gallery hours are Tues.–Fri., 11 a.m.­­–5 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. First Saturday of the month features open studios, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., when 40 of the area’s very best artists welcome visitors into their studios to watch them create sculptures, paintings and multimedia pieces up-close and personal. Ample free parking.

 

 

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