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Fresh Awards Exhibition, 2018



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Saturday, 26 May 2018 to Saturday, 23 June 2018
Saturday, 2 June 2018 - 4:00pm

Fresh Awards Exhibition, 2018, is a group show of nine artists who were selected from over 400 artist entries last year in the Fresh 2017 juried exhibition. Jurors, Fatemeh Burnes and Peter Frank, selected the artists they agreed made a strong impact and best represented current ideas and trends in Contemporary Art.

Fresh 2017 had works submitted from across the country and the globe and it was divided into two exhibitions: Fresh 2017 in March (30 artists) and Fresh Cont. in July 2017 (33 artists). From this group of 63 artists, Peter and Fatemeh picked 9 artists to show a year later, Fresh Awards Exhibition, 2018.

Statement by juror and LA Art Critic, Peter Frank, regarding the Fresh Awards Exhibition, 2018, selection process: “Ultimately, it is up to the jurors, in concert with those who manage the host space, to present the art to its maximum effect – and to maintain the character of the space even beyond considerations of pure quality.  In selecting from a sophisticated group of submissions, works in so many media coming from so many corners of the country and even the world, we tried to keep both the above principles in mind. The participants in Fresh 2017 were selected entirely on the merits of the submitted work. From that array, we determined a special selection of artists, three drawn from each of three categories (two-dimensional, three-dimensional, photography), that would work especially well in the new SoLA space. Accordingly, after being left to our own devices in choosing the original (two-part) Fresh show, we made the second determination with the guidance of those who operate SoLA and SBC…”


Fatemeh Burnes has been a prominent curator and well-respected professor of art, design and art history at many local Southern California universities. She runs the art gallery at Mt. San Antonio College, and has been there since 1992, curating over 100 exhibitions. She is a patient and thoughtful artist who often questions the hard to pin-down aspects of this world, and explores the more complex realities than those on the surface. (information provided by Even Senn, KCET)

Peter Frank is Associate editor for Fabrik Magazine and former Senior Curator at the Riverside (CA) Art Museum, He has served as Editor of THE magazine Los Angeles and Visions Art Quarterly and as critic for Angeleno magazine and the L.A. Weekly. Frank was born in 1950 in New York, where he wrote art criticism for The Village Voice and The SoHo Weekly News, and moved to Los Angeles in 1988. He contributes articles to numerous publications and has written many catalogues for one‑person and group exhibitions. (information provided by Huffington Post)

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Free Art Workshops led by Fresh Awards Artists on Saturdays, 2-4pm

The workshops are taught by professional artists, and admission and materials are free. All ages, children and adults are welcome!

June 9,  Carl Shubs:  On site Photography + Photoshop
June 16,  Ellen Cantor:   Photography / Collage
June 23,  Jay Reed:  Sculpture

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3718 West Slauson Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90043

Mission:  To connect the South Bay and Los Angeles communities through contemporary art, with innovative projects and high-quality exhibitions reflecting our diverse culture and today’s issues.  Vision: To develop new, relevant contemporary art with local community interaction and international participation, with artistic and curatorial experimentation.

SoLA Contemporary , Los Angeles

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