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Powhida Featured in New York Times – Provides Commentary on Art Basel Miami Beach

Read the New York Times feature on William Powhida. In the article William walks the Miami NYT Bureau Chief through the big fair, providing commentary along the way. Of the two articles the Times did (that I saw) on the Miami fairs, the second of which, published right after the fairs’ conclusions, was this one. Terrific exposure for William – we’re very excited…

Powhida a Critics’ Pick for LA on

Powhida strikes again! This time he’s a Critics’ Pick on

Ala Ebtekar Wins Visions From a New California Award


255 South Main Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02903

tel 401.351.4320
fax 401.351.4507
Contact: Russ Smith
401.351.4320 or

Alliance of Artists Communities announces recipients of the
2010 Visions from the New California Awards

August 18, 2009 – The Alliance of Artists Communities recently named visual artists Iris
Charabi-Berggren, Ala Ebtekar, Prajakti Jayavant, Rebecca Lowry, Ethan Turpin,
and Meeson Pae Yang as the 2010 recipients of the Visions from the New California

A collaborative initiative of six California artists’ residency programs, funded by The
James Irvine Foundation, the award supports highly talented, yet under-recognized,
California visual artists who represent the new California demographic. The Alliance of
Artists Communities, the nation’s only service organization for artists’ communities and
residency programs, administers and directs the Visions from the New California project.

Selected from a pool of over 300 visual artists state-wide, the six award recipients will each
receive a one-month residency at one of the participating California programs next year,
and a $4000 unrestricted stipend. The artists and their work will also be featured in a
widely distributed publication documenting their residency experiences at the host
programs, and will be invited to participate in a group exhibition, featuring the work of a
number of Visions artists, at a later date.

Artists’ residency programs support working artists of all disciplines by providing them
with both time and space to create new work, and with opportunities for interaction and
collaboration with artistic peers and mentors.

The Visions from the New California project recognizes and supports six California visual
artists each year. The 2010 award recipients with their host residency programs are:

Iris Charabi-Berggren, Interdisciplinary Art, from San Francisco – Headlands
Center for the Arts in Sausalito
Ala Ebtekar, Painting, from Berkeley – 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica

– more –

2010 Visions from the New California Awards (page two)

Prajakti Jayavant, Painting, from San Francisco – Djerassi Resident Artists
Program in Woodside
Rebecca Lowry, Conceptual Art, from Los Angeles – Montalvo Arts Center in
Ethan Turpin, Mixed Media, from Santa Barbara – Kala Art Institute in Berkeley
Meeson Pae Yang, Installation Art, from Torrance – Exploratorium in San

A record number of applicants this year submitted work samples which were reviewed by a
prestigious panel including: Kevin B. Chen, program director at Intersection for the Arts
in San Francisco; Meg Shiffler, gallery director at the San Francisco Arts Commission
Gallery; and Lava Thomas, an accomplished visual artist with studios in San Francisco
and Los Angeles.

The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to
expanding opportunities for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, inclusive,
and successful society. The Foundation’s grantmaking is organized around three program
areas: Arts, Youth, and California Perspectives, which focuses on increasing public
understanding of critical issues facing the state. Since 1937, the Foundation has provided
over $1 billion in grants to more than 3000 nonprofit organizations throughout California.
For more information about The James Irvine Foundation, please visit their website at or call 415.777.2244.

Based in Providence, Rhode Island, the Alliance of Artists Communities is the only
national network of artists’ communities, colonies and residency programs, with more than
250 members worldwide. The Alliance contributes to the nation’s cultural vitality by giving
a collective voice to artists’ communities, promoting successful practices in the field, and
advocating for creative environments that support the work of today’s artists. The Alliance
represents programs that support artists in all disciplines, believing that collaboration and
exchange that cross traditional boundaries furthers our culture’s progress. For more
information on the Alliance and this project, please visit, or
contact the Alliance at 401.351.4320.

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Artillery Video of Libby Black @ CJG

Ray Beldner Lecture at the National Portrait Gallery

Ray Beldner discussion of Marcel Duchamp at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC – link to podcast also available.