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City of Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery Gets a New Name, Along with It’s New Look and New Location

Last Tuesday’s Lancaster City Council Meeting resulted in a unanimous decision from City officials to rename the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery (LMAG) to the Lancaster Museum of Art and History. This name change was prompted by the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery Associates, the non-profit fundraising group for the museum, which desired a more appropriate designation for the facility, particularly given its nearing relocation from Sierra Highway to The BLVD, the City’s premier destination hub.

 

The “Art Gallery” in LMAG’s name was found to be redundant and associated the museum with commercial art galleries that buy and sell artwork for profit. The City’s museum has been a free educational, cultural and arts resource for residents of Lancaster since 1986. The new name better communicates the mission of the museum in collecting, preserving, interpreting and exhibiting works of art and historical artifacts. The revised designation also positions the museum as a place where the Antelope Valley community can gather for artistic enlightenment and appreciation.

 

For more information regarding the Lancaster Museum of Art and History, contact the curator, Nicholas West, at (661) 723-6250.

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June 7, 2011 Posted by | Lancaster Museum Art Gallery, LMAG | , , , | Leave a comment

Pecha Kucha Night at the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          Contact:  JOSEPH CABRAL (661) 723-6053

 

Pecha Kucha Night at the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery

Designed to keep presentations short and passionate, Pecha Kucha Night allows creative people to come together to share their ideas.


Lancaster, CA March 17, 2011- The Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery will open its doors on March 19, 2011 from 6-8 pm for Pecha Kucha Night, an international phenomenon which has occurred in over 340 cities world-wide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat,” Pecha Kucha Night (pronounced peh-chak-cha) allows each participant 20 slides, with 20 seconds per slide to share their works and ideas freely, giving a total of 6 minutes 40 seconds before the next presenter is up. The format is designed to keep presentations short and passionate, allowing creative people to come together to share their ideas, works, and thoughts in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. The social networking event provides an opportunity to interact with creative thinkers and a wider public audience through exploration and interaction with the presenter’s current research topics or work process. The event is free and open to the public.

The Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery’s first Pecha Kucha Night will feature presenters: artist Nuri Amanatullah, with “Open Spaces, Public Spaces;” Antelope Valley College English professor, Charles Hood, “The House that Jack Built;” Pepperdine University art history student and LMAG Best of Exhibition winner Rheagan Martin on “Nature/Industry;” Antelope Valley College art professor and artist Christine Mugnolo speaking on the “What Does Talking Look Like;” Lise Patt on the “Institute of Cultural Inquiry;” and Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery Curator Nicholas West on “Mapping the World.”

For additional information on the museums programs and exhibitions, please contact the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery at 661-723-6250 or lmagreceptionist@cityoflancasterca.org

About The Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery

Founded in 1986, the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery is dedicated to advancing an appreciation of art and history in the Antelope Valley. Operating two sites—the Museum/Art Gallery and the Western Hotel Museum—LMAG is not only a repository for historical artifacts important to the preservation of the unique character of the Antelope Valley, but also a place where audiences—residents and visitors alike—may experience exhibitions of fine art and participate in a variety of art and history-based programs. LMAG offers a schedule of exhibitions, as well as lectures, workshops, Family Day activities, film and musical events.

General Information– The Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery is located in Lancaster, California at 44801 North Sierra Highway, one-half block southwest of Lancaster Boulevard and across the street (west) from the downtown Metrolink depot. For more information about LMAG and its programming, call (661) 723-6250 or log on to www.cityoflancasterca.org/Index.aspx?page=67.

Museum Hours and Admission– The Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm; it is closed Mondays, holidays, and between exhibitions. Admission is free, except to specially ticketed events.

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Image Credit:

Charles Hood, “The House that Jack Built,” 2011.

 

LANCASTER MUSEUM/ART GALLERY          44801 N. Sierra Highway  Lancaster, CA 93534

TEL: (661)723-6250 Museum Hours:

EMAIL: lmagreceptionist@cityoflancasterca.org Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm.

WEB: www.cityoflancasterca.org Closed Mondays, holidays, and between exhibitions,  MMM       wwwh

www.facebook.com/lmag.lancaster Free admission and tours.

 

March 17, 2011 Posted by | Antelope Valley College, lancaster blvd art, Lancaster Museum Art Gallery, LMAG, Pecha Kucha Night | , , , , | Leave a comment

Personal Invitation to LM/AG Jabberwocky After Party from curator Nick West

From Nick West
JABBERWOCKY After Party
Hi!I would like to enlist your help in pushing out a facebook promotion for the Jabberwocky after party taking place at the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery this Saturday evening at 9:30 pm. Let’s build some buzz about this event! Please share this with your friends on your wall, through messages, invite them, whatever it takes. If you haven’t yet responded to our invitation, please do so it shows up in the feeds of your friends. We will continue to post about the event throughout the week, so please share as often as you can.

Here is some info about Jabberwocky:

Jabberwocky is designed to bring together those who want to attend a unique event, but don’t really do the gala thing and who wish support the museum at a smaller monetary level. This event complements the museum gala, Prism: Through the Looking Glass, as a more informal evening that will feature comedy, a dueling pianos show and DJ ASHA, who will spin for us until midnight. There will be a full cash bar available, wine by Leona Valley Winery and nosh by Lemon Leaf Cafe.

Admission is $25 and tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. All admission money will go to the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery Associates to support the museum in its mission and to help it produce quality exhibitions and programs for the Antelope Valley.

Please help spread the word and help the museum to reaise some money! Thanks!

 

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February 23, 2011 Posted by | lancaster art, lancaster blvd art, Lancaster BLVD entertainment, Lancaster Museum Art Gallery, LMAG | , , , , | Leave a comment

Prism: Through the Looking Glass, 2nd Museum Gala and Jabberwocky after party

prism web logoSPECIAL EVENT:
Prism: Through the Looking Glass, 2nd Museum Gala and Jabberwocky after party
Saturday, February 26, 2011 gala beginning at 5:30 pm; after party beginning at 9:30 pm
Walk through the looking glass on February 26, 2011 for a unique evening celebrating 25 years of art, education, and culture at the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery. “Prism: Through the Looking Glass,” the 2nd museum gala, derives inspiration from the glass architecture of the museum’s new building on The BLVD, and the spectrum of experiences that awaits within. The Jabberwocky after party kicks off at 9:30 pm featuring cocktails, nosh and dueling pianos from 2 Grand Entertainment followed by a DJ. Enjoy an evening of art and entertainment and be among those supporting the community’s long-standing resource for art, history, culture, and education. Prism gala tickets $100; Jabberwocky after party tickets $25.

44801 N. Sierra Highway
(661) 723-6250
LMAGReceptionist@cityoflancasterca.org


February 23, 2011 Posted by | City of Lancater, lancaster artists, lancaster blvd art, Lancaster Museum Art Gallery, LMAG | , , , , | Leave a comment

look here. LMAG’s 26th Juried Art Exhibition- Artist Invitation

 

look here. LMAG’s 26th Juried Art Exhibition- Artist Invitation

A collaborative, collective and civic juried art exhibition on The BLVD, presenting the wide variety of artistic expression resident in the High Desert.

Deadline for artist entries is January 24, 2010.

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Lancaster, CA December 28, 2010- The Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery, and the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery Associates are currently seeking art entries for “look here.”, LMAG’s 26th Juried Art Exhibition. The exhibition is open to artists of all ages who are current High Desert residents working in all types of fine arts media including nontraditional, electronic and digital media. A number of cash prizes will be awarded. Artist applications and guidelines are available in person at the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery or Lancaster City Hall Department of Parks, Recreation and Arts, or online at the museum’s juried exhibition website http://www.cityoflancasterca.org/index.aspx?page=767. Submissions must be received by mail or in person by 4 pm on January 24, 2010. Artists will be notified of inclusion on January 26th.

Situated at a threshold between old and new, past and future, LMAG’s twenty-sixth juried art exhibition embraces the idea of being “in between” by expanding to the streets. The exhibition will turn The BLVD into a temporary museum. Through collaborations between LMAG, BLVD businesses and participating artists, the exhibition explores the idea that virtually any place can be designated a museum and recognized as aesthetically or historically valuable. Selected artworks will be publicly displayed in and around BLVD businesses, each with identifying signage and labels indicating that they are part of “look here.” The BLVD itself will be transformed into a connecting gallery through highly recognizable displays and way finding. “look here.” asks the artists of the High Desert to lead the way; to forge a path in creating a collaborative, collective and civic juried art exhibition on The BLVD which will cross that threshold into the new museum.

“look here.” accepts artwork submissions in any medium, from oil paintings to electronic circuits. The exhibition seeks to present the wide variety of artistic expression resident in the High Desert. Shirlae Cheng-Lifshin from the Pasadena Museum of California Art and Los Angeles-based painter Gegam Kacherian will be the jurors for “look here.” and will draw upon their curatorial and art-making experiences to select works for public display at the museum and throughout The BLVD.

The current list of participating BLVD businesses includes: A.V. Bank, A.V. Dance Studio ‘81, Aven’s Furniture, Bandstand Coffee, Bella West Salon, Caramel Pastries, Daisy’s Costumes, Graphic Experience, King Photo Supply/BLVD Today Café, Lancaster Performing Arts Center, Perk Place Coffee House, and Sewability. For updated information of participating businesses please visit the LMAG website at www.cityoflancasterca.org/Index.aspx?page+67.

“look here. The 26th Juried Art Exhibition” will be on view February 5-March 27, 2011 with a special opening reception and award presentation on February 4, 2010 beginning at 5 pm. The museum will present exhibition related events and activities that will encourage visitors to interact with and learn from the variety of creative talent on display. For additional information, please contact the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery at 661-723-6250 or lmagreceptionist@cityoflancasterca.org.

About the 26th Juried Art Exhibition Jurors

Shirlae Cheng-Lifshin, Pasadena Museum of California Art

Shirlae Cheng-Lifshin received her BA in Art History from the University of Washington, and her MA in Art History/Museum Studies from the University of Southern California. While her academic studies initially focused on Chinese art history, she has since transitioned to focusing on American art and contemporary art while working at the Pasadena Museum of California Art as the Exhibition Manager. At the PMCA, Ms. Cheng-Lifshin oversees all of the exhibitions and public programs, and has curated the contemporary installations in the PMCA Project Room since 2005. She is also the curator of “Desire: Six Los Angeles Artists,” as well as the forthcoming exhibition on graffiti art, “Street Cred: Graffiti Art from Concrete to Canvas.”

Gegam Kacherian, Los Angeles based artist

Gegam Kacherian was born and raised in Yerevan, Armenia, and received his BFA from Terlemezian Fine Arts College in 1981. In 2005 he was selected for a visual arts residency at Idyllwild Arts in San Bernardino, California while the previous year he was awarded a residency at the First Jeju International Art Festival in Jeju, Korea. Reviews and articles of his exhibitions can be read in “Art in America” and the “Los Angeles Times,” as well as other publications. Currently his works from the Weisman collection are on view at the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans, Louisiana as part of the exhibition “Elements of Nature: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.” At present, Mr. Kacherian is preparing for his third solo show scheduled for October 2011 at Rosamund Felsen Gallery in Santa Monica, California at Bergamot Station.

About The Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery

Founded in 1986, the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery is dedicated to advancing an appreciation of art and history in the Antelope Valley. Operating two sites—the Museum/Art Gallery and the Western Hotel Museum—LMAG is not only a repository for historical artifacts important to the preservation of the unique character of the Antelope Valley, but also a place where audiences—residents and visitors alike—may experience exhibitions of fine art and participate in a variety of art and history-based programs. LMAG offers a schedule of exhibitions, as well as lectures, workshops, Family Day activities, film and musical events.

General Information- The Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery is located in Lancaster, California at 44801 North Sierra Highway, one-half block southwest of Lancaster Boulevard and across the street (west) from the downtown Metrolink depot. For more information about LMAG and its programming, call (661) 723-6250 or log on towww.cityoflancasterca.org/Index.aspx?page=67.

Museum Hours and Admission- The Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm; it is closed Mondays, holidays, and between exhibitions. Admission is free, except to specially ticketed events.

December 28, 2010 Posted by | Lancaster Museum Art Gallery, LMAG’s 26th Juried Art Exhibition, the blvd | , , , , | Leave a comment