Young Culver City High School Visual Artists Present First-of-Its-Kind Art Exhibit
Submitted by Culver City Unified School District
Young visual artists from Culver City High School’s Academy of Visual & Performing Arts (AVPA) program, who are dual-enrolled in visual arts classes at West LA College, will present the first-of-its-kind art exhibit featuring their original work .
Curated by artist, curator, writer, and art critic Doug Harvey, the exhibit opens Wednesday evening, May 18 with an open house from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building on the West LA campus. College (WLAC). This exhibition also marks the reopening of the legendary Fine Art Gallery at West LA College with the next generation of LA Art Stars!
“This has been a remarkable partnership between West LA and Culver High. Working with these students is so inspiring,” said Harvey. This current group of students are all ninth graders. “As younger students, they are at a crossroads of unfiltered energy and gaining confidence and knowledge of art history,” he added. “They’re a great group. I just step back and lead. Even at that, they actually don’t need a lot of direction. They’re very open and curious, and so positive about life. It makes it really fun.
The benefits these students derive from working with WLAC are many, including the great privilege of working with professional artists.
“The art world is mysterious and complex,” Harvey said. “Students can interact with professors who work in the art world.”
Harvey, a working artist, who during his tenure as senior art critic for LA Weekly was considered “one of the most important voices on art in the city” by the editor (at era) Tom Christie.
“An art critic who is read nationwide, is intelligent, lively, original, has an independent open eye, a quick wit, is not dull and never academic,” wrote New York Magazine critic Jerry Saltz , and “a master of the unexpected chain reaction of thought,” said LA Times critic and Pulitzer Prize winner Christopher Knight.
The open house will feature the fabulous CCHS/AVPA Jazz Band, ceramics demonstrations and refreshments. It is free and open to the public. Come see student work and what the visual arts at West LA College have to offer. (Please note that masks are required inside all West LA College buildings.)