Pasadena City College Commemorates Twenty Years of Illustrious Artists-in-Residence.
A series of exhibitions and related events will begin in December 2005, to honor a distinguished group of visual artists and to commemorate one of the most remarkable programs in the California Community College system. The Pasadena City College Artist-in-Residence program has enabled students, faculty, and the local community to gain insights into the work and the creative process of internationally prominent artists. This year will mark the arrival of the twentieth annual Artist-in-Residence at PCC. Featured artists include Nathan Olivera, Jack Zajac, Jose Luis Cuevos, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Patrick Graham, Andres Nagel, Alexis Smith, William Wegman, Mary Frank, Wayne Thiebaud, Christopher Brown, Masami Teraoka, Peter Milton, Faith Ringgold, Jerry Uelsmann, Milo Reice, Syd Mead, Michael McMillen and Alison Saar. The twentieth artist-in-residence will be video installation artist Jessica Bronson, in residence during March, 2006. In 1987, Pasadena City College launched an ambitious program to bring prominent artists for an extended stay on campus, where they interact closely with students, faculty and the community. Each artist produces work on campus, leading to an exhibition and to the creation of an original piece that becomes a part of Pasadena City College’s permanent collection. PCC’s Art Gallery will present a retrospective exhibition opening Thursday, December 8th, 2005. The exhibition will include the works each of the first nineteen artists-in-residence created for PCC’s collection during their residencies, as well as the original posters for each of their exhibitions; in many cases, these posters were also independent works designed by the artists. Beginning in December and continuing through the end of the twentieth residency in April, former artists-in-residence will return to campus for workshops with PCC students and open-to-the public lectures. Artists and dates TBA. All of these exhibitions and events are free to the public. At the close of this commemorative year, a catalogue documenting the first twenty years of the program will be published, including a DVD with video excerpts of the artists taped during their residencies at PCC. Please contact Sandra Haynes for additional information about the history of the program, image files for publication, and current information about related events.