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Annual Student Fine Art Show

Thursday May 25th
7:00 - 9:00 PM

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On view on the third floor in the Spiegel Gallery. 
 

Annual Student Photo Contest


Tuesday May 23rd
5:00 - 7:00 PM

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On view on the second floor in the Gindi Gallery.  

 



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"Parsha Posters" by Hillel Smith

Extended by Popular Demand


Begun at Simchat Torah 2015, the Parsha Poster project is a series of posters "advertising" the parshat hashavua (weekly Torah portion). The posters utilize innovative Hebrew typography--each one integrates the Hebrew name of the parsha in Hebrew somehow into the illustration--and a bold, graphic aesthetic to tell Biblical stories in a new way. 






Hillel Smith is an artist and graphic designer focusing on engaging communities with their heritage in innovative ways. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Visual Studies. Finding a lack of inspiring new Jewish art, he attempts to re-imagine the potential of Judaica by utilizing contemporary media like spray paint and digital graphics to create new manifestations of traditional forms. He has painted dynamic Jewish murals in Southern California and Israel with his Hebrew street art venture Illuminated Streets, with more murals on the way. He revitalizes ancient rituals with online projects like his GIF Omer Counter and Parsha Poster series, encouraging creative reconsideration of religious practice. He leads workshops on Jewish art, including Jewish street art, at a growing number of institutions, centering on artistic empowerment, continuity, and manifesting identity through the arts. Seeing Hebrew as the visual glue binding Jews together across time and space, he also teaches Jewish typographic history, using print as a lens for Jewish life and culture. Making fun and engaging content is also the crux of his work as a designer of educational products, viral videos, and marketing materials for organizations large and small, as for clients like Patton Oswalt. See his work at hillelsmith.info

Supported by ASYLUM ARTS.

 

On view in the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (1st Floor)

 


 

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"WINGS" by Harriet Zeitlin

Extended by Popular Demand

Harriet Zeitlin received a full scholarship to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where she was a painting major and  participated in a coordinated course with the University of Pennsylvania. This is where she earned a BFA degree while attending two-year course in the Traditions of Painting at the Barnes Foundation. Later she studied printmaking at the University of California, Los Angeles and photography at Santa Monica College. She has lived in Los Angeles, New York, Washington, DC and Paris.

Zeitlin has had 25 solo shows and exhibited in over 100 group shows, including a display of her artist quilts in the US Department of State Arts in Embassies Program in Hong Kong and Namibia, Africa, a solo show of three decades of her multimedia work at the Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica, CA., and a recent exhibition in the Salon d'Automne in Paris.

She won both a California Arts Council Grant and City of Los Angeles Cultural Grant and her work is in numerous public collections including such institutions as the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, the Library of Congress, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Zeitlin has also taught art over the years in such venues as Crossroads School, Los Angeles High School for Music and Art, Los Angeles Unified School District Adult Education Program, Mirman School for Gifted Children, and UCLA Extension. In 1998 she also completed book on photography started by her husband titled Shooting Stars: Favorite Photos Taken by Classic Celebrities.

Artist's Statement: 
"In the 6 decades that I have been a painter, printmaker, quilt maker, sculptor and mixed media artist I have dedicated myself to the task of making a valid, meaningful statement that will touch the viewers' sensibilities. I have felt free to cut across boundaries of media and materials, and have endeavored to balance decoration with expression, combine found objects with my own fiber work, and conjoin the two and three dimensional into one cohesive whole. In my latest series of mixed media work "WINGS", the subject is birds- in flight, taking off, soaring, diving, leaving the earth in joy and freedom. Man, earthbound by gravity, always longed to accomplish this feat and succeeded. Yet, despite our heroic achievement in aviation, we continue to look upward, following with awe and amazement the beauty and grace of a flight of birds. I hope that this body of work will evoke memories and associations where art, nature, culture, and the collective unconscious interlock."

 

On view on the Artist Staircase until August 2017