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"Now Entering Irvine" exhibit

  • Presented By: The Gallery @ WorkWell
  • Dates: 1/23/2019, 2/6/2019, 2/20/2019, 3/6/2019
  • Location: WorkWell
  • 17322 Murphy Ave., Irvine, CA 92614
  • Phone: (949) 705-9360
  • Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Price: Free
  • Details

    Spanning sixty-six square miles, the City of Irvine is nationally recognized as one of the most successful master-planned urban communities. The city incorporates top-rated educational institutions, a thriving business atmosphere, environmental stewardship, and more recently the city has seen planners utilize art to develop a more visible, creative, and inclusive place. This kind of active participation and promotion of a role for contemporary artists in Irvine, by residents and planners, is a focus on revival or return rather than invention. Irvine has now arrived at a period where the boundaries between an art scene and urban planning are converging.

    Now Entering Irvine is a cohesive and pioneering invitation for contemporary artists to return to Irvine to tackle its identity as a ‘beige city;’ a euphemism that refers to a lack of uniqueness across neighborhoods. The exhibition—part survey, part provocation, part catalyst—captures a feeling floating around the City of Irvine; namely, showcasing artists who will shape and define Irvine's next step forward into the larger art world. The show will include artworks by artists: Thread Winners, Joshua Ross, Shane McClatchy, Ali Rybczyk, Olivia Elia, Ashley Lukes, Ella Ritts, and many more!

    In keeping with the intention of the exhibition as a desire to reclaim space for the arts in our daily lives— the show will be a benefit exhibition in support of Friends of Art History (FOAH) and mural art programs within the city. Friends of Art History provides students with numerous opportunities to develop skills, and gain experience, knowledge, and confidence. Friends of Art History have provided over 100 awards for internships to Art History majors at UCI since inception in 2011 including internships and research grants. 

    Tthe exhibition continues the dynamic narrative of the Gallery @ WorkWell to find alternative spaces, foster a community of contemporary artists, and to allow a variety of ideas to surface, and collaborative initiatives to follow. 

    Opening reception for show is on Wednesday, January 23 from 7-9pm. Free to the public. 

    The gallery is open the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month or by appointment.