Foundation

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LAPS Foundation

The LAPS Foundation was founded in 1987 to encourage the next generation of artist printmakers in southern California. 

Foundation Scholarship Grant Awards
Each year printmaking students are encouraged to apply for our Foundation Scholarship Grant Awards. They must submit an application signed by a faculty member from the college they are attending. LAPS student members are eligible. No active regular member of LAPS is eligible for an award. 

It is common for student awardees to remain active in the printmaking community after they have won a student award. LAPS Foundation spent many years fundraising to create a self supporting endowment for the cash grants provided for the Scholarships. 

Past awardees have included many current LAPS members, such as Dirk Hagner, an active LAPS Board member. Each student who receives an award is invited to a special board meeting where they receive their check. Student winners are encouraged to donate a print to the Foundation collection, which in turn supports fundraising. 

The Foundation has a collection of prints that are used in a variety of LAPS fundraising efforts. A patron of LAPS is entitled to choose a print for his/her personal collection as a gift for a patron donation of $150. Patrons receive invitations to attend special patron events as well as all regular LAPS events.

Foundation rewards 2017

GRANT APPLICATION INFORMATION

   

2015 Winning Applicants
Kellie Hames, North Illinois University, LAPS student member, $700
Brianna Joy Lynch, CSU Long Beach, $500
Joathan Hunt, Golden West College, $400
Evelyn Contreras, CSU Long Beach, $400
2014 Winning Applicants
Taylor Guerra, CSU Long Beach, $750
Evelyn Contreras, CSU Long Beach, $500
Erin Kennedy, Saddleback College, $500
Evelyn Contreras, CSU Long Beach, $500


Membership and the Foundation 
All members in good standing of LAPS are members of the Foundation. There is an Executive Board of the Foundation consisting of President, Treasurer, Secretary, the current President of LAPS, and one other. There is at least one annual meeting of the Executive Board, and a financial report is submitted to the Board of LAPS.

Background Information
The LAPS Foundation was founded in 1987 as a nonprofit public benefit corporation. It is organized under the Non Profit Public Benefit Corporation Law for charitable purposes, and is not organized for the private gain of any person. [Sec 501c]

The original 1987 Executive Board of LAPS Foundation included Robert W Brown, President. Masha Schweitzer, Treasurer, and Barbara Frankel, Secretary, and Mina Kan President of LAPS.


Print by Brian Borlaug, a 2011 recipient of the LAPS Foundation Student Scholarship

"John '48", 2010

Intaglio print by Brian Borlaug, a 2011 recipient of the LAPS Foundation Student Scholarship

Inés Monguió is a creative artist actively showing in Ventura, CA. as a member of several artist groups that explore both printmaking and painting.
My collagraph prints, collages made from collagraphs, combinations of collagraphs and etchings, cut paper collages and mixed media acrylic paintings all deal with the nature of abstraction. My work shows influences of many things in the natural world presented in a non-objective way. I received my BA in Art from Hunter College, NY and my MFA from the University of North Texas , Denton, TX. I live and work in Dallas and at my ranch in Bells, TX. I maintain an active exhibition schedule and fell fortunate to have my work in private and corporate collections.
Joseph Vorgity is a contemporary realist watercolorist and printmaker. His still life, landscape, and figurative subject matter are recongnized by strong flat areas of color with sharp lines to delineate shapes. Some themes are narrative, others have a surreal quality while many are created primarily for their beauty and visual impact.  Some of the figurative pieces are modeled after traditional religious pictures of saints and deities while others are related to figures in Japanese woodblock prints of the early 20th century. His strongest influences come from the American Precisionist Movement, the Arts and Craft Movement, and from Japonisme.    A majority of Vorgity's woodblock prints are made in the Provincetown white line style. Multi-color prints are pulled from one matrix block with a white line separating each color shape. The prints area hand rendered with watercolor giving them the visual quality of paintings.  Each white line print has an anticipated edition of 50. Vorgity was introduced to the method in 1982 by Ferol Sibley Warthen, a major proponent of the technique in Provincetown.    Joseph also produces traditional limited edition multi-color woodblock prints, and Japanese moku hanga woodblock prints. He studied the Japanese technique with Takuji Hamanaka, Matthew Brown, and William Paden.     Having first studied advertising and illustration in his home town of Philadelphia, Vorgity moved to New York City in 1978 to attend the painting program at the School of Visual Arts. Don Nice, Don Eddy, and Elizabeth Murray were influential teachers. He holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and later received a Master's Degree from Fordham University. Joseph was an educator on the elementary and secondary levels for 18 years. He has also worked for the wardrobe departments of Broadway and Opera productions. He was featured in an article about his woodblock prints in the October 1999 issue of American Artist Magazine. 
Bob began his career during the burgeoning of the print workshops in 1970. He worked at Impressions Workshop in Boston and at the Printshop in Amsterdam Netherlands. He earned a B.F.A. from University of Massachusetts and M.F.A. from Syracuse University.  A faculty member at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass. and member of The Boston Printmakers since 1986, his lithographs are included in collections here and abroad. In 2009 he was the co-winner of The Dayton Peace Museums International Peace Prize for The Arts. He participated in the London Liberal Arts College, "Year of Subversion Exhibition” in 2013. His essays have appeared in the Print Alliance Journal,"Prints and Politics", Visual Overture Magazine, and the Bangalore Review. Other writing has appeared in Literal Minded, Orange Alert, Shine Journal, Askew Reviews, Glossolalia, Creative Writing Now, Blinking Cursor, Bap Q, Lunarosity, Icelandic Review, Writers Billboard, First Writers Magazine, Milspeak, Subterranean Journal, South Jersey Underground, Cavalier Magazine, Yellow Mama, Visual Overture, Vox Poetica, Ascent Aspirations Magazine, The Red Fez, Forum Magazine, and Spilling Ink Anthology.
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ImMigration Project_Venice
Jan. 11, 2020

ImMigration Project at Self Help Graphics

Saturday, January 11th to February 22nd, 2020

Opening Reception, January 11th, 7PM - 9PM

Join us February 1st, 2020 from 1PM-3PM
For or a Gallery Walk through with participating artists followed by a
Panel Discussion on "Migration and Art”  with

Pavel Acevedo, Marianne Sadowski and Phumilelele Tshabalala

Included in this exhibition is a special preview of PAPER BOATS, a small flotilla will be on view in preparation for LA Printmaking on view at SGCI 2020 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 1-4, 2020.


The ImMigration Project, back from an exciting installation in Venice Italy, in October 2019 currently comprises 145 artists from all over North America and Europe!
This unique collaborative art project will continue to grow and travel. Help us find the next venues! And stay posted on all the news when you follow the ImMigration project on Facebook and Instagram!

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