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

I want my paintings to speak for themselves. I look for a certain power and simplicity in my work, images that work at a gut level which also invite a wry, humorous look at life. I like to challenge bland emotions and poke fun at sacred cows.The roots of my work are in expressionism; my influences are from everywhere: a childhood in West Africa, French political posters of May 1968, Topolski’s sketchbooks, Munakata’s woodcuts. I also admire Chinese brush painting with its object of capturing a single Zen moment in a few simple brush strokes.My themes are grounded in everyday life, in my experience of life as a woman. As an artist I like to work within the traditions of art and history, at the same time to play with its icons and stretch its boundaries. My subjects are landscapes and people, animals and flowers, dancers and musicians, a celebration of life.Art for me is not only about life but a way of adding to it, exploring it. I think with my brush. I think about the marks I make. I want to blow fresh air into established ways of looking at life and constantly to redefine myself and my relationship to the traditions of art.
In his graphic work, Endi Poskovic invokes influences as disparate as early cinema, classic Japanese woodcut prints, devotional pictures, and Eastern European propaganda posters. By combining visual representation with text, Poskovic shifts the reading of the image by providing a new context for the viewer to continually reinterpret. Reminiscent of youthful whimsy and playful fantasy, the unsettling juxtapositions and invented constructions in Poskovic’s prints convey a sense of the habitual, like a window into the everyday reality of a different world. The hybridized narratives of toy-like objects and fantastic landscapes in Poskovic’s work imply stories from personal and social histories, referencing themes of displacement, shifting cultural identity, environmental transformation, migration, and alienation—all of which are presented in images that are as tragic as they are magnificent.Endi Poskovic was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in1969. From an early age he studied music and art, which eventually led to performances of traditional music and songs of the Balkans at festivals throughout Europe and the Middle East. Poskovic completed his B.F.A. at the University of Sarajevo Academy of Fine Arts in 1990. A Minnefindet Scholarship, funded by the Norwegian government, enabled him to live in Norway for a year to study art as well as the Nynorsk language and culture. From Norway, Poskovic moved to the United States to study with Harvey Breverman and Adele Henderson at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he earned his M.F.A. in 1993.Poskovic has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, most recently from the John D. Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center in Italy and the Open Studio Centre in Canada. Other notable awards include grants and fellowships from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Camargo Foundation in France, MacDowell Colony, Art Matters Foundation, New York State Arts Council, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Indiana Arts Commission, Confucius Institute, Durfee Foundation, Flemish Ministry of Culture-Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium, Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, McColl Center for Visual Arts, Can Serrat International Art Centre in Spain, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Kala Art Institute, Valparaiso Foundation in Spain, and the University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies.Widely exhibited, Poskovic has presented his prints in some of the most prestigious venues for print media, most recently in the 14th Taipei International Print Biennial, and the 2009 Krakow International Print Triennial. He has also shown work in the Egyptian International Print Triennial, La Biennale Internationale d'Estampe Contemporaine de Trois-Rivières in Canada, Deutsche Internationale Grafik-Triennale in Frechen, Tallinn International Triennial in Estonia, Xylon International Triennale in France, and Ljubljana International Graphic Arts Biennale in Slovenia. Comprehensive surveys of Poskovic’s prints have been organized by the Philadelphia Print Center in 2001, the Des Moines Art Center in 2006, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in 2007, and again in 2008 by the Frans Masereel Museum in Belgium—which traveled to Stad Leuven Academie en Conservatorium and Atelier Vrije Grafiek, Academie voor Beeldende Kunst-Ghent.Works by Endi Poskovic are in many permanent collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Royal Antwerp Museum of Fine Arts, Centre National des Arts Plastiques in Cairo, the Fogg Art Museum—Harvard University, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, New Orleans Museum of Art, Orange County Museum of Art in California, the Kennedy Museum of American Art, the University of Iowa Museum of Art, Des Moines Art Center, Seattle Arts Commission, The Krakow International Print Triennial Society Museum of Art, Tampa Museum of Fine Arts, Vaasa Ostrobothnian Museum in Finland, and the Musée d'Art Contemporain Fernet Branca-Saint-Louis in France.Poskovic is a Professor at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design, as well as at the University of Michigan Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.Poskovic’s current series of lithographic prints and animations are a roman à clef reminiscing Mostar, a city with several distinct ethnic communities in Southern Bosnia and Herzegovina. Through faith in the process of drawing, the series offers a personal tale of displacement and discovery.
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Folded Paper Boat by Florence Alfano McEwin
July 9, 2021
"Paper Boats Portfolio"

Museum of Art Fort Collins
Colorado 201 S. College Ave. Fort Collins, CO 80524

July 9 - August 15, 2021
Opening Thursday, July 8th, 2021

Artists in the Paper Boats Portfolio:

Florence Alfano McEwin, Mary Sherwood Brock, Lise R Drost, Aunna Escobedo, Beth Fein, April Flanders, Sherry Jankiewicz, Gesine Janzen, Irena Keckes, Catherine Kernan, Carolyn Liesy, Hilary Lorenz, Martyna Matusiak, Kerry McAleer-Keeler, Stephanie Mercado, Bill Pangburn, Jennifer Anderson Printz, Mumu Wang, Cathy Weiss and the artists of Mono Grafico Colectivo, including Marianne Sadowski, Kay Brown, Nguyen Ly, Don Newton, Beth Peterson, and Victor Rosas.

The Paper Boats Portfolio was sponsored by Los Angeles Printmaking as part of the 2020 SGCI conference that has now been re-scheduled for the 2023 SGCI in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with a stop visiting the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy in May, 2022.

All LA Printmaking members, both students and artist members, may join the Paper Boat Flotilla going to Venice in 2022!
Stay tuned for the CALL for ART coming in August 2021.

#PaperBoats2020 #PaperBoatsPortfolio #Paperboats2023 #LAprintmaking #PaperBoatsFlotilla

Exquisite Corpse
July 6, 2021
Exquisite Corpse is a collaborative approach to making Art first used by the Surrealists to create bizarre and intuitive writing and drawing. The LA Printmaking membership, both Student and Artist members, are invited to get creative and collaborate in this project this summer!

International Printing Museum
August 4th to September 30th
!

Members interested in this call, sign up HERE
More information on the Exquisite Corpse SUMMER Call HERE

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 2023 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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!

Here is a short video clip of the first installation of ImMigration at the 2019 SGCI.

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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