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Scholarship Spotlight – Cris Cichocki ‘DESERT ISLAND’

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La Quinta Arts Foundation former scholar winner Cristopher Cichocki is an internationally recognized artist who creates artworks of intersecting media. He has exhibited at MOPLA (Month of Photography, Los Angeles), Biennale Urbana, Venice, Italy, Desert Daze, Joshua Tree, Palm Springs Art Museum and was featured on the PBS Documentary ‘New Earth Art’.  He is is founder and curator of Epicenter Projects. 

Epicenter Projects presents DESERT ISLAND–on view through April 20, 2017 at the Coachella Valley Art Center.  

Desert Island explores the extremities of the Western Desert as an ever-shifting environment of resilience and isolation. A parallel program to Desert X, this multidisciplinary exhibition brings together 24 artists who embrace the desert and its interconnections through a contemporary array of painting, photography, sculpture, video, installation and performance works.

 

image by Bill Leigh Brewer

EXHIBITING ARTISTS:
Filippo Minelli, Julie Schafer, Matt Hope, Olivier Dubois-Cherrier, John Knuth, Kas Sanchez, Tim Shockley, Ari Elefterin, Aaron Giesel, Wm. Marquez, Osceola Refetoff, Chris Peters, Jed Ochmanek, Eric Nash, Steve Webster, Bill Leigh Brewer, Ming C. Lowe, Scott B. Davis, Deborah Martin, Nicolas Shake, Lance Gerber, Frederick Fulmer, Jeff Frost, Cristopher Cichocki

Details: http://epicenterprojects.com/DESERT-ISLAND

Cristopher Cichocki
Inversion, 2015 (installation detail)
Aloe vera, day-glo, steel, irrigration tubing and date pistols illuminated by ultraviolet radiation

THE ORIGIN OF EPICENTER PROJECTS:
Founded by artist and curator Cristopher Cichocki in 2014, Epicenter Projects was a desert residency generated for artists working in time-based and site-specific modes of production. Throughout Epicenter Project’s initial phase, an international selection of contemporary artists have been invited to produce site-specific works alongside the San Andreas Fault Line. The shifting region of the San Andreas provides a contextual framework inherent to the ephemeral nature of time, space, ecology and environmental complexities. While some projects remain installed within their given site(s) for an audience to experience directly, many works only exist as fleeting actions captured through an array of documentation: photography, video, audio recordings, publications and/or printed editions. This ongoing series of online exhibitions encapsulates each artist’s project via EpicenterProjects.com. Expanding into the future, Epicenter Projects programming will feature group exhibitions such as Desert Island, along with educational workshops and public lectures from our visiting artists.

In keeping with LQAF’s mission of “Promoting and Cultivating the Arts,” annual scholarship awards are made possible with proceeds garnered from LQAF public art events including the La Quinta Arts Festival, plus La Quinta Arts Foundation memberships and contributions by sponsors, community partners and memorial contributions.  LQAF scholarship recipients are eligible to receive funding for up to five years.

The Visual Arts Scholarship Program is designed to assist local college-bound art students, and returning scholarship recipients, as they work toward a career in the field of visual arts.  Since the program was instituted in 1984, La Quinta Arts Foundation has awarded more than $1.23 million dollars in scholarships to local students pursuing college degrees in the field of visual arts.

La Quinta Visual Arts Scholarship applications for academic year 2017-2018 are now open.  Interested students need to carefully follow the Application Guidelines and complete the Visual Arts Scholarship Application. The deadline for all the materials to be received in LQAF offices is by Friday 4:00PM (PST) March 24, 2017.