Saturday, July 06, 2019

Valerie Jardin Photography >> New bookstore, workshops and more

It’s July already and I’m off to teach a 7-day workshop in Paris this week.
June was a great month. I taught a street photography workshop in Minneapolis, wrote a lot and enjoyed some me-time with my camera. Everyone says I need a hobby, so I learned to sail and totally loved it. Yes, I’m am officially a sailor now :)
I just opened registration for the September 2020 Normandy workshop. It’s a very popular one and I hope to see some of you there. I haven’t scheduled the 2020 Paris workshops yet, there will at least 3 to choose from and of different lengths. More on that very, very soon!


2019 not much left

NORMANDY Sept. 15-21 2019 (1 spot)
MINNEAPOLIS October 4-5 2019 (4 spots)

2020 ***NEW! ***

NORMANDY Sept. 13-19 2020


My Bookstore has a new look and two more titles coming soon! That will be books #8 & #9… Woohoo!
Check it out :)


I opened a new gallery titled CAR PEOPLE on my website. Please take a look! While you’re there, you may want to check out STATE FAIR MOMENTS, to give you an idea of life in Minnesota when I’m not traveling the world.


The podcast also has a new look with a summary page where you can quickly access the last 30 episodes! Check it out
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Show your work at LACDA! | "Open Source" exhibit initiative | July 2019 (Los Angeles, CA.)

L.A. Center for Digital Art
Dear Artists,

I am organizing a group exhibit for July  2019 "OPEN SOURCE" patterned after a series of successful salon style exhibits we have had and we would like to include your work! 

This is an open exhibit for all artists especially those that participate in LACDA calls and competitions, SIGGRAPH DAC Artists, plus any and all friends and colleagues. LACDA creates the prints, referrals are most welcome. 

News of the exhibit will be distributed to our email list of over 15,000 to our network of curators, critics and our considerable social media outlets.  

The Opening Reception will continue our series of well attended Saturday openings which have been successful at drawing a more specialized art crowd. The exhibit will also have a lively Downtown L.A. Art Walk preview on the Thursday prior to the opening. 

The exhibit will take place in our largest gallery area and features artists focused on digital art and photography. This program raises funds for gallery operations, we rely on these exhibits for our sustainability. 

Exhibit Dates: July 11- August 3, 2019
Reception: Saturday, July 13, 6-9pm
Artwalk preview: Thursday, July 11, 7-9pm
Images of previous salon stye exhibits can be found here:

January 2018

Other earlier shows:

Our very first Salon style exhibit:

How it works:
Each artist has us do one or more prints for the show at the uniform paper size of 44"x34" (new larger 40"x30" image area with 2" margin/trim area) on your choice of luster, gloss or semi-matte at $145 per print. 

All are Premium Epson papers and of the highest quality. Having us do the prints is mandatory, as well as the standardized size (which allows for the successful overall design of the exhibit.

We will try to show as many artists as possible, so the show will be a salon style hanging, one work atop another vertically double and triple hung. Work is for sale and the artists receive 50% commission. Prints remaining can be shipped at nominal cost to artist.

No limit on number of prints an artist can show, but space is limited to about 50 prints. Space is reserved when funds are received. Both tall and wide aspect images are welcome. 

Instructions for Participation:

Two easy steps:

1) Send funds via PayPal for your prints here:

Please include your shipping address with your information

Outside California $145.00 USD per print      
CA Residents add 9.5% tax; $158.76 USD per print

2) Upload your images here: html  

Name your file as follows indicating name and type of paper: 

For multiple images: Jeff_Koons_luster1.psd  Jeff_Koons_luster2.psd  Jeff_Koons_luster3.psd

The exhibit is artist curated. We review images you select and may collaborate further on that.

Any file type, color space printable from Photoshop is fine. Send us the best image you have, we do the rest. Max image area is 30x38. Don't worry, if there is an issue we will fix it. We will get the titles, prices, etc. later in another email.

Please respond soon, even with newly added space this will fill quickly and we will need all of the files in for printing in well in advance of the exhibit. 

Thanks so much for all of your support and taking part in this exciting endeavor!


Rex Bruce
Los Angeles Center For Digital Art
104 East Fourth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

"Open Source"

July 11- August 3, 2019

Saturday, July 13, 6-9pm

Artwalk preview: 
Thursday, July 11, 7-9pm

LACDA is about participation!
Los Angeles Center For Digital Art is dedicated to the vast panorama of hybrid forms of art and technology that constitute our moment in culture. We are committed to supporting local, international, emerging and established artists through exposure in our gallery. We have an ongoing schedule of exhibits and competitions, produce editions of wide format archival prints, and collaborate in the production of digital artworks in our studio. As well we are involved with curating digital exhibits at institutions and festivals outside of the LACDA gallery schedule.

L.A. Center for Digital Art, 104 East Fourth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

City of Chicago Announces $1.3 Million in Direct Support to the Local Theatre Community During the 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre



116 theatres and dance artist organizations will receive $835,750 in financial grants and 157 theaters, and theatre-makers will receive $448,650 to fund artist performance fees and commissions to maintain free public programming
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today announced more than $835,750 in financial grants to 116 theatre and dance artists, nonprofit theatres and other community organizations as part of the 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre – with a special focus on organizations located on the South, Southwest and West Sides. In addition to these cultural program grants, DCASE will also provide more than $448,650 to 157 theatres, theatre-makers and dance-makers to cover artist performance fees and commissions so these organizations can maintain their free public programs.

The City of Chicago and the League of Chicago Theatres have designated 2019 as the ‘Year of Chicago Theatre.’ This citywide, year-long focus on theatre is the first of its kind in the U.S.

“Theater has the power to bring people together, influence the way that we think and feel, encourages personal reflection, and fosters creativity and expression – all while making our lives better,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot. “Our performing arts organizations are integral to the fabric of Chicago and help to define its world-class status. It is only right that we support those organizations that add so much value and culture to Chicago.”

DCASE grants, performance fees, and commissions are made possible by the City’s annual budget and through the generous support of Chicago’s philanthropic and business leaders.

“To truly fall in love with Chicago, you must go to our theatres. This is where the city bares its fearless soul,” said DCASE Commissioner Mark Kelly. “From Broadway musicals or storefront plays and improv, the energy of the city comes alive in our theatres. And with a diverse collection of more than 250 dynamic theatres throughout our neighborhoods, there’s always a seat waiting for you.”

Financial grants awarded through the DCASE Cultural Grants Program:

Year of Chicago Theatre Sector-building Grants
2019 CityArts Project Grants support initiatives and projects that have the potential to impact the Chicago theatre sector at large. The goal of this grant program is to incentivize creativity related to city-wide initiatives and to further the program priorities of innovation, community engagement, diversity, equity and collaboration. Grants range from $5,000 to $50,000.
  • $319,750 awarded
  • 17 organizations supported

Year of Chicago Theatre Micro-grants
The 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre Micro-grants support projects which increase diversity and access in Chicago’s theatre sector, with a focus on Chicago’s South and West sides. Grants range from $2,000 – $5,000.
  • $50,000 awarded
  • 13 organizations supported

CityArts Program Grants (specifically for theatre, dance and performance arts)
The CityArts Program seeks to encourage nonprofit organizations to attain artistic excellence and financial stability by making general operating grants to Chicago-based, arts and culture-focused organizations of all sizes. DCASE gen-op funding has increased by 36% over the past two years. Grants range from $2,000 – $25,000.
  • $400,000 awarded
  • 64 organizations supported

Individual Artists Program Grants (specifically for theatre, dance and performing arts)
Through project grants, the Individual Artists Program aims to assist Chicago's professional artists in creating work that elevates their careers and brings value to the City of Chicago. Grants range from $500 – $5,000.
  • $66,000 awarded
  • 22 artists supported

Examples of the organizations supported through financial grants include Albany Park Theater Project (“Port of Entry”), Chicago Children’s Theatre (X Marks The Spot, an Extra-Sensory Tour), Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (DESTINOS – 3rd Chicago International Latino Theater Festival), Deeply Rooted Dance Theater (“Essence” Project), DirectorsLabChicago in collaboration with Haven and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (Stage Direction Masterclass Series), Jackalope Theatre Company (House Party: Youth Access Initiative), Kuumba Lynx (Chicago Hip Hop Theater Festival), See Chicago Dance (Expanding and Diversifying Dance Journalism) and Victory Gardens Theater (ACCESS 2.0).

Additionally, DCASE supports artist performance fees and commissions totaling $448,650 to 157 theatres, theatre-makers, and dance-makers as part of its free public programming. Examples include the new Millennium Park theatre series, a new Millennium Park theatre-themed public art activation, theatre exhibitions and special events at the Chicago Cultural Center, theatre performances at the Taste of Chicago, and dance performances and lessons offered as part of the Chicago SummerDance series.

Examples of the organizations supported through performance fees and commissions include Aguijón Theater CompanyBarrel of MonkeysCircEsteemChicago Dance CrashChicago Full Moon Jam ProductionsCollaboraction Theatre CompanyEmerald City Theatreeta Creative Arts Foundation and Free Street Theater (Millennium Park Theatre Residencies, presented in partnership with the Bayless Family Foundation).

The first half of 2019 has been a busy one for DCASE and the League of Chicago Theatres, including the launch of a new theatre asset mapping project aimed at bolstering theatre on the South, Southwest and West Sides. Other initiatives include a major advertising campaign and global media events with Choose Chicago, and theatre-themed cultural programming at Millennium Park (including the Film Series programmed in collaboration with theatres), the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Chicago Riverwalk (including Art on theMART and lantern processions). DCASE and the League of Chicago Theatres have also partnered with the Chicago Park District for “Night Out in the Park” for more than 200 free performances from 40 theatres in all 77 of Chicago’s community areas. Over 100 arts industry volunteers serving on committees to advance this important initiative.

Earlier this year, DCASE and the League of Chicago Theatres announced significant foundation support for the Year of Chicago Theatre from BMO Harris Bank, Bayless Family Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Agency, The Joyce Foundation, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Endowment at Millennium Park Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Millennium Park Foundation, Prince Charitable Trusts, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and Robert R. McCormick Foundation.
Promotional and programming support for the Year of Chicago Theatre is provided by Art on theMART, Chicago Loop Alliance, Choose Chicago, FCB Chicago, HMS Media, Illinois Restaurant Association, LUMA8, The Magnificent Mile Association, Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority and others—plus many City departments and sister agencies including the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Transit Authority and the Department of Aviation.

For more information about the Year of Chicago Theatre, visit and join the conversation on Social Media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) @ChicagoDCASE and @ChicagoPlays (#2019isYOCT #ChiTheatre).

2019 Year of Chicago Theatre:
The City of Chicago and the League of Chicago Theatres have designated 2019 as the ‘Year of Chicago Theatre.’ This citywide, year-long focus on theatre is the first of its kind in the U.S. The initiative includes performances and special events for the public at hundreds of cultural venues, theaters, parks and neighborhood locations throughout the city. The City of Chicago and its partners will also launch a marketing campaign; provide additional financial grants to theatre projects; encourage dialog around inclusion and equity; and call on civic, philanthropic, arts and business leaders to support the theatre community. To truly fall in love with Chicago, you must go to our theatres - where the city bares its fearless soul. From Broadway musicals to storefront plays and improv, there’s a seat waiting for you at one of our 250+ theatres. Book your next show today at

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events:
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

Thursday, July 04, 2019

L.A. Center for Digital Art >> Tiffany Trenda at LACDA (Los Angeles, CA.)

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art 
los angeles center for digital art
104 East Fourth Street 
Los Angeles, CA 90013

July 11- August 3, 2019
Reception: Saturday, July 13, 6-9pm

Artwalk preview: Thursday, July 11, 7-9pm

The Vanishing Portrait exhibition is a new body of work that explores the discrimination in technology. The work comments on a specific bias in today's social media and other online platforms. Furthermore, these racist technologies can have severe outcomes on female minorities. For example, what happens to the future generation of women who see pornographic material when they search for themselves through Google ("Asian Girls")? Or how Instagram has over fifteen filters but yet, most of them lighten the skin. By continuing the history of whitewashing portraiture, society as a collective, are continuing the history of discrimination.

Part of the issue is there should be more diversity of people working in the tech sector but the problem goes much deeper. Social media reflects the public consciousness. We must as a collective, understand how images, tags, and interactions online can emotionally impact a person.
This exhibition will show digital prints and documentation from a current exhibition of work at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. 
Tiffany Trenda is a new media performance artist based out of Los Angeles. She received her BFA from Art Center College of Design and her MFA from the UCLA, Design and Media Arts program. Trenda won Artist of the Year at the LICC Awards in 2008. She has performed at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CONTEXT Art Miami, Broad Art Museum, Scope Art Fair, A+D Museum, Los Angeles Contemporary Art Exhibitions, Boulder Contemporary Art Museum, and the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China. Trenda was included in the performance program at the Metamorphoses of the Virtual - 100 Years of Art and Freedom during the 55th annual Venice Biennale and in 2017 she was on a panel for SXSW. Trenda has exhibited at the Faena Art Center in Buenos Aires, Laboratorio Arte Alameda in Mexico City, and Art Center Nabi in South Korea.

Artist Statement
Trenda's performances and installations explore the relationship of the human body, particularly the female body, to technology. She interchanges her identity with screens to represent how we conceal and reveal ourselves through our devices (smart phones, computers, etc.). As these devices become an integral part of our daily lives, we relate to them as if they are part of our skin. Therefore, we are constantly choosing between the physical and the simulation of our bodies through virtual realities, social media, etc. We are no longer living in the present but through the screen. This changes how we form memories and how we interact with the outside world.

L.A. Center for Digital Art, 104 East Fourth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013