View From The Edge is a lecture series bringing life to modern art with important voices of the local arts community. Thursday May 23, we present Sue Ann Robinson, Director of Collections and Exhibitions for the Long Beach Museum of Art, as she brings a talk entitled, “Modern Art Nurtured in California: Historical Contributions of Our Local Artists.”
The lecture begins at 6:30PM at the Downey City Library, and is free to the public. The Downey Museu of Art, Downey Arts Coalition and curator Roy Anthony Shabla have collaborated to bring you this series. The DMOA has had a historically significant place in the modern art movement in California, as have artists local to the area. Come to learn about some of the significant names of the local history of modern art.
Sue Ann Robinson’s bio, courtesy of Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art.
Sue Ann Robinson is a visual artist, educator, author and museum professional. Robinson co-founded the first graduate program in museum education at George Washington University, Washington, DC. She worked with art museum director Walter Hopps at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and has developed innovative educational programs at the Long Beach Museum of Art, where she is currently the Director of Collections. She authored essays for the Art Museum as Educator, published by the University of California, Berkeley.
Robinson exhibited her assemblage on the east coast in the 70’s and produced artist’s books at the Writer’s Center, Glen Echo Park, MD. She was employed by the Women’s Graphic Center at the Women’s Building in Los Angeles in the 80’s. She received two three-year artist-in-residence grants from the California Art Council at the Long Beach Public Library and the Long Beach Museum of Art, where she subsequently continued as Director of Education.
Robinson has received numerous fellowships, awards and grants for her artist’s books—including the Library Fellows Grant from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, two artist’s fellowships from the Arts Council of Long Beach, a C.O.L.A. grant from the City of Los Angeles and residencies at Centrum, Port Townsend, WA; Dorland Mountain Artist Colony, Temecula, CA; The Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY; and the Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY. She has completed numerous commissions for the Long Beach Public Library, the Long Beach Symphony and the California Art Education Association.
Her artist’s books are in the collections of The National Gallery of Art, the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Getty Research Institute, Yale University, University of Washington and the Environmental Library at the University of California, Berkeley, among others. Robinson maintains her studio in Long Beach, CA.
As a bonus, Roy Anthony Shabla is hosting a TV Night on Tuesday 21st to watch arts documentaries, held at his home Casa La Reina. Contact the website for directions, begins at 6:30PM.