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Los Angeles Area Scene Paintings  
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Los Angeles Area Scene Paintings
November 2, 2019 - June 26, 2021
Curated by Gordon T. McClelland and Austin D. McClelland

The Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University is proud to present Los Angeles Area Scene Paintings.

Several years ago, Mark and Janet Hilbert came up with the idea to produce an exhibition featuring scene paintings of the Los Angeles area. All the works of the Los Angeles area would be selected from their personal collection and from paintings they gifted Chapman University.

That idea has now come to fruition with this exhibition which depicts the Los Angeles County environment during the past 150 years, through the eyes of a large number of talented artists who lived in this region, including: Emil Kosa, Jr., Hardie Gramatky, Charles Payzant, Dorothy Sklar, George Gibson, Mary Blair, Lee Blair, Millard Sheets, Barse Miller, Paul Sample, Ben Abril, Roger Kuntz, Suong Yangchareon, Bradford Salamon, Ralph Hulett, Rex Brandt, Milford Zornes, Edward Biberman, Joseph Weisman, Paul Julian, John Bohnenberger, Oscar Van Young, and more.

Also included in this exhibition are fruit crate labels, post cards, brochures, and other ephemera depicting Los Angeles paintings from the late 19th Century to mid-20th Century.

The opening reception for this exhibition was held on Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 6pm to 8pm.

   
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On the Road, Suong Yangchareon  
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On the Road: Paintings by
Suong Yangchareon
Exhibition opened on November 22, 2019
Curated by Gordon T. McClelland

California Heritage Museum in Santa Monica proudly presented On the Road: Paintings by Suong Yangchareon.

The exhibition showcased the extraordinary artwork of this artist who depicts ordinary California scenes with a heightened feeling of anticipation, in the photorealistic style of art.

A free, opening reception was held on Friday, November 22, 2019, from 6 to 9 pm.

The museum is located at 2612 Main Street in Santa Monica, California. Call (310) 392-8537 or email calmuseum@earthlink.net

   
   
 
Bay Area Scene Paintings  
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Bay Area Scene Paintings
October 27, 2018 - April 27, 2019
Curated by Gordon T. McClelland

The Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University presented Bay Area Scene Paintings. This exhibition depicted the diverse and beautiful cityscapes and landscapes of San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area in more than 70 paintings by renowned California artists, including: Jade Fon Woo, Ralph Hulett, George Post, Jack Laycox, Sun Ying, Ken Potter, Lee Blair, Suong Yangchareon, and many others.

An opening reception for this exhibition was held on Saturday, October 27 from 6pm to 8pm.

Bay Area Scene Paintings catalog  
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On Saturday, January 19 at 4pm, Gordon T. McClelland delivered a PowerPoint presentation and talk on this exhibition.

After his presentation, copies of the Bay Area Scene Paintings catalog were made available for purchase and signing by Gordon and Austin McClelland, co-authors and designers of the catalog.

The publication includes full-color images and information about each painting in the exhibition.

 

   
 
Rick Griffin  
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Making Waves: A Tribute to Rick Griffin and John Severson
October 7, 2017 - March 31, 2018
Curated by Gordon T. McClelland

The Making Waves exhibition at The Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University saluted two masterful artists: Rick Griffin and John Severson, who contributed much to the surfing culture in California and elsewhere. The exhibition included Griffin's influential painting "Pacific Vibrations" (pictured left), Severson's thrilling surf paintings, and a collection of surf ephemera, zines, and posters.

In addition to this exhibition, four other exhibitions ran for the same duration of time at the museum:

50/50: California Art in Transition, 1940 - 1970, curated by Glen Knowles, examined the period from World War II and the following three decades when new ideas of modernism came to California and influenced its artists and how art was taught in art schools.

American Illustration: Children at Play launched at the Hilbert Museum's new American Illustration gallery, highlighted the works of accomplished artists who created illustrations for magazines, books, and other publications. This first exhibition featured works from the 1920s to 1950s by Joe DeMers, Stevan Dohanos, and Andrew Loomis, among others.

The Magic of Disney Art, Featuring Pinocchio, in the Animation Art gallery, included four newly-acquired, original animation cels from the 1940 Disney classic film. Also on exhibit were animation art and concept art from Disney films Lady and the Tramp, and The Jungle Book. Well-known California artists who worked for Disney Studios, and were represented in the Hilbert Collection, include Eyvind Earle, Mary Blair, Phil Paradise, and Phil Dike.

California Masters: Bradford J. Salamon featured works from the Hilbert Permanent Collection by the acclaimed Los Angeles artist. This exhibition included monumental "portraits" of vintage objects, food, and Star Wars' C-3PO.

An opening reception for these exhibitions was held at the museum on Saturday, October 7 from 5 to 8:00 p.m.

On Saturday, January 20, 2018, Gordon gave a slideshow presentation of the exhibition at the museum from 2 to 3:00 p.m.

   
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