In The Arts

March 22, 2012
  • Dana Gioia will deliver the keynote speech at the sixth annual Art Star Awards.
Dana Gioia will deliver the keynote speech at the sixth…

DeLap on board at LAM

The Laguna Art Museum's board of trustees voted earlier this month to appoint artist and former UC Irvine art school instructor Tony DeLap as a fellow member, LAM officials announced in a news release.

DeLap, a working artist who lives in Corona del Mar, taught at UC Irvine from 1964 to 1991, where he was first faculty member of UCI's studio art program, the release said.

He has donated some of his works to the Laguna Art Museum for its annual benefit auction. One of his paintings, "Summer Seance," sold at auction for $17,000 during this year's LAM Art Auction on Feb. 4.

"As anyone could guess from his art, Tony is an extraordinarily smart and perceptive person," Malcolm Warner, the museum's executive director, said in a prepared statement.


"He has a real feeling for museums. Any museum board is enriched by the participation of a working artist, and we are fortunate to have brought in someone of Tony's stature," Warner added.

DeLap joins six other new members appointed to the board during the past six months: Curt Biddulph, Robert Braun, Jane Hanauer, Bob Hayes, Mark Hilbert and Thomas Stiles II.


Gioia tapped to give keynote speech at Art Stars

The Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts (LBaa) announced that acclaimed poet and arts advocate Dana Gioia will be the keynote speaker at the sixth annual Art Star Awards at [seven degrees] on April 1.

Gioia is the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, according to a news release from LBaa. In 2010, he was appointed the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC.

"For many years Laguna Beach has been rewarded culturally and financially by its devotion to the arts," Wayne Baglin, the alliance's chairman, said in a prepared statement. "Mr. Gioia has championed the importance of the arts at the highest level in our country. What an honor it is to have him as the keynote speaker at this year's Art Star Awards."


Laguna pair to start book project on fish

Ret and Karen Talbot, who live in Laguna Beach, will collaborate on a book about the Banggai cardinafish, a species of coral reef fish unique to a remote part of Indonesia's archipelago, according to a news release.

Karen Talbot, an artist who has exhibited her work at the Sawdust Festival, will serve as the book's main scientific illustrator, and Ret Talbot, a freelance writer and photographer, will co-write the book.

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