Chapman University this month is offering a rare glimpse at Laguna Beach artists, curated by local sculptor Nick Hernandez.
Hernandez was given the opportunity to curate two shows at the college's Guggenheim Gallery.
The first show, "Immortal Coils," will focus on Hernandez, Mia Tavanotti and Jorg Dubin. Other artists include Mark Garry, Sia Abderazai, Chris Santley, Josh Hoy, Cassey Parlette and Christiana Lewis.
His second show, a Latino showcase, will open June 9. "We've got the fight, we've got the insight" will feature Felipe Castaneda, Nadia Jaime and Arturo Guevera among others.
Hernandez was given this opportunity after he received some other exciting and very unexpected news.
When he picked up his mail on Feb. 29, he thought it was any other day, so he put it aside and continued working in his studio.
The sculptor opened the letter, addressed from Chapman University that announced he would receive an honorary doctorate on May 19. The commencement coincides with the show's opening night.