Last Saturday night I attended to the opening of the Brand 47 Works on Paper exhibition in Glendale, California. I know one of the artists in the exhibition, Richard Hutman, and I went to support his work.
I grew up in Pasadena, which is next to Glendale, but I was not familiar with the Brand Art Center before.
The Brand Library is the former home of one of Glendale’s founders L.C. Brand. He built the estate in 1904 and the property was gifted to the City of Glendale after his wife’s passing in 1945. Glendale converted the building to library in 1956 and added the Art Center in 1969. The Brand completed a two year remodeling project in 2014. It is a beautiful facility tucked away up by the mountains.
This was the 47th Annual National Juried Exhibition and it was curated by Alma Ruiz who is a former senior curator at MOCA Los Angeles.
I was impressed by a lot of the work that I saw there, especially since given the location of the venue I didn’t know what to expect. The gallery space is outstanding, its well designed, has excellent lighting, and has good flow to the layout. The only downside is the location is a little remote, you have to know about it, and its a ways from the center of the city.
Here are some of the works that caught my attention in the exhibition: (slide show, click on the image)
If you are in the area the exhibition is worth seeing and again I was really impressed by the space. Exhibitions Supervisor Shannon Currie Holmes is doing good things with this space.