Focus on the Masters kicks off its 25th Season of their award winning Artist Spotlight interview series on February 23, 2020 from 3—4:30PM at the Museum of Ventura County. Admission is free to FOTM Members, $15 for General Publuc and $10 for Seniors.
Kim Schoenstadt’s international site-specific installations are inspired by the intersections of architecture, sculpture, color, line, history, culture and concepts based around overlapping points in time. Each piece creates multiple realities simultaneously through skillfully orchestrated compositions. The artist states, “My work has always had two interlocking avenues of inquiry. The more visible part of my studio practice involves a formal interrogation of architecture and environments through drawing and installation work. The other less conspicuous side engages more sociologically and conceptually with groups of people in order to inform a work’s content.” Schoenstadt is interested in the power of art to change one’s relationship with space and educate the viewer of the history and culture of a place. Among her current projects, is a permanent installation at the Los Angeles County Metro’s Fairview Heights Station. She is also known for her ongoing series, Now Be Here, group photographs taken of hundreds of female artists. The project addresses the issue of gender underrepresentation in contemporary art museums. Kim Schoenstadt was born in Chicago, Illinois and received her BFA from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA.
To learn more about Kim Schoenstadt visit www.KimSchoenstadt.com.
Special invitation to educators and students: The Artist Spotlight is open to students with valid ID free of charge. FOTM is happy to assist with tracking attendance and sign-in sheets. Reservations required. To RSVP visit www.FocusOnTheMasters.com or call 805.653.2501.
AfterGlow Fundraising Event: The public is welcome to join the artist for a celebratory fundraising dinner at the Ventura seaside home of Martin and Virginia Furmanski. Paid reservations are required prior to February18. We expect this AfterGlow to sell out. Maps will be given to paid guests at the interview.
$30 FOTM members, $40 Non-members.
Sponsored by Martin and Virginia Furmanski
Dennis Mitchell at I Capelli Salon, Passion Flowers, Peterson Graphics, Museum of Ventura County,
Scott Miles – The Scientific Photographer, Dee Finning – Virgin Moon and David Tuomi Sound
Special Exhibit: In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Vita Art Center, located at 28 W. Main St., Ventura, is exhibiting the artwork of four women artists that will be formally documented by FOTM in 2020. The work of Kim Schoenstadt, Margaret Garcia, Lori Cozen Geller and Katie Van Horn is on display through March 20. This is the fourth annual all women’s art exhibit co-curated by Vita Art Center and Focus on the Masters. Collector’s Preview Saturday, February 29, 4 to 7 pm. Public Reception Friday, March 6 from 6 to 9 pm.