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May Art Night 2010

18th Street Arts Center celebrates its quarterly art festival featuring two exhibition opening receptions, a dynamic outdoor video and sound installation, and Highways Performance Space’s highly-anticipated Poetry Slam Contest. Art Night takes place from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the18th Street Arts Center, located at 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, north of Olympic Boulevard.
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Carla Herrera-Prats and Matthias Merkel Hess

Artists Carla Herrera-Prats and Matthias Merkel Hess were awarded 18th Street Visual Arts Fellowships, tied to 18th Street’s 2010 programmatic theme, Status Report: The Creative Economy. The awards include a three-month residency in the 18th Street galleries, and a project budget. Beginning April 1, 2010 Prats and Hess will take over the galleries to create a visual arts laboratory fostering experimentation and investigation. Previous 18th Street Fellows Robert Sain and Andrea Bowers recently concluded the first highly successful and visible first Status Report project commissioned and funded by 18th Street.
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Love in a Cemetery

18th Street Arts Center kicks-off its 2010 season with Love in a Cemetery. Robert Sain, LACMAlab founding director, and LA based visual artist Andrea Bowers, were commissioned to organize this unique visual arts laboratory with young artists from the Otis MFA Public Practice program, involving projects reaching out into the greater Los Angeles community.
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2010 Status Report: The Creative Economy

18th Street is pleased to announce the eight California artist winners of its theme-based residencies for it’s 2010 artist residency program. The awards include a three month residency in our galleries, grants between $2500 and $5000, and a public presentation of their work. The eight Fellows of the 2010 artist Residency-program include:Robert Sain, Andrea Bowers, Martin Durazo, Elena Siff, Dorit Cypis, Ana Guajardo, Carla Herrera-Prats and Matthias Merkel Hess.
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Diane Meyer: Without a Car in the World

Without A Car In The World (100 Car-less Angelinos Tell Stories of Living in Los Angeles) opens Saturday, October 17, at the 18th Street Arts Center. This final exhibition of 2009 features 100 photographs by artist Diane Meyer with accompanying narratives from persons who live without a car in Los Angeles.
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War As a Way of Life

18th Street Arts Center concludes our 2008 exhibition series, The Future of Nations, with War as a Way of Life. Curated by 18th Street Artistic Director Clayton Campbell, we are proud to present a stellar group of international and Californian visual artists, many of whom are contributing works which will be seen for the first time. War As a Way of Life examines the phenomenology of how people who are exposed to long-term effects of war or conflict are transformed. Using photography, video, mixed media, and painting, the artists look at how war, which is either abroad, in our own neighborhoods, or even in our families, is affecting future generations perceptions of themselves and their communities.
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The Future of Nations

As part of its mission to create a forum for civic engagement through the arts, 18th Street Arts Center proudly presents “The Future of Nations,” their 2008 season of exhibitions dedicated to examining the issues related to the 2008 presidential campaign. While doubling as a legal polling place throughout 2008, 18th Street is the only arts center in southern California devoting an entire season to artists who are addressing issues surrounding the election.
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War as a Way of Life: AMITIS MOTEVALLI

18th Street Arts Center concludes our 2008 exhibition series, The Future of Nations, with War as a Way of Life. Curated by 18th Street Artistic Director Clayton Campbell, in conjunction with the exhibit, Artist Fellow, Amitis Motevalli debuts Haram eh Massoumeen va Shohad ha (Threshold of the Innocents and Martyred) in our Project Room Gallery.
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“Citizen Artists Making Emphatic Arguments”

In this election year, who will turn “saving energy” from a mere ad campaign to a real lifestyle change, who will step up to the plate to make radical changes from green washing media hype into revolutionary living beyond crude oil and other accepted fossil burning “necessities” – and what will be the impact on the future of the nation?
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