Palos Verdes Art Center / Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education is pleased to announce that Jacqueline Weisbaum, an entering MFA candidate at California Institute of the Arts, has been named the 2021 recipient of the Alpay Scholarship. Also acknowledged for honorable mention are Graciela Uriegas of Grossmont College and Alicia Serling, Otis College of Design.
Now Trending, currently in its fifth iteration, was created by Dr. O. Allen Alpay through the Beverly G. Alpay Memorial Education Fund and implemented by Palos Verdes Art Center for the advancement of young artists enrolled in Southern California art schools. This annual exhibition was designed to provide a leg-up for students to help launch their careers. In addition to a juried exhibition, the Alpay scholarship of $5,000 is given to one artist showing talent and dedication.
This is the first year that PVAC presents this exhibition solely online, due to COVID-19 mandates. Although we all prefer to experience art in person, this new platform has provided a showcase for many more burgeoning artists than could otherwise be presented in our physical galleries setting.
Juror, Dennis Keeley, has provided his expertise as an artist and academic to select eight videos and a total of 51 sculptures, installations, and 2D works. We are grateful to Mr. Keeley for contributing his time and astute insights.
PVAC is honored to promote and invest in the following selection of artists. Their voices echo the pulse of our present day, while their vision paves a bold path into our collective future.
Aaron Sheppard, PVAC Curator