Juror Leisa Austin, Imago Galleries

Opening Receptions May 7th and June 4th 6-10pm

May 7– June 11, 2016

Reception photos

*Pickup of artwork Sunday June 12, noon-5pm

Bethany Taylor


Art is a language. Throughout history, from illuminated manuscripts of antiquity to modern political posters, artists have incorporated text into art and vice versa. The juxtaposition of word and image creates a cumulative effect that can convey a pointed political message, make a cultural or social statement, or simply mystify the eye. Words themselves can be works of art, whether used for their literal meaning, their symbolic value, or their visual properties when printed or written. Images have power, and so do words. Together…
The pieces in this exhibition represent the work of numerous artists both local and from across the country. The theme is text. The artwork explores the possibilities of the marriage of words and images using myriad media and materials: sculpture, photography, tapestry, collage, book art, video, fabric, and even ice. One piece is written in Braille and designed to be touched.
The guest juror for this exhibition, who selected the pieces, is Leisa Austin, owner of Imago Galleries, one of the West Coast’s premier art galleries.



Dafna Steinberg-Cabbage




Accepted Artists:

Eva Andry, Victoria Ayres, Mariona Barkus, Joseph Begnaud, Gar Benedick, Richard Bohn, Chuka Susan Chesney, Erik Deerly, Ludmil Dimitrov, Carolyn Doucette, Elizabeth Dove, James Doyle, Suzanne Firstenberg, Rachel Fry, Sandra Gallegos, Carlos Grasso, Cristina Guadalupe Galvan, Karen Gutfreund, Richard Helmick, Derrick Hickman, Ericka Hoffman, Kelly Hoffman, Mark Indig, Marina Joyce, Chris Justice, Kirk Kain, Sherry Karver, Paul Kelley, Colleen M Kelly, Dawn Kramlich, Ingrid Lahti, Mario Laplante, Barbara Lekus, Kate MacDonald & Les Sears (K8L35), Stuart McCall, Trevor Messersmith, Janet Milhomme, Greg Morrissey, David Orr, Steven Roberts, Cate Roman, Nancy Roy-Meyer, Kathy Rudin, Gareth Seigel, H. Jennings Sheffield, Kathryn Shinko, Nicole Stahl, Charley Star, Dafna Steinberg, Felis Stella, Susie Stockholm, Nishiki Sugawara-Beda, Bethany Taylor, Renee Ward, Jeff Williams, Everett Williams, Nancy Wolitzer, Kathrine Worel, Carolyn Yarnell


Erik Deerly-Experiences For Active Contemplation Thought Action


Founded in 1991, Imago Galleries is considered one of the West Coast's premier contemporary galleries. Often mistaken for a boutique museum, the 18,000-square-foot gallery also has a sculpture garden and terrace. More than an architectural icon, owner Leisa Austin strives for curatorial excellence in bringing groundbreaking exhibitions of the highest caliber to the desert, as Imago Galleries celebrates 24 years on the West Coast art scene.


Leisa Austin CV

Visionary Magazine


Everett Williams-BlackLives27




What Can Contemporary Art Do To Push Acceptance Along Culture and Gender Spectrums?

June 12, 1-2pm

Free Admision

OCCCA is excited to host a free panel discussion event in line with Sapira Cheuk's solo
exhibition Chiasmus - Material Selves, Liminal Spaces at GALLERY de FOX

Join us on Sunday, June 12th for a thought-provoking discussion on "What Can Contemporary Art Do to Push Acceptance Along Culture & Gender Spectrums?"


Sapira Cheuk, Painter

Jane Chin Davidson, CSUSB Professor of Art History & Art Curator

Kurt Weston, Photographer

Jonathan Alexander, UCI Professor of English and Gender & Sexuality Studies


Natalie Mik, Independent Curator and Sociologist


Sapira Cheuk on “Subjectivity in flux and the internalization of sex” (lecture)

“To recognize the existence of another subjectivity implies recognizing that it belongs to, and constitutes, a world of its own, which cannot be substituted for mine; that the subjectivity of the other is irreducible to my subjectivity” - Luce Irigaray, Sharing the World

Sapira Cheuk will discuss her latest body of work building on Luce Irigarary’s work on the absence of a true female subjectivity. Cheuk's works use intertwining ink figures to explore how the self destabilizes during sex; in addition to allowing the materials and the process of making to add to the self/non-self dialogue.

Cheuk has given lectures on issues of the body and women’s sexuality at the University of Nevada, University of California Riverside, California State University San Bernardino and Gallery 330 Pomona. Her talks open up discussions on female sexual experiences, particularly the complexity of the subject and corporeality, while building an alternative narrative of bodily desires. Cheuk engages the audience to participate in a dialogue across the liberal arts and beyond and offer an opportunity to broaden academic research and to develop professional relationships. Her art was exhibited in over 50 exhibitions, including at the Riverside Art Museum, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, The Robert & Frances Fullerton Museum of Art and the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. She received her BA at University of California Riverside and her MFA at California State University San Bernardino.



20th Annual Orange Open

July 2nd - July 29th



Artwork by Ben Valenzuela

Chicano/Latino Artists United for Social Justice

Curated by Abe Moya

August 6 - September 10, 2016

VIP Party: Saturday, August 6th 4-6pm

Public Reception: Saturday, August 6th 6-10pm

Music by Higgy & Martin


Featured Artists:

Emigdio Vasquez, Abram Moya Jr., Ben & Jes Valenzuela, Gregg Stone, Carlos Callejo, Rosemary Vasquez Tuthill, Matt Southgate, Jose Loza, Guillermo Avalos, Ignacio Gomez, Ricky Lozano, Moises Camacho, Alicia Rojas, Angel Martinez, Henry Godines, Cecilia Ortiz, Enrique Brito, Atilano Bravo, Josh Correa, Ricardo Duffy, Roger Reyes, James Rocha, Briyana Negrette, Marina Aguilera, Maria Reyna, Cynthia Bustos, Armando Cepeda

Special Exhibition:
‘Art for All’ workshop series with the Corbin Center, in our project gallery


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