• LAGUNA BEACH, California
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  • January 11, 2021

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One of the works included in the exhibition, Birthday Girl by Matt Duckett, shows his daughter after her birthday during quarantine.

Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) MFA Programs in Drawing + Painting announced the exhibition, COVID Times: LCAD Masters Students Respond to the Pandemic from January 18 through March 4, 2021 at Laguna Beach City Hall, 505 Forest Avenue in Laguna Beach, California 92651.

The collection is curated by Peter Zokosky, chair of LCAD MFA Program in Drawing + Painting from among 20 current Master of Fine Arts candidates.

“While we all experienced the recent pandemic, it’s intriguing to see how artists process times of upheaval; some record how their daily life has changed, some seek refuge in nature or fantasy, while others quarantined with art supplies and found solace in long hours of creative practice,” he said. “Our first exhibition of 2021 is a chance to share the varied personal impressions as a record of resilience and hope.”

One of the works included in the exhibition, Birthday Girl by Matt Duckett, shows his daughter after her birthday during quarantine.

“On one hand, we couldn't invite any children to the party and couldn't go anywhere, so on the surface it may look dark or melancholy,” he said. “But I wanted to go further with that notion, because the painting is also an allegory for growing up, and that can be in itself uncomfortable and melancholy at times. Acknowledging hardship and deferring gratification is just a part of responsibility, and growing up is a process of accepting responsibility and building a greater life around those lessons.”

The exhibition will include many works of paintings and drawings submitted by the following MFA candidates: Jason Dowd, Ray Vargas, Agostino Vaccaro, Lin Hui Ding, Jessica Chong, Mark Silverberg, Kelly Smith Fatten, Jody Gerber, Brian Blasman, Matt Duckett, Laura Sonnek, Nora Xu, Renae Wang, Jill Maytorena, Danny DeMeza, Mike Lee, Peter Clarke, Kelley Mogilka, Mason Williams and Tracy Child.

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Mary Castillo


Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD)
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Laguna Beach, California
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About Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD)

Founded in 1961, Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) is one of the top art and design schools in the nation. LCAD offers undergraduate degrees (BFA) in Animation, Drawing + Painting, Extended Reality Design (XRD), Game Art, Graphic Design + Digital Media, Illustration, and Illustration in Entertainment Design, as well as Master of Fine Arts degrees (MFA) in Drawing, Game Design, and Painting. The Dennis and Leslie Power Library at LCAD houses the historic archives of the College and The Rex and Joan Irving Brandt Papers. For more information about LCAD admissions, news, events, and Annual Fund, please visit Facebook at @LCADBFA, Twitter @LCAD and Instagram @lcadbfa.

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