Lynn Aldrich is a Los Angeles visual artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her sculptures are included in the permanent collection of both the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. She has been the recipient of individual artist fellowships from the J. Paul Getty Trust Fund as well as the City of Los Angeles. An essay on Lynn’s work appears in the March 2010 issue of Sculpture Magazine. Aldrich is Biola University’s 2010 Distinguished Artist-in-Residence. A solo exhibition of her work in the Biola University Art Gallery is a significant part of this symposium.
Janet Echelman is a visual artist specializing in transformative public art sculpture installations that adapt to natural forces like wind, water, and sunlight. According to Sculpture Magazine, her work charts “a bold new direction for sculpture” and represents some “of the truly significant public art in recent years.” Her practice has grown to include monumental urban interventions, which require her to orchestrate teams of architects, engineers, landscape architects, consultants, and fabricators to craft her iconic fluidly-moving public sculptures for cities around the world. Her most recent work, the 145-foot-tall Her Secret is Patience, has been credited with helping to transform the center of downtown Phoenix, creating a new local identity. An essay on her work appeared in the September 2010 issue of Sculpture Magazine.
Paul Hebblethwaite is an artist as well as the Executive Director of the Salvation Army Alegria and founder of Art and Shelter in Los Angeles. In 2008, Paul invited artists and curators to collaborate in the creation of a gallery space at The Salvation Army Alegria, a Silver Lake housing community for homeless families affected by HIV/AIDS. Located in the entrance to the community center, the art gallery hosts quarterly exhibitions of contemporary artists, providing residents and visitors the opportunity to experience a wide range of visual arts. With the initial success of Alegria’s art gallery, the program has expanded into multiple social services locations under the name Art and Shelter.
Charlene Melhorn, a Biola graduate, is Artist-in-Residence and Director of Artology for BuildaBridge, a non-profit arts education and intervention organization primarily serving families and children coping with homelessness in Philadelphia. She created and developed Artology, an interdisciplinary art and science summer learning program that utilizes Philadelphia (its neighborhoods, parks, and museums) as a vibrant interactive classroom. She is currently working on her Masters of Education with a major in Art at Tyler School of Art – Temple University. In addition to studying under Pepon Osario, an internationally recognized community artist, she is excited to be reinvesting in her own work. Through BuildaBridge she has taught internationally in collaboration with local artists in Penang, Malaysia and Guatemala City, Guatemala.
Marc Pally is an artist and curator/ administrator specializing in public art. After receiving his MFA from California Institute of the Arts, Pally pursued a career in art production and administration/planning/ curating. In addition to having taught studio art for many years at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, Pally held several significant art administration positions including Director of LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) and City Planner for Public Art at the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles. The latter position began Pally’s career in the public art field, which grew to include the development and management of public art projects primarily in the private sector throughout the United States with an emphasis on Southern California. Currently he is Artistic Director of “Glow,” a biannual dusk-to-dawn arts festival next scheduled for September 2010 on the beach in Santa Monica, California. His passion and commitment is to engage the vision of artists in the public sphere thereby helping to create environments in which the unexpected and often the enigmatic reside as key elements in our common spaces.
Liza Simone is the Founder and Owner of Phantom Galleries LA, an Arts Organization that transforms vacant storefronts into temporary art galleries. Each installation is a unique relationship between the participating artists, curator, property owner and the community that the exhibit is in. Phantom Galleries gives local artists an opportunity to exhibit their work, while fostering economic development by drawing attention to available retail space. Since 2006 Simone has produced over 200 exhibitions showcasing over 500 artists in collaboration with Los Angeles based art galleries, independent curators, non-profits, arts organizations and universities in various cites from Beverly Hills, Pasadena, Downtown LA to Downtown Long Beach. Before her career in the arts, Liza was involved in the film industry and worked as a commercial photographer.