Sixteen fine arts majors from the Laguna College of Art and Design will exhibit their paintings in 30 Laguna Beach art galleries as part of the college’s professional mentoring program during Art Walk Thursday, Dec. 4.
The program pairs fine arts majors with member gallerists, who guide students through the fundamentals of exhibiting their work and educate them about the business side of operating a gallery.
Many students have never exhibited their work professionally.
Senior Briana Lee will be mentored by Dawson Cole Fine Art Gallery, a gallery featuring works of art that served as inspirations earlier in her career. “I’ve admired Dawson Cole since I first entered their doors in Carmel, Calif., when I was 16 years old,” Lee said. “Now I’m actually exhibiting my current work in their gallery. The pressure is intense,” she said.
LCAD career service director Robin G. Fuld has coordinated the program for 13 years. “There is neither another mentor program nor art walk like this in the nation,” Fuld said. “Laguna Beach is unique among California’s art communities in that its First Thursdays Art Walk brings together world-class galleries with one of the nation’s top art and design schools to enhance student education, giving them a competitive edge in the professional art world.”
Many alumni who have participated in the program have continued their careers with their mentoring galleries as exhibitors, assistants, installers, consultants and managers.
“The program has greatly contributed to our reputation for preparing the next generation of artists and designers,” said LCAD President Jonathan Burke.