California Art Club’s Premier Artists Share Insights on Contemporary Concepts of Beauty with 'Empathy for Beauty in the 21st Century' at the Carnegie Art Museum

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On view from June 8 to August 17, the exhibition of nearly 40 contemporary-traditional works of art – from evocative figures to meditative landscapes and seascapes – explores the idea of aesthetics in the new century.

In 'Empathy for Beauty,' we have an opportunity to see how artists discover and elevate sublime moments in the midst of the digitally overloaded culture of the 21st century.

The nature of beauty has been contemplated for centuries, and this discourse continues as nationally renowned contemporary-traditional artists of the California Art Club share their personal perspectives in the exhibition "Empathy for Beauty in the 21st Century: Signature Artists of the California Art Club," on view at the Carnegie Art Museum from June 8 to August 17.

A reception with the artists will be held on Saturday, June 7, from 4 to 6 p.m.

With the artwork in this display, 30 artists share their personal experiences with a variety of subjects in which they find poetry. The nearly 40 works were inspired by visual, musical, literary and spiritual encounters—ranging from evocative figures to meditative landscapes and seascapes—in an attempt to define a higher level of beauty in challenging times.

“In 'Empathy for Beauty,' we have an opportunity to see how artists discover and elevate sublime moments in the midst of the digitally overloaded culture of the 21st century,” says Suzanne Bellah, the museum’s director, who curated the exhibition.

The participating artists in this exhibition are all Signature Artist Members, which represent the top tier of artist membership in the historic California Art Club. They include Peter Adams, John Asaro, Clyde Aspevig, Béla Bácsi, Brian Blood, Cathey Cadieux, Karl Dempwolf, Dennis Doheny, David C. Gallup, Lynn Gertenbach, Jeremy Lipking, Carolyn Lord, Eric Merrell, Jennifer Moses, Stephen Mirich, Charles Muench, Michael Obermeyer, Daniel W. Pinkham, Tony Pro, Gerald D. Rahm, Junn Roca, Gayle Garner Roski, Mian Situ, Michael Situ, Christopher Slatoff, Tim Solliday, William Stout, Alexey Steele, Joseph Todorovitch, and William Wray.

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Key Information about "Empathy for Beauty in the 21st Century: Signature Artists of the California Art Club"

Exhibition Dates: June 8 to August 17, 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 7, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Venue: Carnegie Art Museum, 424 South C Street, Oxnard, CA 93030, (805) 385-8158

Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 pm. (except holidays)

Museum Admission: $4 for adults, $2 for seniors and students, $1 for children ages 6-18, and free for museum members and children age 5 and under.

About the California Art Club    

The California Art Club, established in 1909 by early California Impressionists or plein air painters, is recognized as one of the oldest, largest and most active leading professional art organizations in the world. The mission of the Club is to promote traditional fine arts in the fields of painting, drawing and sculpture; produce and promote art exhibitions that foster greater understanding of traditional art heritage and California history; and furnish educational opportunities in the fine arts. Members include nationally renowned artists, art students, art scholars and patrons, and leading collectors and members of the business community in order to interject different perspectives into the ongoing dialogue about traditional fine arts.

About the Carnegie Art Museum

The Carnegie Art Museum was founded in 1987 with the acquisition of California plein air paintings of the 1920s. Today, it remains focused on California art, with the striking Greco-Roman architecture of its landmark 1907 building, originally the Oxnard Public Library, serving as the setting for exhibits and education programs that have provided the public with access to a diverse range of California art, as well as art influential to the art scene of the Golden State.

Over the past 26 years the Carnegie Art Museum has organized more than 218 major art exhibitions, attracted over 265,000 visitors, and brought arts education to 100,000 students. Carnegie’s permanent collection, periodically on view, has grown to nearly 1,000 artworks. Pieces from the collection have appeared in major traveling exhibits, including at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and La Casa Encendida in Madrid.

In 2013, the Museum launched the adjacent CAM Studio Gallery to advance is educational mission. Made possible by CAM Cornerstones support, its additional space enables spotlight exhibits from the permanent collection, specialty workshops and a guest studio artist program.

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