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Artist Shares Intimate Portrait of Alzheimer’s Disease as Part of the Summer of Photography at Palo Alto Art Center
Contact : Ken Heiman    6506173511

PALO ALTO, CA–Bay Area artist Kija Lucas presents an intimate portrait of her grandmother, a Palo Alto resident, in her exhibition Collections from Sundown at the Palo Alto Art Center, May 27-July 9. Using groupings of notes and collections of personal belongings, Lucas explores the ways in which Alzheimer’s disease has shaped her grandmother’s understanding of the world around her and how that understanding affects those caring for her.

Sundown refers to Sundowners Syndrome, a set of symptoms common in Alzheimer’s patients that often get worse after the sun goes down. These symptoms include increased confusion, and, in the case of Lucas’ grandmother, the collecting and packing of belongings in preparation for a perceived trip.

“These still lives include images of what she collected in a single day, as well as groupings of notes she wrote over a period of several years, and make evident the changes in reality that come with her disease,” says Lucas. “The notes reflect the repetition experienced by loved ones of a person with Alzheimer’s.”

The Collections from Sundown exhibition is part of the Palo Alto Art Center’s Summer of Photography, designed to engage community members of all ages in the creative and expressive potential of photography. Through exhibitions, public programs, hands-on opportunities, and community partnerships, this initiative promises to introduce a new audience to the power of photography and reinforce its capacity as an aesthetic and expressive medium.

Other Summer of Photography events scheduled to take place at the Art Center include:

·         Palo Alto Camera Club exhibition in the Community Gallery, June 9-July 12
·         Friday Night at the Art Center, 7-10 p.m., June 16
·         Lecture with artist Michael Light, 3 p.m., June 25
·         Digital Photography with Curt Fukuda, 7-9 p.m., July 27 and August 3
·         Cyanotype Workshop with Ann Holsberry, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., July 30
·         Photography Family Day, August 6
·         Preserve your Family Photos with Curt Fukuda, 7-9 p.m., August 17

Children’s Fine Art Camps during the summer will also provide opportunities for children and teens to learn about photographic techniques and explore the medium as a tool for expression and creativity. In addition, an Instagram photo competition will engage the Art Center’s online community, and winning photographs will be exhibited in the Art Center’s Community Gallery space.

 More information on Art Center events and exhibitions can be found on our website,

About Artist Kija Lucas:
Kija Lucas is an artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She uses photography to explore ideas of home, heritage and inheritance. She is interested in how ideas are passed down and seemingly inconsequential moments create changes that last generations. Lucas received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2006 and her MFA from Mills College in 2010. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Bay Area at The Headlands Center for the Arts, The California Institute of Integral Studies, Altar Space, Intersection for the Arts, Luggage Store, Mission Cultural Center, Root Division, The Bedford Gallery, Pro Arts, The Asian Resource Center Gallery, as well as Venice Arts in Los Angeles, La Sala d’Ercole/Hercules Hall in Bologna Italy, and Casa Escorsa in Guadalajara, Mexico.  Lucas has been an Artist in Residence at The Lucas Artist Residency at Montalvo Center for the Arts, Grin City Collective, The Wassaic Artist Residency, and the Growlery. 

About The Palo Alto Art Center:
The Palo Alto Art Center is your place to discover art. See, make, and be inspired because everyone is an artist. Created by the community, for the community in 1971, the Palo Alto Art Center provides an accessible and welcoming place to engage with art. We serve approximately 100,000 people every year through a diverse range of programs.

The Palo Alto Art Center, Division of Arts and Sciences, City of Palo Alto is funded in part by grants from Silicon Valley Creates and the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation. The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation gratefully acknowledges support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Yellow Chair Foundation, private donations, and members.

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