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Juliana Lee

Juliana Lee Gives Back to the Community

March 22, 2018 

When Palo Alto Art Center Foundation member and donor Juliana Lee was growing up in Taiwan, she says that parents typically did not encourage their children to become artists. “Parents in Taiwan did not want their children to pursue a career in art,” she says. “They wanted their children to be able to support themselves, and being an artist was seen as not the best way to do that. That’s I why I care about the Art Center—I want to support the Art Center’s mission to have people create art and to appreciate it.”

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Sue Christiansen

Donor Profile: Susan Christiansen

June 7, 2017 
As a patron of the Palo Alto Art Center for more than 40 years, Susan Christiansen appreciates the Art Center on both a global and local level. “The Art Center is truly a foundation of national and statewide movements in art,” she says. “On a local basis, it brings the larger things in art down to a neighborhood level.”
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Design Thinking Class Empowers Teens to Fight Climate Change

March 29, 2017 
Teens interested in learning the design process, creating change, and exploring a new way of thinking all while helping the Sierra Club fight climate change should check out the Palo Alto Art Center’s new Design Thinking class beginning April 13. The course, aimed at teens ages 14-18, will use the Stanford d.school process of interviewing for insight, conducting empathy fieldwork, synthesizing findings into compelling needs, ideating radical design alternatives, and prototyping. Click the link for the full story!
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Art Center Boasts a Swedish Connection

March 14, 2017 
With the addition of Denise Laxén di Zazzo as the new Family, Teen & Outreach Coordinator, the Palo Alto Art Center now has a Swedish connection. Denise comes from Palo Alto’s sister city in Sweden, Linköping, where she worked as a museum educator and project leader. She also served as a museum director, curator and the individual in charge of all public art for the nearby of Motala in Sweden.
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Artist Lisa Solomon's Color Meditations with Teens

December 29, 2016 

Color is such an integral part of our lives. The food we eat, the clothes we wear, the mood we are in is all linked by our personal preferences for color. Culture also influences. Ultimately, the thing that is so compelling about color is that it is completely and unarguably subjective and personal.—Lisa Solomon

Thanks to a generous grant from the California Arts Council’s Artists Activating Communities Program, the Palo Alto Art Center partnered with Oakland-based artist Lisa Solomon to create a series of workshops for teens focused on color and meditation. In the workshops, Solomon employed a process similar to a warm-up activity she utilizes for her own work—small, water color paintings in which she explores color through repetition of a simple shape. The exercise both clears her mind and get “into the zone” for further creative explorations.

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Interview with Spectral Hues Guest Curator Sharon Bliss

December 29, 2016 

The Art Center relies on guest curators from time to time to bring a fresh perspective to our exhibitions. This year, we’ve engaged Sharon E. Bliss to curate the winter exhibition Spectral Hues: artists + color exhibition, which runs at the Art Center January 21-April 9. In the interview below, Bliss shares some behind-the-scenes experience about her work on the exhibition.

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Welcome the Art Center's new Curator Selene Foster

December 29, 2016 
The Art Center is delighted to introduce our new Curator, Selene Foster! Selene started at the Art Center in 2014 as the part-time Exhibitions Coordinator, helping to coordinate logistics around shipping, registration, and installation for the Art Center’s exhibitions program . She recently co-curated the incredibly popular exhibition Bird in the Hand in early 2016. Selene is also the co-founder and Executive Director of BAASICS (Bay Area Art & Science Interdisciplinary Collaborative Sessions)—organizing interdisciplinary programs around art and science, and the North American Exhibitions Coordinator for the Museum of Broken Relationships. Selene holds an MFA from Mills College and a BA from Bard College.
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Join the Art Center’s Community of Docents

June 7, 2017 

Wanted: People of all ages and backgrounds to serve as docents for the Art Center, to lead elementary school students on gallery tours and support hands-on art activities. No experience necessary, will train. Must be committed to fun, exploration, and learning! The aforementioned description summarizes what the Art Center is looking for as recruitment is now underway throughout the summer for docents to lead Project Look tours for K-8th grade students from local schools.

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