Art Division was founded two years ago by a group of California artists spearheaded by painter Dan McCleary, who, coincidentally, has been named Artist in Residence at the Getty Museum where he will be teaching a portrait workshop in January and February. It provides a comprehensive arts program to help young people seeking a career in the arts after high school to continue their schooling, secure scholarships and financial aid for college, as well as to provide direction and support in finding jobs where their talents can be put to use.
Art Division also offers a literacy program that includes academic tutoring that ranges from writing workshops with experienced mentors, personalized assistance with school work and applications, and proactive job placement. Individualized tutoring and instruction give students the tools they need to pursue higher education, achieve self-sufficiency and obtain careers in the visual arts.
In addition to McCleary, Los Angeles area artists who have lent their time and talent to Art Division include Javier Carrillo, Eowyn Wilcox, John Nava, Merion Estes, Karen Carson, Lucas Reiner and the late June Wayne. Art Division is a registered non-profit organization. For more information, visit their website: www.artdivision.org
“Sometimes I think of art as being a house that I have built for myself and that I live in every day.”
Born: 1989; Covina, California
“I saw the Van Gogh retrospective at LACMA when I was about seven years old ... the paintings glowed on the walls ... I still have memories of specific paintings that I saw there.” Graduated: Art Center
College of Design, B.F.A.
“I wish to make paintings that show that the ordinary is really extraordinary when you look very closely.”
“I love the process of making a piece of art that makes you feel unique and connected to the piece.”
Born: 1991; Mexico City, Mexico
“Art gives me the freedom to communicate with other people.”
Currently: Fine arts student, Santa Monica College
“I would like to make my parents proud as the first person in my family to graduate college.”
“Art is my life because without it I feel lost in this world.”
Born: 1986; Michoacan, Mexico
“Since I became aware of my talent as an artist I have found fulfillment and good fortune.”
Currently: Pasadena City College / Art Instructor - HOLA
“All of this has helped me become a leader in my community and to my students.”