OCMA holds inaugural Evening of Excellence in Art Education event

On Thursday, May 1, the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) hosted the inaugural Evening of Excellence in Art Education event which took place at the museum’s building. The event, spearheaded by OCMA Board Member Laurén Chalmers was created to honor art educators in Orange County highlighting the deep impact they have on using art and artistic practice to make our world a better place.

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Photos by Rita Labib

OCMA CEO and Director Heidi Zuckerman led guests through “Joan Brown,” OCMA’s current exhibition

OCMA CEO and Director Heidi Zuckerman led guests through Joan Brown, OCMA’s current exhibition displaying more than 40 colorful paintings and sculptures spanning the career of one of California’s most important artists. Board President David Emmes and OCMA board members Allison Hoeven, Phil Bond and Michael Marcus joined, as Zuckerman shared insights into Brown’s work. The evening continued with dinner provided by MixMix Chef Nick Weber.

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(L-R) David Emmes, Laurén Chalmers, John Gunnin, Nick Anas (Chief of Staff for County Supervisor Katrina Foley) and OCMA’s Heidi Zuckerman

Chalmers and Zuckerman gave remarks to the guests which also included Nick Anas, Chief of Staff for Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley and OCMA Board President David Emmes. OCMA Board Member John Gunnin was then presented with the inaugural Art Educator Award to honor his life-long contributions to art education in Orange County and beyond.

Gunnin, who played an important role in shifting Eurocentric curriculum to a world perspective and has published extensively on contemporary art, was lauded by the speakers for his facility in captivating and developing young talent and interest, and inspiring countless students to chart their own course.

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(L-R) Rich Meyer (president of JSerra Catholic High School) and Tony Roberts (vice president of School Relations, JSerra High School) with Laurén Chalmers

Orange County Museum of Art has a unique and diverse education program that brings artists and audiences of all ages together to exchange ideas, share creative experiences and explore the art in their galleries. Last year, OCMA welcomed more than 3,000 students, 85% from Title 1 schools. The Art Educator Awards will become an annual event, celebrating art educators and their impact.

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OCMA’s Heidi Zuckerman with Bruce Cook

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OCMA guests toast to a memorable evening

For more information on Orange County Museum of Art and their upcoming exhibitions and events, visit https://ocma.art.


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