Let's Get Spooky with The Escalette Collection

October 25, 2021 by Angelique Acuna | Escalette Permanent Collection of Art

When the weather gets (slightly) cooler, friends thrift for the perfect costume, and campus clubs give candy by the handful, you know Halloween is just around the corner! One of my favorite things to do to get into the spooky spirit is experience or create art! Whether that be watching spooky movies or carving pumpkins,


The Escalette Collection on Loan

October 12, 2021 by | Escalette Permanent Collection of Art

Have you ever wondered where artwork from the Escalette Collection of art goes when its not on display? Some works leave campus and go on journeys to other cultural institutions to be part of up-and-coming exhibitions. While we miss these works while they’re away, loaning artwork builds relationships with institutions around the world and allows


Arranged by Color

September 29, 2021 by | Escalette Permanent Collection of Art

At first glance, the photographs created by Ken Gonzalez-Day appear to be mere re-presentations of ancient sculpture, similar to that you might see on a museum wall; however, when displayed in massive, bill-board-sized installations throughout Los Angeles, these large photographic compositions take on new meaning. Shown against the context of the diversity of Los Angeles,


Through Our Lens

August 31, 2021 by | Escalette Permanent Collection of Art

The Escalette Collection of Art is excited to share Through Our Lens: The Unification of Asian American Voices at Chapman University, a virtual exhibition curated by Chapman student and Art Ambassador Candace Chen as part of her internship at the Chinese American Museum. Through Our Lens is live at https://camla.org/throughourlens/ Chen writes, “With the recent increase


Karen Hampton

July 26, 2021 by | Escalette Permanent Collection of Art

Through her work as a textile artist, educator, and mentor to emerging artists, Karen Hampton investigates United States history and explores the continued legacy of slavery in America and the African Diaspora. She states that “As an artist of color, I have made a lifelong commitment to creating artwork that responds to the lives of


Paul Mpagi Sepuya

June 15, 2021 by | Escalette Permanent Collection of Art

Paul Mpagi Sepuya is an American photographer whose works deconstruct viewers’ expectations of the nude and self-portrait in art, and meditate on the fragmentation of queer and photographed bodies. His goal is for “queer, black photographs to exist within historic and contemporary conversations about photography as a whole, affirming the medium and my personal investment


Rotimi Fani-Kayode

June 7, 2021 by | Escalette Permanent Collection of Art

In honor of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, the Escalette Permanent Collection of Art would like to feature the work and life of Rotimi Fani-Kayode, a Nigerian-British photographer who used his art to capture the black queer experience, to reject homophobia, and to fight for equal political representation during the AIDS crisis. Fani-Kayode was born in 1955


Peter Williams

April 19, 2021 by | Escalette Permanent Collection of Art

For more than 45 years, Peter Williams has created artwork that chronicles current and historical events and captures the diverse experiences of Black Americans. In contrast to the dark, violent realities that Williams’s work explores (such as racial oppression, police brutality, slavery, and mass incarceration), his work is vibrantly colorful and humorous. Intertwining personal memories,


June Edmonds: Stories in Color

March 30, 2021 by Jordan Sapp | Escalette Permanent Collection of Art

In honor of Woman’s History Month, we are highlighting some of the work acquired by the Escalette Collection of Art this year as part of the Engaging the World: Leading the Conversation on the Significance of Race Initiative. Olé by artist June Edmonds is an explosion of color and texture, full of movement and passion. The painting seems to

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