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City's Artists & Icons Series Presents: A Conversation and Q & A with Artist Michael McMillen

Post Date:January 29, 2019 9:40 AM

Michael McMillenThe City of West Hollywood’s Artists & Icons Series, which celebrates the lives and work of West Hollywood residents, artists who present their work in the City, and those who have made significant contributions to the local, national, or global culture, will feature a conversation and Q & A with artist and filmmaker Michael McMillen.

The event will take place on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at the West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The event is free, but seating is limited. RSVP is requested; please RSVP to www.eventbrite.com/e/west-hollywood-artists-and-icons-a-conversation-with-michael-mcmillen-tickets-53069144239.

Michael McMillen is an internationally recognized sculptor, installation artist and short filmmaker from Los Angeles. He recently completed a permanent public art work for The Lot at 1041 N. Formosa Avenue, a historic, full-service studio for TV, film, and commercial production. Back Lot, located along Santa Monica Boulevard near Formosa Avenue, acknowledges the City of West Hollywood as the site of one of the earliest studios in operation and its continuous service to the industry to the present. It is a celebration of the mythos of movie making and a tribute to the creative genius “behind the scenes” and in garages everywhere. The artwork was commissioned by The Lot and is the newest addition to the City of West Hollywood’s Urban Art Collection.   View photos from the installation on the City’s Flick account here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/weho/albums/72157690861131900

Michael McMillen holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from UCLA. He has received numerous grants and awards, including the 1978 Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Young Talent Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. His artwork is in many public and private collections, including: the Guggenheim Museum, New York; Australian National Gallery, Canberra, Australia; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Oakland Museum, Oakland; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach; and San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and at museums and galleries throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe.

The event will be moderated by Marc Pally, an artist and curator specializing in public art. After receiving an MFA from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Pally pursued a career as an artist and as an administrator/planner/curator. Pally taught studio art at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, served as the Director of LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) and was City Planner for Public Art at the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles. He has become a nationally recognized leader for the development and management of public art projects, primarily in the private sector. 

The City of West Hollywood’s Artists & Icons Series is organized by the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division. For more additional information about arts programming in the City of West Hollywood, please visit www.weho.org/arts.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Ehemann, the City of West Hollywood’s Public Art Coordinator, at (323) 848-6846 or at rehemann@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496. For up-to-date news and events, follow the City of West Hollywood on social media @WeHoCity and sign up for news updates at www.weho.org/email.
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