Focus on the Masters Arts Archive & Library 150th Anniversary Celebration

Peggy Pownall, Mix Media Artist by Donna Granata, FOTM Portrait Series, 2023

Focus on the Masters Arts Archive & Library (FOTM) is proud to announce their participation in the 150th Anniversary Celebration of the incorporation of the County of Ventura. FOTM will present History Is Now, 2023 an extensive selection of photographic portraits, by FOTM Founder Donna Granata, featuring artists from the organization’s extensive archives through November 6, 2023.

History Is Now, 2023 celebrates artists who have made an impact in Ventura County over the past 150 years. Each image was created after in-depth documentation and study of the artist and their work as part of the Focus on the Masters Arts Archive & Library’s mission and educational programming.

The exhibition will travel to the Thousand Oaks Bank of America Performing Arts Center, opening September 11 and remaining through November 6, 2023. The exhibition will be expanded with additional artist portraits and include additional programing including an artist talk, gallery walks and school visits.

A Talk with the FOTM Directors: Donna Granata and Chelsea Cody, will be presented Sunday, September 17, 2023, from 2 to 3 p.m., followed by the opening reception September 17, from 3 to 5 p.m. Both events are free.

History Is Now, 2023 will include a selection of artwork from the FOTM’s award-winning, Learning to See in-school, cross-curricular program allowing the public to see first-hand how FOTM integrates its research into lesson plans that emphasize critical thinking, innovation, and diversity. Each lesson is inspired by the artwork and life stories of the extraordinary artists in our community.

Guided tours of the exhibition are available by appointment, with priority given to youth groups. To book a tour, please submit your preferred date and time via, [email protected] or call FOTM at 805.320.3929.

The Thousand Oaks Bank of America Performing Arts Center
2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Thousand Oaks
September 11 – November 6
Focus on the Future
A Talk with the FOTM Directors
Verizon Founders Room – Fred Kavli Theatre
Sunday September 17
2:00 – 3:00PM
Exhibit Reception
Sunday, September 17
3:00 – 5:00PM

The Fred Kavli Theatre Lobby Gallery is open one-hour prior to events for theatregoers with valid tickets. Appointments to view the work may also be made, free of charge, by contacting the Cultural Affairs Department at (805)449-2700 or [email protected].

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