Claremont, Calif. (March 27, 2014) — Pitzer College Associate Professor of Art Timothy Berg is one of 11 Los Angeles County artists to be awarded in the Center for Cultural Innovation’s first round of 2014 Artists’ Resource for Completion (ARC) grants. The grant supports the creation of a new sculpture by Berg and his wife and collaborator Rebekah Myers that will be included in A Gilded Age, an exhibition opening May 9 at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
The Center for Cultural Innovation’s ARC grants program provides rapid, short-term assistance to artists in who wish to enhance work for a specific, imminent opportunity that may significantly benefit their careers. Recipients must already have secured an invitation from an established arts organization to present the proposed work.
Berg and Myers were invited to participate in the A Gilded Age exhibition, which will present opulent ceramic pieces that explore the nature of value: Is true value internal or external? Do materials, execution, context, or concept make an object treasured? And, what happens when this value is mercurial and shifts in relation to time, place and perspective? The artists address these tensions in a variety of ways through historical ceramics, pop culture and digital technology.
Founded in 2001, the Center for Cultural Innovation is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting knowledge sharing, networking and financial independence for individual artists and creative entrepreneurs by providing business training, grants and incubating innovative projects.
Berg and Myers have had solo exhibitions at Nääs Konsthantverk Galleri in Sweden; Dean Project Gallery in New York; the Siegfried Gallery in Ohio and, most recently, at the Atkinson Gallery in Santa Barbara.