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The Jewish Artists Initiative (JAI) is an artist-run organization committed to fostering visual art by Jewish artists and promoting dialogue about Jewish identity and related issues among members of the arts community.

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JAI was originally conceived by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles in partnership with the University of Southern California Casden Institute and the USC Roski School of Art and Design. We are now under the fiscal sponsorship of the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity.

JAI Executive Committee: Bill Aron, Melinda Smith Altshuler, Georgia Freedman-Harvey, Gilah Yelin Hirsch, Anne Hromadka, Avi Roth and Ruth Weisberg, Chair

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Sandra Lauterbach, Alain Rogier and Suzanne Budd are exhibiting in

Fresh 2017 at South Bay Contemporary SoLA Gallery

Opening reception is July 8th from 4-6pm

Closing reception is August 5 from 4-6pm

SoLA  3718 West Slauson Ave., LA, CA 90043
Open Saturdays 1-5pm and by appt.  310-429-0973




Simone Gad
Clown Boy #7


my solo exhibit at highways 18th street complex-santa monica off of olympic on 18th opening receptions is august 5 from 6-8 pm. of my male pinups series. i install july 31st-curated by patrick kennelly leo garcia and pawel leszkowicz. on view from august 1st thru sept 3. de-install sept 4th. love simone-it's the very first time 'm showing them as a series from 1995 to current.

all works copyright simone gad 2017-may not be copied nor altered-all rights reserved-courtesy simone gad and highways performance art space and gallery-santa monica.



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The Human Element Project by JAI Artist Lori Shocket, MD - created for the purpose of
"developing partnerships through education, creative exploration and exhibitions."




Sandra Lauterbach's solo show "Color and Form Run Wild" features her abstract free form soft sculptures.
Profoundly relevant today, it will also include 2 pieces that reference her family's history of escaping
the Holocaust to build new lives as American immigrants.

The exhibition is at the National Council of Jewish Women
543 N. Fairfax, LA, CA.  323-852-8512

Runs April 30- July12.  Parking is available behind the building.
The opening reception is on Sunday, April 30th from 2-4 PM.



Congratulations to JAI artist Bruria Finkel for having her papers accepted by the Smithsonian | Archives of American Art


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Collection Information

Size: 12.1 linear feet

Summary: The papers of California artist, curator, and educator Bruria Finkel measure 12.1 linear feet and date from 1953 to 2014. This collection includes biographical materials, correspondence, writings, project files, professional records, exhibition files, artists' files, personal business records, printed materials, photographic materials, sound and video cassettes, and numerous electronic discs.

Biographical/Historical Note

Bruria Finkel (1932- ) is an artist, teacher and curator in Santa Monica, California.

Provenance

The Bruria Finkel papers were donated in 2015 by Bruria Finkel.




The Conney Conference on Jewish Arts was co-sponsored by the USC Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities and the University of Wisconsin's Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies – held during the 4th week of March on the campus of USC. JAI Members played a major role in its success as 12 Artist or Curatorial members participated in or gave presentations.


Participating JAI members included: Bill Aron, Stacie Chaiken, Josh Feldman, Gilah Yelin Hirsch,
Andrea Hodos, Anne Hromadka, Rachel Kupferman, Sagi Refael, Lidia Shaddow,
Doni Silver Simons, Hillel Smith, Ruth Weisberg, Jana Zimmer