Ruth Estévez, the director, and curator of the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) in downtown Los Angeles hosts Westmont’s annual exhibition. She is originally from Bilbao, Spain and worked previously at the Museum of Contemporary Art Carrillo Gil in Mexico City where she co-founded the nonprofit LIGA, Space for Architecture. Since she has been the curator at REDCAT, she has worked with artists like Pablo Bronstein, Javier Tellez and Allora & Calzadilla. She earned her master’s degree in Art History from Mexico’s National Autonomous University. In 2013, she published a book, Edgardo Aragon: La Trampa – the Trap, a bilingual publication that was the first devoted to the work of Aragon, one of Mexico’s most promising artists.
Estévez reviewed 340 entries by 155 artists and selected 52 works for the exhibition. The artists are from Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties. The art pieces cut across a wide range of mediums including sculpture, painting and collage.
The museum will announce the winner of the $1,000 Diane Dodds and David Reichert first prize, first honorable mention, second honorable mention and the Art Council third honorable mention awards on the exhibition evening.
“We had one of the best responses yet for our juried show ‘Out of Place,’” says Judy Larson, R. Anthony Askew Chair, professor of art history and museum director. “Ruth selected 36 artists who interpreted our theme in a variety of provocative and interesting ways. This is a very strong showing of artists from the Central Coast region.”
The exhibition will remain on view through Jun. 24. For more information, visit westmontmuseum.org or call 805/565-6162.