75/10: Celebrating Montalvo's Residency Program

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In February 2015, Montalvo launches a yearlong celebration to mark the anniversary of its Artists Residency Program. This year we commemorate the inauguration of an artists residency at Montalvo 75 years ago and the 10-year jubilee of the Sally and Don Lucas Artists Program.

Montalvo is home to the oldest artist residency west of the Mississippi and the third-oldest artist residency in the US. It first opened its doors in 1939 and since then, over 1,000 artists from a diverse range of disciplines have spent time at Montalvo developing and honing their practices and producing culturally significant works of art. In 2004 construction of a new architecturally distinguished multidisciplinary artist residency, the Sally and Don Lucas Artists Program (LAP), was completed. The campus opened to artists in 2005.

As a space for creative incubation, the LAP is designed to offer artists from a wide range of disciplines an environment conducive to individual and collaborative creative practice. Stimulating an energetic exchange of ideas between culturally diverse Fellows across varied artistic fields and scholarly disciplines, the program has garnered international recognition for its support of the development of new and challenging contemporary artwork.

75/10 is made possible thanks to the generous support of: Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation,  William and Flora Hewlett Foundation,  James Irvine Foundation,  McKnight Foundation,  National Endowment for the Arts, David and Lucile Packard FoundationMyra Reinhard Family Foundation, and University Art.


Highlights for this coming anniversary year include:

  • The opening of Possibilities of Paper: Works by Lucas Artists Fellows (2005-2015), an exhibition featuring over 40 works on or using paper by past LAP residents made during, or inspired by, their time at Montalvo.
  • ArtSplash, Montalvo’s annual community celebration, featuring participatory workshops, conversations, tastings, presentations and performance by Artist Fellows; architectural tours of the LAP’s studios, which were developed through unique artist/architect collaborative partnerships; and curatorial walkthroughs of the Possibilities of Paper exhibition in the Project Space Gallery. A surprise performance by an LAP alum will also take place on Montalvo’s Great Lawn.
  • The inauguration of a brand new semi-permanent artist commission in Montalvo’s Italianate Garden: a seating installation by Bay Area designer and artist Christopher Loomis carved from a felled eucalyptus tree recovered from Montalvo’s property.
  • The opening of a temporary exhibition on Montalvo’s grounds of bronze works by internationally celebrated American sculptor Stephen De Staebler.
  • Rock the Garden, our annual art party celebrating Montalvo’s Art on the Grounds exhibition. The evening’s festivities celebrate LAP alumni and showcase on-site artistic interventions, participatory engagements, as well as musical, dance, and literary performances by artist Fellows.
  • International celebrations of the Lucas Artists Residency taking place in July: alumni will hold a series of gatherings around the world to celebrate Montalvo’s years of commitment to supporting artists and their work.

As part of the 75/10 celebration, we are relaunching our monthly event series featuring the work of artists-in-residence. Newly branded as Open Access: Inside the Lucas Artists Program, this series will include a diverse array of activities and presentations that reflect the multidisciplinary approach of the LAP and the work of its Fellows. From exhibition openings and performances to conversations and family friendly activities, Open Access is designed to provide our audiences with unique opportunities to connect with the creative process.

Alumni celebrations span the globe! Visit the 75/10 Anniversary Blog for updates from around the world, and follow on Instagram & Twitter by searching #Celebrate7510.



    Hosted by composer Andres Solis

    Event Name: "Una"
    Thursday, July 23, 8-9 pm
    Exact location to be announced

    Una is an improvisational performance inspired by Montalvo's spirit of communion. The many shared moments with other artists converge in a single and unique ephemeral event that will take place in Mexico City. At the end of the day, it will come to one table.


    Hosted by artist Misako Inaoka

    Event: Picnic in Kyoto Gosho, Kyoto Imperial Palace
    Location: (Gosho) Haha-to-ko-no-mori picnic area
    Saturday, July 11th, 11am-3pm

    An afternoon gathering in the park of Kyoto Imperial palace, a beautiful location not unlike Montalvo—wild nature in the middle of the city.


    Hosted by artist Wapke Feenstra (Myvillages)

    Event: Rotterdam Pantry Party
    Location: In the Rotterdam studio of Myvillages
    Sunday, July 12, 4-8 pm

    The city of Rotterdam has a constant pantry of food that you can collect by shopping at (urban) farms. Participants will sit around a large table and eat from that pantry and LAP artists will share their recent work. The event is inspired by Myvillages's work on the Pantry Berlin book and the last editing of the Pantry film (2011) while at Montalvo LAP. The film was screened at a Final Friday at Montalvo. Working together with Culinary Fellow Nikki Ford to talk, cook and set up the garden inspired the artists to celebrate Montalvo's birthdays and sing a song.


    Hosted by poet and writer Nagat Ali

    Event: A Walk and Reading from Nagat Ali's unpublished manuscript, “The Road to Tahrir Square"
    Location: The Location of the Egyptian Revolution - Mohamed Mahmoud Street, Tahrir Square, Cairo
    Monday, July 20. Time to be announced.

    A walk through Tahrir Square, tracing the route poet Nagat Ali took in her book about her experience in the Egyptian Revolution, which she worked on while in residence at Montalvo LAP. The author will read a short paragraph from the book in Tahrir Square and post it to the 75/10 blog. This is a private event.


    Hosted by writer, editor, translator, and radio broadcaster Nguyen Qui Duc

    Event Name: Hanoi Celebrates the Gift of Time
    Date to be announced

    At Tadioto, an alternative space for the arts in Hanoi, Nguyen Qui Duc will give a reading of poems and an excerpt from his novel set in Morocco and written while in residence at Montalvo. Accompaniment will be provided by saxophonist Bao Long of Hanoi, a bassist, and guitarist David Payne.


    Hosted by poet Yassin Adnan

    Event: Picnic in Kyoto Gosho, Kyoto Imperial Palace
    Location: (Gosho) Haha-to-ko-no-mori picnic area
    Week of July 11

    At a café off the Djmaa el Fna, this desert city’s ancient gathering place, poet Yassin Adnan will read a poem he wrote at Montalvo describing experiences during his residency. Participants will raise a glass of mint tea to Montalvo and its gift of time for artists to work.


    Hosted by artist Ana Gallardo

    Event Name: Curando Géneros
    July 11, from 7–11:30pm and July 12, 4pm

    Visual artist Ana Gallardo will hold a two-day series of events in her Buenos Aires studio, inviting Argentinian artists to show their work including visual art, performances, and Super 8 films, in a celebration of the importance of time for artists to work. The event will culminate in a birthday toast to Montalvo.


    Hosted by artists Hemali Bhuta and Shreyas Karle

    Event Name: The Anonymous Garden
    Location: CONA Foundation
    July 19, 2015, 11am–2pm

    This event will reflect on the artists’ experience as resident artists at Montalvo in 2010 and the nurturing of their inter-disciplinary practices—the close proximity to nature, sensitivity toward the environment, the respect for the mundane and pedagogy. The CONA Foundation, situated at the edge of the national park in Mumbai, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, is working to create a similar situation for the community and the students in this area. In order to commemorate the anniversary of artist residency at Montalvo, the artists will invite a botanist to enlighten participants with information on the many plants that adorn the CONA Foundation’s garden and thus many others in the society.


    Hosted by artist Claudia Borgna

    Event Name: Mighty Like a Flower!
    Location: Parrocchia San Domenico e Cappella di San Bartolomeo
    July 20, 2015 from 10am–2pm

    Echoing the site-specific installation set on the grounds of Montalvo in 2010, this celebration will take the form of a picnic amidst the ligurian olive groves. A gathering with children and mums, participants will workshop observations on art and nature while making an installation of rose-like flowers made out of recycled plastic bags on which we will embed thoughts about our relationship to nature. The event is part of a two week art project. The workshop will be introduced and followed by a presentation in which Montalvo will be celebrated as an example for future projects in and for the local community.


    Hosted by artist Daniel Canogar

    Event Name: A Solo Walk in the Hills Above Madrid
    Friday, July 24

    Artist Daniel Canogar writes, “One of the most memorable things for me about Montalvo, (amongst many) were the walks I did on the grounds. I've always lived in very urban and industrial areas, and to just walk out the door of my studio and be able to hit the trails of the property was a truly inspiring and energizing activity for me. I believe it helped me with my new series that I ended up calling Small Data. Most of these walks were solo, and very meditative.” In memory of these walks at Montalvo, Canogar will select a trail that resembles as much as possible the Montalvo trails in the mountainside north of Madrid. Through his journey/walk, he will collect materials and then create an artwork upon return to his studio. Canogar will forward Google map of the location of walk, images of the walk and final artwork. Watch our blog to share this experience.


    Hosted by artist Lisa Reihana

    Event Name: California Dreaming
    Sunday, July 19, 7-9pm
    Location: A cozy 1950s townhouse in Auckland

    In the spirit of Manaakitanga and Maumaharatanga (hosting and remembrance), Montalvo and LAP artist alumni in New Zealand gather to honor the Lucas Artists Residency Program at Montalvo.