Foundation

The LAPS story

LAPS Foundation

The LAPS Foundation was founded in 1987 to encourage the next generation of artist printmakers in southern California. 

Foundation Scholarship Grant Awards
Each year printmaking students are encouraged to apply for our Foundation Scholarship Grant Awards. They must submit an application signed by a faculty member from the college they are attending. LAPS student members are eligible. No active regular member of LAPS is eligible for an award. 

It is common for student awardees to remain active in the printmaking community after they have won a student award. LAPS Foundation spent many years fundraising to create a self supporting endowment for the cash grants provided for the Scholarships. 

Past awardees have included many current LAPS members, such as Dirk Hagner, an active LAPS Board member. Each student who receives an award is invited to a special board meeting where they receive their check. Student winners are encouraged to donate a print to the Foundation collection, which in turn supports fundraising. 

The Foundation has a collection of prints that are used in a variety of LAPS fundraising efforts. A patron of LAPS is entitled to choose a print for his/her personal collection as a gift for a patron donation of $150. Patrons receive invitations to attend special patron events as well as all regular LAPS events.

Foundation rewards 2017

GRANT APPLICATION INFORMATION

   

2015 Winning Applicants
Kellie Hames, North Illinois University, LAPS student member, $700
Brianna Joy Lynch, CSU Long Beach, $500
Joathan Hunt, Golden West College, $400
Evelyn Contreras, CSU Long Beach, $400
2014 Winning Applicants
Taylor Guerra, CSU Long Beach, $750
Evelyn Contreras, CSU Long Beach, $500
Erin Kennedy, Saddleback College, $500
Evelyn Contreras, CSU Long Beach, $500


Membership and the Foundation 
All members in good standing of LAPS are members of the Foundation. There is an Executive Board of the Foundation consisting of President, Treasurer, Secretary, the current President of LAPS, and one other. There is at least one annual meeting of the Executive Board, and a financial report is submitted to the Board of LAPS.

Background Information
The LAPS Foundation was founded in 1987 as a nonprofit public benefit corporation. It is organized under the Non Profit Public Benefit Corporation Law for charitable purposes, and is not organized for the private gain of any person. [Sec 501c]

The original 1987 Executive Board of LAPS Foundation included Robert W Brown, President. Masha Schweitzer, Treasurer, and Barbara Frankel, Secretary, and Mina Kan President of LAPS.


Print by Brian Borlaug, a 2011 recipient of the LAPS Foundation Student Scholarship

"John '48", 2010

Intaglio print by Brian Borlaug, a 2011 recipient of the LAPS Foundation Student Scholarship

Mary Sherwood Brock was born in Washington, DC and attended the Boston Museum School and Tufts University graduating with a BFA in 1978. In 1990, she moved to Los Angeles and graduated with an MFA in painting from UCLA in 1992.She has been awarded two traveling scholarships, a Visual Artist Fellowship from the NEA, a Printmaking Fellowship and Painting award from the Artist Foundation of Massachusetts and UCLA Graduate award. She was a founding partner of the Artist Proof Cooperative Print Studio in Cambridge MA, which was honored for it’s contribution to the painterly print by the Boston Public Library in 2000 with an exhibition and catalog; “Proof in Print; a Community of Printmaking Studios”.She has exhibited her painting and prints in numerous international and national exhibitions focusing on printmaking since 1980. In recent years she has curated exhibitions researching the history of printmaking in Los Angeles. “Connections; LA Printmaking 1962-1973” at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery as part of the LA Printmaking Society’s 20th National in 2010 and brought together 34 significant works from artists who came to prominence in LA in the 1960’s. In 2013, “Leonard Edmondson” she curated and wrote the catalog for a retrospective of the paintings and prints of this influential teaching artist at CSUN Art Gallery. In 2014 at the LA Print Space “the press is my paintbrush” presented work from two master print shops, both artists in their own right; John Greco of Josephine Press and Francesco Siqueiros of El Nopal Press.She has taught printmaking at the Boston Museum School, Otis College of Art and Design and Loyola Marymount University and continues her research on the impact of printmaking as an art form for the LA Printmaking Society. studiosherwood.com
Mina Tang Kan was born in Shanghai, China and graduated from Vassar College and after working in New York City art galleries, received a Master of Arts in Printmaking from CSULB, in Long Beach, California, where she served on the faculty.of that college and later at El Camino College, Golden West College and at the Palos Verdes Art Center. She is a Past President of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society and former Gallery Director of the Huachuca Art Association. Her art work, which includes oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, woodcuts, etchings, photo-etchings, silk screens, and monoprints, has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Paris, London, Hawaii, Korea and Arizona, and included in many private and corporate art collections. She has resided in Arizona since 1995 and in 1999 was honored as Artist of the Year in Sierra Vista. Currently she is also the director of the Tang Gallery, 32 Main Street, in Bisbee, Arizona.
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