Young Contemporaries 2020

36th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

Young Contemporaries 2020
April 27 - ongoing

View the virtual exhibition HERE

artpiece of a butterfly constructed from brown cogs and wheels
José Miguel Camacho, The Immigration Puzzle, 2019, laser-cut plywood with stain, 8 x 5 x ½ in., courtesy of the artist

Each spring, current LMU art students are invited to enter the Laband's annual juried student show, Young Contemporaries.

The entered works are judged by two professionals from Los Angeles's art world. The show features art from all the disciplines taught in LMU's art program including drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, painting, ceramics, graphic design, and new media. This exhibition—the 36th Juried Student Art Exhibition hosted by the Laband—provides an excellent first professional experience for students and celebrates our students' boundless creativity and the mentorship provided by LMU's art faculty.

Generous support for the exhibition is provided by The Friedman Family in memory of Andrea Kingaard Friedman '66.

Meet the 2020 Jurors

  • Los Angeles artist Alejandro Poli Jr. (aka Man One / LMU 1993) is a multi-award winning artist, illustrator, curator, and entrepreneur. His work has been exhibited in many galleries worldwide and had numerous solo exhibitions. His work has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, The Getty, LACMA, Parco Museum in Tokyo, and the Smithsonian Institute Washington D.C. among others. He has conducted workshops meant to foster mutual respect across ideological lines in Northern Ireland, Japan, Germany, Mexico, Panama, and throughout the US. In 2002, he founded Crewest Gallery in LA to legitimize graffiti art as valuable and collectible and give graffiti artists a professional venue to showcase their work. Man One has been featured on TV and in film including MTV's Pimp My Ride, ABC's Extreme Makeover, America's Next Top Model; John Tucker Must Die, The Roommate; TV commercials for Ford, Microsoft, Target and Verizon. He has also painted live on stages across the country for MTV with The Black Eyed Peas, De La Soul, Wyclef Jean as well as performed with George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic.

  • Evan Senn (LMU 2006) is a curator, writer, artist and art historian in the Southern California area. She is currently the Director/Curator for the Golden West College Art Gallery in Huntington Beach and teaches Art History at Laguna College of Art and Design as well as California State University, Fullerton. She is the current Editor-In-Chief for OC Art Blog, the former Editor-In-Chief of Culture Magazine and Inland Empire Weekly, and has worked in staff positions at YAY! LA Mag and Artillery Magazine. Her Master's Thesis and first published book, Cement Sanctuary: Contemporary Street Art in Los Angeles (2011) has helped establish her as an expert in alternative and underground art movements. Evan has contributed to a number of other books on art, including TMRWLND: The Secret Stays Unknown - The Art of Dereck Seltzer & Tina St. Claire (2016), Seeing the Invisible (2015), Yarn Bombing L.A., and many art catalogues. In 2013, Evan was an Artist-in-Residence at Grand Central Art Center, during which she produced a documentary called Life of a [Female] Artist with Ingrid Reeve. She has curated at several Los Angeles and Orange County art galleries since 2005, and has contributed as an arts writer for numerous publications.

2020 Jurors' and Director's Awards

Jurors' First Prize

Ivanna Alcantara
"Curbside," 2019
Color photographs

Jurors' Second Prize

José Miguel Camacho
"The Immigration Puzzle," 2019
Laser-cut plywood with stain

Jurors' Third Prize

Mallory Higgins
"Wonderlandia," 2019
Colored pencil on paper

Grace Swanson Painting Award

Rena McInerney-Olk
"Chandelier," 2019
Acrylic on canvas

Laband Director’s Award

Lauren Mitzelfelt
"Under Pressure," 2020
Digital print with AR app Artivive