YUCCA VALLEY, CA — The new state-of-the-art Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center has named several top industry professional artists, curators, and cultural developers to its founding Advisory Board to guide the direction of the prestigious new Yucca Valley Art Gallery—the largest and most cutting-edge gallery in the Joshua Tree National Park region. Under the auspices of esteemed artist and Executive Curator Michael McCall, the gallery’s Advisory Board welcomes:
Cathy Allen — Professor, Copper Mountain College | Graduate of Sculpture & Performance Art, Claremont Graduate University | Graduate, Otis Art Institute | Apprentice, Noah Purifoy
Raini Armstrong — Executive Curator, Hi-Desert Cultural Center—theARTISTS Galleries at Hi-Desert Medical Center | Board Director, Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council
Peter Frank — Frequent Contributor, Huffington Post | Longtime Critic, LA Weekly | Art Critic, Village Voice & Soho Weekly News, NY | Senior Curator, Riverside Art Museum | University Educator
Caroline Huber — Former Co-Director, Diverse Works Arts Space, Houston, TX | Board Member & past President, Orange Show Center for Visionary Arts | Advisory Board, Jay Defeo Foundationa and the Cornudas Mountain Foundation | Current Board member of the Menil Collection, Houston, TX | Wife of the late Walter Hopps III
Casey Kiernan — Professional Photographer/Cinematographer—CBS News, History Channel, Al Jazeera, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, Gila Film Festival | Director, TimeLapse Film Festival
Bernard Leibov — Curator | Director/Founder, BoxoProjects | Former Director, Judd Foundation
Adolfo Nodal — Executive Director, Washington Project for the Arts, D.C. | Director, New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center | Former General Manager, Cultural Affairs Department, City of Los Angeles | Founding Member, National Associations of Artists Organizations (NAAO)
Steven Rieman — Graduate, Art Center College of Design, CA | Kinetic Sculptural Artist
The Yucca Valley Art Gallery’s mission is to present engaging exhibitions and programs in a technologically innovative setting, supporting artists and providing a framework in which they can present their work and test new ideas and approaches. The gallery’s multi-disciplinary approach encourages cross pollination of ideas and perspectives to create dialogue and learning.
Yucca Valley Art Gallery is a venue and program of Hi-Desert Cultural Center, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
ABOUT HI-DESERT CULTURAL CENTER
With its multi-venue performing and visual arts centers located in Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, California, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center (HDCC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation (Federal Tax ID# 23-7425816) that has been serving as the regional performing and visual arts organization for the gateway communities of Joshua Tree National Park for more than 50 years. The Cultural Center owns and operates its own performance venues and facilities and produces award-winning community and professional live theater, concerts, art exhibits and galleries, festivals, the Joshua Tree Philharmonic symphony orchestra, an artist residency for veterans, an extensive educational arts and technology academy program for youth and adults, and more. The Cultural Center is the largest and oldest non-profit arts organization in the region with several million dollars in assets, employing over 30 full-time and part-time employees, and with an annual budget exceeding half-a-million dollars. Having achieved GuideStar Gold status and recognized as an organization of artistic excellence by the National Endowment for the Arts, it instructs over 700 adults and youth weekly and operates a significant financial aid and scholarship program so that no children are turned away from programs due to their socioeconomic situation. Learn more at: www.hidesertculturalcenter.org