Please direct questions & media inquiries to:

Quang Bao,
212 - 966 - 8444

event committee

The RHM Foundation would like to thank the participating artists, galleries and individuals for helping us to launch this Initiative, especially Honor Fraser and her team at Honor Fraser Gallery, the exhibition nominators and the individuals listed below who have committed to serving on our May 12 Event Committee:

Clyde Beswick
Blake Byrne & Justin Gilanyi
Sarah Cohen
Alex Couri
Aran Cravey
Victoria Dailey
Spencer Douglass
Tim Fleming
Honor Fraser
Dorothy Goldeen
Emma Gray
Adam Gross
Julia Holdway
Jon Huck
Nowell Karten
Eric Kim
David Kordansky
Janet Levy
Joel Mesler
Lucas Michael
Shamim Momin
Catlin Moore
Shirley Morales
Tom Peters
Calvin Phelps
Kathy Rivkin
Alexis Rose
Jan Silverman
Jessica Silverman
Carol Stakenas
Sarah Sullivan
Christopher Yin & John Yoon
Shinae Yoon

(list as of May 2, 2011)

the los angeles initiative

A new, multi-year project to award individual $10,000 grants to emerging artists
in the greater Los Angeles area through The Rema Hort Mann Foundation.

launch party
the los angeles initiative

Thursday, May 12, 2011
6:30–9 pm
$20 suggested donation at-the-door
Beer, drinks, tacos by Juan y Coco, music,
and new friends!


Honor Fraser Gallery
2622 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

An exhibition of emerging artists based in LA and a silent auction of artworks by LA-based artists Matt Chambers, Brendan Fowler, Karl Haendel, Kelly McLane, Aaron Morse, Alex Olson, Jon Pestoni, Robert Russell, Jonas Wood and others.

Available Artworks, May 12
100% of proceeds from the sale of artworks will support emerging LA artists through the Foundation's Initiative

To purchase a work at the Buy-It-Now price starting now, please call 646-286-1234. The first caller for each artwork will win the item and it will be exhibited at the event as 'Sold'.

Matt Chambers
“Enlightenment Figures” 2011
48" x 48"
oil on cotton fabric
Courtesy of the artist and Untitled Gallery

Karl Haendel
“List #4” 2007
Pencil on paper and MDF frame
56" x 41.5"
Courtesy the artist, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, and Harris Lieberman, NY

retail value: $11,000
May 12 silent auction opening bid: $5,000

Buy-It-Now price: $11,500

Aaron Morse
“Study for Timeline” 2011
Acrylic and collage on canvas
17.5" x 24"
Courtesy of the artist and ACME., Los Angeles

retail value: $4,000
May 12 silent auction opening bid: $2,000

Buy-It-Now price: $4,400

Kelly McLane
“Havilah Honey” 2009
Graphite on paper, framed
15" x 11"
Courtesy of the artist and Angles Gallery

retail value: $2,800
May 12 silent auction opening bid: $1,400

Buy-It-Now price: $3,200

Kelly McLane
“Drunk Uncle (Blind Dave)” 2009
Graphite on paper, framed
15" x 11"
Courtesy of the artist and Angles Gallery

retail value: $2,800
May 12 silent auction opening bid: $1,400

Buy-It-Now price: $3,200

Alex Olson
“Barnacle” 2011
oil on canvas
24" x 18"
Courtesy of the artist, Shane Campbell Gallery and Lisa Cooley Fine Art

Robert Russell
“Untitled” 2010
oil on canvas
24" x 24"
Courtesy of the artist and Francois Ghebaly Gallery

retail vaue: $4,000
May 12 silent auction opening bid: $2,000

Buy-It-Now price: $4,400

Jonas Wood
“Upstairs Doorways” 2008
Gouache and colored pencil on paper, framed
22.25" x 20"
Courtesy of the artist, Anton Kern Gallery and Shane Campbell Gallery.

congratulations to the following artists nominated to take part in our emerging artists exhibition (exhibition runs May 10 – May 14, hours are 10 am – 6 pm @ Honor Fraser Gallery):

Nicole Belle
(nominated by Catherine Opie)
Graham Goddard
(nominated by Franklin Sirmans)
Sanya Kantarovsky
(nominated by Lari Pittman)
Joel Kyack
(nominated by Andrew Berardini)
Nicole Miller
(nominated by Lauri Firstenberg)

Matt Siegle
(nominated by Thomas Lawson)
David Snyder
(nominated by Ali Subotnick)
Kenneth Tam
(nominated by Bruce Hainley)
Kara Tanaka
(nominated by Christine Y. Kim)
Lisa Williamson
(nominated by Sarah Lehrer Graiwer)

Nicole Belle received her MFA from UC Riverside in 2008. She was recently selected by LACMA for an exhibition of eight emerging Southern California photographers. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

Graham Goddard (born April 12, 1982) is a conceptual artist making visual statements about American culture, ecological responsibility and spirituality through the Rotating Canvas, sculpture and site-specific land art installations. Goddard developed the Rotating Canvas, which allows the viewer to turn the painting 360 degrees exposing inverted images within his work while exploring the nature of viewer interaction with art. Goddard's work has been featured in group exhibitions at the Skirball Museum, the California African American Museum and numerous art galleries in the United States and abroad.

Sanya Kantarovsky was born in Moscow in 1982. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and received his MFA from UCLA. He has exhibited work at AMT gallery, Milan; Clifton Benevento, New York City; Allan Nederpelt, Brooklyn; Lost and Found at the New Museum, New York City; Spencer Brownstone, New York City and Program, Berlin. Sanya Kantarovsky lives and works in Los Angeles.

Joel Kyack is an artist working in Los Angeles. His project-driven practice deals with interpretations of our visceral experience of the physical world through lenses such as individual agency, desire, decay, and failure. Recent solo projects include Superclogger, a public project produced in collaboration with LA><ART and The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, The Knife Shop at Kunsthalle-LA in Los Angeles, Flow, River, Flow at the 2010 NADA Fair in Miami, and two performances in Bologna and Milan, Italy. Upcoming shows this year include Kate Werble in New York City (solo), Francois Ghebaly in Los Angeles (solo), The Wattis Institute in San Francisco (group), and Hilary Crisp in London (solo). Kyack received his BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design in 1995 and his MFA from the University of Southern California in 2008. He is represented by Francois Ghebaly in Los Angeles and Brand New in Milan.

Nicole Miller was born in Tucson, AZ in 1982. She received her BFA from California Institute of the Arts in spring of 2005 and her MFA from Roski School of Fine arts at USC in spring of 2009. Nicole explores her subjects primarily using video and photography. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

Matt Siegle is a mixed-media artist, with emphasis in drawing and performance. His projects create constellations of social, counter-cultural and political movements, ranging from 1990’s “alternative rock” history to the story of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. He received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2009, and BA from Dartmouth College in 2002.

David Snyder was born in Rochester, NY in 1979. He received his BA from Bard College and his MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. Snyder lives and works in Los Angeles.

Kenneth Tam was born and raised in New York, NY. He studied at the Cooper Union and received his MFA at the University of Southern California. He has a forthcoming exhibition at Pauline Gallery, LA. He is an artist in the process of emerging.

Kara Tanaka is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. Her graduate studies were split between Goldsmiths College, University of London and the California Institute of the Arts, completing her MFA in 2008. Recent solo shows include A Sad Bit of Fruit, Pickled in the Vinegar of Grief at the Collezione Maramotti, Italy, Hungry Human, Mountain Hunter at Simon Preston Gallery, New York, Dissolver at LAXART, Los Angeles and a collaborative exhibition Death’s Boutique, with Marco Rios, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. Her work was featured in the 2008 California Biennial and she is represented by Simon Preston Gallery, New York.

Lisa Williamson (born in 1977) lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her MFA from The University of Southern California in 2008. The artist has a forthcoming two-person exhibition with Sarah Conaway, at The Box, Los Angeles, in May 2011 and her first solo exhibition at Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago in November 2011. The artist is represented by Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago.




Since 1995, The Rema Hort Mann Foundation has awarded grants to emerging individual artists in the greater New York metropolitan region. These unrestricted grants have furthered the careers and artistic development of 110 talented artists. The current grant program evaluates approximately 125 artists chosen annually through a by-invitation process involving 50 nominators and an independent selection committee of five individuals, resulting in eight grants at $10,000 each. In 2010, the Foundation Director and Susan and Michael Hort initiated conversations with curators, gallerists, art professors and artists in California to discuss ways that the Foundation's grant program could be expanded to support emerging individual artists from the greater Los Angeles area.


  • To raise funds through individual solicitation and benefit events
  • To create a nomination/selection process that will award individual grants on a yearly basis
  • To evaluate the project's effectiveness by tracking recipients' progress and conducting one-onone conversations with individuals in the LA arts community about the grant program's success.

Action Plan

In 2011, the Foundation will...
  • attend the Art Contemporary Los Angeles art fair in January and help organize a cocktail party at Christopher Yin and John Yoon's home to introduce the Foundation to the LA audience
  • organize a week-long exhibition of artworks by emerging artists from LA called “The Los Angeles Initiative” at Honor Fraser Gallery in spring
  • participate in Art Platform: Los Angeles in September.

In 2012, the Foundation plans to organize a benefit art auction, the proceeds of which will be used to launch the LA artist grant program immediately in Spring 2012. We expect to announce the first round of awards by the end of the calendar year 2012.