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IN THE COURTYARD - Contemporary Women Artists - March 12, 2009 - July 16, 2009

The California African American Museum (CAAM) of Los Angeles, California is embarking on a new series of small exhibitions that transform its 11,000 square foot sculpture court into a vital living and breathing venue for contemporary visual culture. The CAAM Project Showcase will exhibit new and innovative works from emerging and mid-career artists. Charged with the mission to engage this grand space that boasts over 150 feet of walls that extend 34 feet to a domed skylit ceiling, artists submit proposals to present their art and install it in a way that compliments the layout of the Sculpture Court without compromising the rental of floor space for events. CAAM Project Showcase will debut its inaugural exhibition on March 12 thru May, ending our historic and unprecedented Black History Month celebrations and ushering in the commemoration of Women's History Month. Three highly talented young African American female artists have the honor of presenting works in this exhibition: Loren Holland (MFA, Yale), Elizabeth Colomba (Etienne School of Art & Design, Paris) and Nzuji De Magalhaes (MFA, USC). Other artists ranging from the accomplished and internationally recognized Mary Lovelace O'Neal (Professor Emeritus, U.C. Berkeley Dept. of Art) to the highly touted young emerging artist, Moudou Dieng (San Francisco Art Institute, MFA) will present works in the future. Exhibitions will rotate every 8 to 12 weeks and periodically highlight our impressive growing permanent collection which includes works from esteemed artists that range from Martin Puryear to Betye Saar to Picasso as well as African antiquities.

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