LAGUNA COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN BRINGS WORLD-RENOWNED PAINTER PETER ZOKOSKY TO LEAD MFA FINE ARTS PROGRAMS
New chair to be celebrated in solo exhibition at LCAD ON FOREST opening July 03, 2014
LAGUNA BEACH, CALIF (June 10, 2014) Celebrated painter Peter Zokosky will serve as Chair of the Master of Fine Arts Programs in Drawing and Painting at Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD).
LCAD will celebrate Zokosky’s appointment with a solo exhibition of his work at LCAD ON FOREST, located within the ONE Laguna space at 225 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. “The Art of Peter Zokosky” exhibition will be on view from July 3 to August 15, 2014. The public is invited to First Thursdays Art Walk opening from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the evenings of Thursday, July 3 and August 7.
Zokosky will be the live and in-studio guest on LCAD’s radio program, “College. Art. Radio.” from 11 p.m. to midnight on Monday, June 23 streaming live at www.kx935.com. A podcast of this show will be available for listening and downloading the following day, Tuesday, June 24.
Zokosky has been a studio instructor and mentor to LCAD graduate students since 2005. He also taught anatomy for artists at California State University, Long Beach and studio courses at the J. Paul Getty Museum. His work is currently exhibited at Koplin Del Rio Gallery in Culver City, CA, where, between June 28th and July 26th, he and LCAD MFA Alumnus, Shay Bredimus will be featured in separate solo exhibitions. Zokosky’s paintings can be found in the public collections of the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, Bermuda; Eli Broad Family Foundation, Santa Monica, CA; Kaufman and Broad, Paris, France; Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA, The Sun America/Kaufman and Broad Home Corporation, Los Angeles, CA; and Union Bank, Los Angeles, CA.
LCAD President, Jonathan Burke said, “Peter was selected from a highly talented group of candidates to lead our MFA Fine Arts Programs. His vast experience teaching, mentoring and exhibiting at prestigious institutions and galleries complements our vision for expanding our award-winning MFA in representational drawing and in painting.
Zokosky attended University of California, Riverside for his undergraduate studies and then earned his MFA from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, CA.
His painting interests include a wide range of subjects and narratives that include the human figure, apes, wild and domestic animals, and sea creatures. His eclectic subjects are unified by a deep sense of fascination and awe coupled with consummate skill and devotion to the historical tradition of representational painting.
“My fascination for painting is undiminished,” he said. “I still see it as an amazing endeavor filled with discovery, struggle, and purpose. We’re visual creatures and the visual arts remain rich and relevant.”
“LCAD is such a good fit, and I’m exited to be here at this point,” he added. “It’s obvious to me that an understanding of the current world along with a solid foundation of skills gives a contemporary artist more choices than a program totally based in theory alone, or technique alone. At LCAD, the MFA in Painting and MFA in Drawing students get the best of both.”
Zokosky has mentored LCAD MFA graduates who have continued on to participate in group and solo exhibitions across Southern California at venues that include Laguna Art Museum, Koplin Del Rio gallery in Culver City, and Arena One Gallery in Santa Monica as well as around the country with the prominent galleries that represent them.
LCAD’s MFA of Fine Arts in Drawing and in Painting programs are two of the few programs built on the values of time-honored skills, informed by contemporary theory and designed to help realize the ideas possible through representational modes of painting and drawing.