In order to share a fuller experience of art, the Carnegie Art Museum, with the help of its non-profit group the Carnegie Art Museum Cornerstones, can now offer visitors opportunities to view finished art products and to see art in the making. Even better the Museum’s new Guest Studio Artist program lets visitors interact with the art creators themselves. The invitational Guest Studio Artist Program affords an artist unencumbered studio space, rotating the invitees quarterly to be able to present a more diverse range of art media and artist experiences. The program is also intended to be of service to artists who at a transitional point in their careers would benefit from having the use of a focused studio space. Watch the Carnegie’s website and enewletter for postings of teen classes and exclusive adult master workshops conducted by Guest Studio artists.
The Museum is pleased to present as its first Guest Artist a remarkable and very committed talent, Hüicho! (Luis Peña), who as it turns out lives in the neighborhood. Luis is especially interested in contemporary realism trends and figurative subject matter. Constantly perfecting his drawing technique he, like the old masters, often uses the handiest and affordable models- himself and family members. (Not to brag but Luis did take art classes as a child at the Carnegie- living proof that learning art young is beneficial!)
Hüicho! is the son of Moises Peña and Rufina López and was born in Watsonville, California. His parents are from Oaxaca and settled in Oxnard for the availability of agricultural work.
He has “loved art since he first touched paint.” During high school, Hüicho! set art aside to pursue his then new obsession, wrestling. After high school, the artist enlisted in the Marine Corps as an Infantry Machine Gunner. He deployed overseas twice and completed his military service with an honorable discharge.
With the help of the G.I. Bill and the Yellow Ribbon Program, Luis was able to graduate from the Art Institute of Los Angeles and California Lutheran University. He plans to attend the University of Southern California in the fall of 2014 and to ultimately become an University Art Professor. His drawings were included in 2013 in the Southland Draw exhibit at CLU’s Kwan Fong Gallery. This rising star is one to keep watching in the future.
Thursday, January 30
Private Preview Reception
CAM Studio Guest Artist: Hüicho! (Luis Peña)
5:30- 7 pm
CAM Patron and above levels Members only event
Friday, February 7
RSVP's appreciated @ 805.385.8158
CAM Studio Gallery
June 12- Aug 27