La Verne Law, Community Celebrate Art Gallery Opening

Attentive to the importance of community engagement and the sharing of valued resources, University of La Verne College of Law Dean Gilbert Holmes envisioned a special way for the law school to show its gratitude to Ontario and other local communities for many years of support.

On Tuesday, Feb. 18, that vision was realized with the grand opening of the La Verne Law Art Gallery housed within the law school’s Ontario campus.

“This is the first of many opportunities where the exchange and exploration of different ideas and perspectives will provide common ground from which to enhance a relationship between La Verne Law and the local community, benefitting the entire region,” said Dean Holmes.

The evening’s festivities featured a dedication ceremony, complete with ribbon cutting and refreshments. Those present included University President Devorah Lieberman, members of the university, law school campus communities, as well as the local art and legal communities.

The event also marked the debut of the gallery’s inaugural exhibition, Copyrights, showcasing new work – painting, sculpture, photography and wall installations – of Los Angeles area artists Lara Bank, Chelsea Dean, Rema Ghuloum, Kiel Johnson, Jay Lizo, and Finishing School, a socially engaged artist collective. Davon Tsuno, an artist and adjunct art instructor at La Verne, is exhibit curator. And Placido Gomez, visiting professor at La Verne Law, was involved in setting up both the gallery and exhibit.

Copyrights uses a theme which reflects how both artists and lawyers draw on the works of others to initiate their own work,” said Dean Holmes. “Artists are inspired by fellow artists’ work, while lawyers frame their case utilizing the cases of other lawyers.”

The La Verne Law Art Gallery will feature the work of local, regional and national artists, hosting three to four exhibits a year, all available for viewing by the legal and general communities.

The La Verne Law Art Gallery is open Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. by special appointment only. For more information, contact (909) 460-2060.

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