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The Monterey Museum of Art presents a panel discussion with painter Warren Chang; collector of Chang’s work and Executive Director of the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau Jess Brown; MMA Executive Director Charlotte Eyerman; and publisher John Fleskes on April 2 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at MMA La Mirada. The panelists will discuss the influence of historical art on contemporary art, what makes a painting timeless, and the role of emotion in the viewing of art, among other topics. Warren Chang will host a book signing following the discussion.
Warren Chang is nationally recognized for his realist paintings of biographical interiors and local field-workers of the Monterey County area. Influenced by masters such as 17th-century artist Johannes Vermeer, and 19th-century artists Jean-François Millet, and Winslow Homer, among others, Chang creates subtle narratives that celebrate the human spirit. A native of Monterey, his work is also inspired by the novels of John Steinbeck and the magnetic beauty of the region.
Jess Brown, an avid supporter of the arts and collector of Chang’s work, serves as Executive Director of the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau and the educational organization, Agri-Culture. Jess’ involvement in the community includes current chair of the Tannery Arts Center and Goodwill Industries of Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Luis Obispo. He is past-president of the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, the Monterey Museum of Art, Cabrillo College Foundation and Leadership Santa Cruz County. Jess was a founder of Ag Against Hunger that has distributed, since its inception in 1990, 215 million pounds of donated local produce to people in need. Jess is a graduate of three state and national leadership programs which allowed him to study in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Germany and Denmark. Jess has volunteered five times to teach organizational skills to re-settled farmers in Zimbabwe. He has also taught financial skills to agro dealers in Mozambique.
Charlotte Eyerman, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Monterey Museum of Art, a position she has held since October 2013. Charlotte has over 20 years experience in non-profit leadership, museums, academia, and the private sector; and a record of many professional recognitions for curatorial and scholarly achievements. She has curated exhibitions of modern and contemporary art at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and the Complesso del Vittoriano in Rome. In October 2014 she was honored as Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, the equivalent of knighthood. Eyerman earned Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in the History of Art at the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. in English from Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA.
John Fleskes is the president and publisher of Flesk Publications. He has published close to 60 art books to date. John has contributed to numerous books as writer, editor, and designer and serves as the director of the annual showcase “Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art.” His company, Flesk Publications, recently released Monterey Now: Warren Chang (2014), featuring an introduction and interview with the artist by Dr. Eyerman.