The Beverly G. Alpay Memorial Education Fund was established in 1998 by Dr. O. Allen Alpay in memory of his wife, a former PVAC executive director. Since then, the fund has provided nearly $200,000 in scholarships to advance the artistic journey of talented artists from aspiring high school youth to working professionals. In 2014, Alpay Memorial Education funds were designated in support of Now Trending, a university student juried exhibition fostering artistic innovation in emerging contemporary artists. Current and recent graduates from leading Southern California undergraduate and graduate programs were invited to submit works inspired by the cultural landscape of Los Angeles.
Responding to an open call to all current SoCal university-level art students and recent graduates, artists from 20 leading Southern California art programs submitted over 300 entries to PVAC's Now Trending: Second Biennial Alpay Scholarship University Student Juried Exhibition. According to juror Bernard Leibov, Director of BoxoPROJECTS in Joshua Tree, the selection of works by 30 emerging artists "truly lived up to the title, Now Trending." The works chosen represent a wide rage of expression including installation, video, and performance in addition to sculpture, photography, painting and collage.
Awards include a $2,000 Alpay Purchase Prize and $10,000 scholarship from The Beverly G. Alpay Memorial Education Fund in support of the creation of a new body of work to be exhibited in a 2017 solo exhibition at PVAC. Awardees were announced at the opening reception on June 9th.
We thank Dr. Alpay for his on-going support and invite you to contribute to this fund, which continues to be matched dollar-for-dollar by this generous donor.