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The Art Encounter and Plugged-In Virtual Connections video series are produced from studio interviews with contemporary artists. Season 2, featuring Kio Griffith, Patrick Martinez, Robin Mitchell and Laurie Steelink, has gone live! Extended cuts are available below. Subscribe to the museum's YouTube channel and follow @thekleefeld on Instagram to see related content and episodes on Instagram TV


Art Encounter: Robin Mitchell Extended Cut 

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Art Encounter: Eddie Rodolfo Aparicio Extended Cut

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Art Encounter: Laurie Steelink Extended Cut

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Art Encounter: Kio Griffith Extended Cut

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Art Encounter: Patrick Martinez Studio Visit

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Season 1, released in the Fall of 2020, featured Los Angeles artists June Edmonds, Ahree Lee, Lester Monzon, Analia Saban and Samira Yamin. Primary school educators are encouraged to use the Plugged-In Virutal Connections YouTube Playlist in their classrooms. 


Art Encounter: Analia Saban Artist Series Extended Cut 

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Art Encounter: June Edmonds Artist Series Extended Cut 

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Art Encounter: Lester Monzon Artist Series Extended Cut 

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Art Encounter: Ahree Lee Artist Series Extended Cut 

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Art Encounter: Samira Yamin Artist Series Extended Cut 

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In developing this series, the museum selected artists whose works are timely, inspire conversation, and extend the museum’s investigations of abstraction, material innovation, and multidisciplinary learning. From their studios, artists shared their art making process, passions and goals that drive them as artists. We produced two videos with each artist: one that aligns with fourth grade visual arts standards, and a longer more in-depth version for high school students, young adults, and life-long learners.

Although Plugged-In Virtual Connections videos are intended as arts-integrated educational presentations for students, the content encourages learners of all ages to reimagine how materials can be used, to find their own creative process, and to express themselves freely. Curator of Education, Christina Alegria remarks that “accompanying lesson plans available to all viewers will light a pathway for creative discovery through multidisciplinary scholarly methods and exploration of the emotional depth of abstraction."

Companion studio art lessons for elementary and high school students are coming soon to this page! Lesson plans expand the ideas and concepts from the video artist visits, drawing inspiration from their artistic practices, creative processes, and personal experiences are coming soon to this page.  They also use the Social and Emotional learning model (SEL) and align with California Common Core Standards. 

The entire Plugged-In Virtual Connections program, including video production, is funded by a grant from the RuMBa Foundation. View press release.


Material Concerns

These recorded presentations below from Doris Sung, Maren Hassinger and Dyani White Hawk were presented in November and December of 2020 as a part of Material Concerns, an artist lecture series fundraiser organized by the Advisory Board of the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum. The funds raised during the events support equitable collections acquisitions from artists of difference.

Doris Sung and the Sustainable Design of sm[ART]box
Previw image: Still image of sm[ART]box, the architectural, art and new technology installation by TBM Designs. Courtesy TBM Designs. 


Maren Hassinger: Nature Sweet Nature

 Nature Sweet Nature in text over composite image of water, her work Nature Sweet Nature (Photo by Simon Klein)) and a portrait of the artist by Grace Roselli
Preview Image (left to right): Maren Hassinger's sculptural work Nature Sweet Nature (Photo by Simon Klein) and artist portrait by Grace Roselli.

Dyani White Hawk: A Lineage of Innovation

Dyani White Hawk, Untitled (All the Colors), 2016 acrylic, oil, vintage beads, thread on canvas Photo by Rik Sferra
Preview image (left to right): Dyani White Hawk and her work Black and White IV, 2016. porcupine quills, thread on linen. Photo by Rik Sferra.