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Auction proceeds will provide vital health care services to nearly 27,000 low-income, uninsured and homeless patients in Los Angeles and help strengthen our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Arts manager, writer, and the founder of Dominique Gallery, Dominique Clayton, speaks with first-time Venice Art Walk participating artists Hasef, Alicia Piller and Trotter. Together, they discussed the evolution of art and activism. They also shared the power and allyship community organizations, local artists and patrons can create as they strive to address social and racial justice.
Dominique Clayton is a Los Angeles native and works as an arts manager, writer, and is the founder of Dominique Gallery, a storefront and virtual exhibition space highlighting emerging artists of color and women. After a 10 year career working in film and performing arts in New York, Los Angeles and West Africa, Clayton shifted her focus to visual art and now focuses on enhancing diversity and representation in galleries, institutions and publications. In laying the foundation for her gallery, Clayton recognized the limited options for minority artists and curators to enter into the industry and established an incubator to support emerging artists in every step from single-handedly editing portfolios, artist statements, bios, CVs, and proposals to applying for grants and residencies, pitching to press, and opening her doors for exhibitions and studio space. Clayton attributes her personal and nurturing approach to artist management to her family, ability to connect the right people, and recognizing when a creative finally needs a “yes” instead of a “no”. Clayton also works at The Broad where she supports the museum’s Founding Director in addition to managing logistics for Broad Collection artists, programming and sponsorship partners, and other key museum constituents. Honoring her own passion for writing, Clayton also maintains a freelance writing practice and has been featured in The Washington Post, Cultured Magazine, LALA Magazine, Sugarcane Magazine, Blavity, 21Ninety and her own forthcoming Black Arts Diary. Clayton holds a masters degree in Business Design and Arts Leadership from SCAD as well as bachelors degree from Columbia University.
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