Bruria Finkel – Santa Monica

Breath and Time by: Bruria Finkel

Breath and Time by: Bruria Finkel

“Bruria Finkel creates works of art in a variety of media. These take the form of both temporary and permanent installations. She has participated in over 72 solo and group exhibitions in the United States and Europe. Her work is also found in many private and public collections, including the archives of the Smithsonian America Art Museum, Getty Research Institute (Otis interviews), the Luce Foundation, the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC, Phoenix Museum of Art and Rutgers University.

Finkel is one of the pioneers of the Los Angeles feminist art movement. She not only helped found the Los Angeles Council of Women Artists (LACWA) to protest gender discrimination at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1968 but also served as a board member of the groundbreaking alternative institution, Womanspace, in 1970.

She has been curating exhibitions since the 1970s. The most recent shows include Women Artists of Southern California: Then and Now at Santa Monica-Track 16 Gallery in 2007, Emphasis Santa Monica at the Pete and Susan Barrett Gallery at Santa Monica College in 2008 and Breaking in Two at Arena 1 Gallery in Santa Monica in 2012.

Finkel has also had an active public service career as a founder and board member of the Santa Monica Arts Commission (1982-1996) and an elected official of the Santa Monica Rent Control Board (1995-2002). As a longtime leader in making Santa Monica a vibrant center for artists as well as the arts, an annual award in her name was created by the city in 2013 to honor an artist active in the community.”

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