VA Alumna Featured on Youth Media Reporter

Venice Arts' alumna Ashley Sanchez was recently featured on Youth Media Reporter, a peer-reviewed, professional journal for scholars, practitioners, and others who develop, organize, teach, study, and support youth media practices and programs. 

Reflecting on her relationship to photography, Ashley writes:

"I found out about Venice Arts in 10th grade. I found myself at Venice Arts taking a Photography class, and I became passionate about photography. I would carry my camera with me everywhere and get ideas while walking the streets. Looking into a camera, I see things in a different way. Before, I didn’t look at lighting or composition in my day-to-day life. Now, when I’m in the moment or simply see something, I automatically think this could be a good photo if this and this was changed. I see my life in photos because of photography."

Check out Dum Spiro Spero, the book she produced while at Venice Arts, at the Youth Media Reporter link above.

Advanced Studies Student wins Young Photographer Award from be-Art magazine


Andrea Abrego is the inaugural winner of the YPA (Young Photographer Award), which recognizes an exemplary portfolio produced by an Advanced Studies Photography student from Venice Arts.

Initiated and organized by Art Critic and be-Art magazine Publisher Beatrice Chassepot, the awardee was chosen by a prestigious jury that included Gallerist Isabelle Mesnil, Photojournalist Barbara Davidson, Photographer Ken Gonzales-Day, and Photographer Sandrine Hermand-Grisel. As part of the prize, one of Andrea’s photographs will be chosen by Mesnil, Judge & Owner of NextLevel Galerie, to be exhibited in a group show in the gallery in Paris, France. The winning portfolio can also be seen online on be-Art magazine and, and will become part of be-Art’s “Emerging Artist” selection.

You can see Andrea's winning portfolio book, Embracing Herself here.

Congratulations, Andrea! And a big thank you to the jury and to Beatrice for spearheading this initiative, and a special thanks to Luis de Jesus, Owner of Luis de Jesus Los Angeles Gallery, and Aline Smithson, LENSCRATCH.

Celebrating Community and Creativity at Our 2016 Student Culminating Exhibition


Hundreds of students, families, and community members came out for this special exhibition showcasing the best of our students' films, photographs, animations, comics, and mixed- and multi-media pieces from our award-winning Art Mentoring workshops. 

This fun community celebration included a family potluck and complimentary ice cream from our friends at Salt & Straw Ice Cream. Thank you to all of our dedicated students, parents, teaching artists, mentors and community members who made this event possible.

Congratulations to all of our students for their hard work this year, and an extra-special shout out to the following student award winners:

Ted M. Warshafsky Scholarship Recipients
Sara A.
Silvia C.
Chelsea R.
Ashley S.

be-Art Magazine Young Photographer Award
Andrea A.

Advanced Film Students involved in Councilmember Mike Bonin's Venice Forward PSA
Sara A.
Tal D.
Leo M.
Kashmir M.
Chelsea R.
Michael V.