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The Next Big Thing 2021 / Studio Channel Islands

The Next Big Thing 2021

October 2 – November 20, 2021


Artists are continuously challenging their boundaries and excavating their unique discoveries to create new and bold work. Studio Channel Islands invites you to enter your most recent breakthrough pieces, the ones that have led you to the horizon of your works’ next evolution! All media and styles are welcome.

2021 Juror: Peter Mays

Peter Mays is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA) and its premiere La Cienega exhibition space Gallery 825. Since joining LAAA in June 2005, Peter has implemented cultural exchanges with Switzerland (Basel), Korea, Germany, and China, initiated collaborative programming with institutions like Harvard, MoCA, and Otis College of Art. Beyond his commitments at LAAA, Mays has curated exhibitions throughout Southern California. As past chairperson of the West Hollywood Arts and Culture Commission’s Art on the Outside public art effort, Peter led the city’s nationally regarded outdoor public art programming which has been praised in Art Forum, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times. Peter helped to launch the region-wide LA Arts Month effort from 2009-2011 where he served on Planning Committee and the Program Committee. He also served on LAUSD’s National Study Group which was charged with informing the nation’s second-largest district as it planned the next 10 years of K-12 Arts Education. Peter has co-chaired the Education Committee for the Board of Directors for the MOCA Contemporaries, served on the Board of the Fellows of Contemporary Art and was an active member of the Executive Arts Leaders Forum.


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