C A R O

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I grew up in a family of non-artists so when I won first place in a county-wide school art contest at seven, I realized art was to be celebrated. I received a write-up in the Press-Enterprise along with a $25 check, which seemed like a million bucks at the time. Due to this early exposure of the arts in education, and its impact on me as a shy kid, I value what art can do in bolstering young people's lives and stoking the imagination. Art has the power to change perceptions, enrich society and create unity as a universal language across multi-cultures with its varied aesthetics.

​As a child I poured over classical comic books, and then Dr Seuss, Rockwell, Erté, John Singer Sargent & Toulouse Lautrec, which then led me to Artemisia Gentileschi, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Kathe Kollwitz, then to  Edmonia Lewis, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keefe, Eva Hess, Bridget Riley, Kara Walker, Jenny Saville, Ruth Asawa, Ai Weiwei & Yayoi Kusama to name a few. 

In my teens I studied with renowned NY portrait artist Everett Raymond Kinstler, the late Millard Sheets and Leslie B  DeMille. Invaluable experiences that connected me to engaging artists, learning their techniques and exposing me to both encouragement and constructive criticism. 

I developed my art practice studying at  institutions including Scripps College, Claremont and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. My  MFA, in painting and drawing, is from Claremont Graduate University, CA.

Along with working on commissions and creating work for shows,  I  spent over a decade as an art professor at local colleges and universities.  My artwork is in many public and private collections. 

I am a member of the Los Angeles Arts Association, Portrait Society of America, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Riverside Community Arts Association,  and the Riverside Art Museum, CA. 

I live & work in Riverside & Los Angeles, CA.

to view art from my earlier years:

carongrand.com   



​Education:
Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
MFA, Painting & Drawing, January 2006
Exodus, MFA Exhibit

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, PA, 1995

California Baptist University, Riverside, CA
BA, Fine Art, cum laude, January 1987
Imago Dei, Senior Exhibit

Scripps College, Claremont, CA, 1984

Polytechnic High School, Riverside, CA, 1984
Recipient of the Senior Creative Writing Award
Staff on Tracks, creative writing & art magazine

Employment:
Freelance Artist, including commissioned artwork for public and private collectors, 1987-Present

California Baptist University, Riverside, CA, September 2008-2017
Adjunct Professor for Beginning Drawing & Painting, Intermediate Drawing, Principles of Design, Art Appreciation, and Aesthetics in the Classroom

Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA September 2012-14
Adjunct Professor for Principles of Two-Dimensional Design and Multi-Cultural Art

Azusa Pacific University, Center for Adult and Professional Studies, accelerated courses in Azusa, Orange County, San Diego, Victorville and San Bernardino, CA, March 2008-13
Adjunct Professor for Art/Art History

Clark Cierlak Fine Arts, Sherman Oaks, CA, May 2008-2010 
Phone bids for art auction house

Westwood College, Upland, CA, March 2006-2009
Adjunct Professor for Art History, Figure Drawing, Color Theory, Story Boarding, Film & Literature and Gender Communications 

Marketing Sales Representative for TJMJ Enterprises, Riverside, CA, 2002-2004

Substitute Teacher for Riverside’s Woodcrest Junior High and High School, 1993-1997

Layout & Production Manager, Graphic Designer, Layout Artist, Artist, and Copywriter for the Advertising Department of Harris’ Company, San Bernardino, CA, 1987-1993

Floor Sales for Rooten’s Luggage, South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, CA, 1983-1985

Gallery:
Art represented at Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA 2016-Present
Art represented at D Gallery, Lake Arrowhead Village, Lake Arrowhead, CA, 2012-13

Book:
The Knitting God and the Invisible Thread, 2011
weaves together art, science and the Bible through an artistic lens available at Amazon

Art Workshops:
Everett Raymond Kinstler, New York
Portrait Society of America, Virginia 
The late Millard Sheets, Arizona
Leslie B. DeMille, Arizona 
Anthony “Tony” Visco, Pennsylvania
The late Semion, Semion Galleries, Laguna Beach
Don Lagerberg, Figure Symposium, California
Herbert Conrad, California
Nancy Canter, California

Shows:

Member's Show, Riverside Art Museum, 2018
Music for Your Eyes, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA 2018
Group Shows, RCAA, Riverside, CA 2018
Make Bees Great Again, Caughlan Art Lab, BackStreet Art District, Palm Springs, CA 2017
User to User, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA 2017
Thunder of Meaning, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA 2017
LAAA Benefit Auction, Los Angeles, CA 2017
LA Fabrik Art Expo, booth, Los Angeles, CA 2017
Group Shows, RCAA, Riverside, CA 2017
LAAA Benefit Auction, Los Angeles, CA 2016
LA Fabrik Art Expo, booth, Los Angeles, CA 2016
About Face, T.E. Studio & Gallery, Riverside, CA 2016
Group Shows, RCAA, Riverside, CA 2016
Portraits, RCAA, Riverside, CA 2016
Group Faculty Show CBU Gallery, Riverside, CA 2015
Solo Shows, Migliore, Riverside & Corona, CA 2015-Present
Group Faculty Show CBU Gallery, Riverside CA 2014
Group Faculty Show CBU Gallery, Riverside CA 2013
Group Show, Downtown Riverside Holiday Festival, Riverside, CA 2013
Gallery Group Show, D Gallery, Lake Arrowhead Village, Lake Arrowhead, CA 2012
Group Show, Members Exhibit, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA 2012
Group Show, Seeing through the eyes of the Mona Lisa, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 2011
Group Show, Members Exhibit, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA 2011
Faculty Show at California Baptist University, Riverside, CA 2011
Group Show, Off the Wall & Auction, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA 2010
Group Show in honor of Roland Reiss, Bunny Gunner Gallery, Pomona, CA 2010
Group Show, Renee L. Theuer’s Gallery, Riverside, CA 2010
Group Show, Tranquility of Manipulation, Riverside Arts Project, Riverside, CA 2010
Solo Show, In our Dreams, Art Depot Gallery, Fontana, CA 2009
Breast Cancer Awareness Art Show, Palette Gallery, Ojai, CA, 2008
Solo Show, People’s Gallery, Riverside, CA, 2008
Group Show, Green Room of Domestic Setting, Los Angeles, CA, 2006
Group Show, Supersonic, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, CA, 2006
Solo MFA Show, Exodus, Claremont Graduate University’s East Gallery, Claremont, CA, 2005
Solo Interactive Installation, Zyklon B, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, 2005
Group Show, Fresh, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, 2005
Selected Show, Buckingham, Pomona, CA, 2005
Selected Exhibit, Emporia, Pomona, CA, 2005
Selected & Group Shows, Opera Garage, Pomona, CA, 2005
Women Artists’, Exquisite, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, 2004
Dual Show, Portraits from Studio 3643, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA, 2002
Solo Show, I am Woman, Hear Me, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, 2001
Dual Show, New Works, Riverside Community Arts Association, Riverside, CA, 2001
Annual Member Shows, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA, 1985-Present
Group Shows, Riverside People’s Gallery, Riverside, CA, 2001-2910
Group Shows, Riverside Community Arts Association, Riverside, CA, 1986-Present
Group Shows, Reconstruction Gallery, Brea, CA, 1996-1998
Selected Show, booth, Laguna Beach Art-A-Fair, Laguna Beach, CA, 1994-1997

Selected Winners Group Show, World Persecution Awareness, United States Capitol, Washington DC, 1997
Selected Show, Animals of Beauty, Lee’s Framing & Gallery, Riverside, CA, 1993
Solo Show, Bear in a Basket, Java Books, Riverside, CA, 1993
Solo Show, Citizens Committee of Riverside, CBU, Riverside, CA, 1993
Selected Shows, San Bernardino County Museum of Art, San Bernardino, CA, 1992-1998
Solo Show, Mood Swings, Riverside Community Arts Association, Riverside, CA, 1991
Solo Show, YWCA Gallery, Riverside, CA, 1990
Senior Art Show, Imago Dei, California Baptist University, Riverside, CA, 1987

 Publications/Reviews:
For Roland, Claremont Graduate University, CA Art Alumni Exhibit Catalogue for Roland Reiss, 2010

City Council of Fontana, CA televised interview of solo show, In our Dreams, 2009

T.V. Channel 3, CA interview for the solo art show, In our Dreams, 2009

Inland Empire Magazine, CA review on portraits, March 1, 2008

The Flame Magazine, Claremont Graduate University, CA art featured on the cover as well as a write-up and photo of Exodus MFA show, Spring 2006

Supersonic Catalogue, Barnsdall Park, Hollywood, CA 2006

Digress, Riverside, CA, featured article on local artist

The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, CA, series of write-ups on local art shows

Review Magazine, featured artist for 1993 Year of the Woman, Riverside, CA

Awards:
First Place, Riverside Art Museum Member’s Show, CA, 2001
Second Place, In the Arts, Fallbrook, CA, 1998
Second Place, World Persecution Awareness, United States Capitol, Washington DC, 1997
First Place, Laguna Beach Holiday Palette Program, CA, 1995
First Place, Riverside Mayor’s Ball Cover Contest, CA, 1993
Award of Merit, California Exposition & State Fair, CA, 1992
First Place, Riverside Jazz Festival Poster Contest, CA, 1991
Senior Art Award, California Baptist University, CA, 1987

Community:
Board Member for the Riverside People’s Gallery, 2004-2011
Board Member for the Riverside Arts Council, 2002-2004
President of the Riverside Community Arts Association, 1995-1996

Donations of Artwork:
York Region Children’s Aid Society Fundraiser, Newmarket, ON
Art Depot Gallery, Private Collection, Fontana, CA
Operation Safe House Fundraiser, Riverside, CA
Get Art, Project Angel Food Art Auction, Bonham’s & Butterfields, Los Angeles, CA
Waves of Grace, Tsunami Benefit Art Auction, Japanese Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
The Gallery of Gifted Youth of Pomona, Inc., Pomona, CA
Riverside County Mock Trial Competition, Riverside, CA
Rape Crisis Center, Riverside, CA
Temple Beth El, Riverside, CA
Riverside Hospice, Riverside, CA
Riverside Women’s Guild, Riverside, CA
Riverside Men’s Shelter, Riverside, CA
Riverside Arts Foundation, Riverside, CA
World Vision Relief & Development International, San Dimas, CA
Green Party Fundraiser, Riverside, CA

Member: 
LAAA, Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles, CA
Portrait Society of America, Tallahassee, FL
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA
Riverside Community Arts Association, Riverside, CA