Rydell Fellows Exhibition-Community Foundation Santa Cruz County
2018 Fellows Myra Eastman, Robin Kandel and 2019 Fellows Robert Chiarito and David Dunn.
Myra Eastman, who received her B.A. in art from U C Santa Cruz in 1977, is a painter whose works engage with political and social change issues such as war, occupation, neighborhood chaos, and gun violence.
Robin Kandel, is an intermedia artist whose portfolio includes video installations and large-scale drawings and paintings.
Robert Chiarito earned his B.A. from UC Santa Cruz in 1970 and an M.F.A. from Stanford University. Currently a professor of art at San Jose State University, he is a painter whose work has received solo exhibitions at the Triton Museum; Stanford Art Gallery; Galleria Jose Maria Velasco, Mexico City; Ahknaton Gallery, Cairo, Egypt; Casa de la Cultura Tlalpan, Mexico City; and Ovsey Gallery, Los Angeles.
David Dunn’s research and practice cross the boundaries between sound, performance, media arts and bioacoustics research. Dunn holds an M.F.A. in New Media from Danube University, Austria, and has been a core faculty member in the UC Santa Cruz Digital Arts and New Media graduate program.
The Rydell Visual Arts Fund at the Community Foundation Santa Cruz County was developed with input from the local arts community. The awards were created to honor the wishes of Roy and Frances Rydell, both lifelong advocates of the arts. They established the Rydell Visual Arts Fund at the foundation in 1985 to promote Santa Cruz County artists and arts organizations.