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Visions from the New California

What does a changing California look like through the lens of its artists?

Visions from the New California celebrates, supports, and promotes the work of outstanding California visual artists from diverse communities – artists whose work may still be unfamiliar but whose compelling visions will define California in its next decades.

The Alliance of Artists Communities, in partnership with six artist residency programs and with support from The James Irvine Foundation, set out to describe a changing California through the lens of its artists.







Visions from the New California

About The Awards

From 2003 - 2012, six California visual artists were selected each year for the Visions from the New California Award – a one-month residency, a $4000 fellowship, and inclusion in a nationally distributed publication featuring the year's awardees.

Launched as a pilot program in 2003, Visions from the New California expanded into a multi-year project and has served as a model for other collaborations across the country, including Midwestern Voices and Visions – a partnership between the Alliance of Artists Communities and The Joyce Foundation.


About The James Irvine Foundation

The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, inclusive, and successful society.

The Foundation’s grantmaking is organized around three program areas: Arts, Youth, and California Democracy, which focuses on increasing public understanding of critical issues facing the state.

James Irvine, a California agricultural pioneer, established the Irvine Foundation in 1937 to benefit the people of California. Since then, the Foundation has met the objectives of its founder by providing over $1 billion in grants to more than 3,000 nonprofit organizations.

For more information, visit:

Irvine Foundation